Telephonic and Press Conference at National Press Club on April 27
ADC Legal Updates: Press Conference On April 27
This media advisory is being sent on behalf of the Rights Working Group, of which ADC is a founding member.
MEDIA ADVISORY: PRESS CONFERENCE ON APRIL 27, 2006
Contact: Tong Lee, (202) 296-2300 x 123
Telephonic and Press Conference on ?Liberty and Justice Denied: Hidden Traps Within the Senate Immigration Bills?
Thursday, April 27, 2006 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
National Press Club (Room: The First Amendment)
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045
Dial in: 877-690-6769
Sponsored by the Rights Working Group, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and New American Opportunity Campaign.
Kevin Appleby, Director, Office of Migration and Refugee Policy, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Hilary O. Shelton, Director, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Washington Bureau
Kareem Shora, Director, Legal Department and Policy, American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
Paul M. Igasaki, Executive Director, Rights Working Group
Provisions within the immigration bills that would erode basic rights for everyone in America, while also erecting barriers to legalization, have not yet made significant headlines in the broader debate. It is important to highlight these issues as negotiations continue.
The immigration bills raise serious concerns about civil liberties, due process and the basic implementation of legalization. The harmful provisions would:
– Provide unchecked powers to the Executive Branch;
– Result in long term separation of families;
– Leave refugees, trafficking victims and other vulnerable populations unprotected; and
– Bar thousands of well-intentioned immigrants from legalizing.
– Unless these harmful provisions are removed, they will erode core American values of protecting civil liberties and human rights for all.