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March 06, 2006


Senate Action on Immigration Legislation has Begun

As you know, the Senate Judiciary Committee has begun its work on immigration reform legislation. Markup of Senator Specter's bill, called the chairman's "mark", began on Thursday, March 2. The opening statements of Senators may be found on the Judiciary Committee Web site. As of this writing, two are available at: http://judiciary.senate.gov/meeting_notice.cfm?id=1789

Amendments Will Be Considered Beginning Wednesday March 8

The Committee will be meeting again on Wednesday March 8 and Thursday March 9 to consider amendments to the Chairman's bill. The plan is to go through the bill by section, beginning with Title I (border enforcement) Title II (interior enforcement) and Title III (worksite enforcement). There will be good and bad amendments offered, but amendments do not need to be filed until 5:00 the day before the meeting.

Continue Your Calls and Letters to Senate Offices!

Senators, especially members of the Judiciary Committee, need to be hearing from pro-immigrant advocates about the need for comprehensive reform. We have just been informed that in the last two days, Senator Kennedy’s office has received 300 anti-immigrant calls. Senator McCain's office has also received an inflated number of calls, and other offices are getting as many or more. Even though the Chairman’s mark does not offer a path to citizenship for the undocumented, anti-immigrant groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform are calling it an amnesty, because it gives work authorization to the undocumented. They are going to fight to make sure the bill ultimately contains nothing for the undocumented.

The Chairman's mark also contains several provisions that would further erode due process and judicial review. Tell your Senator that Sensenbrenner-like provisions should not be included in the final bill!

While it is good to call in any time, there will be a national call-in day on Thursday March 9.

You can contact your Senators’ offices through the Senate switchboard at: (202) 224-3121. You can also find contact information your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

A list of Senators who serve on the Judiciary Committee can be found here: http://judiciary.senate.gov/members.cfm

Please go to the AILA website to send a letter directly to your Senator. Click here to go directly to the ACTION ALERT PAGE, which will link you to Contact Congress and additional materials you may need: http://capwiz.com/aila2/callalert/index.tt?alertid=8530336&type=TA

Posted by VisaLawyer at March 6, 2006 05:29 PM


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