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Old 04-05-2006, 06:52 PM
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Default Response from CT senator - CHRISTOPHER J. DODD

Here is the reply that I received from senator CHRISTOPHER J. DODD:

Thank you for contacting me regarding immigration reform. I
appreciate the opportunity to share my views with you about this
important subject.

I understand your concerns. As you know, our nation's
immigration policy is currently the subject of much debate. An
estimated 10 to 11 million illegal aliens are currently living in
the United States, and nearly 500,000 cross the border between
the United States and Mexico every year. The Department of
Homeland Security reports approximately 1,200 migrants died
attempting to cross the border between 2000 and 2004.

Several immigration reform measures have been proposed in
the 109th Congress. I strongly believe that such reform must
address issues critical to all Americans, particularly the
security of our borders. Moreover, in light of difficult
economic times and high unemployment rates, any immigration
reform must protect American workers and their jobs. It is
imperative that American jobs are filled first with American
workers, and that employers are not able to displace Americans
with lower-cost foreign workers.

Having said that, any comprehensive immigration reform also
needs to account for the millions of undocumented workers who are
currently living and working in the United States. Because of
their status, many of these workers are willing to accept
substandard wages, potentially displacing more expensive American
workers. Moreover, because they are forced to live in the
shadows, their status ultimately threatens United States national
security, since appropriate authorities are not able to document
their presence or conduct necessary security background checks.
Additionally, without legal protections, many of these workers
are subjected to substandard conditions and mistreatment. I
understand that there is disagreement with respect to how best to
deal with this problem; however, the degree to which any
immigration reform is able to bring these workers out into the
open, so that they are subject to the laws and requirements of
the United States, will be a critical measure of its success.

As you may know, on March 27, 2006, the Senate Committee on
the Judiciary reported to the full Senate legislation
substantially reflecting a bipartisan plan put forth by my
colleagues Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
that creates an immigration system that is tough, legal and fair.
The Kennedy-McCain proposal is a realistic solution that is
consistent with our values as Americans. It increases resources
for border security, toughens penalties for employers who hire illegal
workers, and creates a system in which illegal immigrants
could come forward and register, pay a fine, and work toward
earned citizenship.

In addition, the Judiciary Committee bill includes important
measures to allow for an adjustment of status for certain
agricultural workers and provide children, who through no fault
of their own were brought into this country illegally, increased
educational opportunities. I am hopeful that Congress can put
political posturing aside in order to find reasonable solutions
to this complicated problem. Please be assured that I will keep
your views in mind as we continue to debate this legislation.

Thank you again for contacting me. If you would like to
stay in touch with me on this and other issues of importance,
please visit my website at http://dodd.senate.gov and subscribe
to receive my regular e-mail issue alerts. Please do not
hesitate to contact me again if I can help you in any way.


Sincerely,

CHRISTOPHER J. DODD
United States Senator
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Standard canned response. Very much like the vacation response you set up on your e-mail

Sorry about sounding negative.. it was directed at the good senator, not you, cnag.. thanks for contacting him!
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