The Black Lives Matter (BLM) is again pressuring Democrats to introduce the questioned “Breathe Act,” a controversial bill that seeks to drastically reduce the Defense Department’s budget, abolish all federal prisons, and take away authority and resources from the police force.
Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), members of the Squad announced the bill in July, but it has not yet been introduced in Congress.
According to reports, BLM members are pressuring their Democratic allies to get the bill introduced urgently in Congress, with the intention of having it passed in the next 100 days.
BLM co-founder and co-author of the Breathe Act, Patrisse Cullors, said on Thursday, according to Fox News, “The BREATHE Act is a legislative love letter for blacks.”
Amid a strong backlash between the more traditional Democrats and the radical left wing of the party, Cullors wrote a letter to Democratic candidate Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), asking for a hearing to discuss their political agenda and their group’s demands.
If approved, the controversial bill would radically change the nation’s criminal justice and security system. It would eliminate life sentences, retroactive expulsion for drug offenses, and at the same time plan the closure of all federal prison agencies and the closing of immigration detention centers.
The bill is divided into four sections, the first of which specifically seeks to divert federal resources currently spent on incarceration and policing, to black communities.
The other sections present a detailed plan for a future that claims to be equitable, demanding radical changes to eliminate federal programs and agencies used, allegedly, “to fund and expand the United States’ criminal justice system.”
The elimination would primarily target agencies such as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The bill also seeks to end gang databases, establish pilot programs for universal basic income, and grant voting rights and “lifelong education” to all illegal aliens and incarcerated criminals.
When reading the content of the bill, it is really hard to believe that it was created out of interest in improving the justice and prison system. It really denotes a logic dominated by resentment and hatred, disguised by a discourse of “racial equality” and “social justice.”
“Since we can’t stop the criminal justice system, we have to start the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said, speaking about the Breathe Act, in an interview with Fox News.
However, as expected, among conservatives and Republicans the bill was heavily criticized.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), spoke on Fox News “The Story” and was categorical when asked about the bill presented by the Democratic representatives, “As an American who feels gratitude, not hatred for my country, the only way I know how to improve their bill is with the shredder.”
Kennedy, like anyone who advocates law and order, said that a nation to be civilized must have rules, and people who are dedicated to enforcing them. For this reason, he argues that the controversial bill, which among other things proposes to reduce funding to law enforcement, goes against the defense of rules and therefore against civilization itself.