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May 26, 2007

CIR Update & Memorial Day Recess Alert

Advocates

Last night, the Senate wrapped up its first week of debate on the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Reform Act (S. 1348), the negotiated comprehensive immigration reform bill. The AILA Advocacy department would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to call their senators, sometimes several times a day, to voice support for, or opposition to, the amendments under consideration. We know how hard it can be to get through when the switchboards are flooded with calls, as they certainly were this week. Yet the persistence of dedicated callers made a difference: the Senate managed to defeat several troubling amendments and adopt a number of positive reforms. For a run down of votes and floor action this week, please view our archive of CIR Daily Updates.

Next Step: Memorial Day Recess--Building Momentum, Voicing Support
The debate, however, is far from over. Before the Senate resumes consideration of S. 1348, Congress will adjourn and many legislators will return to their home states and districts for the Memorial Day recess (May 26-June 3). This recess could have a critical impact on the outcome of CIR legislation, and it is crucial that AILA members meet with their legislators or district staff next week to voice support for fair and meaningful immigration reform. Restrictionist groups are already mobilizing to inundate district offices and Town Hall meetings with anti-CIR messages. AILA members must take responsibility for making pro-immigrant, pro-CIR voices heard!

The Advocacy department will send Town Hall Meeting Alerts later today to AILA members whose legislators have scheduled public meetings. To set up individual meetings with your legislators or their district staff, simply use your legislators' district office contact information, available on Contact Congress.

After the Recess: Prepare for Renewed Debate, Vote on Final Passage
The Senate will resume debate during the week of June 4, when we expect to see a number of extremely important amendments brought to the floor for consideration. These amendments could make or break the Senate bill. A vote on final passage is expected to occur sometime toward the end of the week, around June 7-8. Please prepare to take urgent action during the second week of floor debate by perusing AILA's CIR resources and programming your senators' phone numbers into your cell phone.

Your senators' phone numbers are:

Sen. Lamar Alexander: (202) 224-4944
Sen. Bob Corker: (202) 224-3344

Not your senators? No phone numbers listed go to Contact Congress at http://www.aila.org/

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 26, 2007 12:32 PM

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