• Coalition Letter to Congress re: Immigration Reform

    September 19, 2006

    Dear Member,

    The undersigned organizations and individuals, concerned about immigrant, civil rights and national security, respectfully write to urge you to strongly oppose any attempts to use the appropriations process for FY 2007, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill, to attach extraneous provisions not included in the appropriations bills that House and Senate have already passed or will consider.

    It is our understanding, for example, that some Members of Congress are seeking to attach complex, controversial and unrelated immigration provisions to the DHS Appropriations bill either prior to the Conference Committee's final vote or even after this vote.

    We strongly oppose any attempts to impose ill-conceived measures by stealth. Any due process or enforcement-only related immigration proposals should be debated in the light of day and in the context of a Congressional debate and national dialogue on immigration reform, rather than hidden within the appropriations process. Such a flawed process will engender controversy and acrimony, and will deter, rather than facilitate, fixing our broken immigration system and securing our borders.

    The FY 2007 DHS Appropriations bills passed by both Houses of Congress already provide substantial increases in border protection and security. Majority Leader Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) has acknowledged that both Houses have taken important steps in this bill toward securing America's borders. Any attempt to add controversial provisions will hold up the appropriations process.

    We strongly believe that an enforcement-only approach or measures that diminish due process will not solve our nation's broken immigration system. We urge you to support comprehensive immigration reform and reject a piecemeal, enforcement-only approach to reform.

    Sincerely,

    Agencia ALPHA, Boston, Massachusetts
    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
    American Immigration Lawyers Association
    Asian American Justice Center
    Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco, California
    Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (C.A.I.R.) Coalition, Washington, D.C.
    Center for Community Change
    Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
    Center for Victims of Torture
    Central American Resources, Houston, Texas
    Centre Presente, Boston, Massachusetts
    Casa de Esperan/a, Bound Brook, New Jersey
    CENTRO HISPANO "Cuzcatlan," Queens, New York
    Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles – CHIRLA
    FIRM (the Fair Immigration Reform Movement)
    Grupo Cajola, Morristown, New Jersey
    Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco, California
    Hate Free Zone, Seattle, Washington
    Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
    Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN)
    Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights
    Immigrant Legal Resource Center
    Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC), Chicago, Illinois
    Korean Resource Center (KRC), Los Angeles, California
    Kurdish Human Rights Watch, Inc.
    La Raza Centro Legal, Day Labor Program, San Francisco, California
    Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, California
    Legal Momentum
    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
    Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
    Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Minneapolis
    The Multiracial Activist, Alexandria, Virginia
    National Capital Immigration Coalition, Washington, D.C.
    National Council of La Raza
    National Immigrant Solidarity Network
    National Immigrant Justice Center
    National Immigration Forum
    National Immigration Law Center
    National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
    New York Immigration Coalition, New York, New York
    Northern California Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Coalition
    Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NWFCO)
    Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, York, Pennsylvania
    Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
    Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
    St. Brigid's Casa Mary Johanna, Westbury NY
    Tahirih Justice Center, Falls Church, Virginia
    Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
    Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
    UNITE HERE
    Vermont Refugee Assistance, Montpelier, Vermont
    Washington Defender Association's Immigration Project, Seattle Washington
    Young Korean American Service Education Center (YKASEC), New York, NY

    Individuals

    Silvia Alber-Glanstaetten
    Attorney at Law
    4900 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington. D.C.

    Heather Robert Coffhian, Esq.
    Co-Chair, Immigration Committee, National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area
    Chapter
    Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP
    San Francisco, California

    Ms. Gittel Gordon
    Law Office of Gittel Gordon
    Certified Specialist
    Immigration and Naturalization
    California State Board of Legal Specialization

    Rose M. Grengs
    Grengs Law Office
    2269 Clark Street
    Eagan, Minnesota

    Karla Han-
    Law Office of Karla Harr
    2007 N. 15th St., Ste. 100
    Arlington, Virginia

    Wei-Ling Huber
    El Sobrante, California

    Daniel M. Kowalski
    111 Congress Avenue, Fourth Floor
    Austin, Texas

    Linda B. Levy
    Immigration Attorney
    LAW OFFICES OF LINDA B. LEVY
    1719 Capistrano Avenue
    Berkeley, California

    Lynn Marcus,
    Director, Immigration Law Clinic,
    University of Arizona Rogers College of Law, Pennsylvania

    Toni Maschler, Esq.

    Law Offices of Richard Bromberg
    2011 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Ste 500
    Washington, DC

    Estelle McKee
    Associate Lecturer
    Univ. of Wisconsin Law School

    Nancy Morawetz
    Professor of Clinical Law
    New York University School of Law

    Seth Newton
    AFSCME Local 3299
    Oakland, California

    Nagaraja Rao
    Chairman, Contra Costa County Democratic party
    4724 Castilla Ave , Richmond, California

    Maria E. Rivera
    Immigration Attorney
    5715 Alpine Road
    San Pablo, California

    Tom Ryan
    SF Labor Council Community Services Director
    San Francisco, California

    Ragini Shah
    Clinical Staff Attorney
    Child Advocacy and Immigration Clinic
    Columbia University Law School
    New York, New York

    Jenni Strecker-Langenberg
    UC Berkeley School of Law
    Berkeley, California

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