Push 4 Reform Letters to Congress

Across the country, supporters are using Push4Reform to send heartfelt letters to their members of Congress. Some of these letters are so inspiring that we just had to share them. Take a look!

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Dear Rep. Judy Chu

I am a student graduated from Caltech, and I got referred here by our international student office.

I graduated about two years ago, earned my degree in Mathematics. Then I went to work for Merrill Lynch and my current hedge fund. I think I have been working very hard to make a living and make own contribution the whole society. Unfortunately, I participated in H1B visa lottery both this and last year, and I didn't win both times.

I really enjoyed my time here and worked very hard towards my degree and during my jobs. But unfortunately, I might need to leave USA in near term.

To be honest, this is really frustrating, as this is different from the concept of US dream I learnt here. I would appreciate that if you can make an effort in helping student like me. Thanks!

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Conan
Pasadena, CA
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Dear Rep. Eliot Engel

I am from your district and very concerned with Immigration and Education in this district. We need to continue to support Immigration Reform as it affects the many lives of our US Citizen children who have undocumented parents.

With good education they can help keep our nation moving forward and strong. I have met many low income children in public and charter schools K-12 and they are desperate for help. They want to do good in school but their families need them to work as soon as they complete high school.

Please continue to support these families with after school programs, with mentors, with teachers that have tools to help them.

Technology is important too and if we can also support them with technology we can engage them to stick to further their education into college and perhaps even graduate schools.

Thank you again and keep up your good work!

Meiling Macias Toro

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Meiling
Yonkers, NY
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Dear Rep. Michael McCaul

The United States attracts the best and brightest from around the world - people who push the boundaries of scientific knowledge, improve the competitiveness of American businesses, and start new firms that fuel growth and innovation. And yet, the current immigration system inhibits us from fully capitalizing on this unique competitive advantage due to the limited number of H-1B visas for high skilled workers. As my representative, I urge you to support reforms that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who enrich our society and better our economy.

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Eli
Austin, TX
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Dear Rep. Michael Honda

I work as an electrical engineer and a physician in Silicon Valley. A number of the most brilliant and innovative scientists and engineers working here on the cutting edge of technology are from overseas.

It is a privilege and an honor to be able to work with these inspiring individuals here in our country. The advances that they have made in consumer electronics, web design, and medical technology have improved the lives of most Americans and many others in the rest of the world.

Hard-working scientists and engineers have left their own countries to work in the US, and they have made our economy immeasurably stronger. Our arbitrary and unfair immigration laws are excluding many other scientists and engineers who could contribute mightily to improving our economy and our lives.

Thank you for your ongoing support of immigration reform. I encourage you to continue to act to fix the unfair H-1B visa system that is currently denying tens of thousands of scientists and engineers the opportunity to come to the US to contribute to the growth and advancement of our economy. If we do not repair our broken immigration system and grant visas to the extremely bright and motivated scientists and engineers who want to work in the US, then we will continue to strengthen centers of innovation in other countries.

Thank you again for continuing to support immigration reform.

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Todd
Cupertino, CA
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Dear Rep. Tom Reed II

America is a nation of immigrants and it's part of our culture to welcome them. Many of my family members, friends, coworkers and people I care about came to this country with a hope for a better life, and they worked hard and acheived it. I can’t imagine my life without these people. But there are 11 million fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, coworkers, and friends who are already in the U.S. but can not live life to the fullest due to their undocumented status. And there are many more great teachers, business owners, and hard workers who want to join us in the American dream. We need to pass immigration reform now so that we can build our economy, reunite families and just do the right thing for America.

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Pamela
Caniseto, NY
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Dear Rep. Scott Tipton

I believe our strength has and always will be our immigration, our diversity. I absolutely support comprehensive immigration reform. On a personal level, women and their children should never be torn from each other's arms particularly in the middle of the night with guns drawn. I also believe that immigrants are vital to our economy and are part of the trickle up that adds to our economic success. We make a promise, "Give us your tired, your poor, you huddled masses yearning to breathe free." I believe in those beautiful words. You, as an American, should too.

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Mary
817 Pitkin Avenue, CO
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Dear Rep. Ryan Zinke

The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

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Colette
MISSOULA, MT
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Dear Rep. Norma Torres

Immigration reform isn’t just about families and livelihoods, it is an economic imperative. Our nation needs reform to strengthen both our industries and competitiveness with other nations. Reform would save our country $900 billion over the next 20 years, increase Social Security and state tax contributions significantly, raise business demand and spending, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs per year – these aren’t flukes, these are economic facts. Quite simply, there are no economic or budgetary arguments against immigration reform. Our nation has been built on the backs of immigrants, and through common-sense immigration policies our nation will continue to thrive.

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Ms.
Ontario, CA
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Dear Rep. David Young

Morally and as a Christian it is the right thing to welcome those who are in our richly blessed country, who are seeking refuge from dire circumstances in their countries of origin. Our laws, including our immigration laws, are man made. Christ's directives are of God. He will say to us when we stand before him, Enter the Kingdom of my father, for you welcomed these, the least, the neediest, of my brethren. We can alter our man made laws, and there are times when in the name of decency, humaneness and charitableness we are called to do so. I urge you and implore you to please take the godly and humane path of love and compassion in legislating.

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Rev.
Ankeny, IA
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Dear Rep. Jeff Denham

Thank you for your support in helping to fix the immigration system. I am a "childhood arrival" and a student at CSU Stanislaus and your support helps me personally. I was brought to this country illegally as a very young child. I've been raised in this country to live and think like an American without the benefit of holding any rights as a citizen or resident. I'm rubbing shoulders with my colleagues and working right along with them. No one would have any suspicion of my legal status. No one would know that I am still in this country illegally unless I were to explicitly tell them. My immigration status continues to haunt me and I hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel within my lifetime. Anything you can do to help the thousands of students and employees in my situation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Karina
Modesto, CA
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Dear Rep. Kay Granger

I'm from your district and I urge you support President Obama in taking executive action on immigration or sponsoring a comprehensive immigration bill that will prevent new immigrants from entering the country illegally and at the same time give a pathway to citizenship to the millions of immigrants who have been living here for a long time. My own mother has been living in the US for over 15 years and the reason she cannot become a US citizen is because she was deported once while she attempted to acquire a driver's license. It hurts my heart seeing how she does not have a retirement fund to live off once she turns to age or how she cannot go to the hospital without getting a sky high medical bill because insurance companies will not accept her without a social security number. If you show support for comprehensive immigration reform I promise you will have my continued support for years to come.

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Antonio
Fort Worth, TX
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Dear Rep. Donald Norcross

I would like to thank you for supporting immigration reform and firmly believe that this country needs the best talents from across the world to continue its growth and greatness.
I am particularly concerned about educated, capable & legal immigrants with H4 visas who are not allowed to work in the country, their lives are miserable and they often have to leave their better halves to go back to their home countries as they can't work here. Their is no reason why you should not allow these individuals who often are equally qualified as their H1 counterparts to work and contribute to the economy of this great nation.
My second concern is that immigrants who have been entrepreneurs all their lives are often limited by the immigration laws and have to work as employees when they can create jobs.
I am not sure if their is any way, people like me who are working on legal H1 visas contribute in any way to support the cause of fixing the broken immigration system, I would like to be instrumental in every way possible.

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Prateek
collingswood, NJ
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Dear Rep. Anna Eshoo

I have a full time job and my immigrant visa is going to expire, the PERM process is broken and it takes a long time to get approval. I now face a potential case to leave the country because my work visa is going to expire and i have a full time job here which i have to leave. I cam into the country with a dream of working and staying here. I have been here for the last 10 years and now if my extension request has high chances of being rejected and if it does i have to leave the country. Just a brief stroy about my case, i came into the country in Aug 2006 working as a consultant and my company filed for PERM and I140 and got it approved, i got a full time offer from another reputed company because of the work i did as a consultant with them they offered me a full time job. Now my current PERM is in audit and my ex employer withdrew my GC process, so now i don't have a basis for extending my case, so if the immigration reform would allow individuals to switch jobs after I140 approval then i could continue to work for the company in the US and eventually become a citizen.

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Pradheep
SUNNYVALE, CA
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Dear Rep. Bob Dold

Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited, even decades for Filipinos, through any family-based legal immigration process.

The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings is a direct consequence of our country's broken immigration system. We are a nation that respects family values and values families -- our immigration policy should reflect that. The Immigration system was supposed to be built on a premise to encourage family unity. Instead, the spouses of U. S. Citizens must have their relationships tested, because Congress is unwilling to fund an efficient system with a goal of three to six months of processing time from USCIS Petition, to National Visa Center Processing, to Consular Official Interview.

The poorly funded program encourages families to overstay visitor visas once they are re-united with family, It also creates dilemma when family members coach each other, rather than seeking competent and experienced immigration attorneys. The process needs to encourage lawful immigration, not to complicate matters further as was done in the 1996 legislation.

If a person has violated the civil immigration law of entering with a valid visa by entering without inspection, then establishing an onerous burden on the spouse and banning any review of the extreme hardship of a spina bifida suffering U. S. Citizen Child of that foreigner seems immoral for INA 212(a)(9)(B)(v) purposes. This law, among others is oppressive and un-American. As an Eagle Scout, who served Troop 38 of HIghland Park and was a member of the Maskouten Chapter of the Makajawan Lodge 40, I think that the brotherhood of cheerful service should rear its head in indignation at this situation and reasonably amend INA Section 212(a)(9)(B)(v) unlawful presence waiver.

I hope that you will entertain a meeting with me. It is a simple correction that can be tucked into a omnibus bill if a majority of the GOP is willing to appreciate the situation. No one wants to see a parent separated from a needy U. S. Citizen with physical challenges.

