House Appropriations Committee Defeats Section 245(i)
and Ban on State/Local Police Cooperation with INS

REP. SERRANO (D-NY) AMENDMENT TO MAKE SECTION 245(i) PERMANENT

In a stunning defeat for supporters of open borders and non-enforcement of laws against illegal immigration, the House Appropriations Committee last night defeated an effort to make Section 245(i) permanent. The effort was made as the full Appropriations Committee was marking up the fiscal year 2002 Supplemental Appropriation. As expected Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) offered his amendment to make this amnesty permanent. However, on a voice vote the committee approved a substitute for the Serrano amendment mirroring the temporary Section 245(i) extension approved by just one vote in the House last March. The substitute, offered by Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), was then defeated when two Democrats joined with all but four Republicans on a vote of 27-32. As soon as the recorded votes officially reported by the committee, FAIR will post the tally on our website.

Over the last few days FAIR, its activists and members campaigned nearly nonstop to defeat the Serrano amendment and the effort has paid off. Without those efforts, supporters of Section 245(i) might have succeeded in passing an amnesty without the benefit of full debate and in spite of overwhelming popular opposition. Your tireless efforts are much appreciated and, more importantly, have spoken truth to power by making clear that no form of amnesty is acceptable to the vast majority of the American public.

REP. SERRANO (D-NY) AMENDMENT TO BAR STATE AND LOCAL POLICE COOPERATION WITH THE INS EXCEPT IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

Prior to defeating the amendment on Section 245(i), members of the Appropriations Committee also defeated an amendment clearly intended to gut enforcement of laws against illegal immigration. The amendment, defeated on a vote of 23-33, was prompted by pending plans at the Department of Justice to use the resources of state and local police to assist in apprehension of suspected terrorists, foreign nationals with deportation orders against them and other illegal aliens. Taken together with his amendment to make Section 245(i) permanent, "these two stealth amendments leave little doubt about what Serrano,s real agenda is, said FAIR Executive Director Dan Stein. "They are about making sure that immigration laws are not enforced and that people who come here illegally will eventually be rewarded for breaking the law.

As with the amendment to make Section 245(i) permanent, your help over the last 48 hours to defeat this amendment proved critical to our success.

We will keep you up to date on the latest developments and all other immigration related events through the Legislative Action Center (LAC). For current immigrations news please visit the Stein Report. You can visit our website at FAIR or go to the Legislative Action Center to find your representatives and local media contact information. For other information, call FAIR's legislative department at (202) 328-7004.


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