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December 20, 2005

HR 4437 Passes, But Not Without Stumbling--Hold Your Representative Accountable!

Action Alert from the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Dear AILA Advocate,

Replete with the dramatic events of a Shakespearean tragedy, HR 4437 passed the House of Representatives in the dark hours of December 16, 2005. We are truly disappointed with the final vote on this completely inadequate bill and hope that you’ll send your Representative a letter thanking him or her for opposing the bill or expressing your disappointment in his or her support. On the bright side, we do have several achievements for which to be proud. Keep reading to learn more about the positive results of our activism! We thank you for your commitment to protecting immigrant rights and we hope you’ll continue your advocacy efforts for the duration of this fight.

To stay active, you can:

Hold your Representative accountable! Send your Representative a note of thanks or dissatisfaction at our Contact Congress website.

Commit to encouraging five more people to get active in next year’s Senate Battle over Immigration Reform!

Thank you for your hard work! Together we achieved:

Outpouring of Pro-Immigrant Activism Stunted Progress of HR 4437!

Public clamor for a more comprehensive bill encouraged Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to weave pro-guest worker language into the bill. The unexpected language stirred controversy when the Restrictionist wing of the Republican Party refused to vote on any bill that would even allude to a guest worker program. While the Party regrouped and worked out a deal, pro-immigrant activists and business interests joined forces to aggressively contact Congressional offices and demand opposition to final passage of HR 4437, swaying many Representatives’ opinions.

Almost 200 National Organizations Publicly Opposed HR 4437!

This broad coalition represents the interests of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Joint opposition to HR 4437 was declared by religious organizations, immigrant and refugee advocacy groups and ethnic organizations, business organizations, conservative groups, labor organizations, civil rights groups, due process and legal groups, bar associations, privacy groups, and human rights groups.

4000 AILA Members and Activists told Congress to Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform!

AILA members and activists coordinated call-in days, called their U.S. Representatives, reached out to local and state organizations to mobilize opposition, appeared on local news programs, participated in local radio interviews, and promoted our National Call-In Days to their clients and personal and professional networks.

Send your Representative a note of thanks or dissatisfaction at our Contact Congress website.

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 20, 2005 09:47 AM

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