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    Restrictionist Watch, Volume 1, Number 1, February 6, 2004

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    AILA's
    Restrictionist Watch
    _____________________________________________
    Volume 1, Number 1, February 6, 2004

    Welcome to the first issue of Restrictionist Watch, a new biweekly publication intended to alert AILA Members and our coalition partners to the ongoing activities of immigration restrictionists. These groups are well-organized and extremely well-funded and are gearing up to fight any and all positive immigration initiatives. Your voice is needed to counter their rhetoric and activities. Please visit the Advocacy Center on AILA InfoNet or AILA's public site for information on how you can help shape the future of immigration. Included on these sites are backgrounders and issue papers on the top issues of the day.

    Restrictionist Roundup

    What have the major anti-immigration players been up to recently? A brief roundup of their activities follows.

    Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) (www.fairus.org):

    FAIR, like most restrictionist groups, has focused these past several weeks primarily on the immigration reform proposal that President Bush unveiled on January 7. In a January 7 legislative update, FAIR blatantly mischaracterized the Bush proposal as "an unlimited new permanent legal immigration program masquerading as a ˜guestworker' program." "As expected," said FAIR, "illegal aliens would be granted temporary legal status and later rewarded with amnesty." "[N]early all of the estimated 9 to 11 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. would receive amnesty and be reclassified as guestworkers and put on the path to U.S. citizenship," said FAIR in a January 7 press release.

    Several weeks later, in a January 29 press release, FAIR attacked the House Democratic Leadership's introduction, on January 28, of a Statement of Comprehensive Immigration Principles. FAIR accused House Democrats of " ˜playing one upmanship' with the Bush immigration proposal and turning their backs on the 9 million unemployed Americans currently seeking jobs and legal immigrants whose admission will be delayed while millions of illegal aliens are granted amnesty." FAIR's press release went on to assert that "the immigration proposal touted by the Democrats yesterday is an outright assault on fundamental fairness, the rule of law, and on all working Americans, advocating a blanket amnesty for every illegal alien in the country....It's amazing that the party which portrays itself as the friend of working Americans is in a foot race with the Bush Administration to give foreign workers unimpeded access to every job in every sector of our economy."

    FAIR also criticized the Immigration Reform Act of 2004, comprehensive immigration reform legislation introduced on January 22, 2004, by Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Tom Daschle (D-SD). The Hagel/Daschle bill (S. 2010) is the only immigration reform initiative introduced to date that includes all three components necessary for comprehensive immigration reform: family reunification through family backlog reduction; a new temporary worker program; and access to an earned adjustment for eligible people already living and working in the U.S. FAIR characterized the bill as legislation that "would establish nearly unlimited new guestworker and amnesty programs....result[ing] in the displacement of American workers in all sectors of the U.S. economy and further diminish[ing] wages and working conditions for American workers." FAIR is urging its supporters to contact Congress via FAIR's web-based Legislative Action Center to oppose this legislation.

    ProjectUSA for an Immigration Time-Out (www.projectusa.org):

    The Salt Lake Tribune, in a January 8, 2004 article, reported that Washington-based "ProjectUSA for an Immigration Time-Out" plans to erect billboards in Utah's 3rd congressional district next month to alert state GOP convention delegates to Representative Chris Cannon's (R-UT) support of "amnesty for illegal immigrants." The article quoted Project USA Director Craig Nelson as stating, "If Cannon suffers politically in his district with core Republicans, we feel like it will be a two-by-four across the head of this administration. Cannon has allowed himself to be called the waterboy for the White House on immigration, and to say this isn't amnesty is ridiculous."

    The December 23, 2003 issue of ProjectUSA's online publication states: "The Republican Party establishment in Utah needs to know that immigration is going to play a role in the upcoming election in Utah's Third district." The group then urges readers to "call...officials in the Republican Party of Utah County (which includes Provo) and politely tell them what you think of Chris Cannon's amnesty proposal." "If several of the 2004 elections are decided on the immigration issue, it will give us and our allies enormous clout. While we might not be able to walk into a congressional office with the financial power of a mega multinational corporation, we will be able to walk into the office with proof that voting badly on immigration really can cost a politician his or her job."

