(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/12/13) -- CAIR is urging voters to contact their members of Congress to request that they include anti-profiling protections in the immigration reform bill.
The Senate today voted to begin its floor debate on comprehensive immigration reform. The bill provides a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has stated that the Senate hopes to "wrap this legislation up before the July 4 recess." The House of Representatives is also expected to release its own version of the immigration bill in the coming weeks.
As reported in CAIR's previous assessment of the Senate immigration bill, Section 3305 of the bill prohibits the blanket use of race and ethnicity by federal law enforcement, but fails to prohibit profiling based on religion or national origin and includes troubling exemptions in cases of national security and border protection.
The bill also includes a distressing amendment offered by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Graham Amendment 3, which would require immigration legalization applicants from certain regions or countries to undergo additional security screenings, i.e., background checks, out of national security concerns.
CAIR believes that Graham Amendment 3 is reminiscent of the now-defunct National Security Entry-Exit System (NSEERS) program, which had required certain nonimmigrant men from predominantly Muslim nations to register with the federal government.
CAIR has provided a click-and-send letter addressed to members of Congress for voters who want to demand an end to racial and religious profiling by law enforcement. CAIR's sign-on letter supports favorable amendments to the immigration bill that seek to ban law enforcement profiling.
The letter also requests clear guidelines for administrative and judicial review for those appealing their immigration status; prioritize family unity and not weaken or eliminate current family immigrant categories; offer solutions to ongoing cases of processing delays for thousands of immigrants; and, streamline the process for immigrants applying for asylum from conflict zones like Syria.