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Kevin
Deerfield, IL
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Dear Rep. Rob Bishop

Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process. The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings is a direct consequence of our country's broken immigration system. We are a nation that respects family values and values families -- our immigration policy should reflect that.

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Natalia
kaysville , UT
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Dear Rep. Kevin Cramer

The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

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Michael
Wahpeton, ND
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Dear Rep. Nancy Pelosi

I'm originally from Afghanistan. My sister moved in here first, then she decided to sponsor the rest of her family for the hopes of a better future and education.

After 10 years of trouble, waiting and being separated from my parents at the age of 13 for 5 years, I finally made it here. I managed to go to a design school like I always wanted and become the person I wanted to be.

I want the same for others but it shouldn't be as painful. We did everything by the law but the law needs to be better.

Thank you.

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Omar
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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Dear Rep. Daniel Lipinski

Immigration reform is urgently necessary for the millions of families that are torn apart by our broken immigration system. So many hardworking mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children come to the United States to find work to provide for their family's livelhood. These immigrants make sacrifices that many Americans would never have to make. Once in the United States, families face travel restrictions and fears of separation as they make their way through the often decades long green card application process. It is imperative that we take action on immigration reform for these hardworking families in an effort to alleviate their suffering and make the legal immigration process more family-friendly.

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Carolyn
Chicago, IL
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Dear Rep. Markwayne Mullin

America is a nation of immigrants and it's part of our culture to welcome them. Many of my family members, friends, coworkers and people I care about came to this country with a hope for a better life, and they worked hard and acheived it. I can’t imagine my life without these people. But there are 11 million fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, coworkers, and friends who are already in the U.S. but can not live life to the fullest due to their undocumented status. And there are many more great teachers, business owners, and hard workers who want to join us in the American dream. We need to pass immigration reform now so that we can build our economy, reunite families and just do the right thing for America. Immigration reform is urgently necessary for the millions of families that are torn apart by our broken immigration system. So many hardworking mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children come to the United States to find work to provide for their family's livelihood. These immigrants make sacrifices that many Americans would never have to make. Once in the United States, families face travel restrictions and fears of separation as they make their way through the often decades long green card application process. It is imperative that we take action on immigration reform for these hardworking families in an effort to alleviate their suffering and make the legal immigration process more family-friendly.

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Corine
Collinsville, OK
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Dear Rep. Paul Tonko

I am a college student majoring in Translation. I am expected to graduate in 2015. I need to have my immigration status fixed by then. I came to the USA in 1999 with a tourist visa. I applied for my green card in 2001, but I have been denied 3 times by the immigration authorities. I understand that there are people who have criminal records, but I am not one of them. Can you please put these to a vote? If you act on immigration reform, President Obama would not have to act on his own with executive action.

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Rodrigo
Wharton, NJ
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Dear Rep. Jim McDermott

Our current policy(s) and situation regarding immigrants is barbaric and counter to our founding principles. The United States is exceptional. A core value and belief is the integration of many traditions, languages and cultures into a democratic nation state. A measurable result is historic economic expansion. Others might say that another result is in recollecting the symbol of a beacon of hope and light pointing in our direction. Don't kill the souls of those immigrants. Thanks in advance for your time.
My warmest regards,
Jim

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Jim
Seattle, WA
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Dear Rep. Tom Price

Because I'm a proud mom of a 7- and a 2- year-old boy born in this beautiful country. I'm a professional graphic designer. I've worked hard to make my dream come true; paying my taxes every year for the past 14 years. I'm a bilingual mother now raising two little boys and planning to finish my life watching them grow and become successful men. As many mothers, I do not want to be separated from my children, much less the life I've built here. I do not belong to any group that wants to hurt this community. I'm proud of who I am and what I can give this country that has given me so much. Think rationally!

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Lorna
Doraville, GA
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Dear Rep. Duncan Hunter

Please act on immigration reform in the interest of Family Values. I live in Temecula, next to Murrieta, where ugliness was the American face of the immigration crisis. Please show that America can do better than to tear families apart or send kids back to face death squads in the countries they tried to escape. Put politics aside and do the right thing for the right reason. Please, in the name of God and humanity. Without comprehensive immigration reform, America has no clear policy to help rather than add to the hurt and suffering of refugee children.

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Paul
Temecula, CA
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Dear Rep. Peter Roskam

Dear Representative Roskam:
I urge you to vote in favor of immigration reform. This country is made of foreigners. Also, the immigrants contribute much more to the country than they take. We need their labor, intelligence, ingenuity, loyalty and culture. We are a nation of diversity. The more we accept the many immigrants here, the more comfortable we will all be with living together. What this country needs going forward is an infusion of enthusiastic citizens who are ready to work for a better life for themselves and us.

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Edith
Lisle, IL
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Dear Rep. Duncan Hunter

I am a San Diego educator, parent, and Quaker. In all my years in teaching, I was most disturbed by the chaos imposed on the students in my class when hard-working parents and family members were yanked out of their home, and either held in limbo, or deported. Parents came to this country to provide a safe home for their families. Who can blame them for that? We have a broken immigration system so that their children would be adults by the time they were able to process citizenship applications. PLEASE REFORM IMMIGRATION POLICIES!

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Laura
San Marcos, CA
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Dear Rep. Bill Flores

I am an immigrant. First, I was a refugee. My family came over after the Second World War, fleeing the concentration camps and the Russian "liberation"of Eastern Europe. Some of us ended up in Canada, some in the USA, some in Australia and some in Brazil. We went wherever we could go, wherever we were allowed in.
The US is a country full of immigrants and refugees. Going back to the first inhabitants who came over the land bridge from Asia, carrying on with the Vikings, and then down through the Pilgrims, we are a nation of immigrants and refugees. And, each of us in turn was welcomed by those who had come before.
We needed help and it was given to us.
It's our turn now. It's our turn to reach out a hand and help those who are fleeing persecution and death, who seek simply a new place to start over, a place where they can be safe and begin to make their way through their hard work.
Immigration Reform is needed to make the US a safe place for everyone, and to help us to live up to our history.
I urge you to do all you can to help us be the great country we can be, and to open the doors to others, as was done for us in the past.

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Patrick
Austin, TX
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Dear Rep. Kevin Brady

We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

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Adelina
Spring, TX
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Dear Rep. Mike Coffman

We need immigrants. They are hardworking, contributing members of society. They are grateful for the opportunity to be citizens. This great country was founded on immigration and it's time to do immigration in a good way. We need to start treating immigrants better and it starts with you as leaders. Be part of the solution and start immigration reform. There's no other option! We can't afford to lose those hardworking immigrants who love this country! Sometimes more than Americans do! I'm counting on you!

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Martha
AURORA, CO
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Dear Rep. Michael Simpson

I teach English Composition at CSI in Twin Falls, and routinely work with amazing Latino students both in Burley and on the Twin campuses. I have come to know their fears, hope, and pain about being insecure in their habitat because of our immigration policies. These are bright, hard working young people who believe in America and have so much to offer Idaho. They are hard working, dedicated students, often working several jobs and still making it to class. We need these people and they need the chance. Please, stop playing with their lives and do the necessary immigration reform! It is our loss as well as theirs if Congress can't get off dead center and do what needs to be done for them - and for us.

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Betti
Buhl, ID
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Dear Rep. James Moran Jr.

The US is and will always be a country of immigrants. Growth through immigration has been and will continue to be the backbone of America. Both sides have ideas about confronting the issue. Why can they not put those ideas into a collective effort? Immigration reform will have a positive impact on the lives of all Americans and as such we should embrace it -- not as a partisan issue that divides us, but as one that unites us. I am an immigrant myself and have seen firsthand the benefits of this great country. So, I understand the hurdles, but also the longterm impacts of immigration reform.

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Andreas
Alexandria, VA
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Dear Rep. Rodney Davis

I, Esmeralda, am a high school student who has lived more than half my life here in the united states. Personally I do see why it's not convenient to allow thousands of immigrants to live here, but you also have to see our side.

Most of the immigrants that come to live in America come because of need not just because they want to. Some have had everything they own commandeered by drug dealers or cartels, and can no longer make use of the land that they worked on for years. Making their only other option to find a job that can help support their families. Then there are the ones that had very little say on weather they wanted to come or not, like little kids that came here like me at an age when we were too young to remember. People who live most of their lives thinking that they belong here just to find out that they can be sent to a place they don't recognize or remember anything about, taking their homes away. I would lie to ask you to imagine what they as people feel as they are striped from all the possibilities they fought and worked for away because of the place they were born. Visualize the overly crowded rooms, the lost looking kids, the mothers with babies crying, the lonely fathers who just lost their families, the Innocent young girls whom anyone could take advantage of, the hunger in all their faces, most of them wondering how they are going to get food or shelter when they get to Mexico or a job.

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Esmeralda
Springfield, IL
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Dear Rep. Scott Perry

I believe that an inmigración reforma should be passed because me and my wife have lived in this country for 20 years. We all Pay our taxes. My kids are born in this beautiful country, so in my opinion I believe that we are a part of this country. I think that I speak for everyone when I say that of you were to ignore our petition, you would be losing a future of voters and a future of much prosperity. I am just one of Many who believe that something should be done about the lack of attention.

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Alfred
Arkansas, NY
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Dear Rep. Linda Sánchez

Please, let's do it. It will be good for our businesses and also for reunification of families. Also, it will bring good things for the country. Please, let's push for immigration reform now. All my family, friends, employees and business partners will be supporting the immigration reform, and we will vote for those who help is to pass it, and will support that. We can do much more at for businesses, we can help this country to grow the economy, more jobs -- a better economy, but we need your support for immigration reform.

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Everardo
Lakewood, CA
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Dear Rep. Sam Johnson

I have been a member of the Republican Party all of my adult life. I was a huge fan of George Bush when he elected to do something in support of our Hispanic Community. However, I cannot support a party that shows unwillingness for compromise.

