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pappu
05-17-2010, 12:21 PM
Thank you for participating in the national phone campaign we ran for the last 2 weeks.
We got feedback on some calls that were made and it was encouraging.

We are now starting a campaign to contact our lawmakers and media offices.

Please click on ImmigrationVoice.org - Advocacy -- Legislative Action Center (http://immigrationvoice.capwiz.com/immigrationvoice/home/)

or the icons on the top of IV page to participate in the action alerts.

This campaign is very simple.
It will not even take 5 minutes of your time.

Please spread the word around so that we can flood the offices with our emails. This will help in the event we are planning for next month. See IV announcement: Advocacy Days in Washington DC: 7th & 8th June - Page 3 - Immigration Voice (http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=1437978)


- Team IV

anu_t
05-17-2010, 12:42 PM
Doing it Right Now. Thanks . Go IV Go.

av2004
05-17-2010, 12:50 PM
Thanks to Pappu and IV for providing such simple way to contact our Lawmakers.. It actually took less than a minute to contact my lawmaker using your interface. Great job and thanks for all your hard work to bring our issues to the front!

gc_on_demand
05-17-2010, 12:58 PM
It took 30 sec with saved browser data.. Nice job.. I will forward to all my friends.

what_now
05-17-2010, 12:58 PM
sending to my local Senators and Congressman.

ravi.shah
05-17-2010, 01:04 PM
Thanks IV.
I sent an email for first time to the Senators !

gc28262
05-17-2010, 01:05 PM
Cool Interface !

Completed my part.

what_now
05-17-2010, 01:06 PM
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laborchic
05-17-2010, 01:10 PM
finished sending message.. that was easy....

eb3retro
05-17-2010, 01:10 PM
done, did it in less than 20 seconds...

mhathi
05-17-2010, 01:10 PM
Done! Thanks for everyone's efforts!

cbpds
05-17-2010, 01:11 PM
A very useful way of using technology to promote legal immigration !!!

Sent emails already

Thanks Pappu


Thank you for participating in the national phone campaign we ran for the last 2 weeks.
We got feedback on some calls that were made and it was encouraging.

We are now starting a campaign to contact our lawmakers and media offices.

Please click on ImmigrationVoice.org - Advocacy -- Legislative Action Center (http://immigrationvoice.capwiz.com/immigrationvoice/home/)

or the icons on the top of IV page to participate in the action alerts.

This campaign is very simple.
It will not even take 5 minutes of your time.

Please spread the word around so that we can flood the offices with our emails. This will help in the event we are planning for next month. See IV announcement: Advocacy Days in Washington DC: 7th & 8th June - Page 3 - Immigration Voice (http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=1437978)


- Team IV

LONGGCQUE
05-17-2010, 01:17 PM
Team IV. Done, I sent emails to my NE congressman.

uvatbc
05-17-2010, 01:25 PM
Title says it all.

Leo07
05-17-2010, 01:30 PM
Oh, one more..if you are trying to print the letters and send in regular mail. The existing IV template is not printing name and address on the letter. Please include your real name and address as well.
Bump^^^^
thank you for participating in the national phone campaign we ran for the last 2 weeks.
We got feedback on some calls that were made and it was encouraging.

We are now starting a campaign to contact our lawmakers and media offices.

please click on immigrationvoice.org - advocacy -- legislative action center (http://immigrationvoice.capwiz.com/immigrationvoice/home/)

or the icons on the top of iv page to participate in the action alerts.

This campaign is very simple.
It will not even take 5 minutes of your time.

please spread the word around so that we can flood the offices with our emails. this will help in the event we are planning for next month. See iv announcement: Advocacy days in washington dc: 7th & 8th june - page 3 - immigration voice (http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=1437978)


- team iv

nc14
05-17-2010, 01:35 PM
great, thanks for another great initiative.

gcandgc
05-17-2010, 01:41 PM
Hi Pappu
Thanks for the wonderful thought process. It is quick, easy, effective. I have done. I have also forwarded to my other friends.
Thanks again.
GCANDGC

srinivasj
05-17-2010, 01:42 PM
sent it..thanks for the initiative..

mk26
05-17-2010, 01:47 PM
Pappu,This is excellent work from you guys.. jut sent my emails to Senator LeMieux and
Senator Nelson..hope one day all hard work will pay off

newuser
05-17-2010, 01:52 PM
Done. For some reason, the zip code tool is showing my Congressman info wrong. Has to do some guesswork to get the right result in the search.

spulapa
05-17-2010, 01:53 PM
Done in less than 30 secs.

Thanks

newuser
05-17-2010, 01:54 PM
Done. For some reason, the zip code tool is showing my Congressman info wrong. Has to do some guesswork to get the right result in the search.

rabs
05-17-2010, 01:55 PM
Done. Thanks for such a simple tool.

snthampi
05-17-2010, 02:03 PM
Just sent the email. That was very easy. Thanks.

sandy_anand
05-17-2010, 02:31 PM
Pretty easy. It's the least one could do to hep themselves.

Amma
05-17-2010, 02:32 PM
my part.Thanks

what_now
05-17-2010, 02:36 PM
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kcforgc
05-17-2010, 02:44 PM
easy to use.. Just sent email.

umndude
05-17-2010, 02:45 PM
Just did it. Very easy process. Thanks to IV.

Lakshman.

silibili
05-17-2010, 02:45 PM
Done.

Thanks!

letstalklc
05-17-2010, 02:58 PM
Done.
Great tool to send out emails for lawmakers.

This is the best I have ever seen on Immigrationvoice.org.

horscorp
05-17-2010, 03:02 PM
Nice Interface.

Pandi
05-17-2010, 03:05 PM
I have sent the email to my local senators :)

GC_1000Watt
05-17-2010, 03:11 PM
It was super easy! Go IV.

udaykiran82
05-17-2010, 03:14 PM
Thanks took less than 30 sec.Appreciate all the effort

Desertfox
05-17-2010, 03:15 PM
Very easy....emails sent.

IAF
05-17-2010, 03:28 PM
My part is done

clemsonite
05-17-2010, 03:30 PM
...actually just clicked through and filled up info. Thanks for making it easier. Hope it helps.

psaxena
05-17-2010, 03:30 PM
Sent to my senators.

abqguy
05-17-2010, 03:38 PM
Thanks IV an Pappu for developing this interface. Got done in less than 5.

narendra_modi
05-17-2010, 03:44 PM
I see no money involved in the effort..many free loaders will be sending the emails..great job IV..I feel shame as a member that no month donation target ever reached..& this month only 125USD. I think donors will give their donation at DC only ..IV should have the capability of collecting donations on the counters at DC with some kid of receipt..Go IV Go...

Abhinaym
05-17-2010, 03:46 PM
Thank you for making it so very easy!

thescadaman
05-17-2010, 04:06 PM
sent

Caliber
05-17-2010, 04:23 PM
Please click on ImmigrationVoice.org - Advocacy -- Legislative Action Center (http://immigrationvoice.capwiz.com/immigrationvoice/home/) - Team IV

Cool. It takes less than 5 minutes. Please forward this to all the friends.

Thank you Team IV.

