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You! The Los Angeles Petitions to Oppose Anti-Immigrant Bill was
We had successfully collected hundreds of
signatures within 10 days for a petition addressed to the Los Angeles
City Council requesting they adopt a resolution in favor of the
immigrant community. The petition will be hand delivered to City
Council on February 2nd. Our voices need to be heard and we need
to defeat H.R. 4437 the moment it reaches the Senate. Currently,
folks in D.C. are speculating that the issue of immigration will
be taken up in mid February. If City Council approves the resolution
it will be an issue the lobbying committee of the city takes on
in D.C. as a priority.
Petition to the Los Angeles City Council
2/3 LA City Council to Minutemen:
LOS ANGELES, February [LA IMC] The Los Angeles
City Council this morning issued an official and harsh rebuke to inland
and border anti-migrant vigilantes. The Council moved Item No. 7 to
second position on the agenda, effectively declaring it a consent
item. The Council resolved to "include in the Citys 2005-06
State and Federal Legislative Program, SUPPORT of State or Federal
Legislation denouncing and prohibiting the vigilante actions of individuals
against immigrants along the border and within urban communities and
enact immigration reform leading towards a path of permanent status
for immigrants here now and wider legal channels for those coming
in the future.
From the Newswire: LA
City Council to Minutemen: Go Home! by Leslie Radford
10/7 Borders, Vigilantes, Deaths:
Audio and Other Updates
San Diego Inymedia Center has a compilation of some recent postings
to the newswire concerning some of our three favorite topics here
in San Diego: Borders, Vigilantes, and Death.
Post 9-11 || Minutejerks
go North || The
Minute KKKlan || Jen
Discusses Resistance to Border Vigilantes
number of border deaths || Hundreds
charge Spanish Border || Why
We Oppose Borders || English
Nov 28: Bad Border Bill sailing
Although Congress was out of session for the Thanksgiving
holiday, they have vowed to have a full vote on the Border Security
and Terrorism Prevention Act the week of December 12. It is very
important to express opposition to this bill - right now, and this
bill may get even worse before it gets better. And U.S. Rep. John
Culberson, a Texas Republican, is pushing legislation to create
a citizen border patrol whose members would be deputized to make
arrests and authorized to carry guns.
President Bush, on the other hand, once again along
with the Congress, spinning his rhetoric from the failure war in
Iraq, to blaming the immigrants for all the World's problems.
It's Clear that after the massy military problems
in Iraq, the Bush admistration is once again spinning our focus
from Iraq to immigrant issues, at his recent trip to Arizona, he
highlight his latest rhetoric:
Bush Says Secure border, no amnesty
Bush Seeks 'New' Immigration Strategy
For much of the past five years, President Bush
has sought to smooth the edges of the national immigration debate
with the sentimental observation that "family values don't
stop at the Rio Grande River." He has lamented the suffering
inflicted by illegal border crossings and celebrated the migrants'
contributions to the U.S. economy. But during his visit to the border
this week, the president tucked away his compassionate conservatism
and strutted his stuff as a tough-talking lawman determined to bring
order to the 1,950-mile U.S.-Mexico border.
He showed far more willingness to crack down at
the country's edge, however, than to demand that employers, whose
jobs draw migrants northward, comply with the law - which many believe
is essential for successful immigration reform. Here are some of
the provisions of the bill draft by the Congress:
* The Department of Homeland Security must develop
a comprehensive border security plan in the next six months that
will increase the use of technology, infrastructure, and manpower
at the border.
* The bill puts terrorists and undocumented migrants in the same
category, saying that this new plan must respond to both threats
* Put 8,000 new Border Patrol Agents on our borders
* The Department of Defense must develop a plan to allow the Border
Patrol to more fully take advantage of its resources. It includes
unmanned aerial vehicles, radars, surveillance equipment and "assistance"
in conducting surveillance activities.
