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2/26/2005 - Immigration bill under attack: Critics believe plan would strip immigrants of rights

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      >Immigration bill under attack: Critics believe plan would strip immigrants of rights
      >
      >By L.C. Greene
      >Staff Writer
      >Saturday, February 26, 2005 - POMONA - Proponents of more humane
      >immigration policies called for a united effort against what they
      termed
      >anti-immigrant legislation Saturday.
      >
      >Immigration reform advocates should mount a campaign to stop the
      recently
      >passed U.S. House of Representatives Real ID Border Protection Act
      while
      >supporting a soon-to-be-unveiled alternative measure co-sponsored by
      Sens.
      >John McCain, R-Arizona, and Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, said
      Angelica
      >Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigration
      Rights in
      >Los Angeles.
      >
      >"We need to counter what's happening in the House," she said.
      >
      >Fellow panel members at an immigration open forum held at Cal Poly
      Pomona's
      >Downtown Center supported Salas' position.
      >
      >Participants included representatives from the Pomona Latino Chamber
      of
      >Commerce, the Service Employees International Union, the San
      Bernardino
      >Catholic Diocese and U.S. Congresswoman Hilda Solis' office, among
      others.
      >
      >The Congressional Real ID act, if passed by the U.S. Senate, would
      >effectively create a national identification card, restrict immigrant
      >driver's licenses, further strip political asylum seekers of their
      rights,
      >and give the Department of Homeland Security further immunity and
      >unprecedented powers, Salas said.
      >
      >House Bill 418 would institute minimum identification standards for
      state
      >driver's
      licenses, bar undocumented immigrants from using licenses to
      board
      >planes and enter federal facilities, and require political
      asylum-seekers
      >to further corroborate their claims.
      >
      >Under the proposed law, asylum-seekers no longer would be allowed to
      appeal
      >an immigration judge's ruling.
      >
      >"It would deny immigrant rights in the courts," Salas said.
      >
      >Salas and others on the panel encouraged a letter-writing and
      phone-call
      >campaign directed at Sen. Dianne Feinstein, asking her to vote against
      such
      >a measure.
      >
      >Panel members also urged support for a new bill legalizing driver's
      >licenses for undocumented immigrants.
      >
      >Licensing immigrants ensures they can drive and allows them to
      purchase
      >required auto insurance, said Manuel Saucedo from state Sen. Nell
      Soto's
      >office.
      >
      >"It's a safety issue," he said. "They need a car to
      go to and from
      work."
      >
      >Jose Calderon, who holds the recently endowed Michi and Walter Weglyn
      Chair
      >for Multicultural Studies at Cal Poly, hosted the forum.
      >
      >The Cal Poly chair along with the Latino Roundtable of San Gabriel and
      >Pomona Valley sponsored the two-hour event.
      >
      >Calderon encouraged participation in future immigration-related
      events,
      >including an April 9 Cesar Chavez Day pilgrimage walk from Pomona City
      Hall
      >to Cesar Chavez Park.
      >
      >For more information, call (909) 869-3524.
      >
      >
      >L.C. Greene can be reached by e-mail at l_greene@... or
      by
      >phone at (909) 483-9337.
       
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      The government and the NEWS should reflect, not determine, the desires of the people.The news is to be reported not to sway opinion. Stop the melodrama and constant trivia on news time. The founding fathers knew that government is always corrupt, that is why they gave us civil liberties.  The people must lead to survive corrupt governments. Read the constitution. (In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this includes information for research and educational purposes.)  Al Soto (c) 2005

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