AILA Doc. No. 13050809 | Dated May 8, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - Late yesterday, about 300 amendments were filed by Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which have been posted publicly in an unprecedented effort to open the immigration reform process.
"Amid the hundreds of amendments filed by Senators were several that would improve our immigration system. However, there were a number of proposals that, if accepted, would pull the U.S. immigration system backward instead of moving it forward," said American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) President, Laura Lichter. She continued, "Some of the amendments are disappointing, considering the spirit of compromise with which the bill was drafted."
In terms of the amendments offered, several would strengthen the bill in ways that AILA has committed to supporting:
The most problematic of the amendments, if accepted, would gut the core of the Senate's "Gang of Eight" bi-partisan bill. Many amendments would essentially guarantee that no one could successfully get through provisional legal status and gain citizenship, while others would make it more difficult for immigrants to successfully seek asylum. Offered amendments threaten carefully-struck balance in important areas, such as:
"Destructive amendments that only serve to undermine the workable framework that the Senate 'Gang of Eight' and their staff have built have no place in this process. We call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to resist playing politics with America's future, and pass a bipartisan and balanced bill out of committee that will meet the needs of our economy, and reflect the values upon which our country is built," concluded Ms. Lichter.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 13050809.