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News & Updates
MONDAY, MAY 20TH
5:30 - REGISTRATION, 6:00-9:00 - FORUM
@ LaGuardia Community College, MainStage Theater
31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City
Closest subway: Local 7 to 33rd/Rawson Street
Invited: Sal Albanese, Adolfo Carrion, John Catsimatidis, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Joseph Lhota, George McDonald, Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, Anthony Weiner
Moderated by Richard Lui, NBC and MSNBC News Anchor
On Tuesday, May 14, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering amendments relating to Title IV which focuses on employment-based visas in the bipartisan immigration bill, S. 744.
Judiciary committee members need to hear from supporters of workers' right from across the country - not just those who live in their states - about the impact these amendments will have on our communities. Please call TODAY and Tuesday.
All day Monday and Tuesday staff will be reporting on the number of calls for and against each amendment to the Senators. More information on the amendments is below. NOTE: Please refer to each amendment by the sponsor's NAME and associated NUMBER.
"I urge the Senator to SUPPORT all immigration amendments being offered by Senator Blumenthal, and Schumer #5, which would protect immigrant workers.
I also urge you to OPPOSE amendments that would hurt immigrant workers, specifically Sessions #3, Lee #19, Hatch #19 and #20, and Grassley #73 and #74."
So, what do these amendments entail?
Senator Sessions' Amendment #3
This amendment would prevent any guest workers from entering the U.S. if the unemployment rate is 5 percent or more. This is such a low threshold that it could effectively keep all guest workers from immigrating to the U.S.
Senator Lee's Amendment #19 and Senator Hatch's Amendments #19 and #20 These amendments would exempt employers of temporary workers from complying with labor and employment laws, thus allowing them to violate the rights of temporary workers; and would limit the ability of individuals and groups from submitting a complaint about worker's mistreatment on behalf of a mistreated temporary worker.
Senator Grassley's Amendments #73 & #74
These amendments would restrict temporary workers (new "W" visa recipients) from renewing their visas, and would require all temporary workers to provide proof that they can and are paying for their own health insurance, which could effectively prevent almost all temporary workers from entering the U.S.
Senator Blumenthal's Amendments #7, #13, #17, and #18
These amendments would ban hiring discrimination based on national origin or citizenship status, provide whistleblower protections for temporary workers, ensure workers have the right to a pay stub so that they can prove employment status for the pathway to citizenship, and codify current ICE policy restricting immigration enforcement actions where labor violations have been cited, so a threat of raids won't keep workers from reporting abuse.
Senator Schumer's Amendment #5
This amendment would help workers change employers without the risk of losing their visa, and would provide an electronic monitoring system for the program.
If we could have a moment of your time, please contact ALL of the Senators below:
Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
DC: (202) 224-3841
Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)
DC: (202) 224-4242
Senator Jeff Flake (AZ)
DC: (202) 224-4521
Senator Ted Cruz (TX)
DC: (202) 224-5922
Senator John Cornyn (TX)
DC: (202) 224-2934
Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
DC: (202) 224-6542
Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)
DC: (202) 224-3244
Senator Al Franken (MN)
DC: (202) 224-5641
Call today and make your voice heard for real immigration reform NOW.
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