* Requires Homeland Security to develop a plan for securing national
parks, forests, and other recreational areas along the border. This
would give them increased authority on environmentally sensitive
* Mandates the detention and deportation of all undocumented migrants.
If they are released pending a court date, they must take out a
minimum bond of $5,000. This will basically increase the jailing
* Transfer the authority of the Tohono O'odham Shadow Wolves (the
reservation's police force that addresses migration issues) to the
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Here's What You Can do >> Read
Take Actions! Contact President Bush and your congressional
9/18 San Diego, CA: Deporten a La
Migra Marches on Sacramento; Minuteman Training Disrupted in San Diego
A weekend of No Border
actions in San Diego confronted the racist groups attempting to
mount vigilante border patrols in California. On 9/17, a group of
around 50 demonstrators interrupted a "Friends of the Border
Patrol" training session, tore down the registration table
and flag and entered the hall chanting "No Borders, No Racists,
No Borders, No Nations" and "We didn't cross the border,
the border crossed us." On 9/18, a No Border March converged
on the border from both north and south at Calexico, about two hours
east of San Diego.
Meanwhile, on 9/16, a bay area coalition
called "Deporten a La Migra" headed to Sacramento to march
on the State Capitol and Attorney General's office, condemning the
racist vigilantes terrorizing the border. St. Peters' Housing Committee,
SF Day Labor Program, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, CARECEN, Heads Up
Collective, CISPES, and Just Cause Oakland all sent delegations
to present their demands to Schwarzenegger and Lockyer.
Report and Photos from Bay
Area Coalition to Fight the Minutemen | Reflections
by a bay area no-borders activist | Report
from Deporten a La Migra | Coverage
at San Diego Indymedia
More Recent News on the Minutemen,
Please Visit our Minutemen Watch
9/5: Hurricane Katrina Alert!
Calls For Progressive Emergency Supports to
For More Information please visit our
Hurricane Katrina Alert Webpage:
6/3: Latest REAL ID, CLEAR
Act and Other Due Process Issues
6/9: Update On The 'Gang' Bill
On May 11, the House passed a bill
with troubling immigration related provisions known as the Gang
Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2005 (H.R. 1279). Among
other things, the bill would expand the definition of 'crime of
violence' and as a result, the definition of an "aggravated
felony" in the immigration code. Read
Latest CLEAR Act amendments by: National Immigration Forum
EXCERPT FROM HOUSE FLOOR REAL ID DEBATE
Information REAL ID Act
'Real ID' Will Affect You?
REAL ID outcome By Sean Mariano Garcia - Latin America Working
"Real ID" Passed
On May 5, the House of Representatives
voted 368-58 to approve the final version of an emergency supplemental
appropriations bill, which includes a series of anti-immigrant measures
originally introduced as the REAL ID Act.
Recent Government Campaigns Against Immigrants
6/11: Terrorism case in Lodi,
California begins to unravel
Within days of the June 5 arrest of two Lodi,
California men supposedly linked to Islamic fundamentalist terrorism,
the case has begun to come apart at the seams. Attorneys for the
two men, a Pakistani immigrant and his US-born son, announced Thursday
that there were significant discrepancies in the affidavits used
by the federal Department of Justice to charge their clients. Read
6/10: First Group of Deported Migrants Flown to
Ninety-four deported migrants arrived in Mexico's
capital Friday on the first flight of a renewed U.S. repatriation
program aimed at discouraging repeated border-crossers in desert
areas during the hot summer months. Read
6/9: 17 Chinese Restaurants Raided in Mich.