    NumbersUSA (www.numbersusa.com):

    NumbersUSA also focused on the Bush proposal as its current hot topic. Roy Beck, Executive Director of NumbersUSA Education & Research Foundation called President Bush "confused if he thinks a proposal is an amnesty only if it gives citizenship." In his analysis of the White House reform proposal, Mr. Beck sets forth his belief that there are "three...kinds of amnesty that can be given to foreign citizens who violate our country's immigration laws to illegally take jobs here." They are, according to Mr. Beck, (1) the "Basic Amnesty," in which an illegal alien is sent back home without receiving any penalties for having broken the law, such as fines, jail time or a 10-year exclusion from entering the country legally; (2) the "Basic Reward Amnesty," under which illegal aliens are rewarded with the very thing they broke the law to get"”an American job; and (3) the "Jackpot Reward Amnesty," whereby illegal aliens not only are rewarded with the job that they broke the law to get but also are given one of the most prized possessions in the world"”U.S. citizenship.

    "The White House," said Mr. Beck, "seems to think that because it isn't offering a Jackpot Reward Amnesty, its proposal shouldn't be called an amnesty. But the President's proposal clearly is a Basic Reward Amnesty. Some 8-12 million illegal aliens broke our immigration laws to work illegally in this country (stealing jobs and wages from American workers), and nearly all of them would be rewarded by the Bush proposal with legal permits to keep the jobs they stole"”at least for three years."

    The Coalition for the Future American Worker (www.americanworker.org):

    The Coalition for the Future American Worker (CFAW), which bills itself as "an umbrella organization of professional trade groups, population/environment organizations, and immigration reform groups...formed to represent the interests of American workers and students in the formulation of immigration policy," has been buying television airtime in Iowa to promote a policy of "no more foreign workers and no amnesty for millions here illegally." On the screen, viewers see an image of a fist repeatedly striking a punching dummy, while an announcer asks, "How much longer can Iowa workers be the punching bags for greedy corporations and politicians?" "First," the announcer continues, "meatpackers replaced Iowans with thousands of foreign workers. Next, wages were cut almost in half." Viewers then see six House and Senate bill numbers scroll down the screen (S. 1645, H.R. 3142, S. 1461, H.R. 2899, H.R. 3271, and S. 1387) as the announcer adds that "politicians want new laws to import millions more foreign workers and give amnesty to illegal aliens." WHO-TV in Des Moines reports on its website that coalition spokesman Roy Beck says the ad is part of a national campaign unfolding over the next few months. He says the group doesn't represent any union members in Iowa, but it does represent the interest of labor.

    Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) (www.cis.org):

    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), in a January 17 op-ed by CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian, called the President's immigration reform proposal "amateurish" and a "plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and allow millions more to enter the country." The plan, Mr. Krikorian went on to proclaim, is "clearly not intended as a serious effort at all. Rather, it is a sentimental gesture, designed mainly for political benefit and based on clichés about ˜huddled masses' and a ˜nation of immigrants.'" While the president's proposal "includes some hackneyed gimmicks intended to encourage workers to return home,...they have all been tried unsuccessfully before, as anyone with a modicum of curiosity could have discovered," In sum, pronounced Mr. Krikorian, the Bush plan "is a fundamental disconnect with reality and should be rejected out of hand."

    American Patrol (www.americanpatrol.org):

    American Patrol, in a January 8 "feature" on its website, called the Administration's immigration reform proposal the "Bush...plan to cede [the] Southwest to Mexico." According to the statement, "President Bush outlined a plan to surrender his nation's sovereignty and allow up to twenty million Mexican reconquistas to legally remain in the United States. Experts say it is only a matter of time before Mexico declares jurisdiction over the American Southwest."

    Background on the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus

    The House Immigration Reform Caucus was formed in May 1999 to help restrictionists push their agenda in Congress. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) heads the caucus, taking over the mantle from House restrictionist leader Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), who still actively opposes positive immigration initiatives. This group is the major restrictionist organization in Congress, and Representative Tancredo is using his leadership role in the caucus to position himself as a force within Congress and the media on immigration issues.

    The agenda of this group includes:

    Ensuring that any proposed guest worker program addresses the following: incentives for workers to stay home upon completion of their contract; the wisdom of granting further amnesties; the program's effect on the US economy, and the enforcement of employer sanctions.
    Supporting legislation to deny American citizenship to the American-born children of undocumented aliens.
    Promoting legislation to reduce the overall number of immigrants allowed into the country each year by limiting admission categories.
    Check out their agenda for yourself by going to www.house.gov/tancredo/Immigration/. The last page of this issue of Restrictionist Watch lists caucus members. We encourage you to contact these Representatives to express your concerns about their membership in this restrictionist organization and the reasons you support pro-immigration initiatives.