I am married to an undocumented Hispanic Lady with kind and descent intentions of being a U.S. Citizen. We have been married for over 10 years and have a 6 year old son together as well as two other fine children that we each brought lovingly into the marriage. Problem is, she can't become a resident because if we go to the consulate in Mexico to naturalize her as we did for our daughter, she would be punished with no permission to enter legally for 10 years, thus separating our loving home.

I urge you, if not for me, to consider other families who share our circumstances. My wife is a good lady with direction and Christian spirit, who hasn't seen her mother in over 11 years. Please stop the suffering for us and the many more like us who want to make a difference. I beg our people to open their hearts and our Congressional Leaders to act.

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Bill
MCKINNEY, TX
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Dear Rep. Eddie Johnson

I urge you to support comprehensive immigration reform and here's why: So many of my friends and family members either know someone or is someone who is dealing with a missing parent or brother, sister, aunt or uncle and it is devastating! Not only does it split the family, but economically it destroys one's livelihood! Comprehensive immigration reform is not only economically prudent, it's the right thing to do! It's not over reaching, it's over due. Do the right thing, America is watching.

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Wilbert
Dallas, TX
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Dear Rep. Jim Gerlach

All my life, I assumed we had very open immigration policies and that there was an infrastructure in place that made it quick and easy to come here from a foreign country -- live, move about, be a citizen if you want, etc. My grandfather showed up as a child, on a boat from Slovakia, was processed, went to work in Western PA, and here I am, nearly 100 years later. That boy could no more go back to the old country than fly. The rhetoric I hear, "Get to the back of the line," etc. is disappointing. Why in God's green acre are there lines?! If we can't keep up, then we need to work on that, so that we CAN keep up! And, so far as who we should let in, and why, refer to that poetic plaque on the Statue of Liberty. I understand it's much more complex, and there are many more issues. I don't really care about all that. I trust we can figure it all out, and come up with reasonable steps to forward our progress. I am only one citizen, but as a representative, you are in DC to articulate my heart, and to represent me. So, go do that. Thanks.

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Christopher
Birdsboro, PA
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Dear Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick

This current crisis needs the immediate serious attention of our elected representatives. That is the purpose of our government. There is no one else to do it, and that is your job. Immigration has been an issue, with different characteristics, throughout our history. To throw up our hands now, to degenerate in partisan political posturing, is a cop-out to America. We citizens stand empathetically, yet helplessly, as this drama permeates the airwaves from our radios and televisions. You can help.

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Ronald
Richboro, PA
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Dear Rep. Loretta Sanchez

I was only 14-years-old when I first came to this country -- graduated high school, college and university here, only to hold dead end jobs, which I was only able to hold for a few years at a time. With God's blessings and a lot of praying, I found a great woman -- one that became my life mate and thanks to her I was able to fix my legal status. 30 days exactly from the moment I got my SSN in the mail, I was able to get a 45k-a-year job. Almost 40-years-old, but full of energy to start my dream. I will work very hard now so my daughter can have all that I couldn't. I pay mortgages so she won't ever know what that means. I save for her college tuition so she wont have to pay for it herself, like I did. Next year, I will become a US citizen and I'm proud of you Loretta L. Sanchez, for I know your for immigration reform. Mexican by birth and American by choice.

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Luis
Anaheim, CA
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Dear Rep. Keith Rothfus

It is long overdue. What message does it send to the rest of the world? What do we teach the generations coming after us, when the richest nation in the world --one founded by immigrants -- cannot compassionately deal with poor, desperate neighbors looking for a better life? Please pass legislation that will provide a visiting workers system, a pathway to legal permanent residence, and protections, especially for families attempting to escape drugs, violence, and extreme poverty. Let us as Americans show a better side of humanity.

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Ann
Beaver Falls, PA
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Dear Rep. Mark Sanford

Please work to get a compromise done on immigration reform. We were all immigrants at one point, and everyone makes it difficult for new people. These people deserve a chance to come and contribute to our economy and tax base as they build their American Dream.

There are millions of immigrants here who are doing work that is vital to our state and national economies. I know that we would be in dire straits if they were not available to do those jobs that other people refuse to do.

I would appreciate your giving this top priority. Many thanks for your service. Warm regards,

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David
Mt. Pleasant , SC
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Dear Rep. Bradley Schneider

First, I want you to understand that I am in this great country because I have the opportunity to give a better life to my family and I want to contribute in whatever way. I want you to know that I love this nation for the opportunity it has given to me. But also, I want to say that if I came from my country, it is because of the high crime there, and I do not want that for my children. That's why I ask you to please give us this immigration reform -- because we are millions of people, that just we want to make a better life for our children. We are WORKERS.

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Alfredo
Libertyville, IL
R000487
Dear Rep. Edward Royce

I urge you to support immigration reform because it is not only breaking families apart but affecting our economy. I was an undocumented immigrant who, after given the chance to obtain residency and go to college, now has a Master's Degree and am completing my PhD. I've helped drive the economy by creating new jobs and being a positive asset to this nation. My story is not unique. Most want to do the same, all they need is the opportunity. The immigration system is broken and it is unethical and immoral. The U.S. cannot exploit those seeking a better life, as most of the history of its population has migrated seeking just that. We have ideals of liberty and justice, let's make sure these are really available to ALL.

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M.
Fullerton, CA
C001045
Dear Rep. Ander Crenshaw

Please get together, on all sides of the aisle, to do something about this terrible situation, which has been stalled for years in Congress! This is NOT a political issue, but a human one, a humane one for all people. Our country was founded on immigrants, their hopes, dreams, ideas, cultures, religions and colors. You, yourself, are not from here originally, unless you are of Native American descent. You were voted in to office to do your job. Change now!

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Roberta
Atlantic Beach, FL
C001077
Dear Rep. Mike Coffman

I am an Indian, I am afraid to mention my name because if this letter makes you angry, I will end up in deportation to my home country because I am an immigrant. After all my hard work to enter USA this is it? We took loans and paid highest amount for our education to boost your economy. We did hard work. We believe America is Land of opportunities; there perhaps are no greater American dreamers than immigrants, who often leave behind everything to build new lives in the United States. We left our families and travelled across 7 continents because I still remember the George W.Bush quotes. America is the land of the second chance - and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.

Now where is the better life? I was happy my gates are open to America, but you guys are trying to close those gates. What did we do wrong?

There are lots of job opportunities in America but usually not in line with the trainings of most immigrants. This is the reason why I choose my carrier as a Software Engineer to earn more in order to cope with the standard of American living. In big cities everything is expensive. Food, Apartment rentals, bills, taxes, gas, etc. It is a tough adjustment to most immigrants but in order to survive, they should not be choosy of what they could do to earn a living. Most often the job opportunities are not in line with their professions but they need to be flexible and willing to learn new things to be able to cope with the standard of life in America. This adjustment is challenging. It needs courage and persistence. It is true that there is a rule in every establishment not to discriminate anybody with regards to races but this could never be avoided when you look different from them. Dealing with discrimination is the hardest part of being an immigrant. It is very disappointing and frustrating when you are not given the right treatment you deserve because you are different from them in many ways. It hurts to be a trying hard individual just to gain approval and acceptance especially in the workplace. I overcame all those and I am in a better position now, I did hard work to reach this position. But now I’m starting to worrying, because these immigration rules are pushing me back to my home country. After all my hard work and dedication this is it?
“Please pass immigration reform and save immigrants”.

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Sasi
boulder, CO
S000250
Dear Rep. Pete Sessions

Millions of people come to this country every day looking for things their country will never offer. No one is responsible for the country they were born in, but they are responsible for the country where they can have a future and a life for them and their children.

NOT all immigrants come to this country just to use the benefits offered. Many people come to this country to pursue a future and then spend the rest of their life giving back from the blessings they received by living in peace, by having a profession and by having a decent job to live from.

Me and my husband, as an example, came to this country in hopes of finding the respect and the future we did not get from our countries of origin, (Venezuela and Colombia), we reached the goals we had in mind from the beginning and now not only my husband serves many in the community as a Family Practice doctor, but 5 years ago we also decided to give back to our community by adopting a 4 year old boy from CPS in Fort Worth.

We love this country, we consider it a great blessing in our lives. We owe many of our achievements to this country. But, please understand, there are MANY others in the same situation we were years ago. They come to The US looking for a brighter future. Please support their transition to a better life! Please allow them to have that step closer to having a better opportunity! May God bless you for listening to the cry of so many in this road to a better life!!

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Rosa
Garland, TX
I000056
Dear Rep. Darrell Issa

The facts are clear -- immigration reform will benefit all Americans by reducing the federal deficit by $329 billion, creating millions of American jobs, and help bring the 11 million undocumented immigrants already contributing to our communities out of the shadows. But don’t take it from me -- 3 in 4 Americans supports meaningful immigration reform, because they know that it's well past time to take action to fix our fundamentally broken immigration system. That’s why this Day of Action is so important -- to push House Republicans to take action on legislation that Americans care deeply about.

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Jessica
Los Angeles, CA
M001181
Dear Rep. Patrick Meehan

Dear Patrick Meehan,

I urge you to support immigration reform because uncertainty should not be anything hard working people should worry about. Millions of immigrants need security in a nation that is built on their backs.

Almost every American family can trace their roots back to an immigrant who dreamed of a better life--from the settlers who sought religious freedom far from the intolerance of old Europe, to the Irish immigrants fleeing famine for opportunity for their families, to the Mexican immigrants who have been part of the fabric of American life since the country's inception. We proudly celebrate our immigrant heritage every day, with the foods our grandmothers made for us and the traditions we keep and make thoroughly American. From the work and hopes and aspirations of immigrants unwelcome in their home country, we built the richest democracy in history. The immigrants who pursue their American dream today are as important and vital as those who came before them--reform our immigration system now and welcome them as our families were welcomed.

