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Rights Working Group wants immigration enforcement moratorium and much more (ACLU, NCLR, 248 others)

The Asian American Justice Center runs the Rights Working Group, a coalition of over 250 leftwing groups, and they have a petition calling on Barack Obama to in effect not do immigration enforcement. They want a "moratorium" while the subject of raids and the like is "studied", but everyone knows what that means. Since there are so many groups, the full roster is here. The main groups are listed below, and part of the petition follows. Note that they also want to block the new DHS-based TV show "Homeland Security USA".

From their suggested letter template for complaining about the TV show (stateofprotest.com/blog/government/boycott-homeland-security-usa):

..."Homeland Security USA" has not, and based on what I've seen, will not air scenes from immigration raids where (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) ICE agents descend with helicopters and guns drawn and throw unresisting people to the ground...

And from their anti-enforcement petition (rightsworkinggroup.org/?q=DHSPetition):

DHS policies which prioritize the appearance of enforcement over this nation's founding principles of liberty and justice for all do not serve the national interest. I am asking your administration to set clear, enforceable legal standards for DHS operations - standards that uphold the dignity and Constitutional rights of all people in the U.S. - and hold DHS accountable to these standards. I join the Rights Working Group in urging you to place a moratorium on current immigration enforcement practices in order to conduct a full review of DHS policies and programs to ensure that they are compliant with Constitutional protections and internationally recognized human right standards.

Major groups:
American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Amnesty International USA, Appleseed, Arab American Institute, Center for Community Change, Center for National Security Studies, Human Rights Watch, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Education Fund, MALDEF, Muslim Public Affairs Council, National Council of La Raza, National Immigration Forum, National Immigration Law Center, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, Open Society Policy Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras, Center for New Community, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, New York Immigration Coalition, Border Network for Human Rights, and Voces de la Frontera.

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Fri, 01/09/2009 - 12:11 · Importance: 4

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 21:16
Motivated

The majority of Americans support immigration enforcement over legalization as the recent Rasmussen poll shows. No amount of spin or lying by the open-borders, anti-American worker cabal can change this fact. Start calling your Reps and Senators: NO "comprehensive immigration reform" a/k/a amnesty! We demand that our existing immigration laws are consistently enforced.

Sat, 01/10/2009 - 09:01
llamajockey

The Open Borders groups are demanding a moratorium on enforcement because they know that with the deepening recession/depression that CIR or amnesty is out of the question. Still if Obama enacts an explicit or de facto moratorium he will cost the Democrats the House in 2010 and 2012.

Sat, 01/10/2009 - 16:46
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

by 2012 the former usa will be under the total control of others end of story. and face facts the usa is a dead nation state just waiting to be controlled by others, if you will not fight for freedom that freedom will disappear.

Mon, 01/12/2009 - 12:38
Priya Doshi
www.rightsworkinggroup.org

I want to correct any misperceptions of what the Rights Working Group is asking the Obama administration to do. We are NOT against enforcement of the laws. We support conducting enforcement in a way the upholds the basic human rights of people. Current policies deny those accused of immigration violations access to attorneys, phone calls to family, and jail them without trial. There is nothing unpatriotic or un-American about wanting our country to live up to its ideals of justice, due process and the rule of law.

Mon, 01/12/2009 - 15:04
petty bourgeois

Access to attorneys? Phone calls home? A trial? NO! Deportation. That's what you get for illegal entry. Deportation is a basic human right for criminal trespass. Get used to it, pinko commie bastard.

Tue, 01/13/2009 - 00:50
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

priya doshi what you want is one world rule with the ideals of a political/race control of others and with that comes the death of the USA Which is the real goal of the third world rulers/oligarch's/tyrants, little doshi you work for total evil.

Tue, 09/08/2009 - 16:05
Melissa Campbell

Attention illegal immigrants!!! Your rights are not being denied, you've simply misplaced them. Go back to the country you came from and that's where you will find them. By that same token, I would have no rights in your country, right? It makes complete and simple common sense.