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October 8, 2004 Contacts: Eun Sook Lee, 323-937-3703
For Immediate Release Dae Joong Yoon, 323-937-3718
Kent Chaegu Lee, 773. 506. 9158
Yusoung Mun, 718. 460. 5600
H.R. 10 Passes in the House of Representatives
Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 10, “The 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act” by a 282-134 margin. Unfortunately, the legislation passed with harsh anti-immigrant provisions such as expedited removal, restrictions on matriculas, and a legal presence requirement for driver’s license included.
Prior to the passage of H.R. on the House floor, there were three significant amendments to be considered during mark-up and floor sessions; 1. Representative Bob Menendez’s (D -NJ) amendment which would replace H.R. 10’s language with that of the Senate version; 2. Representative Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) amendment which would delete the expedited removal provision; and 3. another amendment from Representative Smith to remove restrictions on asylees.
These three amendments which would have improved the H.R. 10 legislation all failed to pass through the House. Below is a brief summary of what transpired.
q Representative Menendez’s amendment failed to pass through the House by a narrow margin of 213-203.
q Representative Smith’s amendment on expedited removal had initially passed. However, House Judiciary Chair F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) called for a second vote on the amendment wherein several House of Representatives members changed their vote, ultimately resulting in the failure of the amendment to pass the second time around.
q Representative Smith’s amendment for asylees also failed to pass.
The Senate version of this bill, S. 2845 the “National Intelligence Reform Act” passed through the Senate floor successfully without the inclusion of any anti-immigration provisions. The Senate and the House bills look very different and will now go into conference committee for reconciliation.
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium NAKASEC, the Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles, the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center in Chicago, and YKASEC-Empowering the Korean American Community in New York oppose all anti-immigrant provisions in both the House and the Senate and will conduct activities to ensure that that through the conference committee session immigrant voices are heard.