Comprehensive Immigration Reform – 2013

Context Documents compiled by Paul deLeon about the 2013 Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation. 

Now’s the time. Some of us were toddlers when the last comprehensive immigration legislation got passed. This month we’ve got another chance with Senate Bill 744, an unwieldy, expensive, unnecessarily punitive law that nevertheless would legalize the presence of millions of our immigrant neighbors and provides them a path to citizenship. Several of the reliable policy organizations think this is an acceptable bill as it came out of committee. Many churches, labor unions and the Chamber of Commerce support it, with different reservations, as you can imagine.

This bipartisan proposal goes to the Senate floor this week, where they expect debate over the next couple weeks. No doubt many amendments will be proposed. And no doubt our Senators will be bombarded by the people who fear immigrants. But polls show most people, including Republicans, agree that we need to provide immigrants a path to citizenship. There’s a good chance the Senate could pass the most important provisions.
It’s important that our Senators Alexander and Corker vote for this bill. Then it goes to the House of Representatives. A strong vote in the Senate will make it easier for the House to do the right thing.
Time is short. You can help as individuals:
* call and write our Senators at the numbers and addresses below. You don’t need to write pages– who you are is as important as the details of the arguments.
There’s plenty more on-line. Be sure to tell the Senators something about yourself.
* recruit 2 or 3 friends and make an appointment to see the Senators’ staff at the Knox offices (numbers, addresses below). If you’re not sure how to go about it, we can refer you to some folks who did this last month. Then let us know how it went.
Draft letters to the editor Write one on your own: (300 words max), (local interest preferred). Let’s not let fearmongers monopolize the public space.
* if you belong to a church, ask your leadership to sign the Interfaith Worker Justice letter, viewable here. Let Jim Sessions know if your group gives IWJ permission to add its name to this letter:
The immigrant group Comite Popular de Knoxville has already delivered 400 letters to our Congresspeople. But we know they’ll also be hearing from the people who fear immigrants. So we want to make it very clear: Tennessee voters support the path to citizenship for immigrants because it’s fair and because it will make our communities safer and more prosperous for *all* workers, families and businesses.
It will take all of us to get that message across. Please help! And feel free to distribute this page to others who can help.
Thank you, Paul deLeon
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Bob Corker
Dirksen Senate Office Building SD-425, Washington, DC 20510
speak to Sarah Ramig about immigration.
800 Market Street, Suite 121, Knoxville, TN 37902 865/637-4180 865/637-9886
Jane Jolley, Field Director, Sen. Bob Corker. 309-0322c
Lamar Alexander
speak to Mackensie Burt
800 Market Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902 865/545-4253 865/545-4252
2 John J. Duncan, Jr
2207 Rayburn House Ofc Bldg, Wash., D.C. 20515-4202 202/225-5435 2 02/225-6440
800 Market Street, #110, Knoxville, TN 37902 865/523-3772 865/544-0728