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H.R. 4437 – We Demand Legalization, Not Criminalization

By March 29, 2006 No Comments

Communities across the country are rallying together to hold their elected officials accountable for the passage of H.R. 4437, the most anti-immigrant bill in 80 years. This bill will turn 11 million undocumented immigrants, including 1.6 million children, into criminals overnight and punish pastors, doctors and social service organizations that perform everyday good deeds for undocumented immigrants.

On February 1st, YKASEC joined prominent religious leaders representing diverse faiths for a press conference to urge President Bush and Congress to reject H.R. 4437. With the Statue of Liberty in the background, clergy leaders advocated for immigration policies that honor America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants.

On February 9th, NAKASEC and the Korean Resource Center organized a contingent of 60 Korean Americans to join 300 participants from the faith and immigrant community for vigils in front of the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters in Southern California. Passages from the Declaration of Independence and the Statue of Liberty were read to remind the American public that all people regardless of immigration status were created equal and America has the tradition of being a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants.