Shared by Janet Namkung: On Tuesday, May 21st, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin considering amendments to sections of the immigration bill dealing with family-based visas. Judiciary Committee members need to hear from supporters of family reunification from across the country - not just those who live in their states - about the affect these amendments will have on our communities.
Please call TODAY, May 20th and TOMORROW, May 21st. On both days, Senate staff will be reporting on the number of calls for and against each amendment to the Senators.
We want to SUPPORT: Senator Hirono's Amendments #6, #7, and #8 Amendments #6 and #7 would retain or restore the family-sponsored visa categories for older married children and siblings of US citizens. Amendment #8 would raise the age cap of adult married children to 39 for family-based, merit-based, and non-immigrant visas.
We want to OPPOSE: Senator Cruz's Amendment #4 Amendment #4 would completely eliminate family-supported visa categories for married-adult children as well as siblings.
We want to OPPOSE: Senator Sessions' Amendment #48 Amendment #48 would not give points for brothers and sisters for US citizens under the proposed merit-based immigration system.
Please Tweet, Facebook, and whatever over social media outlets you have access to, these following messages: "I urge the Senator to SUPPORT Hirono amendments #6, #7, and #8, which preserves family reunification. I also urge you to OPPOSE Cruz #4 and Sessions #48 amendements that would hurt immigrant families."
Please use the following handles and #hashtags: #CIRmarkup, #SJC (Senate Judiciary Committee), #timeisnow, #familyunity.
Also, Tweet Judiciary Committee Members: @SenatorLeahy, @SenFeinstein, @ChuckSchumer, @SenatorDurbin, @SenWhitehouse, @amyklobuchar, @alfranken, @ChrisCoons, @SenBlumenthal, @maziehirono, @ChuckGrassley, @OrrinHatch, @SenatorSessions, @LindseyGrahmSC, @JohnCornyn, @SenMikeLee, @tedcruz, @JeffFlke
If you do not have access to Social Media, please call ALL of the Senators below: Senator Charles Schumer (NY): (202) 224-6542 Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA): (202) 224-3841 Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT): (202) 224-2823 Sheldon Whitehouse (RI): (202) 224-2921 Orrin Hatch (UT): (202) 224-5251 Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN): (202) 224-3244 Senator Christopher Coons (DE): (202) 224-5042 Senator Patrick Leahy (VT): (202) 224-4242
THE NEXT TWO DAYS ARE IMPORTANT AND WILL HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE BILL! Let's make sure that we have our voices heard and support the amendments that support our communities!
If you have any question, please feel free to email Jannet Namkung at Namkung.Janet@gmail.com!