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April 21, 2007

Send a letter supporing comprehensive immigration reform

Here is a letter I sent using the American Immigration Lawyers Association Mail System at www.aila.org. Send a letter supporting reform, here is the sample letter;

Message sent to the following recipients:
Senator Alexander
Senator Corker
Congressman Jim Cooper,

I am writing to ask you to take immediate action in support of bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform legislation. In January, Senate leaders designated immigration reform as one of their top ten legislative priorities, and I urge you to move forward with this priority by sponsoring legislation similar to the STRIVE Act (H.R. 1645) introduced in the House of Representatives. The consequences of our broken immigration system have never been more apparent and the need for congressional action never more urgent. The time for reform is now!

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.

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 April 21, 2007 07:57 AM


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