NY Faith & Justice
2010 Immigration Reform Campaign: Call in Script
1. Call the Capital switchboard (202) 224-3121, and ask for Senator Schumer's office.
2. Introduce yourself, say you are a New York State resident and that you are calling to
request action on immigration reform from your senator.
3. Say the message.
4. Draft talking points if you feel confident in amplifying your request.
5. If no one picks up and you need to leave a voice message then leave your name, your state of residence and the message and phone number if you wish to be called back to give additional information.
Hi, my name is _________, I am a voter in New York state and am representing New York Faith and Justice. I am calling, first to thank Senator Schumer for working on a framework for immigration reform along with Sen. Graham. Secondly, I encourage him to push the introduction of a bill this year. We need immigration reform that protects American interests without threatening American values.
This bill is a chance to enact real immigration reform and to end our failed enforcement-only strategies. It also represents an opportunity to fix our nation's economy by turning undocumented immigrants into tax-paying citizens and prosecuting employers who exploit undocumented workers.
As people of faith, we call on Senator Schumer to exercise strong leadership as he introduces reform that protects our borders and creates a path to full citizenship for undocumented immigrants.*
*If you are an Evangelical Christian, you should close with this strong statement.
As an Evangelical Christian, I call on Senator Schumer to exercise strong leadership by introducing reform that protects our borders and creates a path to full citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Senator Chuck Schumer
United States Senate
313 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
RE: Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform that Reflects Both our Interests and our Values
Dear Senator Schumer:
I am writing today as a representative of New York Faith & Justice. We thank you for working on a framework for immigration reform along with Senator Graham.
My [write your faith tradition here] faith teaches me that we should live in the light, and not in the shadows. A clear pathway to legalization and citizenship allows 12 million people in this country to come out of the shadows and contribute fully to the rich immigrant tradition of the United States. It is vital also to secure our border in order to keep our Nation secured.
I believe that immigration reform can, must, and will happen this year, but only with your strong leadership. Congress must work this year to enact meaningful reform because virtually every aspect of our immigration system remains in crisis.
We need Comprehensive Immigration Reform that helps our nation's economic recovery by providing a path to earned citizenship for the 12 million or more undocumented people living and working in the U.S. It must turn undocumented immigrants into tax paying citizens who contribute to our rich culture and help build a robust economy. Reform must also relieve the visa backlogs that are slowly and tediously tearing families apart. Finally, Comprehensive Immigration Reform must adjust the way we admit foreign workers to this country and correct the structural injustices within immigration courts and detention.
2010 is the year for immigration reform, but this cannot become a reality without your leadership. With this letter, I urge you to stand with your colleagues and constituents by introducing a tough, practical, and fair Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill that protects American interests without threatening