Oppose Rep Agema’s Yerushalmi style bill

CALL STATE REPS. TO VOICE OPPOSITION TO 
COPYCAT ANTI-SHARIA TYPE BILL
 
Michigan House Bill 4769 was recently introduced by a number of state representatives. Even though the word Sharia is omitted, the language of this bill is a replica of other Anti-Sharia bills that have been passed or sought to have been passed in other states.
These bills have been primarily authored by the anti-Muslim bigot David Yerushalmi, who the Anti-Defamation League has said, “Yerushalmi is the founder and president of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a “think tank” that has published anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, and anti-black materials, as well as New World Order-style conspiracy theories.”
HB 4769 does nothing to protect our legal institutions but only contributes to the growing climate of fear mongering against the American Muslim community which marginalizes and cast suspicion upon loyal Americans
Contact your local State Representative especially if you live in a district of one of the co-sponsors districts and ask them to withdraw their support (if they’re a sponsor) or vote against this bill. (see co-sponsors here at the top of the bill)
Click here to see the co-sponsors of the bill. Co-Sponsors are listed at the top of the bill starting with Rep. Agema.

All Troy, Rochester, Bloomfield and residents please do your part and contact your representatives some of which who have sponsored this bill!

 NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. 3 SIMPLE STEPS!
  1. Step 1
    1. Go to http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/ enter your address and find your State Rep.
  2. Step 2
    1. Check the list of sponsors of bill HB 4769 “The Restriction of Application of Foreign Laws Act” and confirm that your State Rep. has co-sponsored the bill.
  1. Step 3
      1. If they are a sponsor call their office using the resident script below, as well as email and mail the draft letter which is below to their office.
    1. If they aren’t a sponsor call your State Rep. using the non-sponsor script and email and mail the non-sponsor draft letter to your State Rep.
CALL SCRIPTS
(If your State Rep. is a sponsor of the bill, use this script)
Hello,
My name is [ _____ ] and I am a concerned resident of District [Fill in District #] .It has come to my attention that Rep. [ Fill in State Rep.] is a sponsor of House Bill 4769 “The Restriction of Application of Foreign Laws Act”.
This bill is a replica of other Anti-Sharia bills that have been passed or sought to have been passed in other states which have been authored by the anti-black racist David Yerushalmi, who the Anti-Defamation League has said, “Yerushalmi is the founder and president of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a “think tank” that has published anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, and anti-black materials, as well as New World Order-style conspiracy theories”.
This bill contributes to the growing climate of fear mongering against the American Muslim community which marginalizes and cast suspicion upon loyal Americans.
This bill will also potentially stifle business development by creating unnecessary legal hurdles for international business investors and the state of Michigan.

As a citizen who lives in [Rep. Fill in State Rep.] I urge [Rep.___ ] to withdraw his support for this Anti-Muslim, Anti-Business bill

(If your State Rep. is not a sponsor of the bill, use this script)
Hello,
My name is  [ _____ ] and I am a concerned resident of District [Fill in District #] .It has come to my attention that Rep. Agema has sponsored of House Bill 4769 “The Restriction of Application of Foreign Laws Act”.
This bill is a replica of other Anti-Sharia bills that have been passed or sought to have been passed in other states which have been authored by the anti-black racist David Yerushalmi, who the Anti-Defamation League has said, “Yerushalmi is the founder and president of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a “think tank” that has published anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, and anti-black materials, as well as New World Order-style conspiracy theories”.
This bill contributes to the growing climate of fear mongering against the American Muslim community which marginalizes and cast suspicion upon loyal Americans.
This bill will also potentially stifle business development by creating unnecessary legal hurdles for international business investors and the state of Michigan.

As a citizen who lives in [Rep. Fill in State Rep.] I urge [Rep.___ ] to vote no for House Bill 4769 “The Restriction of Application of Foreign Laws Act”.