    ~ ~ ~

    Resources

    For additional background on these and other groups, see AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 02071545 for an eye-opening report on restrictionist groups from the Southern Poverty Law Center. In its report, the Center researches many of these organizations, classifying some as racial hate-based groups, and explains how many of these so called "grassroots organizations" were founded and funded. The report reveals that the organizations are actually run by a small group of individuals and the membership numbers are highly inflated.

    To view AILA's responses to the many inaccurate allegations put forth by these restrictionist groups and the Immigration Reform Caucus, see our section on AILA.org entitled "Myths and Facts." Please also visit the Advocacy Center for additional materials such as Issue Papers, Backgrounders, and AILA Press Releases. In addition, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) has developed other relevant materials. Please visit www.ailf.org and click on "Immigration Policy Center" to view these materials.

    Recently Introduced Restrictionist Legislation

    The following is a brief description of newly introduced, restrictionist legislation, in reverse chronological order and by chamber. AILA will report further on these bills if and when they move through the legislative process.

    House Legislation

    H.R. 3722, the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments of 2004, introduced on January 21 by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), would amend § 1011 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 to impose conditions on federal reimbursement of emergency health services furnished to undocumented individuals. According to FAIR's website, the Rohrabacher bill "is a response to provisions in last year's Medicare and prescription drug benefit legislation that allocate over $ 1 billion to reimburse hospitals for the uncompensated health care provided to illegal aliens. At the time of the vote on that legislation, Rohrabacher changed his vote from no to yes in exchange for a commitment from the House leadership for a floor vote to require hospitals providing uncompensated care to illegal aliens to report these aliens and to expedite their deportation." In order for hospitals to receive reimbursement for the costs of emergency care provided to undocumented aliens, the Rohrabacher bill would require that they: (1) identify the immigration status of all patients receiving uncompensated emergency care; (2) obtain a photograph and biometric identifier of the alien; and (3) electronically report undocumented aliens treated to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS would be required to initiate deportation proceedings against these individuals. The bill would also make the employers of these aliens responsible for their medical bills-whether or not they offer employee health insurance-unless they have either properly verified the work eligibility of the treated alien or, if available, used the electronic worker verification pilot program.

    H.R. 3534, the Border Enforcement and Revolving Employment to Assist Laborers Act of 2003, introduced on November 19 by Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO), is an omnibus restrictionist bill that would: suspend the Visa Waiver Program; authorize the use of the U.S. military to secure the border; increase the number of border patrol agents, immigration inspectors, detention and removal officers and BICE special agents; impose criminal penalties for unlawful presence in the United States; allow consular officers to require certain nonimmigrant visa applicants to obtain visa term compliance bonds as a condition of receiving the visa; set new and stringent requirements on the acceptance of identification documentation by government agencies; impose a mandatory employment eligibility verification system; and do away with the current H visa scheme and substitute in its place a new, highly restrictive catch-all "H" category for both skilled and unskilled workers.

    H.R. 3522, the Securing America's Future through Enforcement Reform (SAFER) Act of 2003, introduced on November 19 by Representative J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC), is a massive, 93-page restrictionist bill that would make a number of egregious changes to the INA under the guise of making America safer. Among other things, the legislation would: authorize the use of the U.S. Army and Air Force to secure the border; require consular officer interviews of all visa applicants; broaden substantially the current grounds of inadmissibility and removability; provide more sweeping authority to track aliens present in the United States; amend INA § 245(c) to do away with the exception for immediate relatives and special immigrants from the bar to adjustment of status for individuals who have fallen out of status or worked without authorization; increase the number of border inspectors and border patrol agents; and further circumscribe judicial review and due process in immigration proceedings.

    H.R. 3452, the Visitor Information and Security Accountability (VISA) Act, introduced on November 6 by Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), would make a number of restrictive changes to our immigration laws. Among other things, the bill would: authorize the use of the U.S. Army and Air Force to secure the border; require consular officer interviews of all visa applicants; provide for the administrative removal of additional classes of aliens; require nonimmigrant visa applicants from certain countries to post maintenance of status/departure bonds as a condition of receiving the visa; and label certain identification documents as "insecure" and prohibit their use for entry into or departure from the United States.

    Senate Legislation

    S. 1906, the Homeland Security Enhancement Act of 2003, introduced on November 20 by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), would effectively obligate states and localities to enforce civil immigration laws and would also render all immigration status violations criminal in nature.

