Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 06031670 | Dated March 6, 2006
March 6, 2006
We, the undersigned 84 organizations and 117 individuals are writing to urge you to oppose provisions in the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006" which the Senate Judiciary is debating this week that would harm various vulnerable populations, including asylum-seekers, children, trafficking victims, and others seeking protection in the United States. No matter what your position is on a temporary guest worker program or border enforcement, we can and should all agree that the United States must uphold its legal commitment and moral obligation to provide refuge to those fleeing persecution or abuse in their home countries. As written, provisions included in Titles II and VII would further harm these already at risk individuals. For example, the bill would:
Limit Access to the Federal Courts
Criminalize Asylum Seekers, Trafficking Victims, and Other Vulnerable Populations
Provide for Prolonged or Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers and Others
We recognize and support the need to reform our nation's immigration laws. However, this can and should be accomplished in a thoughtful and deliberate manner that does not harm refugees, battered women, and other vulnerable populations.
Many of the undersigned organizations and individuals will also be writing to you separately to discuss these and other issues of concern with this bill. Thank you for your consideration.
* Institutional affiliations listed for individual signatories are stated for purposes of identification only.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 06031670.