Update: Levin Writes to ICE Regarding Detained Chaldeans

Oct 4, 2017

On Tuesday, Rep. Levin sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas D. Homan expressing strong concerns over the review process for Iraqi-American detainees held in ICE custody.  Most detainees have been kept in custody since June, and do not appear to have received any meaningful reviews of their in-custody status to which they are entitled.  This despite the fact that many have lived in the Detroit-metro area for decades, have U.S. born children, family members, and gainful employment. You can read Rep. Levin’s most recent op-ed about his trip to the detention facility in Youngstown, Ohio, and his meeting with five Iraqi-Americans from Michigan detained there.  

Rep. Levin joins Human Rights Rally
On Sunday, Rep. Levin joined Senator Gary Peters and Rep. Brenda Lawrence at a rally in Hamtramck organized by several Metro Detroit communities to bring awareness about the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. More than 400,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh and neighboring countries to escape violence against them. In March this year, the United Nations Human Rights Council authorized a fact finding mission to Myanmar focusing in particular on the situation in Rakhine State.

Legislation to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Defeated
Last week, the Senate failed to pass a bill authored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act and left millions of Americans without health coverage. Rep. Levin fought to raise awareness of the devastation this legislation would have caused, writing to Governor Rick Snyder urging him to speak out on behalf of the people of Michigan whose health care was threatened by this bill. A recent CBO analysis found that passing the Graham-Cassidy bill would cause chaos in the individual insurance market, slash federal funding for health care programs by hundreds of billions, and result in millions of Americans losing their insurance. To read CBO’s analysis, click here.

Levin Office Welcomes Interns to Washington and Roseville
This fall, Rep. Levin is hosting four interns in his Roseville and Washington offices. In Roseville, three masters students from the Wayne State University School of Social Work have joined the office to learn more about casework and to work directly with the communities they one day hope to serve. In Washington, the office is hosting a Michigan in Washington intern, which is program through the University of Michigan where students spend a semester in Washington both interning and taking classes to immerse themselves in a specific area of interest. Rep. Levin and his staff always enjoys having interns in the office. Those interested in program can click here to learn more.

This week on the House Floor:
This week the House Majority continues to attack women’s health and right to privacy by considering the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks and imposes criminal penalties on medical professionals who violate the ban.  The House will also consider the Republican Budget Resolution for FY 2018, which would cut $5.4 trillion in federal funding in areas such as education, infrastructure, research, and energy, and the environment.  The Budget also paves the way for Republicans to pursue tax reform that will primarily benefit the wealthiest Americans and leave middle class Americans to pay a deficit tax.