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Action Alert: Urge the House to Embrace CIR

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

This week, call your representatives and urge them to embrace comprehensive, bipartisan reform with a path to citizenship that keeps families together, and reject the punitive bills the House Judiciary Committee will begin to "mark up" today.

 

Call your Representative at 1-888-891-3271

 

Urge them to embrace comprehensive, bipartisan reform with a path to citizenship that keeps families together, and reject the punitive bills the Judiciary Committee will begin to "mark up" today.

  Feel free to use this sample script:

 "I am from [City, State], and I support immigration reform with a path to citizenship that keeps families together. I urge my Representative to embrace comprehensive, bipartisan reform, and reject the punitive bills the Judiciary Committee will begin to "mark up" on Tuesday."

 Background:

The House Judiciary committee will begin on Tuesday to "mark up" several piece-meal immigration bills as an alternative to comprehensive immigration reform.  They will begin with the Gowdy bill, the so-called "Safe Act", which is an extreme enforcement-only bill that would create a police state to instill fear among immigrant communities and criminalize undocumented immigrants and any U.S. citizen who provides any assistance to these immigrants.  A second bill that the committee may "mark up" soon is an Agriculture Guestworker bill that rolls back worker protections for all US and immigrant farmworkers.

 So far, neither of these House bills include a pathway to citizenship. We eagerly await a bipartisan House bill that leaders say will be released soon that will provide a comprehensive set of reforms to our broken immigration system.

 The “Arizona SB 1070-esque”/Safe Act (H.R. 2278), sponsored by Rep. Gowdy (R-SC), would:

· Criminalize 11 million immigrants living in the United States

· Force all state and local police to double as immigration agents and use defunding threats to bully local police into enforcing “broken” federal immigration laws

· Destroy public safety in communities across the country by scaring immigrants and Latinos from reporting crime in fear of deportation

· Encourage local and state law enforcement agencies to practice racial profiling

 The Agriculture Guestworkers bill (H.R. 1773), sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA), would:

· Allow employers to exploit foreign workers from poor countries

· Create fewer jobs and drive down wages for US workers

· Keep hundreds of thousands of undocumented farm workers and their families in the shadows, without a pathway to citizenship  

  Talking Points:

· Certain House leaders have not learned the lesson of Election 2012. Instead of standing with the overwhelming majority of American voters who are calling for real solutions that will fix our broken immigration system, they are resorting to the same plays (an Arizona SB 1070-esque police state bill) that show how out of touch they are and that got them in trouble with voters last year.

 · We call on Speaker Boehner and leaders in the House to embrace and lead the charge for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship and family unity. Americans deserve a solution to the broken immigration system, and now is the time for the House leaders to stand up for the immigrant and Latino community in this country.

 

 

 

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