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Summit
Broomall, PA
L000578
Dear Rep. Doug LaMalfa

Our immigration system is clearly broken. It needs be fixed now--not later. It's not getting better; it's getting worse. It will be good for the economy. Dreamers deserve to be here. Immigrants pay taxes. They are not lazy. There are a lot of misconceptions about them, but one thing is clear: action is needed, and it's needed now. We can't have a system where people live in fear, or where families are broken up and ripped apart by the government on a daily basis indefinitely. Please do your part and help bring this up for a vote.

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Valerie
Martinez, CA
H001048
Dear Rep. Duncan Hunter

I'm from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform. Here's why: I grew up believing I was lucky to be an American and so much more closer to achieving the American Dream. I graduated from San Diego State University in 2005 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Social Work. I am the product of hard working parents who immigrated to the United States. My mother instilled in me the desire to be someone. I would never have graduated college if it wasn't for the support received from my mother, Southwestern Community College and FAFSA. These support systems helped me get through and finish college. Now I am a productive member of society. I help other individuals in distress find support and a purpose to be the person God intended us to be. This story is my story. This positive result can repeat itself, but only if someone like you stands up for us, the children of illegal parents. We are born citizens and have every right to a bright future just as everyone else. Best Regards.

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Azucena
Escondido , CA
C001036
Dear Rep. Lois Capps

It is of utmost importance that we treat our immigrants w/ the respect and opportunities they deserve. Let's remember " ...give me your poor and huddled masses, yearning to be free..."families should not be broken apart due to immigration rules. There are so many w/ so much to offer. Weren't we once considered "the melting pot"... where all could live, share cultures, talents and dreams? And aren't we ALL, except for indigenous peoples, truly immigrants? We all came here, no matter how many generations ago in search of a better life, a life of freedom, choices and opportunities. It is way past time to reform our immigration policies and the way we treat those who immigrate here to seek that dream.

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Leah
Santa Barbara, CA
N000181
Dear Rep. Devin Nunes

I'm from your district and I am in support of comprehensive immigration reform. I am a college minister and have seen generations of world-changing leaders emerge from among the undocumented community. I urge you to give these bright leaders the same chance their peers have at making our country a better place. I'm praying God gives you wisdom to make a just decision, as you've been elected to look out for the most marginalized.
Peace & blessings to you,
Christina
"Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor." - Zecheriah 7:10

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Christina
Fresno, CA
M001165
Dear Rep. Kevin McCarthy

I am a legal permanent resident, I am French, I pay taxes and would like at some point to create my company in this country and to employ American people. I love this country. But, there is a big but, I can’t have my husband with me, I have to wait and wait, maybe more than one year.
Last year, he got the possibility to have an H1B, he was picked up at the lottery, but his employer failed to provide all the elements requested by USCIS, we lost one year, hoping. Because he has a pending green card application and a denied visa now (the H1B), I am almost sure he won’t be able to come and visit, he will have issues convincing the border officer that he is not going to stay illegally…Like it would be in our interest to jeopardize a green card application…come on...
So my question is: should I wait longer for GOP to wake up? Should I go back in my country? One thing is sure I can’t wait one more year and if being a legal permanent resident is not enough (paying taxes, building a company) I would prefer to participate in France’s growth.
I know this seems less critical that illegal immigration issue but it is still a good illustration of this broken system, my adventure starts as a dream, it is now a nightmare. My case is less complicated or critical than illegal cases of course, I just would like my husband here with a temporary visa allowing him to work here and stay legally, waiting for his green card. Is it too much asking to have him with me? Should I let a bunch of republicans decide?
He has a master degree from a top business school and receives job offers every week. This situation is a shame.

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Jenna
San Francisco, CA
S001192
Dear Rep. Chris Stewart

Immigration reform matters to me because I have family back in my country whom I miss dearly and haven't seen in over 10 years... Immigration reform matters to me because I was brought here at a young age, and if ever I needed to leave this country my family wouldn't have a future back in Argentina. Immigration reform matters to me because I have a little girl who's an American citizen, and if I had to leave her because of the broken immigration system I can assure you that I would find a way to come back into this country to be with her. In all honesty, that's what a lot of parents are having to do because immigration reform isn't being passed. The influx of illegal immigrants CAN BE STOPPED IF IMMIGRATION REFORM IS PASSED. PLEASE! I BEG YOU! You can help make this happen, you can help fix this country, the land of opportunity!

Thank you for all you do.

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Noelia
West Valley City, UT
B001282
Dear Rep. Andy Barr

I urge you to support immigration reform that integrates those already in the country into our economic system. Reasonable and good people can differ on whether we have a moral obligation to help all those in need. With regard to our economic need for immigrants, however, there is hard data: without immigrants to populate our buying class and maintain our population (our native citizen birthrate is now below population maintenance level), our economy will continue to languish. Other countries (Japan, Russia) are already experiencing the economic strain of a declining, and graying, population.

There is historic precedence for welcoming immigrants for economic reasons: in fact, the surges in immigration we have experienced as a country (establishing the country; expanding the country, the industrial revolution) came when welcoming immigrants helped our economy.

A vote against immigration reform that welcomes immigrants is a vote against our economy. Please make your voice heard and stand up for our economy.

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Henry
Bera, KY
C001067
Dear Rep. Yvette Clarke

I think immigrants work very hard in this country to pay their taxes and most of all, should be entitled too some kind of benefits. We don't get the respect needed. I have friends from all nations who rely on this reform, some of whom have never gone back home too visit their families, friends and loved ones -- some of whom passed away too. Please listen to the immigrants' plight. We really need this so we can can improve and help each other. We come to this country to create a better life. Thank you, God bless.

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Amy
Brooklyn, NY
M001165
Dear Rep. Kevin McCarthy

I've been in US for about a decade, have a Masters in Computer Science from a reputed US university, went to a Ivy League Business school and have been working in Silicon Valley technology startups for the past 4-5 years.

I have been dying to open a company of my own for a long time - I've a stellar team of American citizens who are hungry to come together and build a world-class company. I've significant capital that I want to spend. Only problem is I'm not allowed to because of the H4 visa I'm on. This has led me to explore Singapore as a destination because I'm determined to create value.

Human capital is the most precious capital - please don't let it squander. America is built to create the future - please do not fail it. Act on Immigration reform - even piecemeal, if needed

best, Raj

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Rajeev
Union City, CA
M001166
Dear Rep. Jerry McNerney

I'm from your district and I urge you to keep pushing for immigration reform. Many families are being separated, and I am one of those families. My husband is now detained in an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington. We have a 3-year-old son and he asks for him frequently. My husband is on the verge of being deported and it is not fair because he has NO criminal history whatsoever -- not even traffic tickets! His only crime was wanting to be with his family. Please help pass immigration reform NOW.

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Brenda
Stockton, CA
L000573
Dear Rep. Raúl Labrador

When I think of my great-grandparents journey from Russia and Romania many years ago, I don't think about whether they were legal or illegal immigrants to this country. And when I consider the sacrifices that my immigrant ancestors made hundreds of years ago that would eventually lead to my relative, Josiah Bartlett, being the second person to sign the Declaration of Independence, I don't ask whether they were legal residents of this country. Instead, I think of the wealth they all contributed to making the United States the vibrant country it is today.

I want to see that journey continue. I want to see America grow from the richness that immigrants have brought to the country. But that can only exist if we continue to believe in and give support to the concept of the American Immigrant.

That's why it's crucial that we develop a great immigration reform policy. And that's why it needs your voice and your support for it to succeed. Please help continue that legacy so future generations will be able to look back and realize that the vibrant fabric that they live amongst is due to our continued, whole-hearted support the American Immigrant. The only way to do that is to accept our own legacy as a country that doesn't turn away generations that have dedicated their lives and dreams to making the U.S. a great country, and that includes the children who have grown up here without documentation but are willing, able and already sharing a goal to make this an even better nation.

Thanks for your standing up for the American vision and a country that continues to benefit from the sacrifices of Immigrants.

Because I know that all immigration stories are different, but share a common thread, I've included another story of an Immigrant's child. It may tell a different story than the one we hear of today, but that's the point: America is made from its richness and diversity of an Immigrant nation, one that is proud and willing to stand up for such sacrifices, as they have stood up for America.

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Jan
Bonners Ferry, ID
G000563
Dear Rep. Bob Gibbs

My dad was a second-generation Russian immigrant and he was a tank commander in WW2. My mom was his French/Algerian war bride. I grew up with lots of war bride families. My mom is 92 now and she has been voting since she became a naturalized American citizen. If you had ever been over to my parents' house and eaten some of my mom's French Mediterranean cooking, you would have understood immediately how immigration is what continually revitalizes America. A smoothly-running immigration system, with no life-shattering delays, is the lifeblood of our country.

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Francine
Ashland, OH
B001283
Dear Rep. Jim Bridenstine

I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

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Elizabeth
Hanford, CA
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Dear Rep. Roger Williams

My name is Cristina Zambrano.

I am an attorney who works with families and individuals navigate the broken and at times illogical U.S. immigration system. As an immigration attorney, I know first-hand how badly our current U.S. immigration system needs to be revised and updated to reflect our current economic needs and evolving demographics.
In an extremely polarized political climate, the daily lives of millions of people with real and substantial ties to the U.S. continue to be affected in a bizarre and unproductive way. These people, which came to the U.S. from all over the world and the vast majority of which are hard-working, family-centered, community-involved, and law-abiding (minus their one “sin” of being unlawfully present in the U.S.), are simply asking for a fair playing field.

Many undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S. entered at a time when the U.S. border was “open for business,” meaning immigration enforcement was lax and U.S. employers seeking cheap and easy laborers openly solicited and recruited workers to the U.S. economy’s benefit. In the name of homeland security, all of that changed and we began demonizing the people that we already knew were here.