Letters to Send to State Reps.
(If your State Rep. is a sponsor of the bill,  email and mail this letter)
Dear [Rep. Knollenberg] <– Insert Your State Rep.
As a concerned resident of your district I would like to address you concerning House Bill 4769 “The Restriction of Application of Foreign Laws Act.”
House Bill 4769 is a replica of other Anti-Sharia bills that have been passed or sought to have been passed in other states which have been authored by the anti-black racist David Yerushalmi, who the Anti-Defamation League has said, “Yerushalmi is the founder and president of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a “think tank” that has published anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, and anti-black materials, as well as New World Order-style conspiracy theories”.
This bill creates a false threat and contributes to a growing climate of fear mongering against the American Muslim community which marginalizes and cast suspicion upon loyal Americans.
This bill will also potentially stifle business development by creating unnecessary legal complexities between international business investors, companies, and corporations with the state of Michigan.
As a concerned citizen and resident of your district I ask that you withdraw your support of this bill which seeks to marginalize and cast suspicion on loyal Americans and does nothing to protect our legal institutions.
Sincerely.
NAME

ADDRESS

(If your State Rep. is not a sponsor of the bill, email and mail this letter)
Dear [Rep. Knollenberg] <– Insert Your State Rep.
As a concerned resident of your district I would like to address you concerning House Bill 4769 “The Restriction of Application of Foreign Laws Act” which has been introduced by State Rep. Agema
House Bill 4769 is a replica of other Anti-Sharia bills that have been passed or sought to have been passed in other states which have been authored by the anti-black racist David Yerushalmi, who the Anti-Defamation League has said, “Yerushalmi is the founder and president of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a “think tank” that has published anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, and anti-black materials, as well as New World Order-style conspiracy theories”.
This bill creates a false threat and contributes to a growing climate of fear mongering against the American Muslim community which marginalizes and cast suspicion upon loyal Americans.
This bill will also potentially stifle business development by creating unnecessary legal complexities between international business investors, companies, and corporations with the state of Michigan.
As a concerned citizen and resident of your district I ask that you vote no for HB 4679 “The Restriction of Application of Foreign Laws Act”.
Sincerely.
NAME

ADDRESS

Detroit Congressman says he’s proud to be son of illegal immigrant

http://www.freep.com/article/20110701/NEWS15/110701047/Detroit-Congressman-says-he-s-proud-son-illegal-immigrant-?odyssey=nav|head

July 1, 2011

By Niraj Warikoo

U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit) told a crowd last night in Detroit that he was proud to be the son of an illegal immigrant.

Speaking at a forum about racial profiling of Latinos, Clarke — whose late father immigrated from what is now Bangladesh — said:

“I’m the son of an undocumented immigrant — and I’m proud to say that.”

Clarke spoke at the forum Thursday night along with U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit). It was organized by AIR, Alliance for Immigrants Rights, to address concerns about profiling of local Latinos by federal agents.

Elected last year, Clarke is the first U.S. Congressman of Bangladeshi descent. He said at the forum that “we are a nation of immigrants,” noting the contributions of Latino immigrants to southwest Detroit.

After the hearing, Clarke told the Free Press that his father was “more than likely undocumented” when he came to the US. His father immigrated in the 1930s from pre-Partition India, then under British rule, and died in 1965.

The hearing was held at Hope of Detroit Academy, a school that was targeted March 31 by federal agents who went after parents as they were dropping off kids at school. The incident prompted the Department of Homeland Security to launch an investigation into the actions of the agents. A union representative has said the agents acted properly.

Also attending Thursday’s hearing were U.S. Attorney for Eastern Michigan Barbara McQuade, and representatives from the ACLU, Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, Hassan Jaber, executive director for the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, and Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

 

Panel: Immigrants are big plus for places like Detroit

http://peoplesworld.org/panel-immigrants-are-big-plus-for-places-like-detroit/

Panel: Immigrants are big plus for places like Detroit

May 3 2011

Hamtramck Immigration Panel2

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Did you know Southeast Michigan is home to 365,000 foreign-born residents, the second largest foreign-born population in the Great Lakes region? In addition, while Census reports show Detroit and Michigan losing population, the immigrant population of Southeast Michigan continues to grow.