MDix
05-17-2010, 04:33 PM
Done, Thanks for the tool.

bushman06
05-17-2010, 04:39 PM
done

uma001
05-17-2010, 05:07 PM
Done

govindk
05-17-2010, 05:07 PM
Done.

srinivas_o
05-17-2010, 05:12 PM
Sent to TX senators.

shyamkishore
05-17-2010, 05:32 PM
Done

Madhuri
05-17-2010, 05:54 PM
Done.

what_now
05-17-2010, 06:04 PM
Dear Mr. XXXXXX:

Thank you for contacting me about my views on the current immigration proposals being considered by Congress.

I have long supported legislation to curb illegal immigration by increasing criminal penalties for immigrant smuggling and document fraud, eliminating the use of government documents that are easily forged, and doubling the number of border patrol guards. Better enforcement and tougher penalties for both undocumented immigrants and their lawbreaking employers are the way to fight unauthorized employment, and employment opportunities are what drive illegal immigration.

Unless we fix the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and enforce our own labor laws, we will continue to debate how high the fence should be and how many agents should guard our border with no real solution in sight. In 1994, the U.S. signed NAFTA, which promised, among other things, to help create a thriving middle class in Mexico. At that time there were 3 million undocumented workers in the U.S.; today there are more than 11 million. In Mexico, 9 million more live in poverty than when NAFTA was enacted. NAFTA has failed the U.S. and Mexico. By creating an atmosphere where Mexican citizens feel they have no chance of a successful life in Mexico, these ill-conceived trade agreements increase the number of illegal immigrants coming into our country.

In addition to addressing the forces that are compelling illegal immigration, we must take action to bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows. While I do not support amnesty and have serious concerns about guest worker programs, I do believe our nation should consider establishing a process by which illegal immigrants can eventually earn citizenship. The solution to our immigration problem will not be a simple one, as many things in our country need to be fixed to stop illegal immigration. It is time to take a common sense approach to immigration reform.

The Senate most recently considered immigration when S.1639 was introduced in the 110th Congress. On June 28, 2007, the Senate rejected a cloture motion to proceed to final passage of S.1639 by a vote of 46 yeas to 53 nays. I was deeply concerned about the guest worker provisions in this bill, and voted against proceeding to a final vote. Should these issues come again before the Senate in the 111th Congress, I will be sure to keep your views in mind. Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Sherrod Brown
United States Senator

Don't they read their emails????

jjava100
05-17-2010, 06:21 PM
Sent email.

Your e-mail message was sent to:
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR 5th)

Your message has been sent.

Thank you!

99mutd08
05-17-2010, 06:34 PM
Done!!!

KiranKashi
05-17-2010, 06:37 PM
Sent email. Forwarded to few friends also.

kannan
05-17-2010, 07:00 PM
Done

spicy_guy
05-17-2010, 07:03 PM
Done.

I think its a good idea to post this link to some other active immigration forums so we can grab some more interested interested prospective immigrants.

pappusheth
05-17-2010, 07:25 PM
done..

geniousatwork
05-17-2010, 09:00 PM
done

injrav
05-17-2010, 09:11 PM
sent emails as per forum guidelines

I like the Email interface and thanks to all who created this one

skillet
05-17-2010, 09:14 PM
Done

Leo07
05-17-2010, 09:23 PM
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checklaw
05-17-2010, 09:30 PM
Completed.

veereddy
05-17-2010, 09:55 PM
Thank you!!

apoojo
05-17-2010, 10:05 PM
Done! Managed to spread the message.

Excellent idea and very convenient. Kudos!

mmk123
05-17-2010, 10:27 PM
Sent message and 10 of my other friends who are not IV members and are stuck in the backlog.

Thanks for setting this up. When I used to see this tool on other sites like numbersusa, I was wondering how IV can use similar technology tools. Luckily, technology makes the same set of tools available to all the parties working on the issue and allows them to play on the same playing field.

Unfortunately I cannot attend DC effort due to earlier commitments but I will contact my key state senators (newly elected moderate republican key for this effort) in summer and is contributing monetarily to IV for DC effort and can help anyone for tickets/housing for DC effort.

Kudos to IV for setting this up. Great job!

Thanks!

kondur_007
05-17-2010, 10:30 PM
Done!

Extremely happy to see this on IV. Finally we goT the "VOICE".....ONE VOICE....

gcisadawg
05-17-2010, 10:32 PM
done! thanks for the opportunity!

coldcloud
05-17-2010, 10:35 PM
Just sent the email ...

gc_dega_gandhigiri
05-17-2010, 10:38 PM
Emailed.

mdcowboy
05-17-2010, 10:42 PM
Very happy to be a part of this campaign.

mdumar
05-17-2010, 11:11 PM
Got the automated reply from the congressmen too.

Hope_GC
05-17-2010, 11:30 PM
Done- Took Less than a minute

alok_msh
05-18-2010, 12:08 AM
It was effortless

vadicherla
05-18-2010, 12:57 AM
Just did

feedfront
05-18-2010, 01:08 AM
Done! Thanks for everyone's efforts!

amitjoey
05-18-2010, 03:28 AM
done

greyhair
05-18-2010, 09:21 AM
Sent, so easy.

I sent emails to my colleagues in Accenture and the HR to send it to all others in the company.

Tshelar
05-18-2010, 09:29 AM
Sent to Sen. Bond, Sen. McCaskill and Rep. Akin.

what_now
05-18-2010, 09:59 AM
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new2gc
05-18-2010, 10:12 AM
to MA lawmakers....

WAIT_FOR_EVER_GC
05-18-2010, 10:18 AM
To nj lawmakers

smuggymba
05-18-2010, 10:22 AM
Reply from Sen. Lindsey Graham this jan -



Date Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:02 PM
subject Re: Your Message
mailed-by lgraham.senate.gov

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from you.

Due to the large volume of mail I receive, I regret that I am only able to respond personally to inquiries from South Carolinians.

As we continue our work in the 111th Congress, I look forward to supporting our troops in the War on Terror, repairing our economy and creating jobs, strengthening Social Security, lowering the tax burden on American families, and making the federal government more accountable and efficient.

If your correspondence pertains to a scheduling request, please fax your request to (202) 224-3808.

Sincerely,


Lindsey Graham

hsd31
05-18-2010, 10:34 AM
to VA Lawmakers...

shiankuraaf
05-18-2010, 10:50 AM
Sent email to Senator D-NJ

amulchandra
05-18-2010, 10:58 AM
Done

Jitamitra
05-18-2010, 10:59 AM
Sent to Senators in VA

Suva
05-18-2010, 11:02 AM
Sent emails to NJ lawmakers. Thanks.

what_now
05-18-2010, 11:05 AM
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austingc
05-18-2010, 11:24 AM
Last night I emailed to Texas senators and congressman and received response from all of them.

jediknight
05-18-2010, 11:28 AM
Sent mine and forwarded it to friends.

- JK

imneedy
05-18-2010, 11:29 AM
done!

bikram_das_in
05-18-2010, 11:38 AM
Done.

Winner
05-18-2010, 12:07 PM
Sent email to TX senators and got an auto response from each one of them.

GreenMe
05-18-2010, 12:30 PM
Done ... Thanks for this easy to do link ...

illinois_alum
05-18-2010, 01:35 PM
Done ... Thanks for this easy to do link ...

I sent emails to reps from my state/district as well. Got auto response from Durbin's office and response from Burris' office that he looks forward to our correspondence.

No response yet from Judy Biggert's office

eastindia
05-18-2010, 01:37 PM
It was Easy.
Done again today.
I will send one everyday to both Congress people and Reporters

imv77
05-18-2010, 01:39 PM
done.

