Make a call in support of real immigration reform

Please make a call to Representative Mark Amodei and ask him to say he would support a discharge petition that would allow an up-or-down vote on a meaningful immigration reform bill with a viable pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans.

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Take action for real immigration reform.

When Congress returns, they’ll have 3 weeks before the current continuing resolution expires and either a NEW budget or a NEW continuing resolution will need to be negotiated and passed, else we’ll be facing a government shutdown.  Three weeks!  That means any meaningful efforts to pass a House-generated Immigration Reform bill will take a back seat to nowhere.  But, that doesn’t have to happen, the Senate has already passed an immigration reform bill  with an overwhelming majority of 68 Senators.  The House doesn’t need to create a whole new immigration bill.  The Senate’s approved bill is waiting at the desk in the House for action and the Speaker Boehner is refusing to put the bill up for a vote in the House. The Senate’s bill is far from perfect, but it does advance family reunification, protect the rights of workers, and, most important, provides a viable path to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans.

But this immigration bill, which holds millions of lives in its balance, is far from a done deal. We have heard from our friends in Washington that there are more than enough votes in the House to pass the Senate bill on immigration reform. But, not surprisingly, the House Republican leadership has been resorting to its usual grandstanding and political obstruction in an effort to kill immigration reform.1

We need your help to turn up the pressure on Representative Rep. Amodei. A parliamentary tactic called a "discharge petition" could bring an immigration bill to the floor of the House for a vote, even if Speaker Boehner continues to block action on immigration reform. If enough representatives say they would sign a discharge petition, then one of our allies in the House could even potentially introduce the original Senate Judiciary Committee bill on the floor, bringing back a better bill draft that doesn’t include the unnecessary, harmful and expensive provisions for excessive border-enforcement measures.

Will you call Rep. Amodei and urge him to say he would support a discharge petition that would allow an up-or-down vote on a meaningful immigration reform bill with a viable pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans? Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

We cannot let obstructionist politicians stall the momentum for real immigration reform by letting it die a slow death in Congress.

The time is now for real immigration reform that keeps families together, protects immigrants from violence and discrimination, and provides immigrants who are living in America and contributing to our society a roadmap to citizenship. Instead of focusing on an inhumane, costly and dysfunctional "enforcement" strategy, it’s time to switch to an approach that is both more humane and that makes more economic sense.2

The media has already been taking note of the momentum for a discharge petition to force a vote on a bill with pathway to citizenship on the House floor.3

Call Rep. Amodei: Tell him to say he would support a discharge petition that would allow an up-or-down vote on a meaningful immigration reform bill with a viable pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans. Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

Thank you for fighting for the rights of immigrants.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. Markos Moulitsas, "What the hell are House Republicans doing with immigration?," DailyKos.com, August 5, 2013.
2. Mahwish Khan, "When Immigration Enforcement Equals Inhumane Enforcement," America’s Voice, July 20, 2012, and Marshall Fitz, Gebe Martinez, and Madura Wijewardena, "The Costs of Mass Deportation," Center for American Progress, March 19, 2010.
3. Steve Benen, "Immigration reform’s odds improve — a little," The Maddow Blog, August 9, 2013.

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Rally for Justice for Immigrants and Immigration Reform, Wed 5/29

Rally01.fwWHO

  • Immigration Reform for Nevada
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • United Latino Community
  • Justice for Immigrants
  • St Teresa of Avila Catholic Community, a member of ACTIONN
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, a member of ACTIONN

WHAT
Campaign for Citizenship launch and public assembly

WHEN
Wednesday May 29, 2013,  6:30 pm-8:15 pm

WHERE
Little Flower Catholic Church, 875 East Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89502

RSVP and INFO:

  • Cory Hernandez …… 775-560-2233
  • Elvira Diaz ………….. 775-203-5759

The Campaign for a Path to Citizenship is launching a public assembly to lay out the Campaign and ask U.S. Senator Heller and Congressman Amodei to support the plan. This event will include Nevada State Senator Majority Leader Mo Denis speech about Why Immigration is a Justice Issue, testimonies from immigrants and prayers for unity.