Authorities raided 17 Chinese restaurants
around Michigan that they suspect of ducking millions of dollars
in taxes and importing undocumented workers as a ``modern version
of indentured servants.'' Read
The Surge of Anti-Immigrant Incidents
Across the Country
There's been surge of anti-immigrant
campaigns organized by our
government and the general
public, from California
Furthermore, The recently passed
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) will intensify
a crisis in immigrant communities while benefiting a burgeoning
National Immigrant Solidarity
Network and different peace
and justice organizations will announce soon several campaigns to
counter the anti-immigrant hysteria across the country in 2005,
please support our upcoming campaigns to against the racist anti-immigrant
ACTION ALERT REMINDER: Contact Your Senators About REAL ID
Undocumented Immigrant Numbers Surge
TIMCO labor contractor charged with providing false documents
103 Alleged Honduran Gang Members Arrested
5/3: Alabama Anti-Immigrant "Taxpayer
and Citizen Protection Act" introduced
Continuing on the heels of the success of Arizona's
Proposition 200 (officially known as the Arizona "Taxpayer
and Citizen Protection Act"), Alabama becomes the latest in
a growing list of states facing this form of anti-immigrant legislation.
4/27: The Radio Host "Jersey Guys"
(NJ 101.5) Makes Anti-Asian Racist Remarks
Earlier last week, "The Jersey Guys"
on NJ 101.5 made disturbing, inflammatory racial remarks regarding
Jun Choi, a Korean American running for Edison (NJ) Mayor. We encourage
you to take action and make your voice heard that Asian Americans
are part of our country's democratic process and that such insensitive
remarks will not be tolerated! Read
Recent Incidents: Protest
HOT 97! Racist "Tsunami Song"!
4/18 AZ: Threat of National and International
Boycott of Arizona Looms as 20 Anti-Immigrant Bills Move through Arizona
Tucson -Arizona legislators backing the Minutemen
Vigilante Project on the Arizona-Mexico Border are also pushing
an unprecedented slew of anti-immigrant bills. In response, a growing
number of groups throughout Arizona, California and Mexico are threatening
a boycott of Arizona goods and services should any of these discriminatory
bills become law. Read
4/17 AZ: Act NOW to stop legislation targeting
immigrant workers & families in Arizona !
Many of the bills below are
being decided this coming week in the AZ Legislature. Your emails
and phone calls are needed NOW to persuade Senators and Representatives
to vote NO on all of these, especially the first 8 listed! Read
Call your AZ Senator TODAY!
DREAM Act 2005: More Endorsements Urgently
April 6: Senator Hatch and Senator Durbin are
poised to re-introduce the DREAM Act very soon, hopefully within
a week or so. Our expectation is that this year's bill will likely
be substantially identical to the one that emerged from the Judiciary
Committee last session by a 16-3 vote. Advocates are working hard
to gather as many organizational endorsements as possible before
the bill is reintroduced. More
information on how you can help
April 8-14, 2005: Tell Senate:
Reject Anti-Immigrant, Pro-War Legislation!
Call Your Senators And Support The Community
Its bad enough that our tax dollars would
again be used for the war. But if the Senate agrees to the House
version of the military appropriations bill -- pegged as an emergency
wartime effort to support U.S. troops it would also mount
an all-out assault on immigrants at home. We urge you to support
the following campaigns to suprt teh immigrant rights and bring
the troops back home!
Senate: Reject Anti-Immigrant, Pro-War Legislation
Sign on Letter Big Success! More to do (Farmworker Justice Fund)
New York City: IMPORTANT Immigrant Voting Rights Rally (NICE)
2/3 Alert! ANTI-IMMIGRANT
LEGISLATION TO BE VOTED ON NEXT WEEK! CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL
By National Immigration Forum
A vote on anti-immigrant legislation, introduced
by House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), is expected
in the U.S. House of Representatives early next week, your actions
HOT 97! Racist "Tsunami Song"!
Immigrant Solidarity Network had been deeply outraged by a recent
radio broad cast by New York City HOT 97's "Miss Jones in the
Morning Show" ran a racist song call Tsunami Song that ridicules
the victims of the Tsunami as "ch*nks" whose children
will now be sold into child slavery.
2/19 New Brunswick, NJ: New Jersey
Immigrant/Human Rights Conference
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Rutgers University Labor Education Center
50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, American
Friends Service Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union of
New Jersey and the International Institute of New Jersey take the
initiative to hold an all-day conference on Human Rights for Immigrants.