JaiHo
05-18-2010, 01:40 PM
done....got e-mail response from senators office.

indigo10
05-18-2010, 02:11 PM
Very easy way to convey our message, Thank you very much IV and Pappu.

ca_immigrant
05-18-2010, 02:26 PM
Thanks IV & Pappu for starting this !!

I just did it....and got the reply (automated saying that they will get back to me and thanking me for the message)

Folks, we need this to touch a few thousand atleast !!!!!
We are only at 100 replies so far....
i have sent this to some of my friends and am going to followup to make sure they send out the emails....

this is the least we could do to help ourself !!
you definately can spend 1 minute or less to do this !!!

and just a gentle reminder .... please do give valid names and email addresses....

Thanks again to IV !!!!

ashishgour
05-18-2010, 02:35 PM
Done..

AllVNeedGcPc
05-18-2010, 03:13 PM
Sent an email to all friends and colleagues

soarin3655
05-18-2010, 03:27 PM
Done!

mars
05-18-2010, 03:50 PM
done

kandhu
05-18-2010, 07:30 PM
Done

kiran24
05-18-2010, 07:37 PM
sent it!

BhanuVegi
05-18-2010, 07:56 PM
Done

ca_immigrant
05-18-2010, 08:06 PM
^^^^^
I sent this out yesterday...
and just now I sent an email to 7 to 10 of my friends requesting them also to do so...

please send out the email to the senators and request ur friends to do so....

Suva
05-18-2010, 09:18 PM
I have also forwarded this to 6 of my friends.

Prasad_FL
05-18-2010, 09:20 PM
I just did it. It is very simple and I have informed my friends. Good job Pappu.

nagio
05-19-2010, 01:40 AM
Done. Informed friends.

rabs
05-19-2010, 07:41 AM
Thank you for contacting me about the issue of immigration. I understand and appreciate your deep concerns. As you know, several members of Congress have proposed various reforms. These proposals deal with a broad range of issues including our national security, border enforcement, guest worker programs, immigrant children, a path to citizenship, and the issues of immigrant workers in agriculture, seasonal jobs, and high-skilled positions.

Michigan faces unique immigration issues as a major border state with Canada, and I have helped to increase resources along our northern border. In addition, my office has been contacted by thousands of Michigan citizens about their problems with our broken federal immigration system. I am well aware of the urgent need for reform and the impact of our system on those trying to navigate this complicated bureaucracy.

For these reasons, I believe that we must consider any reforms to our immigration system in a comprehensive and balanced manner, first and foremost taking into account our nation's security, the jobs of American workers, the rights of individuals and the economic interests of our state. I will keep your strong views in mind as the Senate considers this issue.


Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.



Sincerely,

Debbie Stabenow

United States Senator



U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
The United States Senate Washington, DC 20510
stabenow.senate.gov

IAF
05-19-2010, 09:41 AM
Followin is response got from my senator:


Saxby Chambliss <saxby_chambliss@chambliss.senate.gov>Add to Contacts

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Dear Mr. :



Thank you for contacting me regarding our nation's immigration policies. I appreciate hearing from you.



Immigration is the most contentious issue that I have worked on during my tenure in Congress. It is imperative that we first secure our borders and enforce our existing immigration laws before we attempt to implement comprehensive immigration reform. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), just over 600 miles of border fence has been constructed along the Southwest border to date. In more remote areas, DHS is using tower-based integrated cameras and sensors, ground-based radar, mobile surveillance systems, and an unmanned aerial system. These initiatives are in addition to border patrol agents who are actively patrolling the areas.



I have consistently supported providing the Department of Homeland Security with the necessary tools they need to protect our country from those who seek to cross our borders illegally. For instance, in July 2009, I supported an amendment requiring the completion of 700 miles of double-layer physical fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border by December 31, 2010. This amendment follows through on the three-year-old promise made by Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to secure the border under previously passed legislation.

We must also address the illegal immigrants that are currently in our country. I will not support any proposal that provides amnesty or a path to citizenship for those that are currently here illegally. Additionally, I will continue to support programs like E-verify that provide employers with tools to verify whether or not current and prospective employees are legally allowed to work in the U.S. Since its inception in 1996, the E-Verify program has provided employers with a process to verify the work eligibility of new hires. E-Verify is free and more than 87,000 employers are enrolled in the program. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, more than 1,000 employers voluntarily sign up to use E-Verify each week.

On July 8, 2009, the Senate passed H.R. 2892, the "Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010." Included in this bill was an amendment, offered by Senator Sessions, which removed the sunset date on the E-Verify program, and requires federal contractors to participate in the E-Verify program. With my support, the Senate passed this amendment by voice vote. This program began September 8, 2009, and requires federal contractors to use the E-Verify system to check the immigration and citizenship status of new hire and those assigned to new federal contracts.

Immigration reform is one of the most important domestic issues facing our nation today. The President and Congress must work together to secure the border first. Once this is done, we can work to resolve the collateral issues. I believe we can get there, but we are not there yet.

If you would like to receive timely email alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my web site at: www.chambliss.senate.gov . Please let me know whenever I may be of assistance.

newyorker123
05-19-2010, 10:01 AM
Dear Mr

Thank you for contacting my office with your thoughts on immigration reform. Your correspondence is highly valuable, and I appreciate your sentiments.

Like you, I am deeply concerned about our current immigration system. I support a comprehensive immigration reform strategy that will end illegal entry and effectively address the reality that 12 million undocumented immigrants are currently living in the United States , many of whom hold jobs, make significant contributions to our economy, and have children who are American citizens.

As you know, immigration reform requires action on many fronts. The Department of Homeland Security does not have the resources to adequately protect our borders, and the system for legal immigration to our country is broken. Citizenship and Immigration Services must be reformed to eliminate the unacceptable backlog of immigration applications for legal immigrants and effectively track immigrants granted legal entry. We must also be sure that the current laws on the books - which require employers to verify immigration papers - are enforced. No one wants to make this task more onerous or burdensome, but if we reduce the demand for labor from illegal immigrants it will lead to fewer people entering this country illegally.

Agriculture is one of the most important industries in upstate New York . While some farmers can find sufficient labor locally, many can not find the workers who allow them to keep their family farms in business. I do not support cutting off the labor supply to upstate farmers who depend on seasonal workers to run their businesses. America 's farmers should not be punished for government's failure to adequately police our borders and implement a reasonable, transparent guest worker program.

Congress faces the urgent task of enacting comprehensive reforms that will preserve the traditions that have made this nation great, while addressing the security challenges we face. As debate continues on immigration, please be assured that I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reform a broken system in a way that protects families, respects human rights, strengthens our border security, and enforces the laws of our country.

Again, thank you for your opinion and letter. I am most appreciative. Should you have additional comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My door is always open.

For up-to-date news and information about our district, please visit my website at Congressman Paul Tonko : Home (http://tonko.house.gov) and sign up for my E-Newsletter.

Sincerely,

Paul D. Tonko
MEMBER OF CONGRESS




Thank you for your e-mail. Each and every piece of correspondence I receive is important because it allows me to better understand the New Yorkers I serve in the United States Senate.

