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Proposed Minute on the CLEAR Act
(Criminal Law Enforcement for Alien Removal)
To be considered by BCPM, January 2004

The members and attenders of Bridge City Preparative Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) affirm our belief that there is that of God in all Creation.

God’s Creation spans every boundary: boundaries of animate and inanimate, boundaries of human and animal, and - especially - boundaries between nations. Boundaries do not limit our responsibility to act as stewards to both our physical and social environments.

The Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal (CLEAR) Act, H.R. 2671, if passed would result in disregard for individuals that are already marginalized by our society. It jeopardizes the protections available under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) and the Trafficking Victims and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VAWA II).

The CLEAR Act, if passed would:

·         curtail availability of services and protections of our society;

·         community cooperation in policing;

·         critically strapped economies with additional burdens;

·         the door for racial profiling and discrimination;

·         in costly litigation;

·         undermine public safety;

·         propagate fear in our immigrant communities; and

·         require legal residents to prove their right to be in this country.

We urge your opposition to the CLEAR Act. Other mechanisms and alternatives are available to ensure the safety of United States residents. We are a better society than what this Act proposes to make us. After all, justice can not prevail when it is available only to a select few.

In support of our position, we provide the following testimony:

"When we live in a world in which we acknowledge the presence of God, we do not turn men out of the world, but enable them to live better in it, and to excite their endeavors to mend it." - William Penn.

“Our principle leaves every man to enjoy that peaceably, which either his own industry, or his parents, have purchased to him; only he is thereby instructed to use it aright, both for his own good, and that of his brethren." - Robert Barclay

"Friends are advised to work toward removing the causes of misery and suffering. They are urged to support efforts to overcome racial, economic, and educational discrimination; to bear testimony against all forms of oppression." - Advices of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends .

"Equality, expressed as a Quaker social testimony means that all men have equal worth in the sight of God and that their personalities must be held equally inviolate. It means that distinctions arising from sex, race, economic status, nationality, and education are unimportant in comparison with the fact that all men are temples of the Holy Ghost and equally worthy of reverence." - Howard H. Brinton.

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