March 15, 2006

PLG Resolution Against Anti-Immigrant Legislation 2006

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.

6 Comments »

  1. We should also thank Oralia Garza de Cortes, who sent an urgent message on Reformanet urging all librarians to act and give their patrons the informtion they need in order to act. She forwarded a message from a Farm Labor organiztion:

    “We ask that you also
    take the following action now:

    1. Contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee with the following
    message:

    * You are fed up with the hateful approach Congress is taking towards
    immigrants, and you
    will remember this in the Fall elections.
    * The only bill you find acceptable is the McCain-Kennedy Secure America
    and Orderly Immigration
    Act S.1033, because it includes a positive means for undocumented immigrants
    to seek legal
    residency and integration into the American economy and society.
    Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are:
    Alabama: Senator Jeff Session’s office at (202) 224-4124
    Arizona: Senator Jon Kyl’s office at (202) 224-4521
    California: Senator Feinstein’s office at: (202) 224-3841
    Delaware: Senator Biden’s office at: (202) 224-5042
    Illinois: Senator Durbin’s office at: (202) 224-2152
    Iowa: Senator Grassley’s office at: (202) 224-3744
    Kansas: Senator Brownback’s office at: (202) 224-6521
    Massachusetts: Senator Kennedy’s office at: (202) 224-5251
    New York: Senator Schumer’s office at: 202-224-6542
    Ohio: Senator DeWine’s office at: (202) 224-2315
    Oklahoma: Senator Coburn’s office at: (202) 224-5754
    Pennsylvania: Senator Specter’s office at: (202) 224-4254
    South Carolina: Senator Graham’s office at: (202) 224-5972
    Texas: Senator Cornyn’s office at: (202) 224-2934
    Utah: Senator Hatch’s office at: (202) 224-5251
    Vermont: Senator Leahy’s office at: (202) 224-4242
    Wisconsin: Senator Kohl’s office at: (202) 224-5653 & Senator Feingold’s
    office at: (202) 224-5323

    2. Contact your own Senators and tell them the same message:

    * You are fed up with the hateful approach Congress is taking towards
    immigrants, and you
    will remember this in the Fall elections.
    * The only bill you find acceptable is the McCain-Kennedy Secure America
    and Orderly Immigration
    Act S.1033, because it includes a positive means for undocumented immigrants
    to seek legal
    residency and integration into the American economy and society.

    To find your senators, go to
    * http://www.senate.gov/, and click on your state in “Find Your Senators” in
    the upper
    right corner. When you click on the Senator’s name, you will go that
    Senator’s web
    site, which usually gives contact information.
    * You can also go to: http://www.commoncause.org/FindElectedOfficials

    and enter your ZIP code.
    * In addition, you can look in the Blue Pages of your phone book and find
    the local office
    of your U.S. Senator.

    3. Next week, contact your Senators in their local offices during the
    congressional recess with the same
    message, as indicated in the message sent out a couple of days. (if you
    would like to receive this message
    again, please let us know.)”

    By Ken Barger
    FLOC Communications
    kbarger@floc.com

    Comment by iespinal — March 16, 2006 @ 8:49 am

  2. UPDATES:

    1. Here’s an even easier way to contact Senators on the immigration question. Go to http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/action.html

    It lets you put in your zip code to send emails to your senators AND it also includes emails of the Senate Judiciary comittee.

    2. It looks like the Kennedy bill is actually getting the upper hand! The NYTimes posted a Reuters report a few hours ago. “Senators Near Compromise on Immigration.
    Published: March 16, 2006
    Filed at 6:19 p.m. ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under pressure to produce broad immigration reform legislation by the end of the month, a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday neared agreement on a proposal that would give some of the 12 million illegal aliens living in the country an opportunity to earn citizenship.”

    This is by no means final and it’s important to keep up the pressure, especially considering that the vote in the House in December was so different. And scary.

    Thanks for posting this in Library juice!

    Comment by iespinal — March 16, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

  3. Happy to help!

    Comment by Rory Litwin — March 16, 2006 @ 9:03 pm

  4. IMPORTANT TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE: FURTHER UPDATE

    This posted this morning. Looks like Frist is pushing the divisive and disinformative “immigrantas as criminals” approach. And trying to bring an anti-immigrant bill to the full Senate. SO – *everyone* — contact your Senators TODAY and tell them to say NO to this possibility!
    http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/action.html

    NYTimes
    March 17, 2006
    “As Senators Debate Immigration Bill, Frist Offers His Own
    By RACHEL L. SWARNS

    WASHINGTON, March 16 — Senator Bill Frist, the Republican leader, introduced a stringent border security bill on Thursday, rejecting pleas from senators in his own party who appealed for more time to finish legislation that would create a guest worker program for foreigners and a legal remedy for millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States.

    Mr. Frist said his bill would include several measures already hammered out in negotiations under way in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which had included an increase in the number of border guards, more fencing along the Mexican border and faster deportation of illegal immigrants. But Mr. Frist’s bill would not create the temporary worker program that President Bush has urged to legalize the status of the 11 million illegal immigrants thought to be in this country.

    “Our country needs security at our borders in order to slow the flow of illegal immigration and make America safer from foreign criminals and terrorists,” said Mr. Frist, of Tennessee.”

    Comment by iespinal — March 17, 2006 @ 5:17 am

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