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Old 04-03-2006, 01:46 PM
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Default Action Alert - Start Calling your Senators

Now that we have had a very successful fax campaign, next we should start calling the senators and start reinforcing our message to them. Please do not hesitate or be shy of doing this. Now is the time that you can make a difference.

Please stick to directions and talking points, stay on message and be calm, polite. Avoid sarcasm and rhetoric at all costs even if they disagree with you completely.

Here are the instructions of what you should do

Call the Washington DC Phone number of the Senators. Please call between 9am & 5pm ET for maximum impact. You can get that number at this page. http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...nators_cfm.cfm You could filter the list by particular states too. Once you have called your state's senators, please call the following senators -
  • Lamar Alexander (TN) - 202-224-4944
  • Jeff Bingaman (NM) - (202) 224-5521
  • Sam Brownback(KS)- (202) 224-6521
  • Pete Domenici (NM) - 202-224-6621
  • Charles Schumer (NY)- 202-224-6542
  • John Cornyn(TX) - 202-224-2934
  • Kit Bond(Missouri) - (202) 224-5721

WHO TO CALL(your state or other state's senators)

First, call 2 senators from your state.
Then call 5-6 senators mentioned above who are pro high skills immigration and have supported hi-tech immigration in the past.
Then call other senators if you can.

Even if a senator is not from your state and if that questions comes up during phone call, explain the reason for calling by saying that "Since Immigration laws are federal laws and every senator's vote affects us in all 50 states, your time and the senators support would be highly appreciated".

Once they pick up the phone:

1. Introduce yourself

My name is _______ I am a member of a volunteer organization called Immigration Voice which advocates legislative changes for improving the GC processing for legal immigrants.
I have been a legal resident of the USA for x years and my employer is sponsoring me for a greencard.

2. Ask for the Immigration Counsel/ Staffer

3. Talking Points
  • Overall Support for the Bill

    Request your Senator to support the Comprehensive Immigration Bill, especially those provisions that support the highly skilled immigrants.

    The main provisions already there to be supported are
    (1) Increase in Employment based greencard from 140,000 to 290,000 and
    (2) Provision of not counting dependents against the cap.

    Reiterate that all of us are LEGAL immigrants and have obeyed the laws of immigration at all times. Reiterate the fact that many of us have been waiting here for more than 5 years to get our green cards.

  • Allow Adjustment of Status for Legal Workers waiting for Greencards:

    While this bill has several good provisions, it still does not allow Skiilled Legal Immigration applicants to apply for adjustment of status(I-485) while waiting for their Green Card. Such a provision would allow them to change employers more easily and to travel freely. Such a provision would not increase the number of greencards issued each year and would not result in a greencard coming sooner but will make the wait time for those legal immigrants in line easier due to job portability from one employer to another. Such a provision was recently passed in the Senate on an unrelated bill in December -- S 1932 but it never made it to President's desk.

  • Allow oversubscribed countries to use the Greencards usused by other nations :


    This bill also makes the country limit on skilled immigrants as a hard country limit. This is a retrograde step. Earlier, the excess Green Card visas available after applying the country limit, were redistributed to those countries that had reached their limits. By making it a "hard" limit, this bill is going to make the green card process longer for skilled immigrants from some of the countries. So please request the senator to remove this hard cap provision Sec 502(2). Allowing Oversubscribed countries like India and China to used the greencards not used by other countries helps achieving the objective of visa backlogs. Not allowing them to use to unused visa numbers defeats with the intent of backlog reduction initiative as backlogs are prominent only for over-subscribed countries: India, China and Phillipines.

  • Thank the staffer for their time.


Post Here. Once you have called your senators, post back here so that it will motivate others to do the same.

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Called all senators in the list

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Called CO Senater Ken Salazar. Could not talk to the staffer. Left detailed voice mail though.

Thank you IV and I appreciate your efforts.

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Called dianne feinstein office.
Trying to reach barbara boxers office.
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Called Sen Brownback's office and spoke exactly as per the script. The staffer informed me that some one else had also called in regarding this. So keep up the good work every one, especially the core group.
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Should we call Arlen Specter's office too?
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Yes contacting any senator is great but we want to place greater emphasis on the six mentioned above.
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Default Spoke to staffer of Senator Lamar and Schemer

I tried to call all the listed senator's phone numbers. I am able to talk to two of the senator's staff, senator Lamar and senator Schumer. I also have left voice message for senator Bingaman and senator Cornyn.

Thanks a lot guys. Pls call them now to do ur bit of share.
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Trying to reach Sen Lamar Alexanders office..... If anyone else is trying, thank them for his support for legal immigrants holding advanced degrees...(from his speech last week).
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The first callers, thanks for calling.

Everyone else, please make that call and STAY ON MESSAGE. See the talking points above and stick to those points and arguments.

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Default senetor call ?

I am from WI, can i call these senetors ?
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Asked for my state senators immigration counsel..Left him a voice mail
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where do i get the link in IV where i get the page requesting parity with illegal aliens...
it was there 2 days b4..wnted to fax once more
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Admin,

I am thinking Senetors office will take calls only from their constituents.
Or are you suggesting anybody could call the above listed Senators.

Thanks
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