[URBANTH-L]NEWS: U.S. Immigration Debate Heats Up

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Wed Mar 15 23:56:23 EST 2006

From: Dr. Rachel H. Adler <radler at tcnj.edu>

Hi Urban Anthropologists,

For those of us who study immigration, (and for those of us who do not,)
please read the following and take action.  As scholars we have a
responsibilty to speak out for humane immigration policy.  Thank you for
your consideration.

Rachel Adler

Subject: Immigration Debate Heats Up! ACTION: Call Sen. Specter on March 15
From:    SIUHIN at aol.com
Date:    Wed, March 15, 2006 5:11 am
To:      info at immigrantsolidarity.org

Immigration Debate Heats Up! ACTION:  Call Sen. Specter on March 15

An appeal from National Immigrant Solidarity  Network

All across the country, immigrants and their allies are making their
voices   heard as the debate on immigration reform heats up! Just last
week, 100,000   people marched in Chicago; 40,000 gathered on the West
Lawn of the U.S.  Capitol;  over 3,000 lobbied in the halls of Congress;
and tens of thousands called  their  Senators during a National Call-In

TO HEAR OUR VOICES!  The Senate Judiciary Committee will continue
to review and revise Senator Specter's  (R-PA) draft immigration bill
("Chairman's Mark") this Wednesday and   Thursday. Call Senator Specter,
the Judiciary Committee Chair, on Wednesday,  March 15  and let him know:

** I support realistic, humane comprehensive  immigration reform.   ** I
oppose legislation that creates a permanent,  second-class of workers  who
will never have a meaningful path to citizenship;  the "Gold Card"
proposal  is unacceptable.

** I believe the Judiciary Committee should not  have to work under an
arbitrary deadline set by Senator Frist (R-TN) and should  have all the
time it  needs to bring forth a REAL comprehensive immigration  reform
bill.   You can contact Senator Specter's Judiciary Committee office  at:
(202)  224-5225

Useful Information:
2/24:  Draft Senate Immigration Bill Released:

2/24:  Partial Summary of Select Provisions in Senator Specter's February

23  Draft  Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

Talking Point: Myths about Undocumented  Immigrants _English_

and Spanish: 

Useful Tools

Tool kit on fighting  state/local police enforcing immigration laws:

Immigration reform is a big agenda item for Congress this session and
Senate and House leadership seem committed to passing legislation that
includes   stronger border protection and an expanded guestworker program.
The national   tone for immigration reform was set in December when the U.
S. House of Representatives passed HR 4437 making it a felony for
immigrants to be in the  United  States without proper documentation. Also
known as the Sensenbrenner  bill, HR  4437 makes it a crime for any person
to assist an undocumented  immigrant. Contact  the Senate Judiciary 
now to oppose this legislation:


Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee began considering reform of the
nation's immigration laws by debating various components of numerous
pieces of   immigration reform legislation combined into one bill by Senator 
Spector, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. This combination bill 
is known
as  the "Chairman's Mark", but its official title is the Immigration Reform 
Act  of
2006. After mark up in committee the bill is scheduled, on March 27th, for
consideration by the full Senate. It has two major guestworker or temporary
worker components and it does not provide a path to permanent residency or
citizenship in the U.S. Spouses and children of the workers would be 
to come  to the United States, but they would be denied any legal 
opportunity to
work!  Many if not most of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants 
in the
U. S. could apply to stay and work after meeting certain criteria. And an 
number of new guestworkers would be permitted to enter the country and work 
a total of six years, but the legislation contains no mechanism to   enforce
any violation of their workplace rights.

Tell Your Senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee to Say No to the 
Reform Act of 2006


Immigrant workers need a real path to citizenship. U. S. workers should
not   be forced into unfair competition for jobs and wages with an 
vulnerable workforce. All workers need to be guaranteed full workplace 
and  a real voice on the job. The legacy of indisputable abuses suffered by
post-World War II workers in the bracero program continue in today's modern
guestworker programs. The U.S. should not expand its guestworker 
initiatives, which
relegate immigrant workers to second-class guest worker status. A massive 
guestworker program will  have  a long-term negative impact on our economy
and create an undemocratic,   two-tiered society.

Tell  Your Senator to Support

    *   Enforceable remedies against companies that violate employment and
labor laws for all workers regardless of immigration status
    *   A clear path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million 
 workers who have paid taxes and contributed to their communities
    *   Requirements for employers to offer all jobs at prevailing wage and
to  attest (under penalty of law) that hiring foreign workers will not
adversely  affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed
workers in  the  U.S.

National Immigrant Solidarity Network
No Immigrant  Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!
webpage: http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/

mail:  info at ImmigrantSolidarity.org
New  York: (212)330-8172
Los Angeles: (213)403-0131
Washington D.C.:  (202)544-9355

Please consider making a donation to the important  work of National
Immigrant Solidarity Network

Send check pay  to:
National Immigrant Solidarity Network/AFGJ

and mail to:
ActionLA / The Peace  Center
8124 West 3rd Street, Suite 104
Los Angeles, California  90048
(All donations are tax deductible)

*to join  the immigrant Solidarity Network daily news litserv, send
e-mail to: isn-subscribe at lists.riseup.net or  visit:

*a  monthly ISN monthly Action Alert! listserv, go to the
webpage http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/isn-digest

Please join our following listservs:
Asian  American Labor Activism Alert! Listserv, send-e-mail to:
api-la-subscribe at lists.riseup.net or  visit:

NYC  Immigrant Alert!: New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas
immigrant  workers  information and alerts, send e-mail to:
nyc-immigrantalert-subscribe at lists.riseup.net or visit:

US-Mexico Border Information: No Militarization of  Borders! Support
Immigrant Rights! send e-mail to:
Border01-subscribe at yahoogroups.com
or  visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Border01/

Dr. Rachel H. Adler, Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
The College of NJ
Ewing, NJ 08628

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