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Immigration Advocacy

Contact Congress

In 2013, the Senate, on a bipartisan basis, overwhelmingly passed S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.  The bill made the following changes to immigration policy:

  • A way for undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status and eventually citizenship (i.e. after waiting 13-years, paying all back taxes, learning English);
  • Increased border security by authorizing up to 40,000 border patrol agents;
  •   Advanced talent-based immigration through a points-based system;
  • New visas including a visa for entrepreneurs and a W-visa for lower-skilled workers;
  • New restrictions on H1B visas to prevent abuse and additional visas for students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees from US institutions, and a $1.5 billion youths’ jobs program and repeal of the Diversity Visa Lottery program in favor of prospective legal immigrants already in the U.S.
  •  Replacement of the H-2A visa program for agricultural worker with a new “blue visa;”
  • Allow immigrants, who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children, to apply for provisional status, and to adjust that status to legal permanent residency after 5-years (DACA fix).

The House never considered comparable legislation on the House floor.  The 116th Congress provides an excellent opportunity to consider comprehensive reform.

Call Your Elected Official

Tell Congress to Welcome Refugees: Call 1-866-961-4293*
*Please call three times to be connected with your Representative and both of your Senators.

Sample Script: “As a constituent from (city and state) I specifically urge you to support comprehensive immigration reform legislation along the lines of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Act, which passed the Senate in 2013.  Such legislation should include at a minimum:

  • Enhanced border security;
  • A way for undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status and eventual citizenship for those now in the country;
  • Appropriate changes to the visa system.

Feel free to also share a personal story about the importance of immigrants to you, your faith, your community, your business, etc.  Let them know the specific ways that immigrants benefit and are welcomed into you community and why immigration is so important to you.

Tell Congress to Oppose CIS Foreign Office Closure: Call 1-866-961-4293*
*Please call three times to be connected with your Representative and both of your Senators.

Sample Script: “Specifically, I ask you to contact the White House and the Department of Homeland Security and urge them to reverse the decision to close the 20 international offices of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Division.  Closure of these offices will result in the loss of logistical support to lawful American citizens, as well as to refugees seeking to bring family members to the U.S., other asylum seekers, families adopting children internationally, and members of the military and their families, applying for citizenship. The offices also play a key role in immigration fraud detection.

These closures will not result in budgetary savings as they are funded from fees paid by those seeking resettlement services.”

Write to Your Elected Official

[Date]

The Honorable [Senator/Representative] (find this information at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov)
[room number] [name of congressional office building]
Washington, DC [20510/20515]

Dear [Senator/Representative] [last name]:

I write as your constituent from (city, state) regarding the need for comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  As you know, the U.S. immigration system is broken and in desperate need of change.  The 116th Congress presents a unique opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation along the lines of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Act, which passed the Senate in 2013.  Such legislation should include at a minimum:

  • Enhanced border security;
  • A way for undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status and eventual citizenship for those now in the country;
  • Appropriate changes to the visa system.

Most Americans, myself included, believe immigration is good for the United States, with 71% agreeing according to a 2017 Gallup Poll

Feel free to also share a personal story about the importance of immigrants to you, your faith, your community, your business, etc.  Let them know the specific ways that immigrants benefit and are welcomed into you community and why immigration is so important to you.

I urge you to work with your colleagues to address the critical issue.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]


US Citizen and Immigration Services Foreign Office Closure

[Date]

The Honorable [Senator/Representative] (find this information at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov)
[room number] [name of congressional office building]
Washington, DC [20510/20515]

Dear [Senator/Representative] [last name]:

As your constituent from [city, state], I urge you to contact the White House and the Department of Homeland Security and urge them to reverse the decision to close the 20 international offices of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Division.  Closure of these offices will result in the loss of logistical support to lawful American citizens, as well as to refugees seeking to bring family members to the U.S., other asylum seekers, families adopting children internationally, and members of the military and their families, applying for citizenship. The offices also play a key role in immigration fraud detection.

These closures will not result in budgetary savings as they are funded from fees paid by those seeking resettlement services.

Thank you for your support of my position.

With appreciation,
[your signature and contact information]

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