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April 20, 2006

Keep the Pressure on Senators to Continue Immigration Debate on Senate Floor!

Your US Senators as well as Senate Majority Leader Frist and Minority Leader Reid need to hear from you this week. They are all home in their district offices until Monday. Take advantage of their down time and contact your Senators and members of the Senate Leadership before Congress reconvenes. When you call or visit, remind these elected officials that immigration reform is a national priority that needs to be dealt with immediately after they deal with the scheduled votes on appropriations bills.

We are deeply disappointed with Senate Leadership for fumbling the Hagel/Martinez compromise when it was so close to reaching the Senate floor for consideration. AILA calls on Senators Frist and Reid to come back to the negotiating table, to work out acceptable procedural assurances that will allow the Hagel/Martinez compromise bill to move forward and be protected through any subsequent conference with the House Sensenbrenner bill. Please share this message with Senators Frist and Reid as well as your own Senators. We need to hold all members of the Senate accountable for their failure to reach agreement on immigration reform.

Reiterate the message that immigration reform must be comprehensive and that it must: deal adequately with the 11 million or more undocumented people living in the US; maintain the Judiciary Committee-passed amendments that provide for the DREAM Act and AgJobs; and minimize the harsh threats to due process included in Title II. Make plans to call or meet with your Senators in their district offices over the next several days and urge them to support a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist can be reached in his Nashville office at: 615-352-9411

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid can be reached in his Carson City office at: 775-882-7343

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 20, 2006 02:11 PM

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