Ever since the November elections, immigration reform has become a top priority for President Obama and Congress as the new year has begun. This is because over 70% of the Hispanic American and Asian American voters voted for President Obama during the Presidential elections and many political commentators believe that this was a decisive factor in President Obama’s victory in November. For both groups, immigration reform is an important issue, and their growing clout at the ballot box has led both the Democratic and the Republican Parties to work on an immigration reform bill.
I have been following the progress of the immigration reform talks through the Facebook pages of the Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Interfaith Immigration Coalition, The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, The National Council of La Raza, and United We Dream, among many others.
The House of Representatives has held hearings this week on immigration reform. Here are 6 members who are important to call to persuade them on the need for immigration reform.
Rep. Cantor, House Majority Leader (V-7): 202-225-2815
Rep.Goodlatte (VA-6): 202-225-5431
Rep. Gowdy (SC-4): 202-225-6030
Rep. Labrador (ID-1): 202-225-6611
Rep. Poe (TX-2): 202-225-6565
Rep. Carter (TX-31): 202-225-3864
In order for immigration reform to take place, your Senators and Representatives need to hear from you. To find out how to contact your Representative, you can go to this link and to contact your Senator, you can go to this link.
Interfaith Immigration Coalition youtube videos on immigration reform
Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas, and Clarissa Matinez de Castro of the National Council of La Raza talk to PBS News Hour about the immigration reform