Five reasons why immigration reform is likely to pass this year

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make calls TODAY and TOMORROW to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee

The immigration debate has been evolving rapidly. The latest information is that the Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss detention, criminalization and interior enforcement provisions in the bill on Monday May 20th.

We encourage you to make calls TODAY and TOMORROW to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to urge them to oppose the amendments that would further harm immigrants in detention and support amendments that would further critical detention reforms. (see attached a more detailed analysis of these and other related amendments)

We are particularly concerned about Grassley Amendment 53 which would dramatically expand immigration detention during removal proceedings and indefinitely afterwards for those who cannot be removed as well as severely limit the use of alternatives to detention and bond hearings. Passage of this amendment would be a huge setback to our collective efforts to dramatically reduce detention.

Please make calls TODAY and TOMORROW. They do make an impact!! Please also share this action alert widely with your networks and allies.

Thank you.



MONDAY May 20th

Call Senators from the Judiciary Committee TODAY and TOMORROW

and ask them to:


“Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am calling to strongly urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to OPPOSE Senator Grassley’s amendments 41, 47, 51 and 53 and Senator Sessions’ amendment 12. These amendments are too extreme and out-of-step with the bipartisan spirit of S.744.


“I further strongly urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to SUPPORT Senator Coons’ amendment 6 and Senator Blumenthal’s amendment 2. These amendments are easy fixes that address critical issues needed to reform the immigration detention system.”



Grassley 41: Issue: This amendment strikes provision in bill that codifies the Office of Legal Access Programs and expands Legal Orientation Programs.

Grassley 47: Issue: This amendment strikes Section 3717, which provides for custody hearings for all detained immigrants and increases fairness of custody review and stipulated orders of removal procedures.

Grassley 51: This amendment strikes Section 3715, which directs DHS to create a secure alternatives program in every field office (including contracting with CBOs) and includes case management services. Section 3715 also requires DHS to make individualized assessments to determine level of supervision and to review the level of supervision monthly. It also permits secure alternatives to constitute custody in certain cases.

Grassley 53: Issue: This amendment expands immigration detention during removal proceedings and indefinitely afterwards for those who cannot be removed. Severely limits use of alternatives to detention and bond hearings.

Sessions 12: Issue: This amendment mandates bond levels of no less than $5,000 for nationals of non-contiguous countries, who have not been admitted or paroled, and who are apprehended within 100 miles of the border or present a flight risk as determined by ICE.


Coons 6: Issue: This amendment requires interoperability of ICE, CIS, CBP, and EOIR databases containing information on all detainees. Specifies categories of information that must be maintained in the database of each agency and establishes regular reporting requirements to Congress. Makes reports available to public without FOIA request.

Blumenthal 2: Issue: This amendment restricts the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention and outlines guidelines and oversight for its use.

Contact the Senators below who are on the Judiciary Committee

Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)
DC: (202) 224-4242

Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
DC: (202) 224-3841

Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
DC: (202) 224-6542

Senator Dick Durbin (IL)

DC: (202) 224-2152


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)

DC: 202-224-2921


Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)
DC: (202) 224-3244

Senator Al Franken (MN)
DC: (202) 224-5641

Senator Christopher A. Coons (DE)

DC: (202) 224-5042


Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT)

DC: (202) 224-2823


Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI)

DC: (202) 224-6361


Senator Orrin Hatch (UT)

DC: (202) 224-5251


Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)

DC: (202) 224-5972

Senator John Cornyn (TX)
DC: (202) 224-2934

Senator Mike Lee (UT)

DC: (202) 224-5444


Senator Jeff Flake (AZ)
DC: (202) 224-4521

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Today, debate around S. 744 begins. Over 300 amendments were filed, and the committee begins with border amendments. Please consider calling your Senator to oppose harsh amendments that will continue the failed policies of militarization on the border and violations of civil and human rights. See the alerts below from the Interfaith Coalition (Spanish and English).

URGENT Action Alert: CALLS needed THIS MORNING (Thursday, May 9)

TODAY is the first day that the Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering amendments on the bipartisan immigration bill, S. 744. Today they will consider amendments on the bill’s border provisions. Judiciary committee members need to hear from all people of faith across the country – not just those who live in their states – about how these amendments will impact our communities.

