Last night, the House Judiciary Committee passed the "SAFE Act," H.R. 2278, introduced by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). If enacted, the SAFE Act's single-minded focus on immigration enforcement will increase detentions and deportations, create an environment of rampant racial profiling and unconstitutional detentions, and criminalize 11 million undocumented immigrants; all without fixing the immigration system's problems.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2013 - Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) hopes to strengthen a provision in the senate immigration reform bill, S. 744, that bans racial profiling, the Baltimore Sun reported Thursday.
"It's not as strong as it needs to be," Cardin was quoted as saying. "We are looking at whether we can strengthen it."
April 19, 2013, Washington, D.C. --- Earlier this week, Rights Working Group joined with a number of national and regional social justice organizations to launch the CAMBIO campaign, an effort to fight for provisions in immigration reform legislation that would protect human rights, constitutional rights in immigration reform, including just border security and enforcement policies, workers rights, and alternatives to dentention.
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April 17, 2013, Washington, D.C. -- The introduction of the bipartisan Gang of Eight’s bill that would establish a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants is a welcome first step in achieving much needed reforms of the immigration system.
Less than a month ago, a bipartisan group of eight senators working on comprehensive immigration reform legislation released their principles for immigration reform, which are broad goals for what they hope to accomplish.
Although the principles recognized the broken immigration system and endorsed a path to citizenship, some of their recommendations were deeply troubling to many immigrants rights, human rights and civil rights groups.