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December 14, 2005

ACTION ALERT!

HELP US DEFEAT HR 4437, THE “BORDER PROTECTION, ANTITERRORISM AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CONTROL ACT.”

We need your help now -- Make your voices heard!

PLEASE CALL, FAX, AND/OR E-MAIL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE NOW AND ASK HIM OR HER TO VOTE AGAINST HR 4437!

HR 4437 is one of the most draconian anti-immigrant bills to be introduced in recent times. It is an ill-conceived bill that simply builds on failed enforcement provisions enacted into law over the last 20 years.

Among its many anti-immigrant provisions, HR 4437 would:

Make YOU a criminal. H.R. 4437 will allow the government to prosecute almost anyone who has regular contact with an undocumented person.

Criminalize unlawful presence and make it an aggravated felony, subjecting the entire undocumented population to potential imprisonment and foreclosure of future immigration status. These provisions are likely to drive undocumented immigrants further underground and increase their vulnerability to exploitation.

Gut judicial review of immigration courts decisions.

Expand expedited removal near the border so that immigrants will be deported without ever having a chance to make their case in court.

Make detention of immigrants mandatory.

Give the government unfettered discretion to designate gangs and makes immigrants deportable as members of a gang even if they have never violated the law and joined a gang out of fear or coercion.

Create a mandatory Employment Eligibility Verification System (EEVS) radically expands the current I-9 system. It would require employers, unions, day labor sites, worker centers, and many other nonprofit service providers who currently refer or recruit workers use this massive EEVS. It would affect the employment rights of every worker as well as the daily employment decisions of every business and employer in the U.S.

On Thursday, December 8, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 4437, introduced by Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). The bill may be voted on by the full House of Representatives as early as this Thursday, December 15. We also expect that amendments to eliminate birthright citizenship for babies born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants and to build a 2,000-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will be offered.

Please call the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 or go to www.house.gov to find your representative’s phone number. The contact information for your representative can also be found by typing in your zip code on this page: http://capwiz.com/aila2/issues/alert/?alertid=7614761&type=CO

You can make a difference, please call your Representatives NOW!

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 14, 2005 07:57 AM

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