    We Can't Believe They Said That

    "The White House diligently avoided using the "A" word in its announcement,...but no matter how much Karl Rove wishes to torture the English language, a program that legalizes millions upon millions of people who have cheated to get into this country, who have cheated by working off-the-books and avoided paying taxes, and have cheated by using billions of dollars in public services is an amnesty."

    --Dan Stein, Executive Director of FAIR, in a January 7 press release slamming the Administration's recently announced immigration reform proposal

    "In announcing his support for what can only be called the...Open Borders Bill this afternoon, President Bush singled out ˜members of citizen groups who have joined us' in the audience.... Not one non-Hispanic "citizens group" seems to have been judged worthy of an invitation. Apparently, Bush thinks that America's citizenry is already entirely Hispanic"”like the waiters in his country club."

    --Peter Brimelow, Editor of VDARE.COM and author of "Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster" (1995)

    "Bush's amnesty will do nothing to halt the illegal invasion that continues to this hour. If you would know what America's social, cultural, and fiscal future will look like, take a ride through Los Angeles, capital of Mexifornia."

    --Pat Buchanan, The American Conservative, Jan. 19, 2004 issue

    "Unfortunately, since all nine of the Democratic candidates to replace Bush are as bad as, or even worse than, the president on immigration, disgusted voters are left with no worthy choice (though a write-in campaign for Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado seems to be popping up on the Internet with increasing frequency)."

    --excerpt from ProjectUSA's online publication dated January 14, 2004

    Are there restrictionist media campaigns being mounted in your local area? AILA wants to know! Please forward details to Danielle Polen in AILA's Advocacy Department (dpolen@aila.org), 202-216-2400.

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    HOUSE IMMIGRATION REFORM CAUCUS



    ALABAMA
    Robert Aderholt (R)
    Spencer Bachus (R)

    ARIZONA
    J.D. Hayworth (R)
    John Shadegg (R)

    ARKANSAS
    John Boozman (R)

    CALIFORNIA
    John Doolittle (R)
    Wally Herger (R)
    Duncan Hunter (R)
    Gary Miller (R)
    Dana Rohrabacher (R)
    Ed Royce (R)

    COLORADO
    Joel Hefley (R)
    Marilyn Musgrave (R)
    Tom Tancredo (R)

    FLORIDA
    Michael Bilirakis (R)
    Allen Boyd (D)
    Ginny Brown-Waite (R)
    Jeff Miller (R)
    Cliff Stearns (R)
    Dave Weldon (R)

    GEORGIA
    Mac Collins (R)
    Nathan Deal (R)
    Phil Gingrey (R)
    Johnny Isakson (R)
    Charlie Norwood (R)

    IDAHO
    Butch Otter (R)
    Michael Simpson (R)

    ILLINOIS
    Henry Hyde (R)
    Donald Manzullo (R)

    IOWA
    Steven King (R)

    INDIANA
    Dan Burton (R)
    Mike Pence (R)

    LOUISIANA
    Richard Baker (R)
    Chris John (D)
    David Vitter (R)

    MARYLAND
    Roscoe Bartlett (R)

    MICHIGAN
    Pete Hoekstra (R)
    Nick Smith (R)
    Fred Upton (R)

    MINNESOTA
    Gil Gutknecht (R)
    Jim Ramstad (R)

    MISSISSPPI
    Chip Pickering (R)
    Roger Wicker (R)

    MISSOURI
    Todd Akin (R)
    Sam Graves (R)

    NEW JERSEY
    Scott Garrett (R)

    NORTH CAROLINA
    Robin Hayes (R)
    Walter Jones (R)

    OHIO
    Patrick Tiberi (R)

    OKLAHOMA
    Ernest Istook (R)
    John Sullivan (R)

    PENNSYLVANIA
    Jim Greenwood (R)

    SOUTH CAROLINA
    J. Gresham Barrett (R)
    Henry Brown (R)

    TEXAS
    Joe Barton (R)
    Michael Burgess (R)
    John Carter (R)
    John Culberson (R)
    Ralph Hall (R)
    Sam Johnson (R)
    Pete Sessions (R)
    Lamar Smith (R)

    TENNESSEE
    Jim Duncan (R)
    Zach Wamp (R)

    VIRGINIA
    Eric Cantor (R)
    Jo Ann Davis (R)
    Randy Forbes (R)
    Virgil Goode (R)
    Edward Schrock (R)

    WYOMING
    Barbara Cubin (R)


    Updated February 2, 2004



    © 2004 AILA, 918 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20004 Copyright Policy

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    Restrictionist Watch, Volume 1, Number 1, February 6, 2004

    Cite as "Posted on AILA InfoNet at Doc. No. 04020645 (Feb. 6, 2004) ."