Those 365,000 are part of the largest concentration of Arab people outside the Middle East, as well as the largest concentrations of Albanians and Macedonians outside their native countries. Significant Indian American, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Mexican, African, Southeast Asian and Caribbean populations are here as well.

An April 26 panel discussion at the Hamtramck Public Library brought out those facts and many more. It was titled “Rolling Out the Welcome Mat: Detroit as a Global Community.”

Contrary to anti-immigrant hysteria, immigrants do not “take jobs,” former state Rep. Steve Tobocman, author of a 2010 Global Detroit study, told the gathering.

In what can only suggest good news for this job-hungry area, Tobocman said areas of the country with growing immigrant populations are those with the lowest unemployment rates. The 2010 study he wrote, funded by New Economy Initiative, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Skillman Foundation, found that Southeast Michigan’s foreign-born residents “provide enormous contributions to the region’s economic growth and will play a key role in our economic future.”

However panelists pointed out that as large as the immigrant population is here, rates of economic growth are lagging other areas of the country.

Nadia Tonova of the National Network for Arab American Communities said 497,000 Arab Americans are living here and many came because of family. Unfortunately, she said, prospective future immigrants to the area are now thinking twice.

Part of the reason, Tonova said, is the hostile anti-immigrant atmosphere created by measures introduced in the Republican-dominated state legislature. These include Arizona-type racial profiling legislation, an English-only bill, and an E-verify bill that requires verification of immigration status through a flawed federal database.

Similar concerns were voiced by Maria Elena Rodriguez, a community activist in Southwest Detroit. While that community has rich history of Mexican immigration dating back to the beginning of the last century, the region has not seen the growth in Latinos seen in other parts of the Midwest and nation, she said.

Rodriguez and others pointed to an atmosphere of fear that has developed in Southwest Detroit. Ryan Bates of the Alliance for Immigrants Rights and Reform said the Detroit Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) office is completely out of control. He cited recent ICE actions that have terrorized the immigrant community, including laying siege to an elementary school as parents were dropping off their children, warrantless searches, and denying medical care to a pregnant mother while in detention.

Bates said, “You have 11 million undocumented people in this country, paying taxes and the reality is you cannot deport them. You need a path to citizenship.”

Dawud Walid, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, pointed to differences in how immigrants are treated, saying “ICE vehicles are not found in every community.” He noted what he called the “demeaning” FBI practice of offering some Muslims help on their immigration status only if they agree to become FBI informants in their mosques.

Another obstacle faced by immigrants was brought up Seydi Sarr, artistic director of the Rowe Niodior African Dance Company, who is from Senegal. She described the cost, time and resulting frustration of trying to maintain legal status or acquiring citizenship.

Sarr said it can take six to seven years and upwards of $10,000 in lawyer and application fees to become a legal resident.

She eloquently expressed what many immigrants feel: “We are here, we are participating, you don’t have to see my papers to welcome me.”

The panelists made the point that the lack of a “welcome” curtails the ability of immigrants to help grow the economy. All of us lose as a result.

The event was co-sponsored by Detroit online magazine Model D and public radio station WDET, and presented by Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the City of Hamtramck.

Photo: Panelists at the April 26 event, “Rolling Out the Welcome Mat: Detroit as a Global Community,” at the Hamtramck Public Library. PW/John Rummel

Say No To Arizona Type Profiling Law in Michigan

CALL GOV SYNDER TO OPPOSE ARIZONA STYLE PROFILING BILL

Last week, Michigan House Bill 4305 was introduced by a number of state representatives, which would replicate a bill passed last summer in Arizona that gave local and state law enforcement power to question persons regarding their immigration status.

The passage of HB 4305 would thus allow police forces to enforce federal immigration law to question persons who may not appear to look or sound “American.”  If HB 4305 becomes law, it would provide police officers justification to profile individuals based upon physical features or religious attire  (i.e. hijab, niqab, thawb, turban, etc.)

