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April 20, 2005

ALERT: The Senate may vote on REAL ID as soon as this evening

I just received this alert from Judy Golub with AILA. Take action today and "Please call your Senators and use Contact Congress today to oppose REAL ID. If it gets on the bill it will become law because it will be the same as the bill already passed by the House of Representatives.

Underscoring the uncertain environment in the Senate, Senator Isakson (R-GA) has called up REAL ID. While the Senator earlier had filed the REAL ID as an amendment to the supplemental bill, Hill allies had indicated until late last night that he most likely would not move it. However, Senator Isakson appears to now want to seek a vote on the Senate floor for the REAL ID which therefore will get a vote unless he withdraws it. This vote could happen as soon as this evening.
Given this new information, it is more important than ever to contact your Senators to urge them to oppose this ill-conceived bill. Contact them through the Congressional switchboard (202-224-3121) or through Contact Congress (http://capwiz.com/aila2/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=7313861 ). If you phone them, please clearly state that you urge your Senator to oppose the REAL ID if it comes to the floor for a vote that would attach it to the supplemental. If they ask you to clarify your opposition, note that the Senate has held no hearings on this radical bill that would:

Prevent people fleeing persecution from obtaining relief;
Make our highways more dangerous and undermine our security;
Impose guilt by association
Restrict judicial review for the first time since the Civil War, barring the court doors to immigrants;
Waive all laws related to construction of fences at our borders, thereby granting unprecedented authority to a federal agency;
Grant authority to bail bondsman that should be given only to agents of our government.

Judith Golub
Senior Director, Advocacy & Public Affairs
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 20, 2005 07:29 AM


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