Please call 1-866-940-2439 THIS MORNING to speak with the office of a specific Judiciary Committee member. Below is a sample script you can use. More information on the amendments is below.

“As a person of faith, I urge the Senator to SUPPORT immigration amendments Coons #2, Hirono #23, Feinstein #6 and #11, and Blumenthal #10, which would protect families and vulnerable populations.

I also urge you to OPPOSE ALL amendments offered by Senators Grassley and Sessions, which would irresponsibly increase enforcement efforts and delay the pathway to citizenship.”


Senator Coons’ Amendment #2

This amendment would prohibit dangerous deportation practices that place migrants at increased vulnerability when deported at the Southern U.S. border.

Senator Hirono’s Amendment #23

This amendment would protect family values when individuals are apprehended at U.S. borders by taking into account the best interest of children and family unity.

Senator Feinstein’s Amendments #6 and #11

These amendments would help border communities by declaring the border area only 25 miles within the U.S. perimeter, as opposed to the current 100 miles, and keep children safe when in border patrol custody.

Senator Blumenthal’s Amendment #10

This amendment would help the Federal government discourage and prevent racial profiling by allowing the Attorney General to refuse to reimburse state and local governments for detentions and prosecutions resulting from a violation of the law by a law enforcement official, such as an act of racial profiling.


ALL of Senator Grassley’s Amendments

Senator Grassleys’ amendments (numbers 1, 4, and 6 specifically) could delay the pathway to citizenship for at least six months, if not indefinitely, and would increase border and interior enforcement measures above and beyond what the immigration bill already calls for.

ALL of Senator Sessions’ Amendments

Senator Sessions’ Amendments (numbers 9, 37, and 38 specifically) would mandate 700 miles of double-layered fencing; strike provisions to provide training to Border Patrol agents on the appropriate use of force, civil rights, cultural sensitivity, and screenings for vulnerable populations, and environmental concerns; and would signal that the use of force, including lethal force, by Border Patrol is permissible.

*Please note that you likely will not be connected with your own Senator’s office through this number, unless they are a specific Judiciary Committee member. This is the best way to raise our voices at this moment. Judiciary members know they are responsible to ALL of us as they consider amendments. Feel free to call 1-866-940-2439 multiple times to connect with all priority Judiciary members. The Judiciary Committee list can be found at, if you want to call directly.

Follow the markup live at a link provided at On Twitter, use #CIRmarkup, #SJC (senate judiciary committee), #timeisnow, #p2c (path to citizenship).You can also tweet at Judiciary Committee members: @SenatorLeahy, @SenFeinstein, @ChuckSchumer, @SenatorDurbin, @SenWhitehouse, @amyklobuchar, @alfranken, @ChrisCoons, @SenBlumenthal, @maziehirono, @ChuckGrassley, @OrrinHatch, @SenatorSessions, @LindseyGrahamSC, @JohnCornyn, @SenMikeLee, @tedcruz, @JeffFlake

For more information, go to

URGENTE Alerta de Acción: Llamadas necesarias ESTA MAÑANA (jueves, 9 de mayo)

HOY es el primer día que el Comité Judicial del Senado va a considerar las enmiendas al proyecto bipartidista de reforma migratoria S. 744. Hoy se tomaran en cuenta enmiendas sobre las provisiones fronterizas del proyecto migratorio. Miembros del Comité Judicial necesitan escuchar de toda la gente de fe que vive alrededor del país – no sólo de los que viven en sus estados – acerca de cómo estas enmiendas impactaran a nuestras comunidades.

Por favor llame al 1-866-940-2439 esta mañana para hablar con la oficina de un miembro del Comité Judicial. A continuación se muestra una escritura que puede utilizar. Más detalles sobre las enmiendas están por debajo.

“Como una persona de fe, insto al senador a que apoye la enmienda de inmigración número dos del Senador Coons, enmienda número veintitrés de la senadora Hirono, enmienda número seis y once de la senadora Feinstein y enmienda número diez del senador Blumenthal que protegerán a las familias y las poblaciones vulnerables.

