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March 27, 2006

Washington Lobbying March 23, 2006

I spent last Thursday in Washington, DC lobbying for immigration reform. This is the third year I have gone to DC for the AILA lobby day. At the office of Senator Frist I met again with Jim Hippe, his Legislative Director to discuss immigration reform. We had a good discussion about the need for immigration and the benefit to the business community. I sent Jim a research article written by Dr. Marcela Mendoza and Dr. Barbara Ellen Smith (from University of Memphis) which summarizes the main findings of the Study Latino Immigrants in Memphis: Their Local Economic Impact, published in January 2001 by the University of Memphis Center for Research on Women. This is one of the first systematic accounts of the impact of growing immigrant populations on local Tennessee communities. It is necessary to provide this type of argument to persuade Republican Senators.

In the afternoon I meet with the office of Senator Alexander. There I talked to Kim Kirkpatrick and Lindsey Ward. We had an informative discussion as to the benefits of immigrants to the U.S. Likewise I sent them a copy of the Memphis study.

Posted by VisaLawyer at March 27, 2006 06:19 PM

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