The Path to Citizenship is a partnership of community organizations throughout Nevada launching an immigration reform campaign with a path to citizenship. This includes citizenship in seven years, including all eleven million undocumented immigrants, first phase of legal residency benefits, reducing detentions/deportations, and avoiding third class citizens. The Coalition includes: St Teresa of Avila Catholic Community, a member of ACTIONN; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, a member of ACTIONN; ; Mi Familia Vota; United Latino Community, and Justice for Immigrants.

The U.S. is now facing a third generation of children growing up in homes with undocumented family members. The Path to Citizenship reforms proposed by the coalition promotes citizenship for all as an American value that is good for our families, communities and economy. Seven years is consistent with current law and is considered a reasonable amount of time for a person to successfully go through the process of taking on the responsibility and rights of becoming an American citizen.

The Campaign calls on Congress to establish a straightforward and well organized process that allows all undocumented immigrants residing in the country to come out of the shadows to receive legal residency. After two years of legal residency, immigrants should be able to apply for Green Cards, which generally lead five years later to the ability to apply for full citizenship, making the entire path to citizenship no longer than seven years. DREAMers who have received Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status should be eligible for Green Cards immediately, or within two years of approval of their applications under the DREAM Act provisions of the new law. Fees should be reasonable for working families, and workers in the informal economy should be able to apply for temporary residency and citizenship. Individuals should not be excluded from citizenship based on minor crimes, including those related to undocumented status and border crossing.

People approved for the first phase of legal residency should be able to work, drive, attend school, and travel out-of-country for family or educational purposes. Congress should build on the highly successful DACA policy. Legal residency should make it possible for immigrants to begin to fully integrate in to the community.

Massive spending on border security combined with economic changes in Mexico and the U.S. have resulted in zero net flow of undocumented immigrants into the country. It does not make sense to make a path to citizenship contingent on border security measures that are already underway. Instead as we maintain border security and enable people to apply for legal residency, we need to reform enforcement policies that are unnecessarily detaining hundreds of thousands of immigrants who pose no danger to the community. Our goal should be a smarter system that makes families safer by prioritizing prevention of violent crime, while sharply reducing federal spending on detention centers.

Increasing the opportunity for immigrants to legally enter the U.S. is important to the social fabric and long-term economy of our country, and to sustain a coherent immigration system. Federal policy should promote the value of family unity. The current backlog of immigration cases should be processed expeditiously. Any temporary worker programs should include labor and civil rights protections to prevent the exploitation of immigrant workers and to ensure that job access, quality and pay for all workers is strengthened, not undermined, and should not create a class of residents without access to a path to citizenship.

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House Republicans Tell Americans to Drop Dead

— By Andres Ramirez, Protect Your Care

The Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is constitutional, but yet again, Republican Congressmen Joe Heck and Mark Amodei refused to move on and told American families in Nevada to drop dead when they voted to take away their health care. Congressman and Medical Doctor Joe Heck, and Congressman Mark Amodei voted to again let insurance companies deny families care because of preexisting conditions. They voted to throw millions of senior citizens back into the prescription drug donut hole. Both Nevada House Republicans voted to kick millions of young adults off their parents insurance.

And just in case that heartless vote wasn’t bad enough, these are the same Congressmen who support the Romney/Ryan budget that ends Medicare while giving huge tax cuts to millionaires, big oil companies and corporate jet owners.

Amodei Believes in the GOP Tax-Cut Fairy

Rep. Patrick Tiberi [R-OH12], on Oct 6, 2011, proposed HR 3123, the American Job Creation and Investment Act of 2011.  The title may imply the bill will have some meaningful efforts to promote job creation, but when you read the bill’s description, you’ll quickly learn it has nothing to do with job creation and everything to do with allowing “bonus earners” at the top of the food chain to avoid paying AMT on those exorbitant bonuses.

