“Squad” members Tlaib, Pressley reveal far-left BREATHE Act; would defund police, pay reparations for "criminalizing prostitution"

by Peter Heck · Jul 9th, 2020 7:54 am

Last Updated Jul 10th, 2020 at 9:18 am

In a virtual meeting Tuesday, Democratic Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley announced their proposal they've dubbed the BREATHE Act, part of the agenda designed by the Movement for Black Lives.

The two far-left congresswomen, part of the "Squad" that also includes female democratic socialists Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said that it offers a "new version for public safety" that "affirms black lives."

The Act contains a number of policies favored by the far left, including:

  • Defunding the police
  • De-criminalization of illegal border entry
  • Abolishing ICE
  • Removal of police from public schools
  • Elimination of all state gang databases

Additionally, passage of the BREATHE Act would devote tax dollars to "design reparations for mass criminalization—including the War on Drugs, the criminalization of prostitution, and police violence; border violence; and the systemic violation of the U.S. Government's treaty obligations to Tribal nations." It would also spend funds to "examine the political, economic, and social impacts of colonialism, genocide against indigenous people, and slavery."

"We must invest in a new vision of public safety," Tlaib said.


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