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

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  • Al Soto
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    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2005
      Daily Bulletin
      >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
      >anti-immigrant legislation Saturday.
      >Immigration reform advocates should mount a campaign to stop the
      >passed U.S. House of Representatives Real ID Border Protection Act
      >supporting a soon-to-be-unveiled alternative measure co-sponsored by
      >John McCain, R-Arizona, and Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, said
      >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
      >Downtown Center supported Salas' position.
      >Participants included representatives from the Pomona Latino Chamber
      >Commerce, the Service Employees International Union, the San
      >Catholic Diocese and U.S. Congresswoman Hilda Solis' office, among
      >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
      >and give the Department of Homeland Security further immunity and
      >unprecedented powers, Salas said.
      >House Bill 418 would institute minimum identification standards for
      licenses, bar undocumented immigrants from using licenses to
      >planes and enter federal facilities, and require political
      >to further corroborate their claims.
      >Under the proposed law, asylum-seekers no longer would be allowed to
      >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
      >campaign directed at Sen. Dianne Feinstein, asking her to vote against
      >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
      >required auto insurance, said Manuel Saucedo from state Sen. Nell
      >"It's a safety issue," he said. "They need a car to
      go to and from
      >Jose Calderon, who holds the recently endowed Michi and Walter Weglyn
      >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
      >including an April 9 Cesar Chavez Day pilgrimage walk from Pomona City
      >to Cesar Chavez Park.
      >For more information, call (909) 869-3524.
      >L.C. Greene can be reached by e-mail at l_greene@... or
      >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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