También insto a que el senador se oponga A TODAS las enmiendas propuestas por los senadores Grassley y Sessions, que irresponsablemente aumentan las medidas de enjuiciamiento y retrasan el camino a la ciudadanía”.


Senador Coons Enmienda #2

Esta enmienda prohibiría prácticas de deportación peligrosas que ponen a los inmigrantes en mayor vulnerabilidad cuando son deportados en la frontera del sur de EE.UU..

Senadora Hirono Enmienda #23

Esta enmienda protegería los valores familiares cuando individuos son detenidos en las fronteras de Estados Unidos tomando en cuenta el mejor interés de los niño y de la unidad familiar.

Senadora Feinstein Enmienda #6 y #11

Esta enmienda mejorar la vida de las comunidades fronterizas, al declarar la zona fronteriza a sólo 25 kilómetros dentro del perímetro de EE.UU., en lugar de los actuales 100 kilómetros, y mantendría a los niños seguros cuando están en custodia de la Patrulla fronteriza.

Senador Blumenthal Enmienda #10

Esta enmienda ayudaría al Gobierno Federal desalentar y prevenir la discriminación racial al permitir que el Fiscal General niegue el rembolso a los gobiernos estatales y locales por detenciones y procesamientos resultantes de una violación de la ley por un oficial de la ley, tales como un acto de discriminación racial.


Todas las enmiendas del senador Grassley
Las enmiendas del senador Grassleys (números 1, 4 y 6 específicamente) podrían retrasar el camino a la ciudadanía durante al menos seis meses, si no de forma indefinida, y se incrementarían las medidas de ejecución fronterizas e interiores más allá de lo que el proyecto de ley de inmigración ya requiere.

Todas las enmiendas del senador Sessions
Las enmiendas del Senador Sessions (números 9, 37 y 38 específicamente) asignarían como mandato 700 millas de doble cercado; eliminarían provisiones que proveen entrenamiento a los agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza sobre el uso adecuado de la fuerza, los derechos civiles, la sensibilidad cultural, y como conducir pruebas de detección de poblaciones vulnerables, y también señalarían que el uso de fuerza, incluyendo la fuerza letal por la Patrulla Fronteriza es permitida.

* Por favor, tenga en cuenta que es probable que no sea conectado con la oficina de su propio senador a través de este número, al menos que sea un miembro del Comité Judicial específico. Esta es la mejor manera de elevar nuestras voces en este momento. Miembros del Comité Judicial saben que son responsables a todos nosotros mientras consideran las enmiendas. No dude en llamar al 1-866-940-2439 varias veces para ser conectados con todos los miembros prioritarios del Comité Judicial. Puede encontrar la lista del Comité Judicial en si quiere llamarlos directamente.

Siga la calificación del proyecto bipartidista en vivo en un enlace que aparece en En Twitter, usen #CIRmarkup, #SJC (Comité Judicial del Senado), #timeisnow, # p2c (camino a la ciudadanía).También puede comunicarse con miembros del Comité Judicial usando sus nombres: @SenatorLeahy, @SenFeinstein, @ChuckSchumer, @SenatorDurbin, @SenWhitehouse, @amyklobuchar, @alfranken, @ChrisCoons, @SenBlumenthal, @maziehirono, @ChuckGrassley, @OrrinHatch, @SenatorSessions, @LindseyGrahamSC, @JohnCornyn, @SenMikeLee, @tedcruz, @JeffFlake

Para obtener más información, vaya a

Published in: on May 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

May 6, 1882: Congress Passes First Major Law Restricting Immigration

“May 6, 1882: Congress Passes First Major Law Restricting Immigration”

ABA Journal

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Leaked ICE PowerPoint on how to increase deportations

Leaked ICE powerpoint on how to increase deportations

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ICE Made 800 Requests For Law Enforcement To Hold U.S. Citizens

ICE Made 800 Requests For Law Enforcement To Hold U.S. Citizens

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Borking Immigration Hawks

Borking Immigration Hawks:

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Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth

Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth

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He said he’d do it

He said he’d do it->The White House Proposes an Immigration Bill

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ICE says it never acted on plan to mine driver records

They admit they had a plan…
ICE says it never acted on plan to mine driver records

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