Monday, May 09, 2005

Immediate Action Required

I received this email (from someone that spent a year
of her life working with those seaking asylum) and thought
it was blogworthy.

Hello everyone.

I am writing to urge you to write your senators and
express your opposition to the inclusion of the REAL
ID act with the Supplemental Appropriations bill. The
REAL ID act contains provisions that are extremely
harmful to people applying for asylum. A number of my
clients who were granted asylum last year would not
have had this legislation been in effect. This is not
because their claim was any less meritorious (their
persecution was still real), it is simply because of
the narrowed definition of who qualifies and the
increased burden of proof needed to demonstrate that
you do qualify. If you want more details or specifics
please feel free to write me. Otherwise, please write
your senators. You can find their e-mail addresses

Just pick your state from the "choose a state" box and
your senators' contact information, will appear (and
all you need is an address in the state in order to
claim them as your senator).

I have included a sample letter below to help make it
that much easier/faster for you, though feel free to
change it as you see fit. Writing your Senators
really does make a difference. Thanks.

SAMPLE LETTER (feel free to cut and paste):

I am writing to express my opposition to the inclusion
of the REAL ID act in the 2005 Supplemental
Appropriations bill. I am opposed to its inclusion
for two reasons: 1.) the act has not been subjected to
a full debate in the US Senate. The democratic
process depends on a full hearing of all views prior
to the passing of legislation. By including this act
in a completely unrelated bill you are circumventing
debate and discussion of the act on its own merits.
2.) I am opposed to the REAL ID act on its own terms.
While the act purports to protect our boarders from
terrorists, in reality the individuals who will be
most affected are those who are truly seeking
protection from persecution. Any terrorist who
attempting to enter the U.S. through the asylum
process will not be stopped by this act. Presumably
they are entering under fraudulent claims (because
otherwise they would never qualify) and they will
continue to do so if this legislation is passed.
Raising the standard of proof will not present a
barrier to individuals with the resources to develop a
good fraudulent claim (i.e., terrorists).
Unfortunately, the people who truly deserve asylum
will be the very people least able to meet the new
burden of proof. This bill hurts the very people the
U.S. should be trying to protect while doing nothing
to further protect the U.S.
Email your Senators today! DO IT!


At 3:44 PM, Blogger said...

That was an interesting blog mate! It made me ponder a lot of things.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Infission said...

Glad you're enjoying it!


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