As you can imagine, my office receives a great number of messages every day regarding a variety of issues this is particularly true of e-mails. It makes me proud to know that my constituents take an active role in our government by corresponding with me, and I look forward to responding to your concerns in greater detail. In the meantime, I just wanted to let you know that your e-mail has been received, and to ask for your patience until I send you a more detailed response.

Again, thank you for writing. Please feel free to visit my website Senator Charles E. Schumer (http://schumer.senate.gov) to follow my work in the Senate and to learn more about the services my office can provide to you.

Warmest regards

imh1b
05-19-2010, 10:44 AM
Done again today. I will do this once everyday.

av2004
05-19-2010, 12:04 PM
I sent the messages to my senators yesterday and also asked a few of my friends and colleagues to do the same.. Hoping for something positive!!

ca_immigrant
05-19-2010, 12:23 PM
Done again today. I will do this once everyday.

can we keep sending the same message (by the same sender) to them everyday ?
would that be ok ? :confused:

pappu
05-19-2010, 12:35 PM
can we keep sending the same message (by the same sender) to them everyday ?
would that be ok ? :confused:

Yes. But send only once a day so that it is not considered spam.

gcbikari
05-19-2010, 01:06 PM
Done

GC_Waiter_2000
05-19-2010, 01:14 PM
Sent emails

sgH1
05-19-2010, 03:52 PM
sent emails

wanna_immigrate
05-19-2010, 03:56 PM
done ... and received response as well

gulute
05-19-2010, 04:30 PM
That was real quick!

Thanks

RobAllan
05-19-2010, 05:37 PM
sent emails.

sage2006
05-19-2010, 05:46 PM
Done.
Received standard response from both Senators but glad to have written in.

akashya
05-19-2010, 05:51 PM
Yes. But send only once a day so that it is not considered spam.

Done for VA.

But all the replies from Lawmakers that I am reading have nothing to say about Legal Immigration.....they have a standard reply......secure border,illegal immigrants,american jobs.....nothing about our issue.

mk26
05-19-2010, 06:13 PM
Below is the response I receieved from senetor, not sure if my email was read becuase I don't see any word about legal immigratnts in the response,
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Thank you for taking the time to share your views regarding immigration. I would like to take the opportunity to respond to this important issue.

There are currently over 38 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States, which accounts for nearly 13 percent of the total U.S. population. Nearly one-third of this foreign-born population is estimated to consist of undocumented or illegal residents; a clear indication that our immigration system is broken. While a number of bills have been introduced concerning various elements of immigration reform, the issue has yet to come before the full Senate. I am currently evaluating a number of policy options, and will remain mindful of your thoughts on this subject as we proceed in the 111th Congress.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with me regarding this issue. It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of the great State of Florida in the United States Senate. I take great pride in being a native Floridian, and I look forward to the tremendous opportunity to better the lives of all Floridians. I assure you I will work hard to represent our state to the best of my ability in the U.S. Senate. If I can be of any further help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

suniel2008
05-19-2010, 08:13 PM
keep it coming guys greatwork IVBelow is the response I receieved from senetor, not sure if my email was read becuase I don't see any word about legal immigratnts in the response,
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Thank you for taking the time to share your views regarding immigration. I would like to take the opportunity to respond to this important issue.

There are currently over 38 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States, which accounts for nearly 13 percent of the total U.S. population. Nearly one-third of this foreign-born population is estimated to consist of undocumented or illegal residents; a clear indication that our immigration system is broken. While a number of bills have been introduced concerning various elements of immigration reform, the issue has yet to come before the full Senate. I am currently evaluating a number of policy options, and will remain mindful of your thoughts on this subject as we proceed in the 111th Congress.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with me regarding this issue. It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of the great State of Florida in the United States Senate. I take great pride in being a native Floridian, and I look forward to the tremendous opportunity to better the lives of all Floridians. I assure you I will work hard to represent our state to the best of my ability in the U.S. Senate. If I can be of any further help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

jthomas
05-19-2010, 09:06 PM
I send the email to Barbara boxer. It took less than a minute. Thanks Pappu for the efforts

J Thomas

harivenkat
05-20-2010, 05:06 AM
Got response below :

Thank you for contacting me about the issue of immigration. I understand and appreciate your deep concerns. As you know, several members of Congress have proposed various reforms. These proposals deal with a broad range of issues including our national security, border enforcement, guest worker programs, immigrant children, a path to citizenship, and the issues of immigrant workers in agriculture, seasonal jobs, and high-skilled positions.



Michigan faces unique immigration issues as a major border state with Canada, and I have helped to increase resources along our northern border. In addition, my office has been contacted by thousands of Michigan citizens about their problems with our broken federal immigration system. I am well aware of the urgent need for reform and the impact of our system on those trying to navigate this complicated bureaucracy.

For these reasons, I believe that we must consider any reforms to our immigration system in a comprehensive and balanced manner, first and foremost taking into account our nation's security, the jobs of American workers, the rights of individuals and the economic interests of our state. I will keep your strong views in mind as the Senate considers this issue.


Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.



Sincerely,

Debbie Stabenow

United States Senator

satyasrd
05-20-2010, 08:58 AM
I absolutely agree with this. All replies sound similar to me and concerned more about the illegal immigrant population. I think you will hardly find the words 'legal', 'high qualified' etc. As soon as they see/hear an immigrant, do they immediately start thinking illegal ?! I think we need to create more awareness that we exist. We need help from the media.

Done for VA.

But all the replies from Lawmakers that I am reading have nothing to say about Legal Immigration.....they have a standard reply......secure border,illegal immigrants,american jobs.....nothing about our issue.

amitjoey
05-20-2010, 12:04 PM
Yes, we need more help from the media. That is why we have the media event - press conference on Tuesday June 8th. We need members to be there to show a good representation of EB-Community. Apart from that we need to send these emails/letters to media and the reps in 1000's everyday, so that we get the attention we deserve. Thank you everybody that is participating and sending emails every day. We can also print out and send letters.

nrk
05-20-2010, 12:33 PM
letters sent

harivenkat
05-20-2010, 12:36 PM
Thank you for sharing with me your support for comprehensive immigration reform. I appreciate hearing from you and share your concerns.

While the United States cannot afford to absorb all those who want to settle here, we are a nation of immigrants. My mother came to the United States from Lithuania with her parents when she was two years old, and our family created a new life in Illinois. It is a testament to the greatness of this nation that the son of an immigrant can rise to represent the state of Illinois in the Senate.

At the same time, our nation faces a host of problems as a result of years of inattention to our immigration policies. The Homeland Security Department estimates that about 11 million people in the United States do not have legal status, including those who enter the country illegally and those who overstay a temporary visa. I have worked to reform our immigration system comprehensively and in a way that is tough, realistic, and consistent with our moral values.

While there currently is no comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate, I recently joined a number of Senators in releasing a blueprint outlining the basic principles that a reform measure should include. The plan would improve border security by increasing manpower and deploying new technology. It would strengthen enforcement against employers who hire illegal immigrants. Today, undocumented workers are often exploited by employers who hire them. Strengthening the penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers will ensure that both immigrants and citizens who work here are protected by our wage and labor laws.

If we are serious about reform, we need a realistic approach to the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live and work in our country. We need to offer immigrants who work hard and demonstrate a long-term commitment to be law-abiding, contributing members of our society a chance to pay fines and earn their way to permanent legal status over the course of many years.