    AILA's
    Restrictionist Watch
    _____________________________________________
    Volume 1, Number 1, February 6, 2004

    Welcome to the first issue of Restrictionist Watch, a new biweekly publication intended to alert AILA Members and our coalition partners to the ongoing activities of immigration restrictionists. These groups are well-organized and extremely well-funded and are gearing up to fight any and all positive immigration initiatives. Your voice is needed to counter their rhetoric and activities. Please visit the Advocacy Center on AILA InfoNet or AILA's public site for information on how you can help shape the future of immigration. Included on these sites are backgrounders and issue papers on the top issues of the day.

    Restrictionist Roundup

    What have the major anti-immigration players been up to recently? A brief roundup of their activities follows.

    Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) (www.fairus.org):

    FAIR, like most restrictionist groups, has focused these past several weeks primarily on the immigration reform proposal that President Bush unveiled on January 7. In a January 7 legislative update, FAIR blatantly mischaracterized the Bush proposal as "an unlimited new permanent legal immigration program masquerading as a ˜guestworker' program." "As expected," said FAIR, "illegal aliens would be granted temporary legal status and later rewarded with amnesty." "[N]early all of the estimated 9 to 11 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. would receive amnesty and be reclassified as guestworkers and put on the path to U.S. citizenship," said FAIR in a January 7 press release.

    Several weeks later, in a January 29 press release, FAIR attacked the House Democratic Leadership's introduction, on January 28, of a Statement of Comprehensive Immigration Principles. FAIR accused House Democrats of " ˜playing one upmanship' with the Bush immigration proposal and turning their backs on the 9 million unemployed Americans currently seeking jobs and legal immigrants whose admission will be delayed while millions of illegal aliens are granted amnesty." FAIR's press release went on to assert that "the immigration proposal touted by the Democrats yesterday is an outright assault on fundamental fairness, the rule of law, and on all working Americans, advocating a blanket amnesty for every illegal alien in the country....It's amazing that the party which portrays itself as the friend of working Americans is in a foot race with the Bush Administration to give foreign workers unimpeded access to every job in every sector of our economy."

    FAIR also criticized the Immigration Reform Act of 2004, comprehensive immigration reform legislation introduced on January 22, 2004, by Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Tom Daschle (D-SD). The Hagel/Daschle bill (S. 2010) is the only immigration reform initiative introduced to date that includes all three components necessary for comprehensive immigration reform: family reunification through family backlog reduction; a new temporary worker program; and access to an earned adjustment for eligible people already living and working in the U.S. FAIR characterized the bill as legislation that "would establish nearly unlimited new guestworker and amnesty programs....result[ing] in the displacement of American workers in all sectors of the U.S. economy and further diminish[ing] wages and working conditions for American workers." FAIR is urging its supporters to contact Congress via FAIR's web-based Legislative Action Center to oppose this legislation.

    ProjectUSA for an Immigration Time-Out (www.projectusa.org):

    The Salt Lake Tribune, in a January 8, 2004 article, reported that Washington-based "ProjectUSA for an Immigration Time-Out" plans to erect billboards in Utah's 3rd congressional district next month to alert state GOP convention delegates to Representative Chris Cannon's (R-UT) support of "amnesty for illegal immigrants." The article quoted Project USA Director Craig Nelson as stating, "If Cannon suffers politically in his district with core Republicans, we feel like it will be a two-by-four across the head of this administration. Cannon has allowed himself to be called the waterboy for the White House on immigration, and to say this isn't amnesty is ridiculous."

    The December 23, 2003 issue of ProjectUSA's online publication states: "The Republican Party establishment in Utah needs to know that immigration is going to play a role in the upcoming election in Utah's Third district." The group then urges readers to "call...officials in the Republican Party of Utah County (which includes Provo) and politely tell them what you think of Chris Cannon's amnesty proposal." "If several of the 2004 elections are decided on the immigration issue, it will give us and our allies enormous clout. While we might not be able to walk into a congressional office with the financial power of a mega multinational corporation, we will be able to walk into the office with proof that voting badly on immigration really can cost a politician his or her job."

