Recently the handling of civil immigration detainers by local law departments has been heavily scrutinized.
AILA Doc No. 04050475 | Dated May 4, 2004
May 4, 2004
Dear Senators and Representatives:
I urge you to support the SOLVE Act of 2004, the Safe, Orderly Legal Visas and Enforcement Act of 2004, introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Representatives Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and others. The SOLVE Act is a comprehensive and balanced legislation that is long overdue. This measure recognizes that our current immigration system is unworkable, outdated, in serious disarray, encourages illegality, and does not enhance our security. This measure would fix a broken system by reuniting families, rewarding work, respecting workers, reducing illegal immigration, and enhancing our security. The SOLVE Act achieves these ends through:
Comprehensive immigration reform is necessary if we are to enhance our national security. Reform that legalizes hard-working people already here and that creates a new temporary worker program will help the U.S. government focus resources on enhancing security instead of on detaining hard-working people who fill vacancies in the U.S. labor market or seek to reunite with their close family members. In addition, both a legalization program and a temporary worker program will encourage people to come out of the shadows to be scrutinized by our government. The legality that results from these initiatives also will contribute to our national security.
We urge you to support this measure, a giant step forward toward helping this nation achieve the goal of creating an immigration system that reflects our nation's values, our traditions, and our needs. We also urge the swift passage of pending legislation with significant Congressional support: the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits and Security (AgJobs) Act (S. 1645/H.R. 3142) and the DREAM/Student Adjustment Act (S. 1545/H.R.1684). Both these bipartisan measures would implement needed reforms.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 04050475.