Many of these people have already begun the process of applying for some sort “legal status” to work and live out of the shadows. But most of these processes take years (over 30 years sometimes!) and many are not eligible because they do not have a willing, able, or qualified family or employer petitioner. Plus, current immigration law poses harsh and unrealistic consequences in order to do the right thing and apply for a visa abroad.

With little-to-no voice, protection, or realistically alternative safe place to go, most of these undocumented immigrants continue to work in conditions and for pay that fail to meet basic government and societal standards.
These individuals are not looking for a handout. They are simply looking for a fair and realistic way to register with the government, be eligible for safe and legitimate work, and maintain their family and community ties without having to jeopardize their entire lives.

I, like many of the people and communities I work with and serve, support comprehensive immigration reform that would provide currently undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. with a legal status. A big point of contention that regularly appears to be a barrier in immigration reform negotiations appears to be whether to grant these individuals a “path towards U.S. citizenship.” I, again like many others, believe this is a stall tactic and should not be an issue at this time. If the possibility of U.S. citizenship is a deal breaker, then take that off the table and move forward with granting them the possibility of legal residency instead. If anyone asked these undocumented immigrants what they needed, they would tell you that they just need the basics to survive and live happy and productive lives – a status that would permit them the ability to work and provide for their families, live and participate in a community that accepts them, and maintain family ties in and out of the U.S..

The issue of immigration reform is humanitarian, economic, and national security. It is WAY TOO IMPORTANT to ALL OF US to not do anything. I implore you, act now. Thank you!

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Cristina
Austin, TX
R000487
Dear Rep. Edward Royce

I live in the 39th CD and I support reforming our broken Immigration System to live up to its intended purpose (to facilitate the immigration process into the US) and to the founding principles of our nation. Don't forget that the immigrant spirit makes this nation thrive and increases its competitiveness in this Global Economy.

Passing Immigration Reform with a Path to Citizenship is the moral thing to do and the American thing to do. We can't ignore the contributions of hard working immigrants who have sought a better future for their families in the US. They continue to enrich our communities and growing sectors of our economy including the business owners within them. The very business owners who pay dues to the US Chamber of Commerce, who in turn contributes to your campaigns.

It is time for the House of Representatives to do its job, the job we have elected you to fulfill. Stop making up excuses and put this issue up for a vote.

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Ivana
Fullerton, CA
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Dear Rep. Ralph Hall

Considering that I was born directly from immigrants, it is remarkable how much I can contribute to the country that I have come to call mine, compared to the opportunities I would have missed if my abilities weren't able to be fulfilled in a foreign country. I come from a small town in northeast Texas. Somehow, someway, I managed to enter into top tier colleges, such as Stanford University (which had a 5.1% acceptance rate) and Rice University. I accomplished all of this while being offered full rides to these colleges. Just imagine what many other young children of immigrants will be able to accomplish. With this broken immigration system, the kids of immigrants are at risk of never seeing their true potential. It's time for change. Fix America's long outdated immigration policy.

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Albert
Honey Grove, TX
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Dear Rep. Daniel Kildee

I know a young lady who came here when she was 2. She has lived her whole life here. She should be able to live a normal life and have the opportunity to become a US citizen. It doesn't make sense that a couple of people in the House can stop it from happening. I am becoming disillusioned with our government. Please do all you can to make this happen. Allow all immigrants to pay their dues and come out of the shadows. Allow them to easily pay taxes for the money they earn here, to help our economy. It's been too long. Let's pass immigration reform to help these people and our country. (I have a Spanish name now but I grew up as a Johnson. I am a US citizen and my husband is a legal US citizen. I am not writing for me or my family.)

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Pamala
Davison, MI
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Dear Rep. Robert Aderholt

I have been living in the USA for 19 years. I am a white male from Europe, yet I still struggle to have the same kind of freedom that my US-born counterparts have. I know that I have had it easier than many other immigrants in this country, but I still want to be able to move freely, work freely and live freely in this great country of ours.

Won't you support sensible immigration reform? For example: I have lived in this country for 19 years and am still on a visa, that's not right. I am a landlord and an active member of my community and I love this country. Let's get real, let's get sensible, the time is now, the time is right.

Love,
Tim

PS: My heart lives in Alabama.

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Tim
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Dear Rep. Sam Farr

Living here in Santa Cruz, California, I've had numerous opportunities to develop some wonderful Latin friends. These are quality people. Happy, hard-working, friendly, loving, spiritual and more. People with big hearts, and people I would be happy to call fellow citizens of the United States.
Unfortunately, some of them are here illegally. But, I feel that by all means, they should have the opportunity to get their green card, and have the opportunity for a good job, to support their family, retirement, and all of the benefits that we receive as Americans.

Rep. Farr, the reasons are two fold. First, the punishment, doesn't fit the crime. Not allowing them to create a better life for themselves here (even if they are able to stay and are not kicked out for some odd reason), is a punishment in itself. All they are guilty of is wanting to create a better life for themselves here in this great country. The mighty USA. While I understand they either stayed here past their expired visa, or crossed the border illegally, this is all they did. They didn't murder someone or rob a bank.
It would be similar to throwing someone in jail for a year for jaywalking, only because he was in a rush to get to work. While this is a bit of an exaggeration, I hope you see my point. The punishment does not fit the crime.

The other point I'd like to make is that if you or I were in a similar situation, with very little hope of opportunity and creating a decent life for your family, wouldn't you do the same? I know I would, and I believe that most people would as well. Again, these good people are only wanting to help their mothers and fathers, children, and more. It's well known that many of them wire money down to Mexico or elsewhere to help their family, even though they are barely surviving here themselves. As most people know, family and friends are everything to them.

I hope you will take this into serious consideration, and be a leader, a pioneer to help these wonderful people. Their only crime, wanting to create a better life for themselves and their family.

Sincerely,
Trace D. Farley

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Trace
Santa Cruz, CA
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Dear Rep. Filemon Vela

My kids and I gave our payment to renew our visa, but the lawyer did nothing. He kept our money and left, past the time. Now my kids graduated, the oldest from UTB and is only 19-years-old and the twins, from high school and TSTC -- one of them, she studied in Early College. We love this country. We want to continue doing the best we can and start to apply our knowledge. Please give us the opportunity to continue giving the best of ourselves and we are sure that you will be proud of us and of our progress.

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Maricarmen
Harlingen, TX
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Dear Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

I came to the U.S in 2000. Completed my Masters work in the hightech industry for 11+ years. My wife is also a Masters graduate and she too works in the high tech industry for 4 years.

We still do not have a Green Card because our immigration system is badly broken. I inadvertently said "our immigration system." I'm not going to change the wording even though I'm not a US citizen officially; I realized I became American in my thoughts & action after being here for over 14+ years. This land has given me the opportunity to realize my dreams without any discrimination. I later realized even though this land has given me the opportunity to realize my dreams, it did not give me the "right" to call this place my home. And why? Because of a broken immigration system.

Take a minute to compare "our immigration policy" to European countries, even Canada. In Germany/England if someone works continuously for 5 years they are given a Green Card and eventually citizenship. If I had been in Europe, I'd have had a green card by now. "Our immigration policy" is antiquated and needs serious overhaul. I'm afraid to travel outside US as I'm constantly worried whats going to happen if my visa gets delayed/ rejected for some reason. Is this how someone should live? In constant fear? Is this the gift someone should get for working hard, paying taxes, contributing to the economy? I still have a burning desire to have my own start up. And whats preventing me?? My Greencard. Isnt this the land of the brave and the enterprising? Take a little time to think about my story and put yourself in my shoes. How do you feel?

Frustrating, Suffocating? That's exactly how I feel. Now, do you feel we should do something about immigration? Im going to put on my shoes and get back to work on Monday with a hope of a better tomorrow. Can you do the same, put your shoes and jacket and get to work on immigration reform? Because it's the right thing to do!

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Ram
Portland, OR
C001076
Dear Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Please take the lead in fixing our broken immigration system. A large majority of Utahans and Americans understand that our present laws are not working and want action on this issue. I know you understand this and that common sense fixes are in the best interest for the United states, that it is the right thing to do for Americas and the GOP's future. Please stand with Utah's Law Enforcement, Businesses, and Churches and support immigration reform. We need your leadership.

P.S both Elizabeth and I have served as State GOP delegates and we support you in working on fixing this issue.

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Steven
Sandy, UT
B001242
Dear Rep. Timothy Bishop

I'm in your Congressional District and I am urging you to fight for immigration reform. There are good, hard working people who we rely on and who would so appreciate the opportunity to contribute not just their labor, property and sales taxes but their income taxes as well.

It is in both their and our interest to give them a path to being legally here. It's important to remember that many are here because of US trade policies that have damaged their home economies.

Please support reform. Thanks.

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Carolyn
Orient, NY
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Dear Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

I'm from your district and I urge you to pass immigration reform. We're a nation of immigrants. My family goes back to the Mayflower and the American Revolution on one side, and Native American and Black Irish on the other. And that's just the beginning! Anyone who comes here, willing to live within our laws and become a contributing part of our society, should be welcome. NO IFs, ANDs OR BUTs! We are truly a melting pot and should remain that way. It is what makes America so uniquely special.

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Kerry
Toledo, WA
C001093
Dear Rep. Doug Collins

I'm a constituent from your district, and I am in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. Here's why. As a church volunteer I personally know many families in this community who are extremely stressed by the broken immigration system that tears families apart and provides no way for people to get right with the law. But immigration reform isn’t just about families and livelihoods, it is an economic imperative. Our nation needs reform to strengthen both our industries and competitiveness with other nations. Reform would save our country $900 billion over the next 20 years, increase Social Security and state tax contributions significantly, raise business demand and spending, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs per year These are economic facts. Quite simply, there are no economic or budgetary arguments against immigration reform. Our nation has been built on the backs of immigrants, and through common-sense immigration policies our nation will continue to thrive.
Mr. Collins, your constituents sent you to Washington to fix bad laws and create new, important laws that will benefit all of us. Please eliminate the detention quota system and create a way for our brothers and sisters to obtain legal status now!

