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Old 07-21-2010, 02:30 PM
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Several town hall meetings are being held across the country where we can talk to the lawmakers in public. Please contact your state chapter leader to find the schedule. Please let us know your feedback after you have come back from the meeting. If you do not have a state chapter contact Immigrationvoice and we will let you know the schedule in your state.

It is advised that everyone joins their state chapters to get such updates every month. If you do not have a chapter you can start one by contacting Immigrationvoice
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1. Be Prepared Come with thoughtful arguments, good data, and persuasive stories. This will help you be remembered.

2. Consistent Advocacy: Think in advance how a policy might affect you, your family, business, or community. IV advocates for legislative changes, as it is the only hope for actually clearing the back logs in the long run. Our objective is to get country caps eliminated in the employment based category. I will be able to help you on this effort one on one, if needed. Turn all personal stories into stories of the community - revert to an "us/we" mode - which shows that there are many more who suffer like you.

3. Use Numbers: If You Have Them Let the legislator know how many more people you represent. Use numbers by saying things like, "Wait periods for us stretches for more than 10-12 years, and sometimes with no job mobility"

4. Be Respectful: It doesn’t matter if you’re talking to your grocer or a public official – starting any conversation with another person in a rude manner is not a very effective way to persuade them.

5. Go in Groups: Attending in large numbers is a good way to get attention and send a “listen to us” message that is sure to be heard.

6. Talk to every staff member in town hall meetings: Tell them your story before the meeting (also ask a public question during the meeting) and get their business cards.

7. Leave Advocacy Material: Any documents passed to state-based staff will likely be faxed to the Legislative Assistant in Washington who covers your issue.

8. Follow Up: An elected official often responds to an individual who just follows up with a phone call a few weeks after attending a meeting.

9. Get your friends to multiple meetings: Hearing the same thing in different places reinforces the importance of your issue to the legislator and staff members.

10. Send your feed backs Send to Advocacy Day Feedback on IV pages.

Some of these meetings are in the evening hours too, so please make use of it.
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If you are not sure of your state chapter, please contact me.
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Contact me or your state chapter leader for more info on the schedules.

Find your Representative or Senator


Alabama: Rep. Bright

Arkansas: Rep. Ross

California: Rep. Honda, Rep. Stark, Rep. Lungren, Rep. Royce, Rep. Speier, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Farr

Colorado: Rep. Perlmutter

Illinois: Rep. Davis

Indiana: Rep. Hill

Maryland: Rep. Edwards

Minnesota: Rep. Ellison

Montana: Rep. Rehberg

New Jersey: Rep. Lance, Rep. Holt

New York: Rep. Higgins

Ohio: Rep: Wilson

Oklahoma: Rep. Lucas

Oregon: Rep. Schrader

Pennsylvania: Rep. Murphy

Texas: Rep. Burgess

Vermont: Sen. Sanders

Virgina: Rep. Moran, Rep. Perriello

Wisconsin: Rep. Senesenbrenner

Many of these townhall meetings are in the evening or over the phone and/or on multiple dates - this is something that you can fit in your schedule. Being active on such efforts will help.
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Hi guys

I tried contacting the state chapters using the email addresses given here. However the following emails bounced. I request IV to update or correct these:

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The State Chapters are being updated. In the meanwhile, please contact me for schedule details for the town hall meetings. They are for the months of July and August. Do not miss the opportunity of engaging your representative and senator - advocating for immigration reforms.
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The State Chapters are being updated. In the meanwhile, please contact me for schedule details for the town hall meetings. They are for the months of July and August. Do not miss the opportunity of engaging your representative and senator - advocating for immigration reforms.
The bill for employment-based green card is already introduced in the house on 07/01/10

Bill Text - 111th Congress (2009-2010) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

The bill H.R.5658. has all the provisions that we can think of
1. Increase of visa numbers from 1,40,000 to 2,90,000.
2. Family counted as one.
3. Green cards for persons with Masters degree from US.
4. Green cards for persons with Master degree in STEM field froma foreign country and having 3 years of US experience.
and many more favorable provisions.

If this bill becomes law, all retrogression will end.

Why are we not talking about this bill and instead asking representatives and Senators to bring immigration reform? Am I missing something?
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Default We are not Congressmen!!!

Well you are clearly missing the fact that we are not congressmen to take up the bills at our convenience.

The fact of the matter is Some or other provision is proposed in all the congress terms but never made a law. We need to ask them to take up immigration issue and solve it fully.


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The bill for employment-based green card is already introduced in the house on 07/01/10

Bill Text - 111th Congress (2009-2010) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

The bill H.R.5658. has all the provisions that we can think of
1. Increase of visa numbers from 1,40,000 to 2,90,000.
2. Family counted as one.
3. Green cards for persons with Masters degree from US.
4. Green cards for persons with Master degree in STEM field froma foreign country and having 3 years of US experience.
and many more favorable provisions.

If this bill becomes law, all retrogression will end.

Why are we not talking about this bill and instead asking representatives and Senators to bring immigration reform? Am I missing something?
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The bill for employment-based green card is already introduced in the house on 07/01/10

Bill Text - 111th Congress (2009-2010) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

The bill H.R.5658. has all the provisions that we can think of
1. Increase of visa numbers from 1,40,000 to 2,90,000.
2. Family counted as one.
3. Green cards for persons with Masters degree from US.
4. Green cards for persons with Master degree in STEM field froma foreign country and having 3 years of US experience.
and many more favorable provisions.

If this bill becomes law, all retrogression will end.

Why are we not talking about this bill and instead asking representatives and Senators to bring immigration reform? Am I missing something?
True the bill was introduced in the House in Dec 2009. However, it has not seen daylight even in the committee it was referred to. Nancy Pelosi has stated that she will not bring immigration issues for a vote unless the Senate tackles immigration first. Senate on the other hand cannot realistically take on immigration if it cannot even get a cosponsor from the other side of the aisle - without the republican support, any immigration bill will fail ===> LEADING US BACK TO ONE!

If only legislators can work on our schedules.........
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The list will be constantly updated, please contact me for details.
Any such meetings in Texas? Are these town hall meetings conducted by senators too or is it just representatives?
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Indiana Congressman Baron Hill is holding his tonight. It's a phone-in town hall meeting where you have to pre-register.

Who can tell me what the estimated total number of people is who are currently in some stage of the EB green card system? If I get an opportunity to speak, I want to quote this number.
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CA: Rep. Farr

TX: Rep. Burgess

Many of these meetings are in the evening and//or over the phone. Please make the time for advocacy efforts that will benefit you as well as everyone in this community.
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