On September 14, the House of Representatives passed the Secure Fence Act, H.R. 6061, which calls for 700 miles of fence on the U.S./Mexico border and requires the Department of Homeland Security to achieve "operational control" of the rest of the U.S./Mexico border through a "virtual fence."
The Senate may debate and vote on this legislation shortly. Also, this week the House will vote on three new enforcement bills introduced by Representative Sensenbrenner (R-WI) that incorporate pieces of H.R. 4437.
This is a fast-moving legislative attack on immigrants that needs our immediate response.
There will be a national call-in day on Wednesday, September 20 to oppose this new wave of enforcement legislation and support comprehensive immigration reform.
It is very important to make three calls on Wednesday (your two Senators and one Representative), even if you know he/she already supports comprehensive immigration reform.
Here is a suggested script:
"Congress should stop the piecemeal, enforcement-only approach to immigration reform. I support a comprehensive bill that reunites families, legalizes the undocumented population, and provides future immigrants with a safe and legal way to live and work in the U.S."
Find your Senators and Representative and their phone numbers at http://www.irishlobbyusa.org/toolkit/contact.php.
You can also call the Congressional switchboard to be connected to their offices: (202) 224-3121.
Please forward this information to anyone who supports comprehensive immigration reform