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Dorothy
Sautee Nacoochee, GA
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Dear Rep. Joe Garcia

We should let immigrants have a chance to become U.S. citizens. Many families are being torn apart by the deportation of a family member. Remember, this is a nation built by immigrants and their descendants -- if they had any. Also -- to the best of my knowledge -- most of these possible deportees have not committed any serious crime.
I am an immigrant myself. I am a Cuban refugee. It would be extremely difficult for me to have to go back to a communist, totalitarian country.
God bless you, Representative Joe Garcia!

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Sergio
Miami, FL
C001045
Dear Rep. Ander Crenshaw

Immigrants are human beings and need to be treated as such. It is unconscionable the way the USA is using them for a political tool. Please have a heart, and welcome them to come across our borders, and enable them to become US citizens. It is the least we can do for them, after passing NAFTA back in the 1990s, without worker's rights in the agreement, making it impossible to make a living in their home country. Please remember to Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You. Also please remember to Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself For The Love Of God, and above all, please think about where you will spend eternity. God Bless You.

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Marie
Jacksonville, FL
T000460
Dear Rep. Mike Thompson

I urge you to support immigration reform because we are all human beings striving for the same basic necessities that everyone needs in life. Immigrants flee from their homes for many reasons, including political, religious and economic persecution. They strive to arrive in the US, often sacrificing many things they can not afford to lose, such as their homeland's language, culture, friends and family. Most risk their lives to come to here! The least we can do is help them feel welcomed and encourage their stay in America, despite the many difficulties they face being far away from home. In this way, if immigrants can prosper, then Americans can also prosper. It is time America moves forward with immigration reform.

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Rose
Sonoma, CA
D000482
Dear Rep. Michael Doyle Jr.

Immigration reform is a national priority for economic, humanitarian, and moral reasons. Our immigration system is completely antiquated in the way that it fails to prioritize immigrants by economic need. The U.S. is losing ground to countries with smarter and more dynamic immigration systems. It is naive to assume that we will continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest when our immigration system does not accommodate that. In addition, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already living in this country and it is necessary to bring them out of the shadows. It is implausible to force or expect them to leave, and unwise to ignore them. We need to provide them a fair path to citizenship so that they can become full contributors to our country. Please do everything you can to act on our broken immigration system this year. There is no time to waste and the political dynamic is not going to become more advantageous.

I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

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Mark
Pittsburgh, PA
R000435
Dear Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

I'm from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform. The millions of people without legal status are waiting for a miracle or your mercy to approve this law. Think how much the US will benefit from it. I was illegal for almost 12 years and thank God I was able to realize the American Dream and now I am a US citizen with a small company, helping our country with the taxes I pay. Like myself, there are millions of others waiting to be part of this great nation, don't overshadow and destroy this golden opportunity!

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Ingrid
Coral Gables, FL
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Dear Rep. Scott Garrett

I have been an ESL educator for over 25 years and know how important the immigrant population is for the economic, cultural, and social health of our great country. Immigrants have contributed to the fabric of our nation over the course of our entire history, so if we don't pass comprehensive immigration reform we are committing a disservice to our people. We live in a democracy where freedoms are enjoyed, but there are over 2 million human beings who are deported or forced to live in the shadows and cannot benefit from our great nation's resources nor contribute to its growth. I believe it is time to change this and inject some new life into our stagnating economy and social network. Please campaign for and pass comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible.

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Lisa
Upper Saddle River, NJ
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Dear Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.

I am writing to let you know how much we appreciate your leadership on immigration reform. Congressman Pallone, words cannot express how grateful we are that your leadership is ensuring that every individual in America has Civil Rights. Your leadership is providing a win-win solution for America and the state of New Jersey. I believe that the eyes of the world are on America. We must send a clear message to the world that we the people of America are global citizens and we lead by example. Thank you so much for investing in America.

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Mary
Cliffwood Beach, NJ
D000612
Dear Rep. Jeff Denham

No child should have to lose a mother, no family should have to be shattered, no human should be treated as a second class citizen and everyone should have the right to the American dream. This a country built by immigrants. Literally. Be it Irish, Chinese, Italian, German, Indian or another ethnicity. Those hands, hearts and minds created what we have today. You, as our leaders have the chance to continue in that tradition and honor everyone who strives to be an American. Act now.

This is why I stand for immigration reform.

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Jaydeep
Turlock, CA
P000592
Dear Rep. Ted Poe

Hello,
My name is Woosub Shim.
I am currently graduated from university and working as OPT citizenship status until this year. I am not an undocumented immigrants. My immigration story began on when I was attending high school. I came with my parent when I was 16 years. My mom had a job offer from the restaurant who can sponsor the working visa. Her company filed the petition on February 2008 including my dad and I. However, because my age turned 21 years old on early 2010, I was no longer be able to be with my parent's petition. We waited for a long time to grant an immigrant visa; my mom petitioned me last September as Family-Based Immigration as F2B. I have read the case of pretty close related issues which called Mayorkas v Cuellar De Osorio. Today, I was shocked that Supreme Court stated that all age-out children must go back in line. It makes a separation of families even if they living together in this country because parents and age-out child have different citizenship status.

Immigration reform is urgently necessary for the millions of families that are torn apart by our broken immigration system. So many hardworking mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children come to the United States to find work to provide for their family's livelhood. These immigrants make sacrifices that many Americans would never have to make. Once in the United States, families face travel restrictions and fears of separation as they make their way through the often decades long green card application process. It is imperative that we take action on immigration reform for these hardworking families in an effort to alleviate their suffering and make the legal immigration process more family-friendly.I hope immigration reform could save the age-out children not just undocumented immigrants. I would like to strengthen the families by this year.
I'd really appreciate that if you would read my story.

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Woosub
Houston, TX
B000287
Dear Rep. Xavier Becerra

Immigrants have come to this country to work and give their children a better future. They have contributed for this country in some way. They are part of this country and it is already too late to send them back. They just want their children to have a good future and they believed that this country could give their children those opportunities. If they are given those opportunities imagine how they could change this country,in the future. Full citizenship is one of those opportunities. Almost every American family can trace their roots back to an immigrant who dreamed of a better life--from the settlers who sought religious freedom far from the intolerance of old Europe, to the Irish immigrants fleeing famine for opportunity for their families, to the Mexican immigrants who have been part of the fabric of American life since the country's inception. We proudly celebrate our immigrant heritage every day, with the foods our grandmothers made for us and the traditions we keep and make thoroughly American. From the work and hopes and aspirations of immigrants unwelcome in their home country, we built the richest democracy in history. The immigrants who pursue their American dream today are as important and vital as those who came before them--reform our immigration system now and welcome them as our families were welcomed.

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Zury
los angeles, CA
H001055
Dear Rep. Joseph Heck

Immigration is the very cornerstone of our country, and is the primary vehicle that will serve to drive us forward as a country... for goodness sake, what American our age doesn't remember the simple, yet informative lessons imparted through Schoolhouse Rock? We are the Great American Melting Pot.

The richness of our diversity is what has sparked the creative genius that gave us eyes to see the dynamics of electricity, and wings with which to explore the far reaches of space. Where would we as a nation (or, for that matter, where would the world) be without past immigrants such as Einstein, Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, Joseph Pulitzer, Felix Frankfurter (no, not the hot dog inventor... but an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court), Irving Berlin, or for that matter... my parents who escaped the onslaught of war as it ravaged Europe during World War II.

If this letter is reviewed by Congressman Joe Heck, think of the history of your own home state of Pennsylvania, and how different things would have been had the Susquehannock, Iroquois, Eriez, or Shawnee refused us admittance.

For Congresswoman Dina Titus... be grateful that your ancestors came to America to freely practice their beliefs as members of the Greek Orthodox church.

And for Congressman Amodei, the only one of the three who is a native Nevadan... your home state has only been around for about 150 years. Before that, American trailblazers like Kit Carson did their best to tame this "wild new land"

I know first hand the fallacies, the apathy, and the awe-inspiring inefficiencies of our current immigration system that is so desperately in need of reform, and of simplification. If you would do me the honor, I would gladly dedicate as much of my time as I could to imparting the wisdom of my experiences with you, and to helping in any way that I can to establish a true positive change as we reform the current practices of immigration for the United States of America.

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Ian
Henderson, NV
L000554
Dear Rep. Frank LoBiondo

I work with students from all over the world as an English as a Second Language teacher in a public high school in South Jersey. They come from India, Vietnam, China, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Taiwan, Egypt, Syria, Peru, El Salvador, the Philippines, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Malaysia. Some of them may be illegal, brought here by their families who want a better life for their child. Some are leaving strife in their native countries. Most want to definitely go on to college and have careers in the United States and to be productive members of society. Knowing them makes me appreciate the diversity that has made America great! Allowing them access to citizenship can only make our country better for everyone.

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Mary
Galloway, NJ
J000174
Dear Rep. Sam Johnson

Do the right thing.

I am English, French, German, and Cherokee. The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. We are all immigrants if we are not American Indians. People from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones in the USA. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

We benefit in the long run.

I love the USA, but we have changed into a much different country over the past 50 years. We aren't taking care of our people. The rich are getting richer, while the middle class is disappearing. We cannot survive if this doesn't change.

