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Now is the time to act! Speak up about immigration detention: Call Senate Judiciary Committee today

May 16, 2013

image002The immigration debate has been evolving rapidly. The latest information is that the Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss detention, criminalization and interior enforcement provisions in the bill on Monday May 20th.

We encourage you to make calls TODAY and TOMORROW to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to urge them to oppose the amendments that would further harm immigrants in detention and support amendments that would further critical detention reforms.

We are particularly concerned about Grassley Amendment 53 which would dramatically expand immigration detention during removal proceedings and indefinitely afterwards for those who cannot be removed as well as severely limit the use of alternatives to detention and bond hearings. Passage of this amendment would be a huge setback to our collective efforts to dramatically reduce detention.

Please make calls TODAY and TOMORROW. They do make an impact!! Please also share this action alert widely with your networks and allies.

Thank you.

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!!

THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER DETENTION RELATED AMENDMENTS TO THE IMMIGRATION BILL S. 744

MONDAY May 20th

Call Senators from the Judiciary Committee TODAY and TOMORROW

and ask them to:

 

OPPOSE DETRIMENTAL DETENTION AMENDMENTS

 “Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am calling to strongly urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to OPPOSE Senator Grassley’s amendments 41, 47, 51 and 53 and Senator Sessions’ amendment 12. These amendments are too extreme and out-of-step with the bipartisan spirit of S.744.

SUPPORT FAVORABLE DETENTION AMENDMENTS

“I further strongly urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to SUPPORT Senator Coons’ amendment 6 and Senator Blumenthal’s amendment 2.  These amendments are easy fixes that address critical issues needed to reform the immigration detention system.”

[SEE LIST OF SENATORS AND PHONE NUMBERS BELOW]

DETRIMENTAL DETENTION AMENDMENTS

Grassley 41: Issue:  This amendment strikes provision in bill that codifies the Office of Legal Access Programs and expands Legal Orientation Programs.

Grassley 47: Issue:  This amendment strikes Section 3717, which provides for custody hearings for all detained immigrants and increases fairness of custody review and stipulated orders of removal procedures.

Grassley 51: This amendment strikes Section 3715, which directs DHS to create a secure alternatives program in every field office (including contracting with CBOs) and includes case management services. Section 3715 also requires DHS to make individualized assessments to determine level of supervision and to review the level of supervision monthly. It also permits secure alternatives to constitute custody in certain cases.

Grassley 53: Issue:  This amendment expands immigration detention during removal proceedings and indefinitely afterwards for those who cannot be removed. Severely limits use of alternatives to detention and bond hearings.

Sessions 12: Issue:  This amendment mandates bond levels of no less than $5,000 for nationals of non-contiguous countries, who have not been admitted or paroled, and who are apprehended within 100 miles of the border or present a flight risk as determined by ICE. 

FAVORABLE DETENTION AMENDMENTS

 

Coons 6: Issue:  This amendment requires interoperability of ICE, CIS, CBP, and EOIR databases containing information on all detainees. Specifies categories of information that must be maintained in the database of each agency and establishes regular reporting requirements to Congress.  Makes reports available to public without FOIA request.

Blumenthal 2: Issue:  This amendment restricts the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention and outlines guidelines and oversight for its use.

Contact the Senators below who are on the Judiciary Committee

Senator Patrick Leahy (VT):
@SenatorLeahy
DC: (202) 224-4242
Email: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact/

Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA):
@SenFeinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
Email: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Senator Charles Schumer (NY):
@ChuckSchumer
DC: (202) 224-6542
Email: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/Contact/contact_chuck.cfm

Senator Dick Durbin (IL):
@SenatorDurbin
DC: (202) 224-2152
Email: http://www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/footer-contact?p=contact

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI): 
@SenWhitehouse
DC: 202-224-2921
Email: http://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/contact

Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN): 
@amyklobuchar
DC: (202) 224-3244
Email: http://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/emailamy.cfm?contactForm=emailamy&submit=Go

Senator Al Franken (MN): 
@alfranken
DC: (202) 224-5641
Email: http://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=email_al

Senator Christopher A. Coons (DE): 
@ChrisCoons
DC: (202) 224-5042
Email: http://www.coons.senate.gov/contact/

Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT): 
@SenBlumenthal
DC: (202) 224-2823
Email: https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact/#

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI): 
@maziehirono
DC: (202) 224-6361
Email: http://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Senator Orrin Hatch (UT): 
@OrrinHatch
DC: (202) 224-5251
Email: http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-orrin

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC): 
@LindseyGrahamSC
DC: (202) 224-5972
http://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorGraham

Senator John Cornyn (TX): 
@JohnCornyn
DC: (202) 224-2934
Email: http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm

Senator Mike Lee (UT): 
@SenMikeLee
DC: (202) 224-5444
Email: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ): 
@JeffFlake
DC: (202) 224-4521
Email: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff

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