If we do not give people who are already a part of our communities the chance to earn their way to legal status, we will not solve the problem of illegal immigration. People who are living here illegally will stay in the shadows instead of coming forward to register with the government.

Immigration is good for America, but an employer's first job offer should go to any American who is willing and able to fill the job. I have been concerned about the potential impact of past proposals for temporary guest worker programs on the American workforce. In many industries, the assured availability of large pools of guest workers will give employers an incentive to pass over American job applicants in favor of foreigners willing to work for less pay and fewer benefits. During the immigration debate, I offered a Hire Americans First amendment to require employers to seek American workers for their open positions before they try to bring in guest workers. I have also introduced legislation to combat abuses in the H-1B visa program.

There is no perfect solution to the problems we face as a result of our broken immigration system. Today, our borders are not secure, our workplace enforcement laws need reform, and our immigration policy fosters a shadow economy for millions of immigrants who simply want to demonstrate that they can be hardworking contributors to the greatness of our country.

I will continue to work for a package of reforms that will protect American workers and that will be tough, enforceable, economically sensible, and morally defensible. I will keep your views in mind as the debate continues. Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.


Sincerely,
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

RJD/ab

vine93
05-20-2010, 12:53 PM
Completed from my side.

nrk
05-20-2010, 01:13 PM
Thank you for your recent message to my U.S. Senate office. Each week, several thousand Minnesotans send me their thoughts and suggestions on legislation and important issues facing our nation. This impressive volume is a testament to the Minnesotan traditions of grassroots activism and civic participation that distinguish our state.
In recent months Minnesotans have contacted my office to share their views on the economic recovery bill, health care, education, and numerous other policy issues. I appreciate hearing from each one of you because understanding your views helps me better represent all of my constituents. I closely track the concerns that are expressed in your letters and emails, and will answer them as soon as possible.
My Minnesota staff is also available to handle specific services related to the federal government (such as trouble with passport applications, claims for veterans' benefits, or citizenship matters). If you are ever in Washington, D.C., I invite you to attend my weekly constituent breakfast every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET, when the Senate is in session. You can also ask my staff to arrange a tour of the Capitol. For assistance, please go to my web site Office of Sen. Al Franken (http://franken.senate.gov/) or call my Minnesota office at (651) 221-1016 or Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-5641.
Thanks again for writing and I look forward to continuing our conversation.
Sincerely,

amitjoey
05-20-2010, 01:27 PM
Numbers matter- If we want to be heard- we need to send the emails in 1000's

amitjoey
05-20-2010, 01:48 PM
I am having a lot of success asking my friends to also help us send emails. Some of these people are not stuck in the EB Queue, but are glad to help.

Please ask all your friends to help out to send emails and printed letters.

theshiningsun
05-20-2010, 05:51 PM
pasted below dotted line.
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Thank you for contacting me about my views on the current immigration proposals being considered by Congress.

I have long supported legislation to curb illegal immigration by increasing criminal penalties for immigrant smuggling and document fraud, eliminating the use of government documents that are easily forged, and doubling the number of border patrol guards. Better enforcement and tougher penalties for both undocumented immigrants and their lawbreaking employers are the way to fight unauthorized employment, and employment opportunities are what drive illegal immigration.

Unless we fix the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and enforce our own labor laws, we will continue to debate how high the fence should be and how many agents should guard our border with no real solution in sight. In 1994, the U.S. signed NAFTA, which promised, among other things, to help create a thriving middle class in Mexico. At that time there were 3 million undocumented workers in the U.S.; today there are more than 11 million. In Mexico, 9 million more live in poverty than when NAFTA was enacted. NAFTA has failed the U.S. and Mexico. By creating an atmosphere where Mexican citizens feel they have no chance of a successful life in Mexico, these ill-conceived trade agreements increase the number of illegal immigrants coming into our country.

In addition to addressing the forces that are compelling illegal immigration, we must take action to bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows. While I do not support amnesty and have serious concerns about guest worker programs, I do believe our nation should consider establishing a process by which illegal immigrants can eventually earn citizenship. The solution to our immigration problem will not be a simple one, as many things in our country need to be fixed to stop illegal immigration. It is time to take a common sense approach to immigration reform.

The Senate most recently considered immigration when S.1639 was introduced in the 110th Congress. On June 28, 2007, the Senate rejected a cloture motion to proceed to final passage of S.1639 by a vote of 46 yeas to 53 nays. I was deeply concerned about the guest worker provisions in this bill, and voted against proceeding to a final vote. Should these issues come again before the Senate in the 111th Congress, I will be sure to keep your views in mind. Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Sherrod Brown
United States Senator



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AllVNeedGcPc
05-20-2010, 07:07 PM
There is no mention of legal EB immigration :(

Response follows:
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Thank you for contacting me regarding our nation's immigration system. I appreciate the benefit of your views on this important issue.

Our current immigration system is broken, which is why I believe Congress should work to pass bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive immigration reform should include policies to secure our nation's borders, curb future illegal immigration, establish an effective employer verification system and find a practical solution for the millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S.

I do not believe that illegal immigrants should gain an unfair advantage from their actions. Any effort to earn legal status must include paying back taxes, a fine or penalty and taking steps to learn English. Reform should also not penalize those individuals who have followed the law and are here legally.

On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law Arizona State Bill 1070, which grants broad powers to local law enforcement officials to determine and request proof of legal status of anyone suspected of violating federal immigration laws. The enactment of this new law is yet another sign that the federal government needs to act to fix our broken immigration system rather than allowing for a state-by-state patchwork of laws and ordinances. I also believe Arizona's law raises civil rights concerns, fails to recognize the economic contributions of legal immigrant workers, and harms our nation's ability to attract entrepreneurs from around the world who create jobs here in the United States.

Our nation faces many tough challenges. Immigration reform is a complicated and difficult issue but the current system is not working. We must put our differences aside to create a better system. Again, thank you for writing. As we move forward in the 111th Congress, please continue to contact me with your opinions and concerns.

Sincerely,
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator

uma001
05-20-2010, 10:23 PM
I got this message from senator Mark R Warner

Thank you for contacting me regarding our nation's immigration system. I appreciate the benefit of your views on this important issue.

Our current immigration system is broken, which is why I believe Congress should work to pass bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive immigration reform should include policies to secure our nation's borders, curb future illegal immigration, establish an effective employer verification system and find a practical solution for the millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S.

I do not believe that illegal immigrants should gain an unfair advantage from their actions. Any effort to earn legal status must include paying back taxes, a fine or penalty and taking steps to learn English. Reform should also not penalize those individuals who have followed the law and are here legally.

On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law Arizona State Bill 1070, which grants broad powers to local law enforcement officials to determine and request proof of legal status of anyone suspected of violating federal immigration laws. The enactment of this new law is yet another sign that the federal government needs to act to fix our broken immigration system rather than allowing for a state-by-state patchwork of laws and ordinances. I also believe Arizona's law raises civil rights concerns, fails to recognize the economic contributions of legal immigrant workers, and harms our nation's ability to attract entrepreneurs from around the world who create jobs here in the United States.

Our nation faces many tough challenges. Immigration reform is a complicated and difficult issue but the current system is not working. We must put our differences aside to create a better system. Again, thank you for writing. As we move forward in the 111th Congress, please continue to contact me with your opinions and concerns.



