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Hunger Strike to Stop Anti-Migrant Legislation

by C. Cruz Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006 at 4:43 PM

Dear Family, I have decided to hunger strike for 7 straight days to defend the rights of all immigrants and to inspire immigrants to stand up! We are part of many protests happening throughout the nation.

Dear Family,

I have decided to hunger strike for 7 straight days to defend the rights of all immigrants and to inspire immigrants to stand up!

We are part of many protests happening throughout

the nation.

We will be joining the following other fasters:

Renee Saucedo- La Raza Centro Legal

Raul Alcaraz- Youth Together, Deporten a la Migra

Wayne Yang-East Oakland Community High School

2 day laborers from Mountain View and San Francisco

Please help spread the word.... after it, is some

more 411 for u....

Hunger Strike For Immigrant Rights

We need your support.

Why will they go without eating?

1. We believe that no human beings are illegal!

2. We believe that the law is racist and unjust.

-The law would make you be a snitch for immigration.

-The law would make you turn in your own grandmother

if she was undocumented.

-The law would make you a criminal if you help

immigrants.

What can I do?

1. Come out and support the fasters. Bring your

family.

-Everyday there will be a candlelight vigil starting

at 6p.m.

-There will be rallies on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

and Monday at 12pm.

2. Call Senator Feinstein and tell her to vote no on

H.R. 4437

415.393.0707, 202.224.5042

3. Let people know what is happening. Call your

friends, 'my space' them.

4. Wear your orange arm-band everywhere you and

'represent.'

Where?

S.F. Federal Building

(Golden Gate & Larkin, southwest side)

When?

Tuesday, March 21st noon to Monday, March 27th noon



BAY AREA IMMIGRANT RIGHTS COALITION

310 EIGHTH STREET, SUITE 303 OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

WWW.IMMIGRANTRIGHTS.ORG



The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal

Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437)



BACKGROUND: SPEEDY ACTION WITH DANGEROUS RESULTS

HR 4437 was passed by the House of Representatives on

December 16, 2005, by a vote of 239 to 182. With a

mere 8 days between introduction and passage of this

legislation, HR 4437 is clearly a rushed and recycled

attempt at �immigration reform.� HR 4437 proposes

more unenforceable laws that wholly fail to address

what many in both the American public and Congress

have recognized: That our immigration system is broken

and needs to be fixed in a manner that brings

immigrants out of the shadows of our society and

provides families a way to legally and safely reunite.

Nonetheless, the White House has issued a statement

in support of HR 4437. The Senate is expected to act

on both HR 4437 and other proposed immigration

legislation starting in February.



�LOW-LIGHTS�: SELECT PROVISIONS OF HR 4437

Criminalizes undocumented immigrants

Under current law, living in the US without legal

status is a civil violation, not a criminal one. This

means that although undocumented immigrants can be

arrested and deported by immigration officials, they

do not face criminal charges and the possibility of

prison time. HR 4437 would change this, by creating

a new federal crime of �unlawful presence� and

broadening the definition of immigration violations to

include every violation - however minor, whether

intentional or not - as a federal crime.

Criminalizing any and all immigration violations would

eliminate any opportunity for millions of undocumented

immigrants who may be convicted under this provision

to ever earn legal status through any future

legalization program. It is also a back door way to

authorize state and local police to enforce

immigration laws.

Criminalizes organizations and individuals assisting

undocumented immigrants

HR 4437 proposes to expand the definition of the

federal crime of �alien smuggling� to include

assisting a person to remain or attempt to remain in

the United States unlawfully. This would subject

social and legal services organizations, refugee

agencies, churches, and others who work with

immigrants to criminal penalties for providing such

assistance. Even family members and charitable

workers could face federal prison time for assisting

undocumented immigrants.

Authorizes state and local police to enforce

immigration laws

An amendment that was adopted into the final version

of HR 4437 proposes to authorize law enforcement

agencies with the authority to enforce immigration

laws. It further proposes the withholding of federal

funding to states that have a policy limiting the

cooperation between state and/or local police and

federal immigration officials. Recycled from

Sensenbrenner�s CLEAR Act bill, these exact

proposals already have been soundly defeated and

strongly criticized by law enforcement officials and

others as a dangerous shift from the long-standing

policy reasons for keeping criminal and immigration

enforcement separate.



Authorizes automatic and indefinite detention for

almost all immigrants

HR 4437 proposes the mandatory detention of all

non-citizens attempting to enter the U.S. unlawfully.

The only exceptions would be for Cubans, and for those

permitted to withdraw an application for admission or

who are paroled into the U.S. �for urgent

humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.�

In addition, the bill seeks to overturn a U.S.

Supreme Court decision finding indefinite detention to

be unconstitutional, by creating a new category of

�dangerous alien� that would permit the government

to indefinitely detain individuals under removal

orders who cannot be deported to their native country.

Expands greatly the immigration consequences of

criminal convictions

HR 4437 contains numerous provisions to increase the

authority of the government to deport non-citizens

convicted of crimes. For example, it proposes that a

single offense of driving while intoxicated or

refusing a breathalyzer test in violation of state law

to be a ground for deportability or inadmissibility.

It also authorizes the use of expedited removal (i.e.

deportation without a hearing) against anyone who is

inadmissible based on criminal grounds.

Creates a phone and Internet based employment

eligibility verification system

The bill requires all employers, including those who

recruit or refer individuals for employment such as

non- profit groups and labor agencies, to use this

verification system. This proposal would do away with

the current I-9 verification process, putting in its

place a system that already has been proven to be

fraught with errors and used to unlawfully

discrimination against non-citizen workers.

Calls for a fence along the US-Mexico border and the

elimination of the diversity visa program

Amongst the most obviously unworkable and

mean-spirited provisions, HR 4437 calls for the

building of a two-layered fence in parts of Arizona,

California, New Mexico, and Texas. In addition, it

calls for the study of the feasibility of building a

fence along the U.S.-Canada border. HR 4437 also

proposes the end to the diversity visa program.

This document was produced by Anita Sinha of the

International Institute of the East Bay (www.iieb.org)

and Larisa Casillas of Services, Immigrant Rights,

Education Network (www.siren-bayarea.org). It

incorporates information from the Immigrant Legal

Resource Center (ILRC) (www.ilrc.org) and the National

Immigration Law Center (NILC) (www.nilc.org)

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