Amendments to the Senate #immigration bill that Senators should oppose

Tomorrow the Senate will continue debate and voting on amendments to the immigration bill.  Here are the amendments expected to be offered over the next several days that Senators should oppose.  

Please take the time to call your senators’ offices at 1-866-940 2439 or 202-224-3121 and let them know you support comprehensive immigration reform with a road to citizenship:

  • · OPPOSE Senator Rubio’s amendment #1225, which would require all immigrants over the age of 16 to be able to demonstrate English proficiency before adjusting from Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status to Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status;
  • · OPPOSE Senator Cornyn’s “RESULTS” amendment #1251, which would mandate unreasonable triggers that could inevitably delay the path to citizenship and increase enforcement costs without a clear strategy or purpose;
  • · OPPOSE Senator Vitter’s amendments #1201 and #1228, which would needlessly delay the pathway to citizenship until the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implements biometric border check-in/out systems and until Congress confirms that is has been sufficiently implemented;
  • · OPPOSE Senator Thune’s amendment #1196, which would needlessly delay the pathway to citizenship, requiring the completion of 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing before RPI status may be granted and also requiring the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before those with RPI status can get green cards.

Also, the House Judiciary Committee began will begin mark-ups on several piece-meal immigration bills as an alternative to comprehensive immigration reform. They will begin with Rep. Gowdy’s so-called “Safe Act” (H.R. 2278), which is an extreme enforcement-only bill that would perpetuate fear among immigrant communities and criminalize undocumented immigrants and any U.S. citizen who provides assistance to these immigrants. A second bill that the Committee may soon consider is an Agriculture Guestworker bill (H.R. 1773), which would roll back worker protections for all U.S. and immigrant farmworkers. 

 Call 1-888-787-9658 to urge your Representative to:

  • · SUPPORT comprehensive, bipartisan reform, and REJECT the punitive bills the Judiciary Committee will begin to consider on Tuesday.

About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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