Sincerely,
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator

amitjoey
05-20-2010, 11:54 PM
Please send this to your friends and family.

smitin_2000
05-21-2010, 01:46 AM
just sent to CA senators and Congressman.

satyasrd
05-21-2010, 08:34 AM
All of the senators just keep talking about the "illegal". When I do search for the word "legal" and get excited on finding it, it is preceded by the word "not" (again, not referring to any of us). Even IF CIR does happen what gives us the guarantee that our interests will not be put aside to make way for the illegal population ?!?!

Caliber
05-21-2010, 12:36 PM
NJ Senator Robert Menendez reply:

Dear Mr. XXXX:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the Real Enforcement with Practical Alternatives for Immigration Reform (REPAIR) proposal. Your opinion is very important to me, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond to you about this important issue.

The REPAIR proposal seeks to reform our immigration system by strengthening border security and interior enforcement, and requiring all employees to use biometric Social Security cards to gain employment. In addition, the proposal looks to implement a fair path to legalization for those already here and it includes proposals to enhance family reunification.

I believe we can create reform in a safe, orderly, and legal process that preserves the promise of America for all. It can create a pathway towards citizenship, make the process for receiving green cards more efficient, and create employment systems that are both business and family friendly.

America has a proud tradition as a nation of immigrants, but our immigration system is unarguably broken. We must enact practical, smart, and substantial immigration reform that reflects current economic and social realities, respects the core values of family unity and fundamental fairness, and upholds our tradition as a nation of immigrants. I believe substantial immigration reform is possible this year.

I have been persistently working with my colleagues to create and pass legislation that would enhance border security, while also providing a legitimate way for the estimated 12 million undocumented workers to come out of the shadows and earn United States citizenship. These undocumented workers should pass a series of strict and critical benchmarks, such as paying fines, learning English, and waiting at the back of the citizenship line behind those who have pursued legal means of attaining citizenship.

Comprehensive immigration reform is indeed an attainable goal and I believe that the REPAIR proposal provides a foundation on which we can build upon. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance. I invite you to visit my website (Robert Menendez - US Senator for New Jersey: Home (http://menendez.senate.gov)) to learn more about how I am standing up for New Jersey families in the United States Senate.

For the latest news from Senator Menendez visit the following sites:

Please do not reply to this e-mail as this address is not monitored. To contact my office, please use the contact form found on my website at Robert Menendez - US Senator for New Jersey: Contact (http://menendez.senate.gov/contact/)

gcandgc
05-21-2010, 12:45 PM
Hi Pappu
Like me most of us would have got the reply from the Senetor or the congress man for the email that we sent. But all the replies are generic in nature and focus is on illegal immigration issue. The problems of "Legal immigrants" to my knowledge did not get their attention?. This is my observation.
Regards
GCANDGC

pappu
05-21-2010, 01:05 PM
Hi Pappu
Like me most of us would have got the reply from the Senetor or the congress man for the email that we sent. But all the replies are generic in nature and focus is on illegal immigration issue. The problems of "Legal immigrants" to my knowledge did not get their attention?. This is my observation.
Regards
GCANDGC

That is correct. The responses at most times will be generic on the subject of Immigration. Sending them hundreds and thousands of emails will work as per our advocacy strategy.

You may want to do a couple of things.

1. Call up the lawmaker office now and thank them for responding to the email.
Tell them your concerns. Follow the talking points from http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum85-action-items-for-everyone/1391371-cir-national-phone-campaign-29th-april-2010-to-14th-may-2010-a.html

2. Come to DC to take part in the advocacy day event. This is your opportunity to take your emails a step further and now talk to the staffers. Emails are good to create an awareness. Now it is time to step it up further and make an impact that will be thousand time greater via face to face meetings in DC with the lawmaker office. Meeting in DC has more impact than say meeting in your state local office of the lawmaker.

Nevertheless keep sending emails daily so that it helps generate awareness in every lawmaker office and help us in the next steps of advocacy.

Winner
05-21-2010, 01:19 PM
There is no mention of legal EB immigration :(



I got a similar response from on of the senators I send the email to, I replied back stating that their email did not address anything about LEGAL immigrants issues, will update if and when I get a response.

eastindia
05-21-2010, 01:48 PM
Sent one today.

computer_gig21
05-21-2010, 01:51 PM
I got reply from NJ senator

Dear Mr. xxxxx:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the Real Enforcement with Practical Alternatives for Immigration Reform (REPAIR) proposal. Your opinion is very important to me, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond to you about this important issue.

The REPAIR proposal seeks to reform our immigration system by strengthening border security and interior enforcement, and requiring all employees to use biometric Social Security cards to gain employment. In addition, the proposal looks to implement a fair path to legalization for those already here and it includes proposals to enhance family reunification.

I believe we can create reform in a safe, orderly, and legal process that preserves the promise of America for all. It can create a pathway towards citizenship, make the process for receiving green cards more efficient, and create employment systems that are both business and family friendly.

America has a proud tradition as a nation of immigrants, but our immigration system is unarguably broken. We must enact practical, smart, and substantial immigration reform that reflects current economic and social realities, respects the core values of family unity and fundamental fairness, and upholds our tradition as a nation of immigrants. I believe substantial immigration reform is possible this year.

I have been persistently working with my colleagues to create and pass legislation that would enhance border security, while also providing a legitimate way for the estimated 12 million undocumented workers to come out of the shadows and earn United States citizenship. These undocumented workers should pass a series of strict and critical benchmarks, such as paying fines, learning English, and waiting at the back of the citizenship line behind those who have pursued legal means of attaining citizenship.

Comprehensive immigration reform is indeed an attainable goal and I believe that the REPAIR proposal provides a foundation on which we can build upon. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance. I invite you to visit my website (Robert Menendez - US Senator for New Jersey: Home (http://menendez.senate.gov)) to learn more about how I am standing up for New Jersey families in the United States Senate.

achu
05-21-2010, 02:02 PM
freedom on its way...

thanks papu.
achu.

amitjoey
05-21-2010, 02:54 PM
Please email and also send out letters.

There is also a feature for the media -That lets you email reporters 5 at a time. It sorts through and picks the most prominent publications based on your zip code.

It is simple, fields can stay populated if you choose so, all you have to do is click.

gssh
05-21-2010, 04:06 PM
Here is the response from congressman Eric Paulsen of MN.


Thank you for letting me know of your support for increased immigration.

We are clearly a nation of immigrants, and I support prudent levels of legal immigration into this country.

There are a variety of legislative proposals to reform our current immigration system, which is widely acknowledged to be broken. The House Judiciary Committee, of which I am not a member, will be holding hearings on the initiatives for a comprehensive review.

You can be sure I will keep your views in mind as I review the committee's recommendations and legislation on this issue moves forward.

Thanks again for sharing your concerns, as I appreciate hearing from you. Please let me know whenever I can be of assistance.



Sincerely,

Erik Paulsen
Member of Congress

LONGGCQUE
05-21-2010, 04:13 PM
Sent 2nd round emails. Will do more next week.

BRK
05-21-2010, 04:20 PM
in MI. Sent emails to the senators in MI. Thnx. keep up the good work.

newyorker123
05-21-2010, 04:22 PM
I am new to this and I sent email couple of times and called certain people in IV list.
Most of the responses from the senator/congress members or even conversation refers undocumented immigrants, safe/secure borders etc.

