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July 22, 2006

Letter supporting CIR; Comprehensive Immigratoin Reform

Here is a sample letter for the U.S. Congress in support of CIR;

As you know, both the House and Senate have passed immigration reform bills that must now be reconciled. The Senate bill (S. 2611) takes a realistic, comprehensive approach to fixing our broken system and includes a new temporary worker program and a path to permanent legal status for the current undocumented population. Without these essential components, any attempt at immigration reform is destined to fail. I strongly urge you to support these provisions through the conference.

To gain control of our borders and truly guarantee our security, we must implement a comprehensive approach to immigration reform that will address the 11 million people living here without papers. The vast majority of these undocumented immigrants are law-abiding, hardworking people who pay their taxes and contribute to our society. By allowing these people an opportunity to come out of the shadows, register with the government, pay a hefty fine, go through the security check process, and earn the privilege of legal status, we can restore the rule of law in our workplaces and communities and focus our enforcement resources on those who mean us harm.

Besides providing a path to citizenship with reasonable requirements for those who are already here, a realistic, comprehensive approach to immigration reform, like that contained in S. 2611, must include an effective guest worker program that would match willing workers with willing employers. It must also reunite close family members, some of whom have been separated for twenty years. Finally, comprehensive immigration reform must create a smart border security regime so that we know who is coming into our country. Such reform would facilitate the cross-border flow of people and goods that is essential to our economy. A vibrant economy, in turn, is essential to fund our security needs.

We have spent the last 20 years tightening immigration enforcement, but it hasn't worked. Until our immigration laws are in sync with our economic realities and provide a safe, legal, and orderly way for migrants to enter our country to work and reunite with family, and for those who are here to come out of the shadows and become integrated with society, we cannot hope to gain control of our broken immigration system.

I strongly urge you to enact realistic, comprehensive immigration reform by preserving and strengthening the provisions in S. 2611 that would provide earned legalization for the current undocumented population. I would also ask you to work hard to strike or modify those provisions in both the House and Senate bills that would diminish due process and access to the courts. I hope you will take advantage of this historic opportunity to help forge a visionary, bipartisan solution for our badly broken immigration system.

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 22, 2006 08:01 AM

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