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February 08, 2005

02/08/05 - House to Vote on REAL ID Bill This Week

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From Bill of Rights Defense Committee
(Scroll down to "summary" for information on sections taken from H.R. 10 to make this new bill):

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 15:45:59 -0600
From: "Chip Pitts" <>
Subject: BORDC Action Alert: House to vote on REAL ID Act this week

Dear Friends:

The House of Representatives is scheduled to take up Rep. Sensenbrenner's REAL ID Act (H.R. 418) next WEDNESDAY, with a vote likely THURSDAY, FEB. 10. Sending refugees who have fled torture, rape, and other brutal human rights abusers back to their tormenters and deporting long-term residents for charity contributions they made long ago will not make Americans safer from terrorism. Yet sections of H.R. 418 would do just that. To avoid debate over the bill's controversial provisions, the sponsor plans to attach his bill to a fast-approaching "must pass" bill, such as the the Iraqi supplemental spending bill or the relief bill for tsunami victims.

Summaries of a few troubling sections and a sample phone script follow. Here are links for more information:

a.. Bill text, list of cosponsors, and status:

b.. Contact information for your representative:

c.. Good analysis of the bill by the American Immigration Lawyers Association:,911,5516,8191

d.. Human Rights First web page where you can send your representative an instant message:

Summary: You may recognize parts of H.R. 418 as the most troubling sections of H.R. 10, which the conference committee for the Intelligence Reform bills rejected as too extreme, unrelated to intelligence or anti-terrorism, and in conflict with the 9/11 Commission's recommendations. Among the sections of most concern are:

a.. Section 101, which enables a judge to deny a refugee asylum if she is unable to track down specific documents that corroborate her claims--even if the U.S. State Department confirms that the country from which the refugee has fled never provides the documents--and bars other judges from reversing their determinations because the corroborating evidence is not available.

b.. Sections 103 and 104 would permit long-term legal U.S. residents to be deported for having given contributions years ago to organizations that later fit the Bush administration's profile of a terrorist organization, even if they are not on a list of named terrorist organizations.

Sample Phone Script: Please contact your Representative by phone and explain why you oppose some of the bill's provisions. For example,

"I urge you to oppose H.R. 418's provisions that will make it much harder for legitimate refugees to gain asylum and place them at greater risk of being deported back into the hands of their persecutors."

Bill of Rights Defense Committee


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