Saturday, December 17, 2005
We know we have been sending you a lot of emails this week and we apologize. This week is an exception and we will take care not to repeat this in coming weeks. However, we need your immediate help as H.R. 4437, the cruel anti-immigrant bill that we wrote you about earlier this week, is currently being debated on the House floor and can be voted on at any time.
This mean-spirited Republican-backed bill would make it a felony to be an undocumented worker and gut the due process rights of legal immigrants and U.S. citizens.
Your e-mails have already made a difference. The House Rules Committee, which determines allowable amendments, rejected the amendment denying citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants born here.
H.R. 4437 subverts America's most deeply held values, including a day in court, checks and balances, and freedom from unjust and arbitrary detention. Instead of fixing our broken immigration system, this bill will make matters worse by turning millions of decent, hard-working people into criminals, driving them further underground and pushing more workers into the black market of smugglers and criminals.
What we need is a system allowing people already here to earn the right to stay by continuing to perform work crucial to the U.S. economy, reforms such as the bipartisan, broadly supported AgJobs bill, cosponsored by both Democrats and Republicans.
Your U.S. Representative needs to hear from you IMMEDIATELY about why this bad bill should not pass. Instead, he or she should support comprehensive immigration reform such as the AgJobs bill (H.R. 884). Please call and e-mail your U.S. Representative. Ask him or her to vote against this bill.