Monday, January 26, 2009

FW: [URGENT ACTION REQUESTED TO SUPPORT IMMIGRANT RIGHTS -- NILC: Call Congress to Oppose E-Verify in Economic Stimulus Bill]

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From: National Immigration Law Center []
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 11:13 AM
To: Marielena Hincapie
Subject: E-Verify Requirement in Stimulus: Calls Needed Today







Leave Harmful and Ineffective Anti-Immigrant Enforcement Measures Out of Economic Stimulus

The House Appropriations Committee made a serious mistake when it approved an amendment to the stimulus bill (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that would require all businesses and other public or private "entities" that contract to receive money from the stimulus package to use the flawed federal Basic Pilot/E-Verify program.  This will not only delay use of stimulus funds, but will hurt millions of workers.  It should be stripped from the bill.

The amendment represents a massive expansion of the E-Verify program.  As has been well documented, the E-Verify program is deeply flawed, inaccurate, and subject to substantial employer abuse.  Bottom line - it is not ready for a massive expansion and definitely not in times of economic crisis.  


The E-Verify provision in the stimulus will:

•    Harm workers who are either falsely denied work or are targeted by employers abusing the E-verify program;
•    Create substantial new burdens for businesses, especially small businesses, at precisely the wrong time;
•    Send the wrong signal to new voters that the Congress prefers to play politics by enacting symbolic and ineffective immigration "enforcement" measures over serious and effective economic stimulus or serious immigration reform.


1.    Call Speaker Nancy Pelosi (head of Democratic Leadership) at 202-225-0100.

2.    Call Chairman Obey (chair of the House Appropriations committee) at 202-225-3365.

3.    Call Democrats who sit on the appropriations committee if you live in their state (see below).

4.    Tell them:

•    You are extremely disappointed that the E-Verify requirement was included on the Stimulus and you want the provision stripped from the bill.

•    Including E-verify in the stimulus package completely undercuts the purpose of the bill and will only be counterproductive for American business, workers and the economy.

•    Real solutions to our economic problems and immigration reform should be approached seriously and separately.

•    The flawed E-Verify program's database errors will wrongly workers their jobs.

FAIR (the Federation for American Immigration Reform) just sent out an alert to its very active network to call committee members in support of this provision.  We need to counter their calls.


Marion Berry (AR-1)    202-225-4076
Sanford D. Bishop (GA-2)    202-225-3631
Allen Boyd (FL-2)    202-225-5235
Albert Benjamin Chandler (KY-6)     202-225-4706
Lincoln Davis (TN-4)    202-225-6831
Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3)    202-225-3661
Norman D. Dicks (WA-6)    202-225-5916
Chet Edwards (TX-17)    202-225-6105
Sam Farr (CA-17)    202-225-2861
Chaka Fattah (PA-2)    202-225-4001
Maurice D. Hinchey (NY-22)     202-225-6335
Michael M. Honda (CA-15)     202-225-2631
Steve Israel (NY-2)    202-225-3335
Jesse L. Jackson (IL-2)    202-225-0773
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)    202-225-4146
Patrick J. Kennedy (RI-1)    202-225-4911
Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (MI-13)     202-225-2261
Barbara Lee (CA-9)    202-225-2661
Nita M. Lowey (NY-18)    202-225-6506
Betty McCollum (MN-4)    202-225-6631
Alan B. Mollohan (WV-1)    202-225-4172
James P. Moran (VA-8)    202-225-4376
John P. Murtha (PA-12)    202-225-2065
David R. Obey (WI-7)    202-225-3365
John W. Olver (MA-1)    202-225-5335
Ed Pastor (AZ-4)    202-225-4065
David E. Price (NC-4)    202-225-1784
Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23)    202-225-4511
Steven R. Rothman (NJ-9)    202-225-5061
Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)     202-225-1766
C.A. Ruppersberger (MD-2)     202-225-3061
Timothy J. Ryan (OH-17)    202-225-5261
John T. Salazar (CO-3)    202-225-4761
Adam B. Schiff (CA-29)    202-225-4176
Jose E. Serrano (NY-16)    202-225-4361    
Peter J. Visclosky (IN-1)    202-225-2461
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20)    202-225-7931


E-Verify is a voluntary internet-based program intended to allow employers to electronically verify the information that workers present to prove their employment eligibility by accessing information in databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).   For more information on why the provision should be stripped from the economic stimulus bill, see Talking Points.



Friday, January 23, 2009

Last Call! Deadline today to SIGN the OPEN LETTER to President Obama for Justice & Human Rights for Immigrant Communities!

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HOY ES EL ÚLTIMO DÍA PARA FIRMAR! Por favor perdónenme si ya recibieron este aviso! Este es un recordatori entre compañer@s para tomar acción por la justicia y los derechos humanos Si los enlaces en el aviso no funcionan, los incluí abajo para firmar la carta en inglés o español.


LAST CALL! Please forgive me, if I have sent this to you already! A friendly reminder to take action for justice & human rights!

