They Think You Won’t Notice

Washington, DC | March 6, 2007 | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is forwarding this action alert from the Rights Working Group. ADC is a founding member and a member of the Executive Committee of the Rights Working Group.
They Think You Won‘t Notice
Some lawmakers in the Senate are up to their old tricks again. They think Americans don‘t know the difference between comprehensive immigration reform and punitive anti-immigrant provisions. Last year, they were attempting to make an end run around the legislative process by sneaking harmful unconstitutional measures that violate due process onto funding bills. Now they are trying to do an end-run around the comprehensive immigration reform debate by adding immigration provisions to the 9/11 bill. These issues should be debated this spring in the context of comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrant-bashing measures will not solve our broken immigration
Tell your lawmakers to restore due process and stop the hateful attacks. Tell them not to add anti-immigrant measures to the 9/11 bill in the Senate.
Some lawmakers are proposing the following amendments to the 9/11 bill:
* Sen. Cornyn‘s amendment #310: Overturns a Supreme Court case on indefinite detention.
* Sen. Cornyn‘s amendment #311: Places arbitrary and absurdly short deadlines on courts deciding immigration cases. Courts would not have the time to guarantee rights that are safeguarded by our Constitution.
* Sen. Allard‘s amendment #272: Violates the rights of businesses and workers by allowing DHS to get records from the Social Security Administration without a judge‘s approval.
* Senator Sessions‘ amendments #304 and #305: Authorizes state and local law enforcement of immigration law which would send a chill through immigrant communities, who would be less likely to report crimes if they fear that police would then turn them in for deportation. It would also mandate the entry of new categories of immigration violators in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and this would also have the effect of turning local law enforcement into “immigration police.”
* Other harmful provisions include Senator Kyl‘s amendment on materials support and Senator Grassley‘s amendment on judicial review of visa revocation.
They call these provisions immigration “enforcement.” We call them un-American.
Tell your lawmakers to restore due process and stop the attacks

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