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REAL ID: Keeping the Pressure On

By March 28, 2006 No Comments

Passed in the House of Representatives in February, the REAL ID Act’s anti-immigrant provisions are still being followed closely by immigrant communities.In efforts to “fast-track” the REAL ID Act through Congress, the House attached it as an amendment to an Emergency Appropriations bill.On April 6, the Senate Appropriations committee marked up the Emergency bill without the REAL ID provisions, but it is still unclear whether the provisions will be included in the bill at a later point in time.In either case, the REAL ID Act will be up for Congressional debate in the coming weeks.

Currently, NAKASEC in conjunction with KRC and several other multi-ethnic community, faith, and labor-based organizations are participating in a targeted rolling call-in action to Appropriations and Judiciary Committee member Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).Hundreds of calls have already been generated by community members who are voicing their concerns about the REAL ID Act.These organizations also produced a sign-on letter for California-based community, labor, faith, and political leaders. The letter opposes the provisions found in the REAL ID Act and calls upon a meeting with Senator Feinstein in order to voice the community’s concerns.