Resolution Against Anti-Immigrant Legislation 2006
Whereas, the Progressive Librarians Guild supports immigrants’ rights,
Whereas, anti-immigrant measures deleteriously affect the immigrant community, regardless of legal status or citizenship status,
Whereas, the Sensenbrenner Bill – H.R. 4437 is totally punitive in trying to make felons out of undocumented immigrants, denying them any human, civil, working, or due process rights; seeking to make criminals out of people who aid undocumented immigrants, including clergy, health care workers, teachers, and possibly librarians; gives no recognition of the significant contributions immigrants make to our local and national economies and to our communities; and was passed by the United States House of Representatives on December 16, 2005 by a vote of 239-182 http://www.nclr.org/content/policy/detail/35618/ and has been sent to the Senate,
Whereas, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Specter (R. Pennsylvania) has drawn upon existing bills and the Sensenbrenner bill into a draft bill, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, which is currently being debated in the Senate,
Therefore be it resolved that, the Progressive Librarians Guild does not support Senator Specter’s bill, the Comprehensive Immigration
Reform Act of 2006;
Be it further resolved that, the Progressive Librarians Guild will take immediate action to alert the Senate about their position on this legislation;
Be it further resolved that the Progressive Librarians Guild will alert and encourage its members to contact the Senate in opposition of this and any future similar anti-immigrant legislation; Be it further resolved that the Progressive Librarians Guild will alert its members to take an active part in the education of members’ communities about immigration and social justice for Latino and other immigrant communities;
Be it further resolved that the Progressive Librarians Guild will promote libraries as sites and library workers as providers of citizen education about immigration issues and encourage library workers to act as advocates for the education of undocumented immigrants about their human rights.
The Progressive Librarians Guild’s Coordinating Committee overwhelmingly passed this resolution today, March 15, 2006. We thank Isabel Espinal for bringing the issue to our attention and writing the original draft of the resolution.