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Linda
Allen, TX
D000600
Dear Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

I came with a bachelors degree in Architecture from Caracas-Venezuela, have lived in Miami for almost 20 years, bilingual today, small business owner, property owner of a house in an under served community in the process of revitalization, where I serve on the Board of Directors for three (3) different organizations. For different reasons I am out of status, I went to the local USCIS office and they said: "is the law from Congress and there is nothing they can do." I know I made a mistake but I am not a criminal and it is time for me to contribute more to this country that have taught me so much.

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Isabella
Miami, FL
P000606
Dear Rep. Robert Pittenger

Throughout my four years of stay, I've seen people devastated mentally and financially for the H4 visa not permitting dependent spouses to work, and H1Bs pay enormous amounts of taxes. On the contrary, people working on L1 visas can have their spouses working on L2 visas where they pay a lot lesser taxes comparatively. I've seen H1 and H4 visas being responsible for divorces, mental disorders and may such cases. Imagine someone clipping a bird's wings denying it its freedom to be where it wants.

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Sudeshna
Charlotte, NC
T000463
Dear Rep. Michael Turner

I believe that we can all work together to make this world a better place for everyone, and we could actually have more jobs created -- and that is a benefit to us all. This country needs more jobs and more workers for us all to succeed. I have friends from other countries and they are some of the hardest workers that I have ever seen. This could give our country more jobs and reasons to work harder to help our families and each other. We need other countries to help and we help them in return, let's make this one big country of helping people. God bless us all.

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Catherine
Huber Heights, OH
D000197
Dear Rep. Diana DeGette

I'm from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform. Our family sheltered a young man (14 years old at the time) who attended a high school for immigrants that my son taught in. He lived with us for 5 years, graduated from high school and now lives independently with an excellent job, paying taxes and contributing to our society. I cannot help but think are these not the immigrants that were are ancestors? Good people, fleeing sometimes deadly situations in their own countries, seeking opportunities to contribute to our country.

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Nancy
Denver, CO
R000585
Dear Rep. Tom Reed II

When my mother was unable to leave her home because she was so disabled by severe osteoporosis, a friend from her church recommended a Jamaican woman who would be a live-in helper and companion. This woman did everything my mother needed, provided companionship, and put up with my mother's moods when she became discouraged at being confined to her home when she had been a "people services" employee all her life, a volunteer in her spare time, and generally a very social people person who thrived on being with and working with people. Her visa ran out, and immigration caught up with her and forced her to return to Jamaica. My mother was heartbroken and fearful since she was so dependent on constant help. Her church friend referred another live-in worker, but this worker was a young woman who lacked the patience and understanding an elderly woman in poor health required. Within weeks of losing her long-time companion, my mother ended up in the hospital and finally in a nursing home, and I'm convinced that the loss of her helper and friend caused her to go downhill so rapidly.

Immigrants do the hard work of caring for our sick and elderly at a much more affordable price than American home health aides, enabling elderly people of limited means to stay in their homes. They don't belong in abusive detention centers awaiting deportation, they deserve our gratitude for all they do and a path to citizenship. These people pick and process our food, clean the homes and tend the grounds of the well-off, and raise the children of working mothers as well as caring for our sick and elderly. They come here to work, and they make essential contributions to our society. We owe them, and the least we can do in exchange for all they do is provide a defined path to legal status and eventually, full citizenship.

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Judith
Ithaca, NY
C001062
Dear Rep. Michael Conaway

We are penalizing many constructive people who contribute to our society. We are using unwieldy and unjust methods, in many cases, that don't focus on real cases that need deportation or punishment. Families are destroyed in some instances.The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

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Edna
Midland, TX
W000812
Dear Rep. Ann Wagner

Immigration reform is a way to express who we are: people bigger than dollars and cents and self-disciplined enough to help those in need. Our self-interest as Americans is not in narrow-minded egotism. Our self-interest lies in our capacity to understand and empathize with those who are suffering and in need. Please show your personal and devoted character by doing everything possible to further immigration reform. Gridlock is an insult to your own dignity and that of those of us who place you in office. We need to be the mature and compassionate people we know we are here to be. Please support immigration reform.

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John
Bridgeton, MO
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Dear Rep. John Garamendi

I'm from your district and am writing to implore you and the Congress to pass Immigration Reform immediately. The time has long past to insure that all immigrants are given the opportunity to legally be recognized as contributors to American society and our economy. We elected you to represent our collective interests and a majority of citizens overwhelmingly want meaningful reform. I grew up with Mexican migrants who came here to work in the fields. At that time, nobody gave them a second thought. They were a subculture, and of no particular importance, socially or politically, to our predominantly white society. Today, with the Hispanic minority soon to become the majority here in California, it is time we gave these wonderful, courageous, hardworking, family oriented, generous, and ambitious people their due. It is absolutely the right thing to do. Now, not tomorrow, not next year - now.

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Rhonda
Marysville, CA
H001067
Dear Rep. Richard Hudson

We are a country of immigrants. Let us not participate in bigotry by stopping people here who have moved toward the American dream from realizing their dream. Only American Indians are natives, all the rest are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. The atmosphere in this country with people who are against immigration reform is based on bigotry and it is unfair to participate in bigotry in a country of diversity. It is not fair to allow immigrants to work and build for cheap and not participate in the property.

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Michael
Monroe, NC
G000567
Dear Rep. Tim Griffin

I'm from your district and I urge you to support the immigration reform. Here's why: I came here when I was 9 years old and I'm 24 now. Ever since 16, I have been wanting to join the Army National Guard to not only serve this country, but also do and work on something I can feel proud of. I've talked to multiple recruiters but it's always the same story. I need a green card at least to join. I currently have the DACA, no criminal record and am a hard worker. But it's still not enough to actually help me get into the military. Please, I beg you. Help me, help my family, help all of us. Thank you.

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Salvador
Alexander , AR
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Dear Rep. Kevin McCarthy

I am French, I won the green card via the Lottery Program, which I agree is very stupid program. For many reasons:
I want to say 2 things: Since I am permanent resident, I am not allowed to have my husband with me now, I have to wait, maybe he will come next year, maybe after. One thing is, I am not sure our love can survive this separation since it is difficult for him to come and go in the USA now (because he has a pending green card application, sounds crazy right?)

It is bad because he could be employed here, he received a lot of job opportunities, but because of my permanent resident status, he can't accept, he can' t have a visa now...He is not allowed to be here, with a temporary visa. He has a master degree from a top French business school.

The second thing is, do you support the fact that for example Microsoft is building offices in Canada? My husband could have had a H1B visa for example, but it is so complicated...there is such a high demand...

We would like at some point to open a company in the US, but now I am not sure about this future. So, do you support family separation? Do you support that talents go back to their countries? It is not only about illegal immigration, it is about family, economic growth, and attract the top talents.
I would like now to say to my community, the French, who create a lot of companies here, maybe we are not welcomed here, maybe America is not the immigration country we thought it would be...

Mister McCarthy, take a deep breath, the time is now, the country needs it.

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Jenna
San Francisco, CA
C001077
Dear Rep. Mike Coffman

Immigration reform is a national priority for economic, humanitarian, and moral reasons. Our immigration system is completely antiquated in the way that it fails to prioritize immigrants by economic need. The U.S. is losing ground to countries with smarter and more dynamic immigration systems. It is naive to assume that we will continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest when our immigration system does not accommodate that. In addition, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already living in this country and it is necessary to bring them out of the shadows. It is implausible to force or expect them to leave, and unwise to ignore them. We need to provide them a fair path to citizenship so that they can become full contributors to our country. Please do everything you can to act on our broken immigration system this year. There is no time to waste and the political dynamic is not going to become more advantageous.

Almost every American family can trace their roots back to an immigrant who dreamed of a better life--from the settlers who sought religious freedom far from the intolerance of old Europe, to the Irish immigrants fleeing famine for opportunity for their families, to the Mexican immigrants who have been part of the fabric of American life since the country's inception. We proudly celebrate our immigrant heritage every day, with the foods our grandmothers made for us and the traditions we keep and make thoroughly American. From the work and hopes and aspirations of immigrants unwelcome in their home country, we built the richest democracy in history. The immigrants who pursue their American dream today are as important and vital as those who came before them--reform our immigration system now and welcome them as our families were welcomed.

The United States continues to be a place where people want to start and grow their companies.The fact that our country was built and continues to grow from the contributions made by immigrants is one of the biggest advantages we have in this global economy. Our current state of immigration policies not only acts as a detriment to this advantage but is making this country less and less attractive as a hub for business and future entrepreneurial leadership. The longer we wait to take action, the more our economy and country will suffer. Take a stand for this country and the amazing talent that immigrants bring. Make us the best country we can be by pushing for a vote on immigration reform this year.

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Xin
lone tree, CO
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Dear Rep. Gene Green

Not only was this beautiful country founded by immigrants -- men and women -- from different cultures but it was also built to dignify the people with a common dream of the future to make AMERICA home.
I strongly believe that all these men had not only a dream but also a responsibility to continue to form a strong country. Immigration reform will allow not only the DREAM of making America a HOME, but also it will give people the RESPONSIBILITY to maintain such a dream alive by coming out of the shadows and becoming a more proactive part of the society.

