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Immigrants Speak Against Radical Detention and Enforcement Measures in Senate Bi
Date Monday April 03
Time 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location Details
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
1663 Mission Street, Suite 602, San Francisco, CA
Event Type Press Conference
Organizer/AuthorAngela Junck
Speakers: Angie Junck, ILRC; Judy Golub, ILRC; Holly Cooper, UC Davis Law School; Cesar Ternieden, attorney at law; former detainees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Paromita Shah, National Immigration Project, 617-227-9727, x1

Immigrants Speak Against Radical Detention and Enforcement Measures in Senate Bill
Amidst Marches and Pending Legislation, Some Notes of Caution

On April 3, 2006, immigrants facing deportation under the current laws, legal experts, and community leaders will speak against radically expanded deportation and detention provisions buried in the Senate proposal that is being widely hailed as a pro-immigration "legalization"
bill.

While there are some good provisions in the Senate bill, including a guest-worker program and earned legalization, it is fatally packed with egregious and unjust enforcement provisions that undercut the spirit and goals of real legalization. The bill, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 27, contains many of the same provisions of the enforcement-tilted bill that passed the House (HR 4437). These extreme provisions would effectively bar millions of people from even the chance to earn legalization, take away the right to a fair hearing, legalize the indefinite detention of noncitizens, allow domestic military bases to be used for immigration detention, and turn local police into immigration agents.

Current law on immigration enforcement is already very harsh. By giving more detention authority to immigration agents, this bill would undermine checks-and-balances in our immigration system and hurt our communities and families. A real comprehensive immigration bill that offers a just solution must strip these egregious provisions.

Former detainees, their families, asylees, and representatives of legal and community organizations will speak on Monday about the impact of these policies on our clients, our communities, our youth, and their families. A press kit will be provided. Actions taking place in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and New York City.
Added to the calendar on Sunday Apr 2nd, 2006 3:25 PM
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