What is missing in representing the EB community different to illegal immigrants ?

amitjoey
05-21-2010, 05:06 PM
I am new to this and I sent email couple of times and called certain people in IV list.
Most of the responses from the senator/congress members or even conversation refers undocumented immigrants, safe/secure borders etc.

What is missing in representing the EB community different to illegal immigrants ?

Yes, you are absolutely right!

We do not get any attention, because we do not raise our issues and we are not vocal about the problems we face. Now granted, we are a small minority compared to the huge lobby and muscle power the undocumented have. But we need to educate the lawmakers about us. We face real issues and our lives have been held in limbo. We have done everything right, played by the rules, stood in the line, pay taxes, contribute to the society. To get this message across, we need to visit lawmakers offices,and educate them. That is exactly why we have the phone campaign, that is why we have this email campaign.

This advocacy and raising awareness is an ongoing effort, it cannot be a one day or one month thing. We will not get anywhere overnight, perceptions have to change, there is a whole lot of dynamics at play. The timing, legislative calender and politics in general. But we as a group need to stand up, talk about the issues we face and have our voices heard.

That is why - we have the DC Advocacy event - Where members will do presentations with legislative offices,educate them, then there is a media event also planned. This is all to raise awareness.

mrjonie
05-21-2010, 09:21 PM
Awesome !!!..Such an easy way to send email....Good Job IV, !!!...

smitin_2000
05-22-2010, 01:12 AM
got reply from CA state senator Dianne Feinstein


Thank you for contacting me to share your suggestions and thoughts on immigration reform. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

It is tremendously helpful for me to hear suggestions from constituents about how Congress can act to improve this country's immigration policy and I will be certain to keep your concerns in mind. Moreover, any comprehensive change to our immigration system should only be considered after a complete analysis of the full consequences.

Once again, thank you for your letter. I value your opinion and hope that you will continue to share your thoughts and ideas with me. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.



Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

mhathi
05-22-2010, 02:52 PM
Thank you for writing to me regarding our country's immigration system.

Our nation's immigration and border security system is broken and must be fixed. We must require illegal immigrants to step forward and become legal and we must better secure our borders. We must restore the rule of law and enhance security at our borders. The Congress and the President must work together to reform our laws. We also must use the full force of the law against employers who hire illegal immigrants.

I support changes to the law that will require illegal immigrants to become legal. They must pay taxes, learn English, and pass criminal background checks. This process won't be easy or quick, but it will be fair and practical. Individuals who came to this country illegally will be bumped to the back of the line behind those who waited to come to this country legally. And illegal immigrants with a criminal record would be deported. Those who refuse to register and meet these conditions also should be deported.

To secure our borders, the government should require the use of a biometric entry-exit system for all land borders, so that we have an accurate record of who is entering and leaving the United States. We should create a "smart" enforcement regime which will produce more efficient inspections and screenings, and allow us to target and tailor our limited resources to combat illegal smuggling of people and contraband. I supported recent appropriations that provided $1.6 billion for border security fencing, infrastructure and technology, and facility construction, as well as the hiring of 3,000 new Border Patrol agents.

To meet the needs of our workforce and promote family reunification, we should set in place realistic immigration numbers and policies, and clear the backlog of legal visas, green card legal permit resident and citizenship applications. Senator Feinstein has introduced the "Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act", S. 1038, in order to provide for new blue card visas and modify the H-2A program. Senator Mikulski has introduced the "Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act", S. 388, to extend the annual cap exemption for returning H-2B workers. While these two bills address key issues in the immigration debate, a comprehensive approach is the only way to adequately deal with this issue.

We can no longer ignore corporations who are hiring and exploiting illegal workers. This practice takes jobs away from Americans and depresses wages for everyone. These unlawful companies must be prosecuted and face stiff criminal and civil penalties. We need smart policies like improved border patrols, full enforcement of our laws, and requiring illegal immigrants to become legal.

The status quo is not working. Allowing 12 million to hide in the shadows and live in this country illegally is unacceptable. Our system must be fixed. Again, thank you for writing to me regarding this important issue. If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

gcwait2007
05-22-2010, 06:45 PM
I live in Ohio state. My senator Sherrod Brown responded as follows:

Dear Mr.XXXXXX,

Thank you for sending me your comments. Listening to the views of the people I represent in the U.S. Senate is a critical part of my job. I do my best to provide every Ohioan with a prompt response. If you have an urgent matter, please feel free to call any of my offices in Ohio or Washington, DC.

If you have not done so already, please visit my Senate website (Senator Sherrod Brown | Senator for Ohio: Home (http://brown.senate.gov)) for comprehensive information about my work in the Senate, as well as constituent services that my office provides and how to get connected with federal programs.

Or, you may be interested in receiving my e-Newsletters to stay connected with what's happening in Congress of importance to Ohio. Sign up for regular updates on the work I am doing in the Senate, and please select a few issues to get newsletter updates on specific topics as subjects arise. Sign-up here: Senator Sherrod Brown | Senator for Ohio: Newsletter (http://brown.senate.gov/newsletter/landing)

Sincerely,
Sen. Brown

what_now
05-24-2010, 08:38 AM
bump///

Winner
05-24-2010, 01:24 PM
Sent emails to media using the tool. It was quick, I'm sure if many of us do it, it will be effective too.

amitjoey
05-24-2010, 02:07 PM
Sent emails to media using the tool. It was quick, I'm sure if many of us do it, it will be effective too.

Awesome !!!..Such an easy way to send email....Good Job IV, !!!...



Now is the time to create awareness and momentum leading upto the advocacy event. Please keep emailing and sending letters, this will work in our favour. Please continue asking friends and family to support.
It is quick and easy.

amitjoey
05-25-2010, 12:51 PM
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amitjoey
05-25-2010, 04:33 PM
Unfortunately, unless we write to our senators, congresswo/men, and media our issues are going to be sidelined. That is why we need to call, write emails and get to DC, step up the advocacy effort.

LONGGCQUE
05-25-2010, 04:48 PM
Sent 3rd round emails to NE congressman.

amitjoey
05-25-2010, 04:55 PM
Sent 3rd round emails to NE congressman.

Thank you.

ram04
05-25-2010, 04:56 PM
Thank you for contacting me regarding our nation's immigration policies. I appreciate hearing from you.

Immigration is the most contentious issue that I have worked on during my tenure in Congress. It is imperative that we first secure our borders and enforce our existing immigration laws before we attempt to implement comprehensive immigration reform. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), just over 600 miles of border fence has been constructed along the Southwest border to date. In more remote areas, DHS is using tower-based integrated cameras and sensors, ground-based radar, mobile surveillance systems, and an unmanned aerial system. These initiatives are in addition to border patrol agents who are actively patrolling the areas.

I have consistently supported providing the Department of Homeland Security with the necessary tools they need to protect our country from those who seek to cross our borders illegally. For instance, in July 2009, I supported an amendment requiring the completion of 700 miles of double-layer physical fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border by December 31, 2010. This amendment follows through on the three-year-old promise made by Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to secure the border under previously passed legislation.
We must also address the illegal immigrants that are currently in our country. I will not support any proposal that provides amnesty or a path to citizenship for those that are currently here illegally. Additionally, I will continue to support programs like E-verify that provide employers with tools to verify whether or not current and prospective employees are legally allowed to work in the U.S. Since its inception in 1996, the E-Verify program has provided employers with a process to verify the work eligibility of new hires. E-Verify is free and more than 87,000 employers are enrolled in the program. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, more than 1,000 employers voluntarily sign up to use E-Verify each week.





