LANSING — State Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak), Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods), Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) and Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) introduced a comprehensive plan to strengthen and update civil rights protections for all Michigan residents, regardless of birthplace. This legislation focuses on privacy protection, data collection restrictions, transparency, refugee resettlement and supporting immigrant-owned businesses.

“In these divisive times, it’s our responsibility as elected officials to ensure our civil rights protections cover everyone in our community, not just those who were born here,” said Hammoud. “Our package will expand current protections to ensure our state is a place where everyone can thrive.”

This package is the third installment of legislation introduced by Michigan House Democrats to expand the state’s civil rights laws. With these additions, the entire plan encompasses 12 bills and 2 resolutions to foster equity in criminal justice, education and business in Michigan for all residents, regardless of immigration status.