Target: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Goal: Push against a conservative movement that would hinder the progress of recently introduced immigration reform.
When a bipartisan group of eight senators first proposed comprehensive immigration reform in January, they received a negative reaction from many leading Republicans. Now, with the Boston Marathon tragedy in the back of their minds, extremist right wingers are looking for any and every reason to halt the progress of reform. Urge our Senators to act quickly on immigration reform before conservatives successfully end this bipartisan solution.
Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan recently commented on the reform bill, stating that it would threaten national security as well as destroy the Republican Party’s ability to compete on a national level. Buchanan stated that passing a blanket pardon for illegal immigrants would be “an act of madness” because the millions of immigrants residing here illegally are believed to be a threat. His commentary, in addition to the practiced rhetoric of other conservative media figures such as Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck, effectively indoctrinate thousands of viewers every year. This prejudice has serious repercussions for our nation. Immigration reform benefits U.S. citizens and immigrants by closing dangerous loopholes in the current system that will make the country a safer place.
The bill was recently introduced with legislation to remove the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, giving them the opportunity to become U.S. citizens in a decade. Billions of dollars will fund additional border security, and it would tighten porous zones in “high risk” areas. It is estimated to halt 90 percent of illegal crossings.
Still, many conservatives oppose the bill and wish to drop the amnesty until the government is familiar with the origins and intents of the 11 to 12 million immigrants that currently reside in the states. This is simply unrealistic. Most immigrants who come to this country want a better future for themselves and their children. Immigration reform is the solution to provide for them while simultaneously tightening border security to prevent the rate of undocumented illegal immigrants in the future.
Urge our Senators to act now and pass the Immigration Reform Bill as soon as possible. Their progress should not be halted by extremist conservatives who wish to expel immigrants instead of helping them, and the rest of the country, in the future.
Dear U.S. Senators,
Thank you for working on a bipartisan solution for immigration. I urge you to continue to make progress and work towards passing the recently introduced Immigration Reform Bill as quickly as possible. Many extremist right wingers are attempting to use the tragedy of the Boston Marathon as an excuse to delay, and ultimately stop, the bill’s passing. I encourage you to push back against these protests, despite the many Republican media figures who are daily convincing the nation that reform is madness, and protect our country with increased security and options for our immigrants.
I appreciate this bipartisan effort to reform immigration, and I support the legislature you have proposed. Please act now on immigration reform.
[Your Name Here]
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