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was designed to keep wealthy taxpayers from using loopholes to avoid paying taxes. But because it’s not automatically updated for inflation, more middle-class taxpayers are getting hit with the AMT.  This bill, should it be enacted, will only exacerbate the disparity in taxable income, giving the Wall Street bonus earners yet another tax advantage under the guise of “job creation.”

According to THOMAS, HR3123, the American Job Creation and Investment Act of 2011, would amend the IRS code, with respect to the election to accelerate the alternative minimum tax (AMT) credit in lieu of bonus depreciation, to: (1) repeal the $30 million cap on the AMT tax credit and increase the rate of such credit from 6% to 50%, (2) allow investments made by partnerships that are more than 50% owned by a corporation to qualify for such increased AMT credit amount, and (3) allow taxpayers to make separate elections for each taxable year to take bonus depreciation or AMT credits in lieu of bonus depreciation.

I oppose such a change in the IRS code and as such, I used POPVOX to send an email to Rep. Amodei expressing that opposition on 12/8/2011:

“I oppose the passage of H.R. 3123, titled as the “American Job Creation and Investment Act of 2011.”  The writer of this bill was apparently tapped by the GOP tax fairy’s wand and is under the delusion that tax cuts (in the form of elimination AMT revenue) are free, and that merely by decreasing taxes, multitudes of jobs are created.  That’s simply NOT the case! Additional job opportunities are created when demand for products/services increases beyond the capabilities of the employer’s given workforce. The only thing this bill will do is deprive the Treasury of needed revenue. Little, if anything, will take place with respect to job creation, since nothing in this bill is designed to create additional demand for products and/or services.”

Today, I got his reply to my email:

HR 3123 is an affront to tax fairness and opens a window into the GOP’s desire to “take our country back” … apparently to before 1969.  You see, it was in 1969 that Congress noticed that 155 people with high incomes were legally using so many deductions and other tax breaks that they were paying absolutely nothing in federal income taxes. Their nonexistent tax bills were an embarrassment.  So … Congress instituted the AMT with the aim of making the tax system fairer.

But because the AMT was never indexed to inflation—as the regular income tax is—each year, more and more middle-income taxpayers are snared by a tax originally targeted at the rich.  Each year, instead of indexing the AMT, Congress merely applies a “patch” in an attempt to slow down the expansion of the AMT to taxpayers to whom it was never intended to apply.

The patch HR 3123 would hope to apply would trounce all over the fairness in taxation principle that the AMT was originally designed to assure.

Amodei Inclined to Oppose HR3096, as written

A while ago, I wrote to Rep. Amodei to express my thoughts about HR3096.

HR 3096 – Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2011.  To restore the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of Gulf Coast States, to create jobs and revive the economic health of communities adversely affected by the explosion on, and sinking of, the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.

The bill proposes to deposit 80% of any fines levied after enactment of this bill into a special fund which would then be used to fix the mess BP created in the Gulf of Mexico.  It then sets up governmental entities that will administer programs under this act.  Well, as we all know, that will be in the courts for decades while BP attempts to forego having to pay anything in fines/penalties and negotiates them down to an amount that won’t fix the mess they created.  In the end, what it means is that you and I, through our taxes, will need to fix that mess.

I wrote to Rep. Amodei, our elected representative in the House, in opposition to passage of this bill:

“I oppose passage of H.R. 3096 which appears to be allocating my tax dollars to restore the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of Gulf Coast States, to create jobs and revive the economic health of communities adversely affected by the explosion on, and sinking of, the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.

Excuse me? The BP Corporation caused that mess through their mismanagement and incompetence. The outrageous volume of profits they’ve hoarded, not my tax dollars should be used to correct the mess they created. If that should bankrupt them, so be it. That’s part of competing in the “free market.”

My tax dollars should be used to pay current expenses and retire the nation’s debt, not subsidize BP’s incompetence.”

Here’s Rep. Amodei’s response:

Oh … so let me see if I understand … it’s not okay to support continued tax relief for middle class Americans … but it is okay to support “additional revenue streams” for energy development in the Gulf of Mexico.