Immigrant workers, often their family’s only means of support, arrive in the U.S. isolated by language, culture and geography. They face many problems when living in a new country such as exploitation in the workplace, discrimination in host communities, and lack of access to human services. Their immigration status can be used by unscrupulous employers who take advantage of their susceptibility to deportation. They are denied the basic constitutional protections that U.S. citizens take for granted. In some states, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for workmanâ€™s compensation and have no recourse against job discrimination. In the past, deportation proceedings used to be a lengthy process, but new Department of Homeland Security rules have streamlined this procedure and in most cases deportations now occur quite rapidly. Advocates say undocumented immigrants should be granted legal rights including representation and due process in immigration hearings involving admissibility, removal and asylum cases, and also in criminal and civil cases that involve parole, bail and child custody.
Immigration advocates say the latest example of an immigrant rights issue is the recent surge of undocumented, unaccompanied child immigrants. The 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Act requires child migrants who arenâ€™t from Mexico to be placed with a relative or in foster care while their due process rights are exercised. Some wish to amend this law to allow expedited deportations of these children. Others disagree and believe most of these children are refugees, escaping endemic violence in their native countries. Advocates say our nationâ€™s history is filled with countless examples of sheltering such refugees and that our laws rightfully allow these children to file applications for asylum.
S.645 & H.R.1365 – Refugee Protection Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current immigrant rights policy and wish to defeat S.645 & H.R.1365
I support eliminating the one-year time limit for filing an asylum claim or reopening a claim that was denied because of failure to file within one year; authorizing the Attorney General to appoint counsel to represent an alien in a removal proceeding; prohibiting an alien from being removed during the 30-day petition for review period unless the alien indicates in writing that he or she wishes to be removed before the expiration of such period; setting forth protections for refugees, aliens interdicted at sea, and stateless persons in the United States including mechanisms for regularizing status, and wish to pass S.645 & H.R.1365