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January 10, 2007

Letter seeking comprehensive immigration reform

This is a letter that you may use to communicate with your Senators and Congressman. I sent my letter yesterday morning using AILA website at www.aila.org;

"I am heartened to learn that Senate leaders have designated immigration reform as one of their top ten legislative priorities for 2007. Our nation desperately needs a long-term solution for our broken immigration system, and I urge you to work with your colleagues to craft bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the needs of our communities and our economy, while preserving both our national security and the core American values of civil rights and due process.

A humane, workable, and comprehensive immigration reform proposal must:

1. Create realistic legal avenues for immigrant workers to enter the U.S. to fill jobs throughout our economy, through visa programs that ensure full labor rights, job portability, and a path to permanent residence over time for those who would not displace U.S. workers;

2. Establish a workable process to provide undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. an opportunity to come out of the shadows and earn the privilege of permanent legal status by: registering with the government, paying a hefty fine, undergoing thorough security checks, and meeting additional requirements;

3. Reform our visa preference systems and eliminate the family-based and employment-based visa backlogs that senselessly keep U.S. families separated for years and prevent American businesses from attracting the brightest talent from around the world;

4. Establish smart enforcement strategies that restore the rule of law in our workplaces and along the border, while protecting due process rights and facilitating the cross-border flow of goods and people that is essential to a vibrant economy.

I strongly agree with the Majority Leader's decision to prioritize immigration reform, and I was also pleased to hear the Minority Leader state that "We should be daring about immigration reform - and act on it soon." The American people demand a comprehensive and humane solution to our nation's immigration problems. I urge you to act quickly to address this pressing issue and to restore our nation's historic commitment to immigrants, fairness, and the just rule of law.


Mario Ramos

Posted by VisaLawyer at January 10, 2007 07:08 AM


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