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December 13, 2005

Oppose Anti-Immigrant Attacks Now!

ACTION ALERT: As reported last week, the House Judiciary Committee has once again mounted a frontal assault on the due process rights of noncitizens in this country by passing the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437). Click here to view the text of the legislation (http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=11536) or here to view a section-by-section analysis of the most troubling provisions (http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=18126). In short, this 170-page bill would criminalize unlawful presence; strip judicial review; gut due process for aliens, permanent residents, and U.S. citizens; broaden expedited removal; expand criminal liability to reach family members, employers, and immigrant advocates; increase mandatory detention; place unrealistic and counterproductive restrictions on naturalization; expand the already overbroad aggravated felony definition to reach mere unlawful presence; create new grounds of deportability and removability; and militarize the border.

The full House is scheduled to consider and vote on this atrocious legislation on either Wednesday (12/14) or Thursday (12/15) of this week! Click here to view the action alert and send a letter to your Members of Congress (http://capwiz.com/aila2/issues/alert/?alertid=7614761&type=CO). In conjunction with our coalition partners, AILA also is organizing a day of action on Wednesday (12/14). Every single one of us needs to call and write to our Members of Congress, making it crystal clear that the vast majority of Americans adamantly oppose anti-immigrant proposals that negate our constitutional commitment to fair process. More information and specific instructions, including talking points, will be posted to InfoNet soon. Additionally, AILA and our coalition partners will run an ad in the major newspaper on Capitol Hill on Wednesday opposing this devastating bill.

Get angry, get engaged, and make a difference now!

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 13, 2005 03:33 PM

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