1/6: Actions Against SENSENBRENNER'S ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL!
- ALERT: CALL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND TO URGE HIM OR HER NOT TO
COSPONSOR CHAIRMAN SENSENBRENNER'S BILL.
National Immigration Law Center
1108 O'Farrell Street
Boise, ID 83702
After the intelligence reform bill passed last December without federally
mandated immigrant driver's license restrictions and other anti-immigrant
provisions, Chairman Sensenbrenner (R-WI) announced that he would introduce a
separate bill with these measures in early January 2005. The Chairman's office
has subsequently decided to wait and introduce the bill when Congress
reconvenes the week of January 25th. We suspect that the delay is because he would
like to get more cosponsors on his bill (he claims to have 102 so far).
Although we don't have a copy of the legislation, we believe he will
introduce the same House language that was rejected in November, which would have
precluded states from providing driver's licenses to immigrants who cannot
prove lawful presence, limited the definition of lawful presence to certain
immigration categories, and required state driver's licenses issued to
non-immigrants to expire on or before their visa expiration date. For a summary of the
House driver's license provisions in the intelligence bill, see
Chairman Sensenbrenner's bill will also include other controversial
measures, one of which would make it more difficult for people to obtain for asylum,
another that would relax environmental requirements for a fence along the
U.S.-Mexico border, and a third that would impose tougher deportation rules.
Please immediately call the Washington DC office of your Representative in
the U.S. House with the following message (See the attached talking points for
¨ I have heard that Chairman Sensenbrenner will introduce an
anti-immigrant bill in late January and I want to make sure that Representative [your
Representative] does NOT cosponsor this bill.
¨ We need real immigration reform, NOT immigrant driver's license
restrictions that scapegoat immigrants, drive up insurance rates and make us all
¨ I am counting on Representative [your Representative] to stand up to
the anti-immigrant wing in Congress this year.
¨ This issue is very important to immigrants in [your state] and
Chairman Sensenbrenner's bill will put an enormous burden on the state.
Before you hang up, ask for a letter from your Representative explaining his
or her position on federal immigrant driver's license restrictions.
If your time is limited, please prioritize those who live in districts
represented by the Members on the attached Congressional target list.
¨ We have targeted Republicans who cosponsored Ag Jobs and DREAM. The
message to them should be that you appreciate their support on these bills,
and to be consistent on immigration they should not cosponsor Sensenbrenner's
¨ We have also targeted Democrats who cosponsored the CLEAR Act. These
Democrats are vulnerable to cosponsoring Sensenbrenner's bill and so we want
to pressure them not to.
¨ Lastly, we have identified our allies on immigration. We want to
make sure that they understand that we consider the struggle around immigrant
access to driver's licenses to be a defining issue.
Contacting Members of Congress
¨ Call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your
¨ For House members contact information see
¨ If you don't want to call, you can email most Members from their
website or fax them a written message.
Thanks for your help! Please email Tyler at moran@... if you learn
anything about where your Representative stands on this issue.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tyler Moran, National Immigration Law Center, moran@..., 208-333-1424
Joan Friedland, National Immigration Law Center, friedland@...,
Michele Waslin, National Council of la Raza, mwaslin@..., 202-776-1735
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