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Encourage Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the Senate

April 5, 2006

Last year, the United States House of Representatives passed enforcement heavy immigration reform legislation, HR 4437, which seeks to:

  • Criminalize both, undocumented individuals and those who work to give them any aid, essentially criminalizing doctors, lawyers, teachers and religious figures
  • Limit judicial review for immigration and deportation cases
  • Give low level and local law enforcement authority to enforce immigration laws
  • Permit indefinite detention of accused persons
  • And many more alarming provisions


Two bills are currently being considered in the Senate: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s bill, S 2454, which is enforcement heavy and reinforces provisions from HR 4437 and an alternative to this bill that:

  • Allows an earned path to legalization for immigrants through working, paying taxes, and learning English
  • Measures that regulate wages and working conditions to protect workers from exploitation
  • A way to keep families together
  • The DREAM Act which would allow undocumented students to continue their post secondary education and learn legal status in the United States


ACTION REQUESTED:

Call Senator Durbin and Senator Obama and encourage them to continue supporting legislation that includes a path to legalization and a realistic fix to the broken system. It is very simple! When you call, the operator will:

  1. ask for your name
  2. Zip code
  3. your comment
Senator Durbin’s office: 312 353-4952

Senator Obama’s office: 312 886-3506

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