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Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Apr. 21, 2006: Immigrants and their relatives from several Caribbean and Latin American countries, impacted by the harsh immigration laws of 1996 that made deportation for a criminal alien mandatory, are set to descend on Capitol Hill on Monday.

They will unite from across several states to remember their loved ones who are amongst the 1.4 million people deported since 1996, expose the plight of U.S. citizen children whose well being is discarded when parents are exiled, challenge pro-deportation, anti-family proposals in comprehensive immigration reform bills pending in both the Senate and House and urge countries to speak out on behalf of their nationals facing deportation.

April 24th, the first day that Congress reconvenes, is also the 10th anniversary of the 1996 immigration laws.

Nationals from states like California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Washington are among the many set to rally against the harsh laws. They come from many developing countries, including Jamaica, Aruba, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Honduras, India, Italy, Mexico, Bangladesh, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The rally is set for Monday from 2:30pm at the Capitol (West Lawn, Grassy Area) – south of First St & Constitution Avenue. The families converging are seeking not just to prevent the laws from worsening, but also to fix the current immigration system.
Before the vigil, families will meet with Senate and House members, as well as embassies of countries receiving deportees.

Sponsors of April 24th event include: American Friends Service Committee, (NJ), Asian American Legal Defense And Education Fund, (NY), Breakthrough, (NY), Coney Island Avenue Project, (NY), Desis Rising Up and Moving, (NY), Don Juan Community Foundation, (NY), Families For Freedom, (NY), Florida Immigrant Advocacy Coalition, (FL), Hate Free Zone (WA), Homies Unidos, (CA), Immigrant Communities in Action, (NY), Immigrant Defense Project (NY), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (CA), Immigration Equality, (NY), Inner City Muslim Action Network, (IL), Keeping Hope Alive, (MA), Medgar Evers Center for Law & Social Justice, (NY), New York Immigration Coalition, (NY), Northern Manhattan Coalition For Immigrants Rights, (NY), Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, (NY), United for Peace & Justice, (NY).

Information and updated materials are available at
http://familiesforfreedom.org/actioncenter.htm.

Caricom nations have largely blamed deportees to the region for their rising crime wave but a U.S. ambassador this week dismissed that claim saying there are no hard numbers to substantiate it. – Hardbeatnews.com

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