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LCtank
05-20-2008, 03:53 PM
ACT NOW - Visa Number Recapture Amendment Voting Soon!!!

Last week the Iraq Supplemental Appropriation Bill(H.R.2642) opened door to
various non-germane amendments. Senator Murray(D-WA) and Senator Gregg(R-NH)
's visa number recapture amendment was adopted by Senate Appropriation
Committee unanimously on May 15th. The amendment is now on the Senate floor
waiting for a vote (60/100 required) to be attached to the Iraq Supplemental
. Further down the road of becoming law, the amendment has to sustain
scrutiny of the House and the President. Once becoming law, it will
recapture 218,500 EB-ONLY visa numbers effective 2009 fiscal year.

The vote on the Senate floor will take place sometime this week though it
maybe put off to the first week of June. This is the most tangible
legislative opportunity for LEGAL immigrants ever since the fall of CIR last
June.

Legal Immigrant Association(LIA) has urged all of its members to make urgent
phone calls to Senators to ask for support of Murray/Gregg amendment. LIA
encourage ALL EB applicants to call your Senators'office. In addition,
please urge your boss/HR manager, your colleagues, and your friends to make
the phone call.

Please note: anti-immigration group are organizing massive phone calls as
well. We definitely need more callers to outnumber our opponents.


Plan:

Action: call your senators. Letter and fax are not impressive.

Time: ASAP. The voting can happen at any time during the week.

Target: your senator's office in WASHINGTON DC.

Telephone number: all the senators can be reached by this number: 02-224-
3121. Tell the operator the senator's name and you will be put to his/her
office.

Senator's name: this can be found on www.senate.gov. Each state has two
senators. Please call them BOTH.

When reaching the office, please ask for the legislative assistant in charge
of immigration or appropriation.

Be concise and polite. Be ready to provide your name and zipcode for their
verification.


Talking script:

If you will be calling your senators, except Marray (WA) and Gregg (NH):

"Hello, this is (your name). I live in your state, and I want to urge
Senator (name) to support Senator Murray's amendment to the Iraq
supplemental, to recapture visas for LEGAL immigrants. This is my address (
please be sure your address is in the Senator's state). Our state needs
these skilled workers to help create more jobs for Americans. We hope for
and appreciate the Senator's support. Please vote to keep the Murray/Gregg
High Skilled Legal Immigration Amendment in the Iraq Supplemental on the
Senate floor."


If your boss/HR manager or co-workers will be calling their Senators on
behalf of you, except Marray (WA) and Gregg (NH):

"I am a (your state) resident, and I work as (job title, e.g. human
resources director), so I KNOW that (your state) needs these skilled workers
to help create more jobs for Americans. So I want to urge Senator (name) to
support Senator Murray's amendment to the Iraq supplemental, to recapture
visas for LEGAL immigrants. Please vote to keep the Murray/Gregg High
Skilled Legal Immigration Amendment in the Iraq Supplemental on the Senate
floor."


If you will be calling Senator Murray (WA) or Senator Gregg (NH):

"Hello, this is (your name). I want to thank the Senator for their amendment
to the Iraq supplemental, to recapture visa numbers for LEGAL immigrants.
As a resident of (WA or NH) I want you to know that we appreciate the
Senator's support and we want you to know that LIA is working to keep the
Murray/Gregg High Skilled Legal Immigration Amendment in the Iraq
Supplemental on the Senate floor."

LCtank
05-20-2008, 04:02 PM
Only its passed by the senate, can it be considered by the house. Poeple are busy with the house, but don't forget the first step on the Senate!

sanju
05-20-2008, 04:07 PM
Only its passed by the senate, can it be considered by the house. Poeple are busy with the house, but don't forget the first step on the Senate!

Who is this LIA. Is that the group of 3 folks who wake up late each time and claim to be the drivers of all the bills.

nixstor
05-20-2008, 04:09 PM
Folks from LIA or who are pretending to be LIA

Please do not set up agenda on your own. If you have reliable source of information on any thing, you know how to reach folks @ IV