2:09 am - Wednesday December 13, 2017

Committee Fended Off Poison Pills in Border Provisions

Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its discussion about Title I, or the “border security” title of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” before opening discussion about Title IV.

Below is a statement from CAMBIO, the Campaign for an Accountable, Moral and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, on the conclusion of debate on border provisions by the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“Border groups waged a tremendous advocacy effort to ensure that border voices wouldn’t be lost in Washington, and we were largely successful. Some of the most onerous provisions were defeated — or not even offered — and seen for what they were: poison pills designed to derail progress.

“The committee took important steps to put the brakes on increased militarization of the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and to provide respect for the quality of life in our border communities. However, what remains in the bill — including overly aggressive border enforcement policies — still presents serious threats to the rights and lives of border communities.

“Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee made sure that the bill didn’t become more punitive and wasteful when it comes to border issues. As the bill makes its way to the Senate floor, CAMBIO remains committed to commonsense immigration reform that incorporates real accountability rooted in protecting human, civil and worker rights.”

CAMBIO is a diverse group of organizations advocating for laws and policies that create a fair system for immigrants to become citizens; bans indefinite detention; guarantees due process for everyone in the United States; makes enforcement systems accountable; protects civil and human rights; encourages a better border to protect the quality of life in the borderlands, prevents the abuse of vulnerable Americans; and keeps families together. CAMBIO’s members include American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights, the Border Network for Human Rights, Detention Watch Network, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Guestworker Alliance, the National Immigration Law Center, Rights Working Group, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Immigrant Justice Network, and Northern Borders Coalition.

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