Now is the time to act. Please take a few moments to contact your elected officials to let them know that you support immigration reform. In particular, please focus on your representative in the House of Representatives. The Senate has passed an immigration reform bill and is waiting for the House to do likewise.
You can very quickly and easily find out who your representative is by visiting www.house.gov. By entering your home zip code, the address where you are registered to vote, you will immediately be taken to a page that presents that person as well as her or his contact information.
Please don’t wait! Contact your representative today!
The following are a short set of talking points on the issue of immigration reform culled from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USD faculty, and local immigrant rights organizations:
Representative, I ask that you support immigration reform legislation that is comprehensive in nature and not simply enforcement. It is time to repair the entire immigration system, not just one aspect of the system. It is time for an immigration system that is consistent with our values.
Specifically, I ask that you support legislation which includes the following:
1. A pathway to citizenship that is accessible and viable for the 11 million undocumented in the country, including:
a. An emphasis on family reunification and an halt to greater enforcement,
b. An accelerated process for current minors or adults brought in as minors (i.e. DREAMers),
c. An accelerated process for farmworkers;
2. Policies that preserve family unity as the cornerstone of our nation’s immigration policy, including:
a. A reduction in the family and employment visa backlogs
b. Expedited processing for family reunification (e.g. Reuniting Families Act, Reps. Chu CA-27 and Honda CA-17);
3. Create pathways for low-skilled workers to enter the United States in a safe and legal manner, including:
a. An increase in the per-country visa allocation to 15% (e.g. Reuniting Families Act, Chu CA-27 and Honda CA-17);
4. Eliminate abuse in existing temporary/guestworker program before expanding current programs or creating new programs by:
a. Ensuring wages are paid,
b. Avenues for the redress of worker grievances are accessible, and
c. Employer retaliation is prevented;
5. The restoration of due process protections so immigrants can have their day in court; and
6. Policies that address the root causes of migration, such as poverty and persecution, both domestically and abroad.