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Communities Call on Congress to Reject Anti-Immigrant Bill, H.R. 10

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Press Statement

September 30, 2004                         Contact:  Eun Sook Lee, 323/937-3703
For Immediate Release                                      Dae Joong Yoon, 323/937-3718
                                               Kent Chaegu Lee, 773/506-9158
                                                       Yu Soung Mun, 718/460-5600

H.R. 10: Communities Call on Congress to Reject Anti-Immigrant Bill

[Los Angles]  The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), and its affiliates, the Korean Resource Center (Los Angeles), Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (Chicago), and YKASEC-Empowering the Korean American Community (New York), condemn the introduction of H.R. 10 and call on Congress to reject this anti-immigrant bill.  

Eunsook Lee, executive director of NAKASEC stated: “Not only is this bill grossly anti-immigrant, but it greatly undermines the work of our government in effectively enhancing security and pose barriers on reform that is needed in this country.  What is more, this bill does not reach out to our communities and it dramatically falls short of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.”

Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of the Korean Resource Center stated: “There are many troubling provisions that are included in H.R. 10. One of the most troubling is the issuance of standards for federal recognition of state drivers’ licenses. This will have a rippling effect on immigrant communities in obtaining drivers licenses to carry out day to day activities. And, more importantly it would lead to the creation of a de facto (virtual) national id system.”

Kent Chaegu Lee, executive director of the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center stated:  “H.R. 10 provides significantly expanded expedited removal authority. It would mean that individuals who entered the U.S. without inspection would be subjected to expedited removal unless they have been physically present in the U.S. for more than 5 years.  This would all occur without review and would increase the due process concerns.”

Yu Soung Mun, executive director of YKASEC-Empowering the Korean American Community stated:  “We need to find a way to strengthen our nation’s intelligence capacity and ensure effective security measures while not compromising our nation’s cherished civil liberties, due process, and privacy protections.”

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