Anti-immigrant forces don’t need an immigration bill to pass anti-immigrant legislation that can injure our communities- all they need is a bill. In last week’s bill on housing, congressmen were able to attach TWO anti-immigrant bills, let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again in the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
From the desk of Rich Stolz, Co-Director of FIRM:
Housing Legislation. Last week, the House passed a major new bill related to government sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac that includes a new national housing trust fund that supports the creation of new affordable housing production – something this country desperately needs. Unfortunately, there were two anti-immigrant amendments included in the final bill.
An amendment by Representative John Doolittle (R-CA) would restrict the three Government Sponsored Enterprises (that help to decrease the costs of mortages) from purchasing mortgages made to anyone without a valid Social Security number. It was adopted by a vote of 217-195.
The second, offered by Representative Price of GA, passed by a much larger margin of 235-188. It would restrict all adult residents of any housing produced by the Affordable Housing Fund to people who could establish their legal residency through secure forms of identification (i.e., “real ID”).
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations. This week, we anticipate that a number of amendments will come up related to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. The list of possible amendments is below.
Contact your Representatives and urge them to oppose any anti-immigrant amendments should they come up in debate on the House floor as part of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.
Tell them that votes should be guided by the following principles:
1) don’t preempt the comprehensive immigration reform bill that may come up for a vote in the House this summer; and
2) don’t undermine local community efforts to separate federal immigration enforcement from the responsibilities of local law enforcement to protect the public safety.