“Since legal status in America cannot be ascertained by looking at persons’ skin color or religious attire, this bill becoming law has the potential of targeting Latinos and Muslims from various national backgrounds,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

CAIR-MI opposed similar legislation that was proposed last year, which was patterned after Arizona’s anti-immigrant bill.

SEE: New Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law Will Result in Profiling (FOX 2 Detroit)

Contact Governor Rick Synder to ask him to veto this bill that invites civil rights abuses and will deter immigrant friendly businesses from creating jobs in Michigan.

Call 866-957-9069 or e-mail at Rick.Synder@michigan.gov.

Local advocates keep hope alive for Dream Act

http://www.arabamericannews.com/news/index.php?mod=article&cat=Community&article=3765

Local advocates keep hope alive for Dream Act
By Jessica Barrow
Sunday, 12.26.2010, 09:31pm

Millions of young illegal immigrants had their hopes dashed on Saturday, December 18th, when the Senate failed to give the 60 votes needed to pass legislation for the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act, which stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, was a bi-partisan legislation that would have allowed some illegal and deportable youth the opportunity to obtain permanent residency if they met certain requirements.

That bill’s failure to pass stunned many government officials and community leaders. Not only was the DREAM Act an important part of immigration reform, but it was shown to provide a boost for the economy and increase tax revenues. According to a statement made by President Obama, the act could have helped reduce the federal deficit by $2.2 billion in 10 years, while helping to increase the number in the armed forces.

“Those who opposed it, I don’t believe they had any justification,” said Imad Hamad, Director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Michigan Chapter (ADC-MI). “They aren’t serving the best interest of the nation. They challenge something that helps so many families to become stable and helps kids to obtain a good education and become productive members of society.”

With the DREAM Act having so many benefits, its failure to pass generated many theories.

Dawud Walid, Director of the Council of American Islamic Relations, believe the bill itself was not the issue.

“We believe that it was politics that drove (not passing the act), not the essence of the act itself, with the political climate being so partisan. The anti immigrant sentiments are what we just saw in terms of the vote.”

The DREAM Act, which was proposed nearly 10 year ago, had both Republican and Democratic supporters, due to its targeting of illegal immigrants who came into the country before the age of 16, have a high school diploma, are attending college or joining the military. Such youth would be considered “good citizens” and  earn their permanent residence in this country.

“There were some on the right who said the act was an amnesty act, and that is simply not true,” Walid said. “In essence, the DREAM Act was giving a chance to people who came here not by choice, or their own volition but by their parents, who have shown to be law abiding and productive citizens, the ability become documented and be legal residents. The provisions were very stringent in terms of indicating those who committed felonies or other crimes. There were no provisions of amnesty for criminals.”

“The Dream Act is one of those good efforts that was hopeful to fix some of the broken immigration system which poses a tremendous challenge to our nation,” said Hamad. “For the past three or four administrations, this has been on the table, the need for immigration reform. The DREAM Act was a partial effort and a step in the right direction. It addressed an issue that is of great concern to immigrants: the status of young children who came to this country.”

The act was supported by many of those young children who now attend college, as well as institutions of higher-learning, and legislators.  For those who supported the act, this lack of passage in the Senate is not the end.

“Our movement felt the sting of a temporary legislative setback, but we have not been defeated,” said Ali Noor, Director of the National Immigration Forum and Chair of the Reform Immigration for America Campaign, in a press release.”We may not have won this battle, but when it comes to winning the war between mass deportation and earned citizenship, it’s not a matter of if we win, but when.”

Local community leaders also believe that this was just a small setback.

“People who advocated will not give up,” said Hamad. “It’s valid and legitimate. It is a matter that will be faced today, tomorrow and the day after. It’s not going to end here. Tomorrow (the DREAM Act) will be called another name, but will be the same concept. It’s a  call for reform.”