    NumbersUSA (www.numbersusa.com):

    NumbersUSA also focused on the Bush proposal as its current hot topic. Roy Beck, Executive Director of NumbersUSA Education & Research Foundation called President Bush "confused if he thinks a proposal is an amnesty only if it gives citizenship." In his analysis of the White House reform proposal, Mr. Beck sets forth his belief that there are "three...kinds of amnesty that can be given to foreign citizens who violate our country's immigration laws to illegally take jobs here." They are, according to Mr. Beck, (1) the "Basic Amnesty," in which an illegal alien is sent back home without receiving any penalties for having broken the law, such as fines, jail time or a 10-year exclusion from entering the country legally; (2) the "Basic Reward Amnesty," under which illegal aliens are rewarded with the very thing they broke the law to get"”an American job; and (3) the "Jackpot Reward Amnesty," whereby illegal aliens not only are rewarded with the job that they broke the law to get but also are given one of the most prized possessions in the world"”U.S. citizenship.

    "The White House," said Mr. Beck, "seems to think that because it isn't offering a Jackpot Reward Amnesty, its proposal shouldn't be called an amnesty. But the President's proposal clearly is a Basic Reward Amnesty. Some 8-12 million illegal aliens broke our immigration laws to work illegally in this country (stealing jobs and wages from American workers), and nearly all of them would be rewarded by the Bush proposal with legal permits to keep the jobs they stole"”at least for three years."

    The Coalition for the Future American Worker (www.americanworker.org):

    The Coalition for the Future American Worker (CFAW), which bills itself as "an umbrella organization of professional trade groups, population/environment organizations, and immigration reform groups...formed to represent the interests of American workers and students in the formulation of immigration policy," has been buying television airtime in Iowa to promote a policy of "no more foreign workers and no amnesty for millions here illegally." On the screen, viewers see an image of a fist repeatedly striking a punching dummy, while an announcer asks, "How much longer can Iowa workers be the punching bags for greedy corporations and politicians?" "First," the announcer continues, "meatpackers replaced Iowans with thousands of foreign workers. Next, wages were cut almost in half." Viewers then see six House and Senate bill numbers scroll down the screen (S. 1645, H.R. 3142, S. 1461, H.R. 2899, H.R. 3271, and S. 1387) as the announcer adds that "politicians want new laws to import millions more foreign workers and give amnesty to illegal aliens." WHO-TV in Des Moines reports on its website that coalition spokesman Roy Beck says the ad is part of a national campaign unfolding over the next few months. He says the group doesn't represent any union members in Iowa, but it does represent the interest of labor.

    Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) (www.cis.org):

    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), in a January 17 op-ed by CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian, called the President's immigration reform proposal "amateurish" and a "plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and allow millions more to enter the country." The plan, Mr. Krikorian went on to proclaim, is "clearly not intended as a serious effort at all. Rather, it is a sentimental gesture, designed mainly for political benefit and based on clichés about ˜huddled masses' and a ˜nation of immigrants.'" While the president's proposal "includes some hackneyed gimmicks intended to encourage workers to return home,...they have all been tried unsuccessfully before, as anyone with a modicum of curiosity could have discovered," In sum, pronounced Mr. Krikorian, the Bush plan "is a fundamental disconnect with reality and should be rejected out of hand."

    American Patrol (www.americanpatrol.org):

    American Patrol, in a January 8 "feature" on its website, called the Administration's immigration reform proposal the "Bush...plan to cede [the] Southwest to Mexico." According to the statement, "President Bush outlined a plan to surrender his nation's sovereignty and allow up to twenty million Mexican reconquistas to legally remain in the United States. Experts say it is only a matter of time before Mexico declares jurisdiction over the American Southwest."

    Background on the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus

    The House Immigration Reform Caucus was formed in May 1999 to help restrictionists push their agenda in Congress. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) heads the caucus, taking over the mantle from House restrictionist leader Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), who still actively opposes positive immigration initiatives. This group is the major restrictionist organization in Congress, and Representative Tancredo is using his leadership role in the caucus to position himself as a force within Congress and the media on immigration issues.

    The agenda of this group includes:

    Ensuring that any proposed guest worker program addresses the following: incentives for workers to stay home upon completion of their contract; the wisdom of granting further amnesties; the program's effect on the US economy, and the enforcement of employer sanctions.
    Supporting legislation to deny American citizenship to the American-born children of undocumented aliens.
    Promoting legislation to reduce the overall number of immigrants allowed into the country each year by limiting admission categories.
    Check out their agenda for yourself by going to www.house.gov/tancredo/Immigration/. The last page of this issue of Restrictionist Watch lists caucus members. We encourage you to contact these Representatives to express your concerns about their membership in this restrictionist organization and the reasons you support pro-immigration initiatives.

