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Old 05-25-2006, 12:33 AM
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Exclamation Phone Campaign: Oppose Bingaman Amendments!

To reinforce our fax campaign, 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 numbers of the following Senators. Check this post during the day because we may add to this list:

We want to reach them as early as possible before the vote on the Bingaman Amendments S.A. 4181 and 4182 take place. The Senate reconvenes at 9:15 am tomorrow (May 25, Thursday), we do not know at when the vote on these amendments will take place, so call as early as possible:

• John Cornyn (TX) - 202-224-2934
• Ed Kennedy (MA) – 202-224-4543
• Arlen Specter (PA) – 202-224-4254
• John McCain (AZ) – 202-224-2235
• Larry Craig (ID)– 202-224-2752
• Lindsey Graham (SC) –202-224-5972
• Jeff Bingaman (NM) - (202) 224-5521
• Dick Durbin (IL) – 202-224-2152

WHY IT IS OK TO CALL SENATORS WHO ARE NOT FROM YOUR STATE

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

Very Briefly Express Overall Support for the Bill

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

Oppose the Bingaman Amendments S.A. 4181 and S.A. 4182

At present the CIR bill has a provision of not counting dependents against the cap. This is the way it should be because employment based visa quotas are properly meant for essential highly skilled workers, they shouldn’t be wasted on their dependents. After all the American business that is trying to stay competitive by hiring this workers is petitioning to get a skilled worker, not a dependent child.
The Bingaman Amendments S.A. 4181 and S.A. 4182 try to once again include dependents in the calculations of the annual quota for employment based highly skilled workers. This is harmful for American competitiveness, and will waste visas meant for highly skilled essential workers on their dependents.

Urge the Senator to vote against these amendments. Remind them that Sen Bingaman’s own PACE Education bill (S. 2198) does not include dependents in the calculation of the annual quota for high skilled workers.

Thank the staffer for their time.

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

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Thanks for sending the webfaxes. But that would not be enough. Please make phone calls as well. Please tell/email all your friends to do the same.
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Additional Info: The senators offices open only at 8:30am.
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It seems the lines to the senator's (Kennedy's) immigration council/staffer is busy, asked me to call them after 5 mins... second time that is happening!!! Very fustrating..........
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Kennedy's immigration council/staffers were there until late last night and currently none of them are in. It seems they would be in only by around 9-9:15
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called LINDSAY GRAHAM'S office!
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Called Kennedy's Office1
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Called Larry Craig's office!
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Called Sen Bingamna's office! funny to call him against his own amendment but tried to put it diplomatically...hope it works!
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The immigration counselor for kennady is on the floor, so his associate took the information. He said he is going to pass the information to immigration counselor. They were friendly.
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Here is the list of phone numbers, fax numbers and emails. Sending fax only is not enough. Please call the senators and talk to their staff. Request them to oppose Bingaman's amendment. The script on talking point is available on the website. Please use that.

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Hi all
called Sen. Lindsey Graham
and Sen. John Macain

Both the numbers had an option on leaving a message or opinion on a legislation.

So i left a message ....

should i also speak to the staff??

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Called Sen. Bingaman, Chuck Hagel's office - talked nicely to staff and explained. Wife is also calling - let us do this, folks, do you want to wait another 12 years while your gardenere gets his/her greencard. Wake up or sleep forever.
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directly spoke with the staff of Sen. larry craig....
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Default Called Sununu's (NH) Office

The immigration council said he will pass our concern to the senator.
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