Call the Senate: Demand real immigration reform now

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Make calls to the "Gang of Eight," a group of senators who will play an out-sized role in crafting immigration reform legislation in the Senate. Ask them to support real immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans.

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Dear Friend,

While the debate on immigration reform is fully underway in Washington, we're still waiting on a bill in the Senate and this bill could be introduced at any time.

That's why it's crucial that we keep up the pressure. Members of the so-called "Gang of Eight" — a group of senators who have been working to put together a framework for immigration reform — will exert substantial influence on how progressive the final bill will be.1 We need to let them know that we will not accept any watered-down immigration reform that does not include a viable roadmap to citizenship for our country's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

The last time immigration reform came up in Congress, a small but vocal group of anti-immigrant right-wing bullies shouted down the lawmakers, making sure the bill died in the Senate.2 We can't let that happen again.

Call the "Gang of Eight": Tell them to support real immigration reform, including a roadmap to citizenship, for America's 11 million immigrants. Click here for a sample script and the numbers to call.

The time is now for real immigration reform that keeps families together, protects immigrants from violence and discrimination, and provides immigrants who are living in America and contributing to our society a roadmap to citizenship. Instead of focusing on an inhumane, costly and dysfunctional "enforcement" strategy, it's time to switch to an approach that is both more humane and that makes more economic sense.3

Passing broad immigration reform legislation with a roadmap to citizenship would add $1.5 trillion to cumulative U.S. gross domestic product over the next decade.4 Studies have shown that naturalization of immigrants "expands the size" of our economy as "more money in the system creates economic growth and supports new job creation for all Americans."5 Moreover, the "economics of citizenship" provides employers "peace of mind" that they will not have to retrain new workers, often at high cost, due to immigrant employees losing their visas. It also gives individuals "the stability to invest in more schooling and more job training, both of which ultimately lead to higher wages and better careers."6

We need to let elected leaders in Washington know that any immigration reform proposal must include a roadmap to citizenship whereby qualified immigrants can earn full rights and responsibilities. Lawmakers must reject any proposal that sends immigrants to the back of the bus by creating a second-class, non-citizen status whereby America benefits from their work here but refuses to let them become full participants in our democracy.

Call the "Gang of Eight": Tell them to support real immigration reform, including a roadmap to citizenship, for America's 11 million immigrants. Click here for a sample script and the numbers to call.

Thank you for fighting for the rights of immigrants.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. Mary McGuire, "Who Are the Gang of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?," ABC News, January 30, 2013.
2. Adam Serwer, "Hardliners Killed Bush's Immigration Reform. Can They Stop Obama's?," MotherJones.com, January 31, 2013.
3. Mahwish Khan, "When Immigration Enforcement Equals Inhumane Enforcement," America's Voice, July 20, 2012, and Marshall Fitz, Gebe Martinez, and Madura Wijewardena, "The Costs of Mass Deportation," Center for American Progress, March 19, 2010.
4. Marshall Fitz and Philip E. Wolgin, "Infographic: Setting the Record Straight on Immigration and Border Enforcement," Center for American Progress, January 4, 2013.
5. Philip E. Wolgin, "Top 5 Reasons Why Citizenship Matters," Center for American Progress, January 10, 2013.
6. Ibid.


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