10 / 9-11 COMMISSION LEGISLATION
(Sad News) Prop. 200 win inspires other
groups across U.S.
Arizona's decisive passage of Proposition
200 is inspiring similar anti-illegal immigration efforts across
the United States, sweeping east from California to Georgia.
12/9 Washington DC: National Immigration
Forum's Strategy Meeting
Election Outcomes: What happened and why?
Reflections on 2004: What did we do and how did we do it? How can
we learn from it?
Political Dynamics and Policy Directions for 2005
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Two Marches For Immigrant Rights
in Los Angeles CA
Equal Rights for Immigrants
Stop the Raids on Immigrants and
Legalization Stop The Raids
Assemble at 9:00 am
at 5 points in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles CA
(corner of Chavez and Lorena)
March to 1st & Spring, City Hall for Rally
and another March the same day in LA...
March & Rally For Immigrants Rights
Assemble at 12:00 noon
at corner of Olympic & Broadway, Los Angeles
March to 1st & Spring, City Hall for Rally
September 20-25, 2004
National Week of Action
read about the Nationwide September Week of Action
read the DREAM Team Fast DAILY JOURNAL
Immigrant Solidarity Network member Terry Burke's
"Why Do I Fast" and DAILY JOURNAL
Friday August 27, 2004
Immigrant-Worker Solidarity Day Of Action
SpeakOut! in New York City
A day of immigrant workers and community activists gathering to speak out on the Issues
Report from the August 30 PPEHRC March in NYC
Read about the event
ActionLA Organized Border Action to Stop the FTAA
April 20-21, 2001
Immigrant Solidarity Network has grown out of the work of ActionLA affinity group. In Spring 2001, in coalition with groups from across the West, ActionLA organized a groundbreaking bi-national protest on both sides of the Mexican-US border.
Call John Ashcroft | OPPOSE
THE CLEAR ACT: Write to Congress | SUPPORT THE AG-JOBS ACT: Write to Congress | OPPOSE SEVIS
Stop the Surveillance
of Innocent Students | SUPPORT THE DREAM Act Education for All Students | SUPPORT THE CIVIL LIBERTIES RESTORATION Act Constitutional Rights for All | SUPPORT THE SOLVE Act Just Immigration Reform |
ADC, National Immigration Forum
Department of Homeland Security Announces Termination of 30 Day and Annual Re-registration Requirements Affecting Some 83,000 Individuals
Threat of Deportations Still Hangs Over Those Already Affected by the Flawed Policy
elimination of the call-in requirements is a positive step,
and helps move us away from a system which discriminates against
individuals based solely on their national origin. However,
we are still very concerned about the thousands of people
who unreasonably face possible deportation as a result of
a policy that is increasingly recognized as having been ill-conceived."
thousands of individuals for trivial reasons resulting from
the poor implementation of a flawed policy will not make our
country any safer. We urge the government to continue to correct
problems associated with Special Registration and to drop
plans to pursue deporting thousands of individuals who came
forward to voluntarily comply with the registration program
Congresswoman and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
(ADC) President Mary Rose Oakar
deportations and discriminatory treatment based soley on national
origin do not serve to increse the security of the United
States. Please let Attorney General John Ashcroft know
that you oppose further deportation proceedings against those
unjustly caught in the ill-concieved Special Registration
1: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Statement
2: National Immigration Forum Press Release
from: Friends Committee on National Legislation, National Immigration Forum, ACLU
THE CLEAR ACT - H.R. 2671
bill requires state and local police to enforce federal, civil
immigration laws. Using local police to enforce federal immigration
laws conflicts with their primary mission of fighting crime
in our communities. Under CLEAR, Domestic violence, gang intimidation
and drug activity will likely all increase because when immigrants
begin to see local police as agents of the federal government,
with the power to deport them or their family members, they
are less likely to approach local law enforcement with tips
on crimes or suspicious activity.