On July 8, 2009, the Senate passed H.R. 2892, the "Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010." Included in this bill was an amendment, offered by Senator Sessions, which removed the sunset date on the E-Verify program, and requires federal contractors to participate in the E-Verify program. With my support, the Senate passed this amendment by voice vote. This program began September 8, 2009, and requires federal contractors to use the E-Verify system to check the immigration and citizenship status of new hire and those assigned to new federal contracts.
Immigration reform is one of the most important domestic issues facing our nation today. The President and Congress must work together to secure the border first. Once this is done, we can work to resolve the collateral issues. I believe we can get there, but we are not there yet.

If you would like to receive timely email alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my web site at: www.chambliss.senate.gov . Please let me know whenever I may be of assistance.

jjava100
06-03-2010, 12:25 PM
Response I got from the Senator.....


Thank you for contacting me to share your views about the proposed framework for comprehensive immigration reform. It is an honor to serve as your Senator, and I appreciate hearing from you.



Like you, I understand that our country's foundation has been strengthened by our proud tradition of immigration, and I believe that people who work hard, contribute to our economy, and respect the law should always be welcome in the United States. At the same time, I also believe our current immigration system is broken. We need strong legislation to restore the rule of law and strengthen the security of our borders and the integrity of our workforce.



As you know, a group of Senators, including Majority Leader Reid, released their REPAIR Proposal (Real Enforcement with Practical Alternatives for Immigration Reform). This proposal outlines a framework of policy recommendations aimed at restoring security at our borders, cracking down on employers hiring illegal immigrants through an employment verification system, and establishing a strictly regulated system for earning legal permanent residency. To ensure enforcement, the framework also calls for increased border patrol personnel, resources, and technology, and lays out a policy for administering temporary work and student visas.



The framework for comprehensive immigration reform has not yet been introduced as legislation in the Senate. Please know that I will continue to monitor the status of this proposed framework, and I will keep your views in mind when the Senate takes up immigration reform.



Thank you, again, for sharing your thoughts with me. I hope you will continue to keep me informed about the issues that matter most to you.





All my best,

Jeff Merkley
United States Senator

amitjoey
06-03-2010, 01:49 PM
Please continue sending emails and ask friends and family to support by sending emails.
We need to ramp up our efforts.

ak_2006
06-03-2010, 05:23 PM
I sent mail today.

illinois_alum
06-03-2010, 11:11 PM
got reply from IL Senator Dick Durbin....not a very encouragaing response to say the least...

June 3, 2010



Mr. XXXXXX


Dear Mr. XXXXXX:
Thank you for sharing with me your support for comprehensive immigration reform. I appreciate hearing from you and share your concerns.

While the United States cannot afford to absorb all those who want to settle here, we are a nation of immigrants. My mother came to the United States from Lithuania with her parents when she was two years old, and our family created a new life in Illinois. It is a testament to the greatness of this nation that the son of an immigrant can rise to represent the state of Illinois in the Senate.

At the same time, our nation faces a host of problems as a result of years of inattention to our immigration policies. The Homeland Security Department estimates that about 11 million people in the United States do not have legal status, including those who enter the country illegally and those who overstay a temporary visa. I have worked to reform our immigration system comprehensively and in a way that is tough, realistic, and consistent with our moral values.

I recently joined a number of Senators in releasing a blueprint outlining the basic principles that a comprehensive reform bill should include. The measure would improve border security by increasing manpower and deploying new technology. It would strengthen enforcement against employers who hire illegal immigrants. Today, undocumented workers are often exploited by employers who hire them. Strengthening the penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers will ensure that both immigrants and citizens who work here are protected by our wage and labor laws.

If we are serious about reform, we need a realistic approach to the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live and work in our country. We need to offer immigrants who work hard and demonstrate a long-term commitment to be law-abiding, contributing members of our society a chance to pay fines and earn their way to permanent legal status over the course of many years.

If we do not give people who are already a part of our communities the chance to earn their way to legal status, we will not solve the problem of illegal immigration. People who are living here illegally will stay in the shadows instead of coming forward to register.

While immigrants often enrich our communities, an employer's first job offer should go to any American who is willing and able to fill the job. I have been concerned about the potential impact of past proposals for temporary guest worker programs on the American workforce. In many industries, the assured availability of large pools of guest workers will give employers an incentive to pass over American job applicants in favor of foreigners willing to work for less pay and fewer benefits. During the immigration debate, I offered a Hire Americans First amendment to require employers to seek American workers for their open positions before they try to bring in guest workers. I have also introduced legislation to combat abuses in the H-1B visa program.

There is no perfect solution to the problems we face as a result of our broken immigration system. Today, our borders are not secure, our workplace enforcement laws need reform, and our immigration policy fosters a shadow economy for millions of immigrants who simply want to demonstrate that they can be hardworking contributors to the greatness of our country.

I will continue to work for a package of reforms that will protect American workers and that will be tough, enforceable, economically sensible, and morally defensible. I will keep your views in mind as the debate continues. Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.


Sincerely,
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

RJD/ab

amitjoey
06-04-2010, 11:34 AM
The messages you are getting from your House reps and Senators are standard messages that they have on this issue.
Please do not be discouraged by the email back messages from them, because frankly it is just an automated standard reply.

The idea really is to make them take notice and hopefully have some body (staffer) read atleast one of our email messages entirely and realise what our issue/s are. We need to make them aware of us- "Immigration voice" as an organisation and educate them on the issues we face. So if we continue to send them messages, that will be a big help and it builds momentum towards the advocacy event.

gc_kaavaali
06-07-2010, 04:20 PM
Dear XXXXX:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding immigration policy. I appreciate hearing from you.

You are absolutely right that we need to tackle comprehensive immigration reform now. That is why I recently sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, asking him to make comprehensive immigration reform a priority. It is imperative that we have a workable immigration system that balances the needs of our economy. We cannot keep pushing back reform for another day.

We must be tough and smart to get our immigration system under control. It is unacceptable to have 12 million people in our country living outside the legal system. We must secure the border, and also require the undocumented to register and become legal, pay a fine, pay their taxes, learn English, and pass criminal background checks. Those who have a serious criminal record should be sent back to the country from which they came.

I support comprehensive immigration reform because it will restore common sense and control to our immigration system, so that we are once again both a nation of immigrants and laws. Without reform, cash-strapped local governments are footing the bill for federal inaction and small businesses are reliant on an immigrant workforce face uncertainty. Comprehensive immigration reform will help the economy by turning undocumented workers into legal taxpayers who are paying their fair share. This issue must be addressed in order to make sure that we have a system in place that cracks down on employers who hire illegal immigrants and ensures all are playing by the rules.

Our immigration system is broken, and it cannot be fixed by one small piece of reform. We should address immigration as a whole, and that is a primary goal of mine here in the Senate.

I will continue to represent the priorities of Coloradans and all Americans in a thoughtful and independent manner. Please know that I will keep your concerns in mind as Congress addresses these issues.

For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator and about issues of importance to Colorado and our nation, I invite you to visit my website at Michael Bennet - United States Senator for Colorado : Home (http://bennet.senate.gov/). Again, thank you for contacting me.

bayarea07
06-07-2010, 04:42 PM
Me and My Wife sent emails through the site