Immigrants under attack in Washington DC-

Right now, the House Judiciary Committee is debating, and eventually voting, on H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. Unfortunately, this bill, sponsored by Rep. Adams from Florida, not only leaves out important improvements to VAWA’s protections for immigrant survivors that were included in S. 1925, the widely supported bipartisan Senate bill, but it also seeks amendments that dramatically undercut existing protections for immigrant survivors in VAWA. As Rep. Conyers said earlier today in the hearing, this proposed bill “does violence against the Violence Against Women Act.”

Go to to read both a sign-on letter in opposition to this terrible bill, which includes over 100 immigration, faith, labor, human rights and community organizations, including AILA, and AILA’s talking points on H.R. 4970. For a twitter transcript of the hearing’s morning events check out the AILA Twitter feed

H.R 4970 rolls back years of progress and bi-partisan commitment on the part of Congress to protect vulnerable immigrant victims of domestic violence, stalking, sex crimes, other serious crimes, and trafficking. This morning, some members of the committee attempted to use this hearing to advance their anti-immigrant agenda rather than focusing on protecting victims of violence, including especially vulnerable immigrant populations. Click here to send a strong message to your Representative that you stand in strict opposition to this terrible bill

DOJ Funding
In other House news, the House is debating on the floor a major appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) that funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice and science programs, including EOIR. The bill would cut $1.6 billion from current funding, a decrease of 3 percent. We’re monitoring the debate for any harmful immigration-related amendment that may be offered on the floor.

One area on our radar includes provisions that prohibit the DOJ from using funds to challenge the constitutionality of state immigration laws, such as SB 1070. State immigration laws raise concerns of compromised community safety and racial profiling, and DOJ’s legal challenges raise critical constitutional and civil and immigrant rights issues. These provisions would improperly interfere with the separation of the Executive Branch from the Legislative Branch, and hinder DOJ from carrying out its duties in enforcing federal laws.

Published in: on May 10, 2012 at 2:33 am  Leave a Comment  

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