Saturday, March 11, 2006

Fasting To Oppose HR 4437's Awful Proposals

The House of Representatives passed HR 4437 and included a number of horrible provisions. Generally, one of them makes into criminals those who knowingly assist an immigrant without legal status. This would have a devastating impact on currently law-abiding workers who provide social services to all people, including those they know do not have legal immigrant status. Dozens of Chicago-area priests are holding a series of fasts, prayers, and petition drives to fight back against HR 4437, according to an article in The Chicago Tribune.

What Congress needs to do is to work on fixing the portions of the immigration law that are much too stringent -- for example, the absurdly broad definition of aggravated felonies, the unjust and nonsensical rules to disqualify those who commit minor crimes from staying in the United States.


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