Criminal Alien Bill On Hold--Senate To Take Up Student Amnesty

6/12/02

House

The House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to mark-up H.R. 1452, which would make it easier for foreign nationals who have been convicted of aggravated felonies to avoid deportation. However, amidst increasing outside grassroots opposition, several key members negotiating the bill failed to reach a compromise and have therefore postponed a mark-up on the bill. We will alert you when further action is needed. Thank you for keeping pressure on Congress.

Senate

Meanwhile on the other side of the Capitol, the Senate Judiciary Committee today scheduled a mark-up tomorrow of S. 1291, a student amnesty bill. The legislation introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has no cosponsors and has not had a hearing. S. 1291 amends the 1996 immigration reform legislation to allow illegal aliens to attend state universities at in-state tuition rates. The bill would also cancel deportation orders against and grant an "adjustment in status to permanent residency"amnesty"to illegal aliens under the age of 21 at the time of application, who resided in the United States for at least five years as long as the illegal alien is attending and graduates within six years from an institution of higher education in the United States.

Action Needed: Call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them you are opposed to H.R. 1291 and vote against it at the mark-up Thursday.

Senate Judiciary Committee

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT)-(202) 224-4242

Edward Kennedy (D-MA)-(202) 224-4543

Joseph Biden (D-DE)-(202) 224-5042

Herbert Kohl (D-WI)-(202) 224-5653

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)-(202)224-3841

Russ Feingold (D-WI)-(202) 224-5323

Charles Schumer (D-NY)-(202) 224-6542

Richard Durbin (D-IL)-(202) 224-2152

Maria Cantwell (D-WA)-(202) 224-3441

John Edwards (D-NC)-(202) 224-3154

Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT)-(202) 224-5251

Strom Thurmond (R-SC)-(202) 224-5972

Charles Grassley (R-IA)-(202) 224-3744

Arlen Specter (R-PA)-(202) 224-4254

Jon Kyl (R-AZ)-(202) 224-4521

Mike Dewine (R-OH)-(202) 224-2315

Jeff Sessions (R-AL)-(202) 224-4124

Sam Brownback (R-KS)-(202) 224-6521

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)-(202) 224-2541

Talking Points: This legislation puts illegal aliens ahead of American citizens (a denial of equal protection under the law) in that they will receive in-state tuition rates while American citizens will have to pay higher out of state tuition fees if they are not residents of the state they attend college.

This is a form of amnesty and is objectionable for all of the reasons that any amnesty for illegal aliens is objectionable -- most importantly, that it encourages others to follow in their footsteps and sneak into the country.

Illegal aliens are nationals of another country and their college education is the responsibility of that other country, not the United States.

State universities across the country are increasingly limiting enrolment, and, therefore, increasing the intake of illegal aliens into these schools will necessarily deny opportunities to U.S. citizen and legal resident children.

The fact is that illegal aliens may not legally hold a job in the United States. Therefore, tax dollars expended on the higher education of these illegal aliens in order to prepare them for professional jobs is wasted.