If the links do not work in the body of the links, I have included the direct links below to sign the letter in either Spanish or English



National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights


 * * Signature Deadline Extended through Friday * *


Over 3,000 Join Letter to President Barack Obama, Call for Action to Ensure Human Rights for Immigrant Communities





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January 21, 2009

Dear friends and partners for immigrant rights:

Thanks to everyone who has joined the Open Letter to President Barack Obama. Over 3,000 people from all over the country have signed the letter to urge our new President to move swiftly to end immigration raids, suspend detentions and deportations, and commit to fair and just immigration policies and practices.

The deadline for signatures to the letter has been extended to Friday, Jan. 23 at midnight, Pacific Time, so if you haven't signed the letter yet, you can still do so here. This is also your chance to ask your friends, family, co-workers and colleagues to read and sign the letter -- so please forward this message!

After the moving Inauguration that many of us witnessed in this country and around the world, we are all eager to move forward. As President Obama said in his inaugural address, the time has come " choose our better history." This letter and other initiatives in the coming weeks and months are just initial steps towards writing that "better history" for all of us, including immigrant communities around the country.

On Tuesday, January 27, NNIRR will formally release the letter to the President and will convene a tele-media conference featuring the the voices and stories of immigrants whose lives are in turmoil due to unfair and even brutal treatment by immigration enforcement authorities. [The letter and and all its signatures will be made available for download from NNIRR's website ( on that date]. To read today's press release, click here.

In the coming days we will also be finalizing plans to strengthen our call for justice and bring our message to Washington. If you would like to receive further updates, learn more about our national action days in DC (tentatively, before the end of March) and other initiatives, be sure to join our email list. Better yet, consider becoming a member of the National Network so that we can continue to raise our voices together.

Thank you again for your support!


P.S. In these tough times, we can use and value your financial support. Please take a moment to contribute what you can to help us organize for change.


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Take Action to Ensure the Human Rights, Safety and Well-Being of Immigrant Communities!


DEADLINE TODAY: Friday, January 23rd (Friday). Sign now!



We believe we have an opportunity -- indeed a mandate -- to demand no less than an end to the cycle of punishment and abuse against immigrant communities: stopping raids and suspending detentions and deportations is not only a part of our agenda for immigration reform, it is a pre-requisite for a genuine, rights-based immigration policy. Join our “Open Letter” to President Barack Obama, to be released on January 27th.


INVITACIÓN A FIRMAR: UNA CARTA ABIERTA AL PRESIDENTE BARACK OBAMA: Tome acción para proteger a los derechos humanos, la seguridad y el bien estar de todas las comunidades de inmigrantes!


Creemos que tenemos una oportunidad – en verdad, un mandato – para exigir nada menos que el cese al ciclo de castigo y abusos contra comunidades inmigrantes: poniendo alto a las redadas y suspendiendo las detenciones y deportaciones no es sólo parte de nuestra agenda para la reforma migratoria, es un pre-requisito para una política migratoria genuina que está basada en los derechos. Únase a nuestra “Carta Abierta” al Presidente Barack Obama, que será emitida el 27 de enero.


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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

FW: Sign on for Immigrant Rights and Justice: Letter to Barack Obama / Carta abierta a Barack Obama para exigir justicia y derechos humanos

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Please forgive me if you have already received this call to action! Por favor disúlpeme si han recibido este llamada a la acción más de una vez!


Para leer esta carta abierta al nuevo Presidente Barack Obama, exigiendo justicia y derechos humanos para nuestra comunidades, haga clic aquí.



National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights


 An Open Letter to President-elect Obama:

Ensure the Human Rights, Safety

And Well-being of Immigrant Communities





January 6, 2009

Dear friend,


Please join us in congratulating Barack Obama for his election to the presidency of the United States - and to urge him support the human rights, safety and well-being of immigrants and refugees.

We will be collecting signatures to an "Open Letter" to our new President until January 15. Please add your name to this letter, which will be released prior to the Inauguration on January 20.


The road to immigration reform will undoubtedly be long and complicated, but we are cautiously optimistic that immigration reforms are on the horizon - if we continue to organize and keep the pressure on the Administration and Congress. We must make our voices heard and demand that any reform ensure full protection of human rights, rights of workers and family reunification.


As a starting point for a genuine, rights-based immigration policy, we are urging the new President to end the cycle of punishment and abuse against immigrant communities, by stopping raids and suspending detentions and deportations.


Among the proposals to the new President, we ask him to:

  • Support a legalization program without burdensome barriers for immigrant workers and their families;
  • Uphold family reunification as a core principle for U.S. immigration policy;
  • Restore and preserve due process rights, to ensure equality before the law for all persons, regardless of immigration or citizenship status;
  • End the criminalization of immigrants, including problematic employment verification requirements; local police collaboration in immigration enforcement; and indefinite and mandatory detention;
  • Roll back and end the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.

All of our voices and efforts are needed to usher in a new era of opportunity and justice! Read the entire letter to President-elect Barack Obama here and join us in making this a banner year for immigrant rights!




P.S. Don't forget to make an online contribution to NNIRR today! Your support will help us to keep the pressure on the new administration and Congress to do the right thing for immigrants, refugees and the human rights and well-being of all! Just click here to add your support.


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