Friday, October 08, 2004

One Step Closer to Major Immigration Reform, A Couple of Steps to Go

Stop the Madness at FAIR

Your quick response to our code red action alert yesterday was astonishing! The phone calls, faxes and emails you have made over the past few weeks in support of the 9/11 Commission immigration recommendations are making a real difference; that difference was demonstrated yesterday when the House defeated the Menendez substitute amendment (H.AMDT.785) by a vote of 203 - 213.

We attribute this victory to our committed activists and their countless efforts. The Menendez amendment would have stripped out all of the immigration-related recommendations in H.R.10.

However, our work is not yet over. There is still a looming threat that two amendments by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) could strip out some important immigration provisions. These amendments are expected to be voted on sometime today.

Click here to see how your member voted on the Menendez amendment, and then call to say thank you or to express your disappointment if your representative voted for the amendment. While you have them on the phone, ask them to oppose the Smith amendments detailed below.

Action Opportunity:
Call and urge your representative to oppose Smith Amendments #50 and #51 (see below for details) and then to vote for final passage of H.R.10. Find your representative's phone number here on our web site or call the Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask to be connected.

Type your zip code into the "take action now" box to send a FREE pre-written fax to your representative urging a NO vote on the Smith amendments and a YES vote for final passage of H.R.10.

Amendment Details:
Smith Amendment #50 - Rep. Chris Smith's (R-NJ) amendment removes the provisions allowing expedited removal of illegal aliens, terrorists, and criminal aliens present in the United States less than five years.

Smith (NJ) #51 - This amendment, also by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), strikes the section designed to prevent fraudulent asylum claims.

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