Immigration Proposals Threaten Core American Values
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Diverse Groups Join National Rally to Protect Civil Liberties and Human Rights for Everyone in UNITED STATES
*Washington**, DC* — The Rights Working Group (RWG), a unique nationwide coalition of groups and individuals committed to ensuring liberty and justice for all, will join thousands of prominent civil liberties, civil rights, clergy, union, and immigrant community leaders for a march urging Congress to protect civil liberties and human rights for everyone in America. Sections of legislation proposed by Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Bill Frist (R-TN), as well as, the House of Representatives bill (HR 4437) threaten civil liberties and human rights.
The march will begin at 12 noon on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, March 27.
“Sections of Senator Specter‘s and Senator Frist‘s immigration bills threaten the basic civil liberties and human rights of non-citizens and should be eliminated from any immigration reform package,” stated Paul M. Igasaki, executive director of the RWG. “These bills contain harsh provisions that threaten core American values that define us as a nation and are protected by our Bill of Rights.”
The march coincides with the launch of the RWG‘s /Liberty; Justice for All/ campaign at this critical time in the history of the struggle for basic rights in America. The campaign goal is to ensure our government‘s actions honor RWG principles that include: ensuring due process for everyone in America, ending selective enforcement of the law, and freedom from indefinite detention.
In addition to the rally, the RWG will host a Policy Briefing on Capitol Hill (Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167) Tuesday, March 28 at 10:00 AM to address the current immigration policies and highlight post-9/11 civil liberties and human rights concerns. As Congress considers changes to the nation‘s immigration laws, it should make every effort to ensure that the civil liberties and human rights of both citizens and non-citizens are fully respected.