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Liberty and Justice for All Campaign: Congress Is Rushing Through Immigration Legislation That Shreds Our System of Checks and Balances



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ADVISORY for Thursday, September 21

WHAT:

On the record briefing with Q&A

WHEN:

Thursday, September 21, 2006

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

(1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT)

HOW:

Dial: 1-(800) 406-5356; Confirmation Code: 3748173

1-(913) 981-5572 for international callers

WHO:

— Cecilia Munƒhoz, Vice President, National Council of La Raza

— Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

— Jennifer Daskal, Advocacy Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch

— Rev. Stephen P. Bouman, Bishop of the Metropolitan New York

— Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

— Karen K. Narasaki, President, Asian American Justice Center (Moderator)

BACKGROUND:

On Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to rush through votes on three enforcement-only immigration bills introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI). These bills would vastly expand the government¡¦s unchecked powers to detain, deport and criminalize people without a fair process.

The bills incorporate pieces of H.R. 4437, the bill that sparked massive mobilizations this Spring.

— HR 6094 ¡V Sidesteps two Supreme Court decisions and expands the President¡¦s ability to lock people up indefinitely without their day in court. Gives the Department of Homeland Security the unchecked power to deport people without a chance to defend themselves.

— HR 6095 ¡V Makes it practically impossible for immigrants who are victims of government misdeeds to get a remedy from a judge, eliminating important checks and balances on the government¡¦s power to deport people.

Speakers at the press conference will discuss these troubling bills expected to go to vote on Thursday and why the American public should be concerned. Religious groups, unions, immigration, civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights groups are opposed to these measures.

The Liberty & Justice for All campaign is a national movement to protect the civil liberties and human rights of everyone in America. By organizing a wide base of support and educating the public, the campaign works to ensure that the government¡¦s actions honor core American values of fairness and justice, while ending all practices that hurt families and violate what America is as a nation.

Statements by the Rights Working Group are not necessarily endorsed by every participating organization.

Liberty and Justice for All Campaign: Congress Is Rushing Through Immigration Legislation That Shreds Our System of Checks and Balances