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Old 07-30-2008, 03:13 PM
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Called all of them. Their office staff promised to convey the message.
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I too got that Steve King is not supportive...Guitirez and Jackson Lee were supportive.
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I just completed the list. It take no more than 15min.

Most replies were standard "will pass the message". There were a few who said the congressman will support it. It was nice to hear that.
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Hello All,
I called the listed numbers below, all the IV members who are still sleeping or wasting their time on complaining or speculating. Please wake up and make the call, it will take you no more than 10 minutes, and will lead to a profound effect on these people.



Member Name DC Phone
Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) 202-225-8203
Howard L. Berman (D-CA) 202-225-4695
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) 202-225-3816
Maxine Waters (D-CA) 202-225-2201
Bill Delahunt (D-MA) 202-225-3111
Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA) 202-225-6676
Artur Davis (D-AL) 202-225-2665
Keith Ellison (D-MN) 202-225-4755
Anthony Weiner (D-NY) 202-225-6616


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Called all of the representatives..
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I called all of them and looks supportive...Crossing my fingers.

friends, please take 10 min break from your work and call. These is extremely important and everyone will be benefited once this bill is approved. Please call them.

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There are enough indications from following congressmen/women they will support the bill.

Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL)
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Artur Davis (D-AL)

Let us not bother them with too many calls. Instead IV leadership's "designated" officer for govt relations, should send them a letter thanking them for their vote on behalf of all the IV community.

On other note, I called,

Maxine Waters, Hilda Sanchez and Howard Berman. I belong to congressional district of Maxine Waters. When I said so the man got little grumpy. I told the man on phone from Howard Berman that I am from a neighbourhood district and he too got grumpy. Dont know why.
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I think different aides may be responding to the callers explaining the different experiences.

I called all the numbers- every one was very nice and either said they would convey the message or the congressman/woman is already supporting it.

Congressman Guittirez's aide said he would support it as long as there are no enforcement provisions in it. Can he spoil it?!
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I think different aides may be responding to the callers explaining the different experiences.

I called all the numbers- every one was very nice and either said they would convey the message or the congressman/woman is already supporting it.

Congressman Guittirez's aide said he would support it as long as there are no enforcement provisions in it. Can he spoil it?!
No. He is just negotiating his terms so that republicans dont harp on enforcements.
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Called all of the representatives. I didnt get to hear any opposition from any of them.

Please take your time on the call and explain to them slowly why you think this is important for America by picking bits and pieces from the talking points.
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I just called. But out of curiosity, what is the meaning of 'Mark Up' a bill??

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Tomorrow (Thursday) House Immigration Sub-Committee is planning on mark up bill HR5882 to recapture unused green cards. This is an extremely IMPORTANT development. We are hoping that an agreement could be reached prior to the vote so that this bill is not rejected based no party line vote. As such all members are requested to PLEASE PLEASE call the following members on the subcommittee requesting them to support Congresswoman Lofgren's bill H.R.5882 to recapture unused green cards.

Majority Members (Democrats)
Member Name DC Phone
Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) 202-225-8203
Howard L. Berman (D-CA) 202-225-4695
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) 202-225-3816
Maxine Waters (D-CA) 202-225-2201
Bill Delahunt (D-MA) 202-225-3111
Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA) 202-225-6676
Artur Davis (D-AL) 202-225-2665
Keith Ellison (D-MN) 202-225-4755
Anthony Weiner (D-NY) 202-225-6616

Minority Members (Republicans)
Member Name DC Phone
Steve King (R-IA) [Ranking Member]202-225-4426
Elton Gallegly (R-CA) 202-225-5811
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) 202-225-5431
Dan Lungren (R-CA) 202-225-5716
J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) 202-225-6365
Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 202-225-3035

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BACKGROUND & TALKING POINTS
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HR5882 was sponsored by Congresswoman Lofgren and Congressman Sensenbrenner. This bill recaptures all the unused visa numbers that have been lost since 1992 due to processing delays in Employment based category and Family category. It is estimated that 216000 green cards will be recaptured which would help to eleviate the employment based backlogs.

Please use the instructions provided below to make the phone calls.

(1) Call the congressman/woman office and request to speak with the aide who handles Legislative and Immigration matters

2) If they are not available leave a VM for them -

"I would like Representative "Representative Name" to support HR 5882, bill to recapture the green cards lost due to processing and bureaucratic delays. As you may already know that this is a bi-partisan bill with wide bipartisan support in the house and will help improve American competitiveness & reduce the back logs associated with USCIS. This bill is non controversial measures that will help US to stay competitive with a highly educated and skilled work force and address family based backlogs also.

To All congress-critters:
In a nutshell, this bill allows USCIS to manage their workflow more effectively, which provides better customer service, and will eventually lead to better turn-around times.

To Democrats: More people will be able to get their citizenship in reasonable times.

To Republicans: Companies will be able to attract more talent which improves economic performance."


(3) As usual Do NOT get into the CIR issue or illegal Immigration. If the aide is confusing with CIR or illegal immigration, just tell them that these are legal immigration bills.

(4) If the aide asks whether you belong to the district or not, tell them NO if you don't. Mention to them that you already spoke with your representative and would like the congressman/congresswoman
support.

The list of key representatives along with their contact information is provided in this post.

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If asked please say that you are a member of Immigration Voice.

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If the staffer ask - "did you call the representative in your area", say that -

"Yes I did. Congressman/Congresswoman is a prominent member of Immigration Sub-committee which makes him a national figure of great importance. Congressman's decision and support is very important for people inside and outside of your district and as such I urge you and the Congressman to support HR5882."
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3 said they support it (1 of them is co-sponsor).
1 said opposes (King)
1 said they received a lot of Emails.
Really easy guys. Staff is very polite. It is easier than ordering pizza.
Try calling 1 and you will know for your self. If you don't like the experience, then you can drop off from calling the rest.

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1 said opposes (King)
his opposition could be problematic. When I called his aide directed me to voice mail. Didn't say he is opposed.
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Called 2 representatives. I did not hear any opposition from any of them.
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