Action Alerts

Tell the House It's Their Turn on Immigration Reform

Late last month, the Senate voted 68-32 to pass immigration reform legislation which would provide a crucially important path to citizenship for millions, but paired it with an extreme measure to militarize theborder_for_alert border, including hundreds of miles of border fencing and a doubling of Border Patrol agents,  that will exact a huge toll on border communities and the budget.  Now, the bill moves into the House of Representatives where Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has already said the Senate bill is dead on arrival. Instead, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has stated that he prefers an incremental approach to changing immigration laws which has resulted in the introduction of several smaller bills currently totaling five.

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Thank You for Calling for Peace in Colombia!

Peace in Colombia seems finally reachable—not there yet, but on the horizon—and so all your efforts to support peace and human rights are more important than ever.   You made a heroic effort in the last few months so that, for once, a clarion call for peace is coming from the United States.

This alert is not to tell you to do more (though we will soon), nor to ask for funds. Instead, it is to say: You are making a difference. Thank you for all that you have done to support peace and human rights in Colombia!

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Cuban-American Call to Action: Take Cuba off Terrorist List

Cuban_American_On June 12, sixty Cuban Americans delivered a letter to Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama denouncing the views of three Cuban-American members of Congress who encouraged Secretary Kerry, in a letter dated April 29th, to keep Cuba on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. The dissenting Cuban Americans maintain that the members of Congress wanting to continue punishing Cuba for something it is not, do not represent the majority view of Cuban Americans.

LAWGEF assisted in delivering the letter, and we have received requests from many Cuban Americans who did not have the opportunity to sign the original letter of protest, asking to add their name to the letter. We have now opened the letter to the public for additional signatures.

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Let's Put a Cork in Militarizing the Border: Stop Corker-Hoeven

Today, the Senate will vote on a new version of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, S 744, that will include the Corker-Hoeven amendment, a negotiated Senate deal that calls for excessive and harmful letscorkcorkerhoevenmeasures to militarize the border, including doubling the ranks of the border patrol, an estimated 700 miles of border fencing, and extensive investments in surveillance technology. 

Call (202) 224-3121 TODAY and E-mail Your Senator to Put a Cork in the Corker-Hoeven Amendment!

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¡Seguimos Adelante! Help LAWG Refuel this Summer!


I’m ecstatic about our past six months! Together we’ve proven that much can be accomplished. 

In under two months, you and 4,400 other LAWGistas signed a petition delivered to the White House asking for victims’ participation in the Colombian peace process, the creation of a truth commission, and the reshaping of U.S. aid to promote peace, not war.

You and over 9,000 others have made it clear that Cuba shouldn’t be on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, or as we refer to it, the “Terrorist List.” If you apply the criteria described by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking North Korea off the list in 2008—no support for terrorism in the last twenty years – the removal of Cuba from this list is long overdue! Can you believe our government places Cuba in the same category with Iran, Syria, and Sudan?

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Cuban Americans Want Cuba Off the Terrorist List Too

LAWG was happy to work with a group of Cuban Americans in crafting a letter about their position on Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism.” Yesterday, we delivered this open letter to the Obama Administration Take_Cuba_off_Terrorist_Listsigned by sixty Cuban Americans from across the United States strongly disagreeing with the position of Cuban-American legislators from Florida on retaining Cuba on the State Department’s list of “state sponsors of terrorism.” The signers state that the Cuban-American legislators from south Florida do not represent them or their views on Cuba, or the views of the majority of Cuban Americans. “The removal of Cuba from this serious tool of U.S. foreign policy is long overdue,” maintain the signers. See below to read the full letter and view the list of signers. 

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Hundreds of Calls For Humane Border Policy Later...We're Moving Forward!

Following a burst of legislative activity leading up to the Memorial Day recess, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill a few paces forward through a 13 to 5 vote to advance the bill to the Senate floor for consideration.  Senate leaders have announced that debate on the bill will start as early as next week with the goal of passing it by the 4th of July, although CIR’s path in the House is less clear.

Thanks to the tireless work of advocates across the country like you, some of the worst amendments were rejected by senators in the Judiciary Committee markup process, and senators voted to support  several small, yet meaningful, measures to improve the bill, including a modified version of an amendment put forward by Sen. Coons (D-DE) to limit dangerous deportation practices.

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