    ~ ~ ~

    Resources

    For additional background on these and other groups, see AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 02071545 for an eye-opening report on restrictionist groups from the Southern Poverty Law Center. In its report, the Center researches many of these organizations, classifying some as racial hate-based groups, and explains how many of these so called "grassroots organizations" were founded and funded. The report reveals that the organizations are actually run by a small group of individuals and the membership numbers are highly inflated.

    To view AILA's responses to the many inaccurate allegations put forth by these restrictionist groups and the Immigration Reform Caucus, see our section on AILA.org entitled "Myths and Facts." Please also visit the Advocacy Center for additional materials such as Issue Papers, Backgrounders, and AILA Press Releases. In addition, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) has developed other relevant materials. Please visit www.ailf.org and click on "Immigration Policy Center" to view these materials.

    Recently Introduced Restrictionist Legislation

    The following is a brief description of newly introduced, restrictionist legislation, in reverse chronological order and by chamber. AILA will report further on these bills if and when they move through the legislative process.

    House Legislation

    H.R. 3722, the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments of 2004, introduced on January 21 by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), would amend § 1011 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 to impose conditions on federal reimbursement of emergency health services furnished to undocumented individuals. According to FAIR's website, the Rohrabacher bill "is a response to provisions in last year's Medicare and prescription drug benefit legislation that allocate over $ 1 billion to reimburse hospitals for the uncompensated health care provided to illegal aliens. At the time of the vote on that legislation, Rohrabacher changed his vote from no to yes in exchange for a commitment from the House leadership for a floor vote to require hospitals providing uncompensated care to illegal aliens to report these aliens and to expedite their deportation." In order for hospitals to receive reimbursement for the costs of emergency care provided to undocumented aliens, the Rohrabacher bill would require that they: (1) identify the immigration status of all patients receiving uncompensated emergency care; (2) obtain a photograph and biometric identifier of the alien; and (3) electronically report undocumented aliens treated to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS would be required to initiate deportation proceedings against these individuals. The bill would also make the employers of these aliens responsible for their medical bills-whether or not they offer employee health insurance-unless they have either properly verified the work eligibility of the treated alien or, if available, used the electronic worker verification pilot program.

    H.R. 3534, the Border Enforcement and Revolving Employment to Assist Laborers Act of 2003, introduced on November 19 by Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO), is an omnibus restrictionist bill that would: suspend the Visa Waiver Program; authorize the use of the U.S. military to secure the border; increase the number of border patrol agents, immigration inspectors, detention and removal officers and BICE special agents; impose criminal penalties for unlawful presence in the United States; allow consular officers to require certain nonimmigrant visa applicants to obtain visa term compliance bonds as a condition of receiving the visa; set new and stringent requirements on the acceptance of identification documentation by government agencies; impose a mandatory employment eligibility verification system; and do away with the current H visa scheme and substitute in its place a new, highly restrictive catch-all "H" category for both skilled and unskilled workers.

    H.R. 3522, the Securing America's Future through Enforcement Reform (SAFER) Act of 2003, introduced on November 19 by Representative J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC), is a massive, 93-page restrictionist bill that would make a number of egregious changes to the INA under the guise of making America safer. Among other things, the legislation would: authorize the use of the U.S. Army and Air Force to secure the border; require consular officer interviews of all visa applicants; broaden substantially the current grounds of inadmissibility and removability; provide more sweeping authority to track aliens present in the United States; amend INA § 245(c) to do away with the exception for immediate relatives and special immigrants from the bar to adjustment of status for individuals who have fallen out of status or worked without authorization; increase the number of border inspectors and border patrol agents; and further circumscribe judicial review and due process in immigration proceedings.

    H.R. 3452, the Visitor Information and Security Accountability (VISA) Act, introduced on November 6 by Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), would make a number of restrictive changes to our immigration laws. Among other things, the bill would: authorize the use of the U.S. Army and Air Force to secure the border; require consular officer interviews of all visa applicants; provide for the administrative removal of additional classes of aliens; require nonimmigrant visa applicants from certain countries to post maintenance of status/departure bonds as a condition of receiving the visa; and label certain identification documents as "insecure" and prohibit their use for entry into or departure from the United States.

    Senate Legislation

    S. 1906, the Homeland Security Enhancement Act of 2003, introduced on November 20 by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), would effectively obligate states and localities to enforce civil immigration laws and would also render all immigration status violations criminal in nature.

