Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved (23-15) the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. This enforcement-only legislation will now be voted on by the entire House of Representatives next week. The bill contains numerous anti-immigration legislations and is of great concern to us. Included in the bill are provisions that would criminalize unlawful presence, take away much of the jurisdiction power of the courts, drastically reduce the due process rights of U.S. citizens, permanent residents and aliens, expand the ability of the government to conduct expedited removals, stretch the definition of alien smuggling to include family member, employers and immigration advocates, militarize the border and increase mandatory detentions.
It is essential that the House does not approve this bill. Our firm asks that all of you contact your representative and strongly suggest that they do not support this disastrous proposal.