Committee on National Legislation
National Immigration Forum
from: National Immigration Forum, United Farm Workers
SUPPORT THE AGJOBS BILLS: S.1645 & H.R. 3142
In this session of Congress, a remarkable deal between farmworker advocates and agricultural employers has been packaged into legislation. Addressing undocumented immigration in the agricultural sector is critical, as this is an industry largely serviced by undocumented workers (from 50 to 75% of the workforce is undocumented) who have been historically and systematically vulnerable to exploitation by their employers. The problem in our larger economy between a deficiency in the domestic labor supply and increasing demand for foreign labor is particularly acute in the agricultural sector.
Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act (AgJOBS)
S. 1645 (PDF), introduced by Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA).
H.R. 3142 (PDF), introduced by Representatives Chris Cannon (R-UT) and Howard Berman (D-CA).
The bill would put undocumented immigrant farmworkers on a path to permanent legal status, and streamline aspects of the current H-2A agriculture guestworker program. It is supported by major agricultural employers as well as farmworker advocates.
United Farm Workers
The National Immigration Forum
Refuse and Resist, Hawai'i
Campaign Against SEVIS
Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a computer system for racial profiling that singles out and criminalizes international students in the U.S.
The USA PATRIOT Act and the Border Securities Act make it mandatory for universities to provide information on international students directly to the INS, the State Dept, the FBI, and other government agencies. Under the law, universities must enter confidential student information into the SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) computer system.
letters to the editors. Educate yourself and others about SEVIS.
The StopSEVIS campaign is a project of the Hawai`i Chapter of
Refuse & Resist!
from: UNITE HERE, ACLU
the DREAM Act
Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM
Act) S1291 and the Student Adjustment Act, HR 1918 are pending
in Congress to clear up the immigration status issues and
address federal barriers to education and work confronted
by the U.S.-raised children of undocumented immigrants.
current law, 50-65,000 students graduate from American high
schools each year who have been in the U.S. more than five
years but who face limited prospects for completing their
education or working legally in the United States because
they were originally brought here by parents lacking immigration
status. Among those prevented from completing their education
are valedictorians, honors students, award winners, class
presidents, and student leaders. These young people deserve
a fresh start, both in fairness to them and in our national
The DREAM Act would address this issue in two ways:
by deleting a federal provision that interferes with a states
right to determine which students qualify as residents
for purposes of in-state tuition or other state education
by providing a mechanism for certain long-term resident
immigrant students with good moral character to apply for
legal residency so that they can work and otherwise fully
participate in their communities.
from: Friends Committee on National Legislation, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
SUPPORT THE CIVIL LIBERTIES RESTORATION ACT: H.R. 4591
The Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLRA) was introduced by Congress on Wednesday, June 16, 2004. It aims to repeal those provisions of the Patriot Act which violate civil liberties, including restoring due process for those jailed by the government; stopping the targeting of immigrants instead of terrorists; and protecting privacy and ensuring limits on secret surveillance. The companion bill in the Senate is S. 2528.
Write to Congress
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The Rights Working Group
The full text of CLRA (PDF)
Talking points on the CLRA
from: Coalición de Derechos Humanos/Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras, AFL-CIO, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Support the SOLVE Act of 2004
Our immigration laws must be updated to reward the contributions of undocumented immigrants and to make it easier for people to come to this country through legal channels. Legislation to accomplish this goal has been introduced: The Safe, Orderly, Legal Visas and Enforcement Act (SOLVE). If enacted, the bill would provide an earned adjustment to legal status for America's undocumented immigrant workers, expand legal opportunities for workers coming to fill our labor needs in the future, reduce the backlog in the family immigration system, and establish a new program for workers coming to fill our temporary labor needs.
There is powerful opposition to this legislation in Congress. Let your Representative and Senators know you want immigration reform before they adjourn for the year.
Write to Congress
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Coalición de Derechos Humanos/Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras