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Immigration Reform - What You Can Do To Make It Happen

WHEN is immigration reform going to happen?  My response is always the same, when YOU make it happen. That is right, YOU!  Senators and Congressman make the law, but they make the law based upon the demands of the people, and you are one of the people they listen too.

Did you know that regardless of your immigration status, you were counted in the census, and that a seat in Congress was apportioned to YOU.  That means that the congressman and senators in Washington (and at the state level) are there because you counted and that they are your representatives regardless of your immigration status.  They are accountable to you.  No one should be afraid to call their congressman or senator, and certainly not if they are undocumented.

Actually, its pretty simple.  Call 202-224-3121 for the Capitol Switchboard.  Ask to speak to your Senator (for Georgia this is Senators Isakson and Chambliss).  Or, ask to speak to your Congressman.  You can locate who your congressman is by going to this link:  http://capwiz.com/aila2/home.  Then call that same number and ask to speak to him.  Tell him you are a constituent, that you live in Georgia (they sometimes ask for your address to make sure you actually in the district), and then tell the person answering the phone you are calling to ask the Senator or Congressman to SUPPORT IMMIGRATION REFORM like Senate Bill S.744.  

The Anti-Immigration forces call everyday, all day long.  They flood Congress with calls, because they are angry people.  They do not like immigrants (don't let their "we like legal immigrants" fool you, they don't like any immigrants), and they are angry.  Angry people call their congressman and senators and they are calling now.  YOU need to call now if you want to fix our Immigration laws for the future.  The bills pending in Congress are NOT perfect. But they are good enough and we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

So, I challenge you.  Make three calls today.  One each to our two Senators and one to your congressman.  Do this every single day until immigration reform happens. It will take no more than 3 minutes.  You, your family, and your friends can, and will, make the difference to make Immigration Reform happen  in 2013.

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