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House Judiciary Committee Passes Boldfaced Attack on Due Process, Floor Action Imminent

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 05120840 (posted Dec. 8, 2005)"

The House Judiciary Committee, on 12/8/05, approved by a vote of 23-15 the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. 4437), enforcement-only legislation sponsored by Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). The bill will move to the House floor next week. This bill is even more dangerous than we imagined it would be, and contains numerous egregious provisions including those that would: criminalize unlawful presence; strip the courts of much of their remaining jurisdiction over immigration matters; gut the due process rights of aliens, permanent residents and United States citizens; expand expedited removal; broaden the definition of alien smuggling to include family members, employers and immigrant advocates; expand the definition of aggravated felony; create new grounds of deportability and inadmissibility; increase mandatory detention; militarize the border; and place limitations on eligibility for naturalization.

We simply cannot allow this bill to pass. The results for both immigrants and U.S. citizens would be disastrous. Let your Representative know that the House is heading down a dangerous and misguided path, and urge your Senators and Representative to support a realistic, comprehensive approach to immigration reform. Send a letter to your elected officials today or call your Representative’s office, using the letter on Contact Congress as the basis for your talking points. HR 4437 is the wrong solution to our immigration challenges, and we need your immediate help to defeat it.

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