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05-04-2007, 12:18 AM
Here is a reply from Congressman Radanovich. I was requesting him to support legal immigration and STRIVE.

April 26, 2007

Dear Mr. Sam:

Thank you for contacting me regarding illegal immigration. It's a
pleasure to hear from you on this important topic.

Immigration reform will continue to be one of the most central
issues addressed by this Congress. I believe there are three aspects
of immigration which must be considered in any reform
legislation: border protection, a viable guest worker program, and
what to do with the illegal aliens already in the United States. I did
not support last Congress' House immigration legislation, as it
only addressed border protection and nothing else. Illegal
immigration is a multi-faceted issue and extremely complies. To
address only part of it in comprehensive immigration reform
legislation or a multi measure immigration reform package only
perpetuates the existing problem.

On March 22, 2007, Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 1645, the "Security Through
Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act
of 2007." I was an original cosponsor of this legislation. The
STRIVE Act gains control of our borders, regularizes the flow of
workers into the U.S., and will fill gaps in our workforce. The
STRIVE Act includes provisions to secure our borders, strengthen
interior enforcement, implement an employee verification system,
provide a new guest worker program, and make certain workers
eligible for earned legalization.

The STRIVE Act also includes the AgJOBS legislation. I have
never been in support of amnesty, which is automatic citizenship.
A guest worker program does not forgive the illegal actions of
undocumented workers and does not automatically make illegal
immigrants citizens; it is not blanket amnesty. The earned
legalization in the STRIVE Act is not amnesty either, it has strict
requirements, imposes back taxes, fines, and a touchback
provision. Currently, H.R. 1645 is pending before the House
Judiciary and House Homeland Security Committees.

In addition, I am an original cosponsor of the AgJOBS legislation.
AgJOBS offers a two-step approach to providing a safe, stable and
legal agricultural workforce. It seeks to expand and streamline the
H-2A temporary guest worker program, making it a more
affordable and workable long-term solution. It also provides a
one-time adjustment to legal status for all experienced farm
workers, already working in the United States, who currently lack
legal documentation. Following introduction, this bill was referred
to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration,
Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law,
where it is currently pending consideration.

I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pass
practical immigration reform legislation during this Congress.
Rest assured, I'll be sure to keep your thoughts in mind as I
consider these measures when they come before me.

Finally, I encourage you to visit my website at
www.radanovich.house.gov to get the most current information on
my work in Congress. Once again, thank you for contacting me.
Please keep in touch.

05-04-2007, 01:44 AM
You should respond telling him that he misconstrued your original letter.

Write, email, call and correct him on his (or rather, some intern's) mistake.

It's important that we make sure our representatives understand our cause. I did just that with one of my senators - and ended up meeting their staff to correct the issue.