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April 19, 2005

Act Today! Senators Set to Vote in 24 Hours on Important Immigration Amendments

Use the next 24 hours to support emergency H-2B relief and AgJobs and oppose the REAL ID! In votes scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, the Senate could decide the fate of several immigration-related amendments to the Iraq supplemental appropriations bill: emergency H-2B relief and AgJobs (which faces a restrictive amendment offered by Senator Chambliss (R-GA)). Due to a special parliamentary procedure known as "cloture," both the H-2B bill and AgJobs will need 60 votes to pass.

Use the next 24 hours to keep the drumbeat going against REAL ID! Although a REAL ID amendment was filed, we do not expect Senate leadership to bring that amendment to a vote. With the fate REAL ID most likely to be decided behind closed doors during the conference which probably will begin directly after the Senate vote, it is important that you continue to contact yours Senators and Representative.

Contact your Senators today and Tuesday! Call your Senators' DC offices via the Congressional switchboard (202) 224-3121 and send e-letters via Contact Congress.

Urge Your Senators to:

Vote for cloture on the Mikulski "Save our Small and Seasonal" H-2B amendment.
Vote for cloture on the Craig-Kennedy AgJobs amendment and oppose any "second-degree" amendments to AgJobs unless they are agreed to by both Senators Craig and Kennedy.
Vote against cloture on the Chambliss amendment because it includes a harsh guestworker program that is unfair to workers and bad for the nation.
Fight against the inclusion of REAL ID on the final bill!
Contact your Representatives this week! URGE YOUR CLIENTS TO DO THE SAME! Call your Representatives' DC offices via the Congressional switchboard (202) 224-3121 and send e-letters via Contact Congress urging them to support both the Mikulski "Save our Small and Seasonal" H-2B measure and AgJobs and oppose the REAL ID when the measure is in conference.

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 19, 2005 02:22 PM

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