Representative Sensenbrenner Introduced Immigration Enforcement Legislation
(December 6, 2005)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.)
introduced H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal
Immigration Control Act of 2005. This legislation is dangerous and does
not address the need to find a legal solution to dealing with the undocumented
workers in the U.S. The legislation does not include a plan for the future
flow of guest workers to enter the U.S. and it seeks to drive out 7-11 million
undocumented immigrant workers. It will also create an Employment Eligibility
Verification System (EEVS) that could severely limits workers' claims, including
prohibiting class action lawsuits against the government.
Some of the other provisions in the bill include those which: criminalize
unlawful presence; expand expedited removal; broaden the definition of alien
smuggling to include family members, employers, and immigrant advocates;
expand the definition of aggravated felony; create new grounds of deportability
and inadmissibility; increase mandatory detention; militarize the border;
and place limitations on eligibility for naturalization.
Amendments to this bill are being introduced the week of December
House leaders will allow amendments on border-security legislation expected
on the floor Thursday. That list could include hot-button topics that might
not pass but are sure to spark intense debate. Conservatives, led by Rep.
Tom Tancredo (R-CO), want the votes on amendments that would place even
tighter restrictions on immigration, which House leaders have been hesitant
to allow for fear of putting members on the record on politically difficult
issues. Last week Rep. Tancredo wrote to the House Rules Committee seeking
a rule for the Sensenbrenner-King bill that would permit debate on a laundry
list of amendments that include ending birthright citizenship and making
English the official language.
Click here to read the full text of the bill.