    We Can't Believe They Said That

    "The White House diligently avoided using the "A" word in its announcement,...but no matter how much Karl Rove wishes to torture the English language, a program that legalizes millions upon millions of people who have cheated to get into this country, who have cheated by working off-the-books and avoided paying taxes, and have cheated by using billions of dollars in public services is an amnesty."

    --Dan Stein, Executive Director of FAIR, in a January 7 press release slamming the Administration's recently announced immigration reform proposal

    "In announcing his support for what can only be called the...Open Borders Bill this afternoon, President Bush singled out ˜members of citizen groups who have joined us' in the audience.... Not one non-Hispanic "citizens group" seems to have been judged worthy of an invitation. Apparently, Bush thinks that America's citizenry is already entirely Hispanic"”like the waiters in his country club."

    --Peter Brimelow, Editor of VDARE.COM and author of "Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster" (1995)

    "Bush's amnesty will do nothing to halt the illegal invasion that continues to this hour. If you would know what America's social, cultural, and fiscal future will look like, take a ride through Los Angeles, capital of Mexifornia."

    --Pat Buchanan, The American Conservative, Jan. 19, 2004 issue

    "Unfortunately, since all nine of the Democratic candidates to replace Bush are as bad as, or even worse than, the president on immigration, disgusted voters are left with no worthy choice (though a write-in campaign for Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado seems to be popping up on the Internet with increasing frequency)."

    --excerpt from ProjectUSA's online publication dated January 14, 2004

    Are there restrictionist media campaigns being mounted in your local area? AILA wants to know! Please forward details to Danielle Polen in AILA's Advocacy Department (dpolen@aila.org), 202-216-2400.

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    ALABAMA
    Robert Aderholt (R)
    Spencer Bachus (R)

    ARIZONA
    J.D. Hayworth (R)
    John Shadegg (R)

    ARKANSAS
    John Boozman (R)

    CALIFORNIA
    John Doolittle (R)
    Wally Herger (R)
    Duncan Hunter (R)
    Gary Miller (R)
    Dana Rohrabacher (R)
    Ed Royce (R)

    COLORADO
    Joel Hefley (R)
    Marilyn Musgrave (R)
    Tom Tancredo (R)

    FLORIDA
    Michael Bilirakis (R)
    Allen Boyd (D)
    Ginny Brown-Waite (R)
    Jeff Miller (R)
    Cliff Stearns (R)
    Dave Weldon (R)

    GEORGIA
    Mac Collins (R)
    Nathan Deal (R)
    Phil Gingrey (R)
    Johnny Isakson (R)
    Charlie Norwood (R)

    IDAHO
    Butch Otter (R)
    Michael Simpson (R)

    ILLINOIS
    Henry Hyde (R)
    Donald Manzullo (R)

    IOWA
    Steven King (R)

    INDIANA
    Dan Burton (R)
    Mike Pence (R)

    LOUISIANA
    Richard Baker (R)
    Chris John (D)
    David Vitter (R)

    MARYLAND
    Roscoe Bartlett (R)

    MICHIGAN
    Pete Hoekstra (R)
    Nick Smith (R)
    Fred Upton (R)

    MINNESOTA
    Gil Gutknecht (R)
    Jim Ramstad (R)

    MISSISSPPI
    Chip Pickering (R)
    Roger Wicker (R)

    MISSOURI
    Todd Akin (R)
    Sam Graves (R)

    NEW JERSEY
    Scott Garrett (R)

    NORTH CAROLINA
    Robin Hayes (R)
    Walter Jones (R)

    OHIO
    Patrick Tiberi (R)

    OKLAHOMA
    Ernest Istook (R)
    John Sullivan (R)

    PENNSYLVANIA
    Jim Greenwood (R)

    SOUTH CAROLINA
    J. Gresham Barrett (R)
    Henry Brown (R)

    TEXAS
    Joe Barton (R)
    Michael Burgess (R)
    John Carter (R)
    John Culberson (R)
    Ralph Hall (R)
    Sam Johnson (R)
    Pete Sessions (R)
    Lamar Smith (R)

    TENNESSEE
    Jim Duncan (R)
    Zach Wamp (R)

    VIRGINIA
    Eric Cantor (R)
    Jo Ann Davis (R)
    Randy Forbes (R)
    Virgil Goode (R)
    Edward Schrock (R)

    WYOMING
    Barbara Cubin (R)


    Updated February 2, 2004



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