Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Senate to Vote Today on AgJOBS Amnesty and H-2B Increase - Urge Your Senators to Vote NO

Today during consideration of the emergency war supplemental bill, the Senate is scheduled to vote on Sen. Larry Craig's AgJOBS amnesty for illegal aliens engaged in farm work and their spouses and children, as well as Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D-MD) amendment to increase the number of H-2B seasonal guestworkers admitted each year. Read today's action alert to learn how you can help fight these amnesty/immigration liberalizing amendments.

earings Examine Alien Absconders and the Alien Gang Epidemic
Victor X. Cerda, acting director of detention and removal operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told senators of two subcommittees of the Judiciary Committee last week that a million people who are in some phase of immigration proceedings have been released into the general population because of limited detention space. Of those people, 465,000 are fugitive aliens who have been ordered deported and about 80,000 are criminal aliens who have committed an offense in addition to immigration violations.

Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) questioned why ICE isn't doing more to remove illegal aliens. Specifically, Sen. Sessions pointed out that ICE is far behind entering the names of the 465,000 fugitive aliens into a law-enforcement database. Without these names in law-enforcement databases if these people are picked up in another arrest, they would not be turned over to immigration authorities.

Over on the House side, the Immigration Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the alien gang epidemic that is facing the United States. "In response to the threat posed by alien gang members in the United States, in March ICE launched 'Operation Community Shield,' an anti-gang initiative that is targeting members of MS-13 in six cities nationwide," said Chairman John Hostettler (R-IN). "To date, ICE agents, working with their federal, state and local counterparts, have arrested more than 150 MS-13 gang members nationwide for immigration violations." The MS-13 gang originated in El Salvador and has an estimated 20,000 members in the United States, most of which are foreign nationals in the country illegally.

New Cosponsors of Key Bills
The following members signed on to key bills (both good and bad) this past week. Click on the bill numbers to learn more about the legislation and to send FREE faxed messages for or against these bills to your legislators. If your legislators are listed below, please follow your faxes up with phone calls to thank them or to urge them to withdraw their support.

Thank these members for supporting good reform legislation!

H.R. 698 - Citizenship Reform Act of 2005

Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-FL)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
Urge these members to reconsider their support for these dangerous bills.

S. 359 - The Agricultural Job, Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2005 (AgJOBS)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
H.R. 884 - The Agricultural Job, Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2005 (AgJOBS)

Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL)
Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY)
Rep. David Price (D-NC)
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
Rep. Robert Simmons (R-CT)

Recent Floor Statements

On April 13, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) commented on Immigration Legislation And The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill

On April 12, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) commented on Immigration Reform

Upcoming Events

The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims will hold an oversight hearing on the "October 2005 Deadline for Visa Waiver Program Countries to Produce Security Passports: Why It Matters to Homeland Security. When and Where: April 21, 1 p.m., 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.

The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold an oversight hearing on "Implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act: Effect of Sections 203 (b) and (d) on Information Sharing." When and Where: April 19, 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.

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