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Lilian
Houston, TX
B001250
Dear Rep. Rob Bishop

I am one of the illegal you have in our country.
Yes, I am one of the millions that are more or less in the same situation; living here, working here, dreaming here, paying taxes here, and having a life with the same responsibilities but I do not have the same privileges or rights of any legal resident.
Yes, extreme circumstances brought us here (and believe you me, circumstances should be ‘extremes’ in order to make a person leave all behind, and come to a distant place where there is a different language and culture.) Please imagine yourself doing it. We adapted ourselves to this place after many sacrifices and we can prove to you that we are good ‘citizens’. We work hard, we accept any job, we pay bills, we pay taxes with every check but we do not get the whole reimbursement (because we have been assigned by the I.R.S. with a special number instead of a social security number.) I wonder where all that money goes. Ironically we have been accused of wasting the money of the tax-payers.
Personally I have lived here for ten years and I do not have even a driving ticket. We bought our house like a part of our dream, but we are still paying and we will be, until the last cent we owe, like good citizens. We are good neighbors and good students, yes all my family is in school; we want to be professionals and be more useful. My dream is to see my kids growing up in a safe place, where you can be what you want to be, in a place full of opportunities.
You, the ‘legal ones’ do not have any idea how blessed you are. If you go back in time, the first immigrants, your ancestors, they knew it and that is why they did the same I am doing now, looking for a better place, but not for free! It is through many sacrifices. What would you do if you where in my place, wouldn't you try? I am not asking for a general amnesty or any gift, I am asking for a viable law, I am asking for justice, yes ‘that justice for all’ you recite every day in the pledge to the allegiance. I am asking too that you make a reality that promise you show to the world and says something like “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddles masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teaming shore. Send me these, the homeless, tempest-lost, to me I lift my lamp beside the gold door!”
I read the other day an interview where an immigration officer, who did not want to complicate his chores, asked one of our representatives “what part of illegal you do not understand?” I think we do not understand the same way Rosa Parks did not understood, when police told her that it was illegal to use the front seats of the bus because she was black. We do not understand the same way Chinese people didn’t understood when they where enclosed inside of those camps during the war. We do not understand the way old laws said that women should not vote. There have been many laws that did not work properly, and time opened many hearts and minds that worked hard to repair it.
I know it implies more work, more study, but you know that those laws need more attention too. Let me suggest something, if the law is to protect the country, we are here for the same, we want a safe place to live: if the law is to protect individuals we are individuals too. Our kids have been born here, where should they finish? My heart struggles when I look at my big son, who came here at one year old, looking proud to the flag in the mornings or getting emotional when he sings patriotic songs. He doesn’t understand that he is an ‘illegal’ to.
I didn’t know when I came here how impossible it was to became a legal resident, when I realized this it was already too late, and I have no choices. Anyway, I want you to know I love this country like you can love a foster mom, with all my heart, even if some nonsense law someday takes me and my family out there, I don’t know where. The deportation’s ghost breathes down our necks every day of our lives. Please, help us. I write this letter because I am so scared, and I think I am not the only one. We are trapped here in a bureaucratic indifference. You are a politician who can help us to change this. In the same way so many other unfair laws are been changed before, you can be the hero! I am sure the future history books will have your name in them: and I am completely sure you are going to have the blessings of millions of people.
Sorry to disturb you with my petition but is an urgent need for many families. I promise you are not going to regret it. God bless you.
The illegal.

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Maria
Ogden, UT
D000600
Dear Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

I urge to support Immigration reform and here is why:

I am undocumented. I am 22 years old and have lived in the United States for 14 years. In 2000, my parents migrate to the U.S to escape the economic downturn in Peru. My father immediately tried to correct our legal status, but after 9/11 found it more challenging to acquire residency. Since then, I have been on this journey as a DREAMer.

I learned to speak, read and write in English in elementary school. As a child I was always asked to envision my future and took for granted living in the U.S. When I entered middle school, I began to work alongside my parents - washing cars and cleaning homes. I would vacuum, wipe windows and cars, and mop the floors while my parents did the heavy lifting.

High school was not easy; I had more responsibilities not only at school, but also at home and work. During my sophomore year, I sensed that I was different. My friends received their restricted driver’s licenses, bought cars, and traveled abroad to visit family or leave for vacation while I spent my summers working full-time with my parents. I rarely had any leisure time.

Senior year arrived too soon and I partook in the flurry of applying to colleges, scholarships and grants. By this time I understood that I was undocumented and could not apply for financial aid or receive grants or scholarships, despite being an excellent student. To attend college I would have been charged an international student’s full tuition rate. Despite feeling limited, I tried my best to keep a brave face and follow my dreams.

I then applied to the United States Marine Corps. However, my application to the Marine Corps was denied three times given the lack of a social security number. I was discouraged; who wouldn’t be?

At that point, I had a long conversation with my parents and realized that to continue my education, my parents would have to work 3 or 4 jobs. My parents had taught me that education comes first, and therefore told me not to worry about money, assuring me that it would be an investment. I went on to graduate from Southwest Miami Senior High School and enroll in Miami-Dade College, and sought ways to resolve my family’s immigration status.

Shortly after I was lucky to discover the “Trail of Dreams,” established by four DREAMers who walked from Miami to Washington to address the need for immigration reform. To my surprise, they were also Miami-Dade students and were part of an organization called Students Working for Equal Rights (S.W.E.R), with which I am now involved. Through my involvement, I learned valuable tools to help others understand the situation that undocumented immigrants face. I was able to obtain deferred action status under DACA, which grants undocumented immigrants a renewable two year work permit, but only serves as a temporary option for a selected few.

I always keep my parents in mind and unfortunately fear that one day they will be detained or deported. By fixing our broken immigration system, other families, who like me fear separation, will feel safe in our nation.

Let us pass comprehensive immigration reform and show Congress that our country is welcoming of immigrants and wants to overhaul our immigration system.

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Jorge
Miami, FL
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Dear Rep. Rosa DeLauro

We all came to the USA wanting a better life. Even the Mayflower. Once someone is in the USA and has kids, how can you separate them from their family and work? Don't punish the children or family for looking for "The American Dream." So many families come here to escape poverty and know they can work hard here to support their families, whereas in their countries they starve. I thought we were better than this. Put yourself in their shoes and be honest about what you would do to take care of your own. I look forward to your stand on this.

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Candice
Branford , CT
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Dear Rep. Mike Thompson

People have been deported and are presently in deportation proceedings. Families have been broken and human rights have been violated.

Some citizens demand that immigrants do it the legal way when there is no legal pathway to do so. This is why reform is needed; to obtain a legal pathway.

Thousands of human beings have died attempting to reach this country. If they felt they had any other choice, they would have not paid the ultimate sacrifice, their life and the life of those they love dearly. Have some compassion and respect for those individuals and those who survived them!

Please recognize the hard work of all those illegal immigrants that are working for slave wages and paying taxes as any other citizen, to simply survive in a foreign country because their own government have failed them. Please attempt to have sympathy for all those children that were brought here without say, and only regard this country as theirs (with as much love as you do), and are denied the same opportunities as any other child that have attended the same school and/or accomplished the same things. They will not be allowed to drive, or work or attend college with similar opportunities as any other citizen. All they ask for is the chance to be one as well. To them, this is their country. The only one they know and love! Denying them these rights is not true justice!

Reform is for all of them! Please act on it NOW!

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Brenda
Santa Rosa, CA
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Dear Rep. Chris Stewart

I want to let you know how completely proud I am of this country. This country has given me the opportunity to grow, and -- with work and dedication -- become a productive adult. I am not sure what my life would have been like had I not been brought up this country... Great things have happened to me here, that will make me forever grateful to the United States of America, no matter where I may be. When I was a boy, a Toys for Tots marine gave me a toy, and it made me feel so special. From then on, I knew I would be loyal to the US forever. In school and the communities I have lived in, people have been helpful and wonderful. They have shown me the greatness of the American people. Not everyone, but most of us come here (or have been brought here) and have the desire to progress and integrate into the fabric of this glorious society of Americans. Please support immigration reform -- give those whom have the fire within them to be productive members of society a chance. Thank you, God bless.

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J.enrique
Salt Lake City, UT
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Dear Rep. Tom Latham

Many years ago, my grandfather came to this country from Italy. He and my grandmother never became citizens, but my uncles did. My father was first-generation American. What kind of life would I have had, if the government sent my grandparents back to Italy?
Today people come to this great country because they believe it is the land of opportunity, and want something better for themselves and their children. Who are we to deny them?
Except for Native Americans, we are all immigrants and should welcome our neighbors to a new home. Make America great again. Reform our immigration laws and streamline the path to citizenship for the sake of the country and all her dedicated citizens and would-be citizens. God Bless America!

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Saundra
West Des Moines, IA
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Dear Rep. Doc Hastings

My name's Sharon and I live in your district. I will promise to be quite brief. I'm fourteen years old with a few years of living in the United States. My mother and I crossed over about the fifth of January of 2005. Why did we crossed over? You may have herd that we all "invade", as many like to call it, because of safety or economical issues. Yes, that's true many times. Yet, have you ever wondered why we rather fight with our high hopes and spirits rather than where we originally came from? This is due for our love to the land we fight for and the hopes we have for future generations. Where hopes have a chance to survive.
We came over, because a "man" that called himself my father left us to die slowly in proverty. However, my mom was stronger; and still is, than she looked. Soon, after our abondonment, we left for a better life.
But those places are not so bad, rigth? Well, they are a catastrofy. Try to not get hurt by violence, hacked by poverty or raped by disgusting so called "humans", if that is how humans treat Rachel other.
You might also think that bad people might come over. The kind of people that will make a nation a weak place, but really, they don't have the guts to come over to a new place and work for a living.
Our people don't have to worry about any sort of negative influence. Our nation is diverse and free to the option of happiness unless we stop believing in the public that constructs our country. To reject other humans that serve us in agriculture, constrution and many other tiring jobs, the right to grow a family in a happy, safe place is not why there is leaders. You are here to serve and protect your country. Protect us as we will serve for you; serve us as we will serve for you.
Give a child the oppurtunity to turn into a healthy adult and then live past the age of thirty.
I want to make it clear that I am who I say I am. I wrote with my heart and from within the deepness of my soul.

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Sharon
Pasco, WA
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Dear Rep. Peter King

Immigration reform is very important to me. me and my sister are both united states citizens and we was abandoned by our father at early age. we had to strive till this day. we were immigrants 6 years ago and we have more of our families back in Africa making just the two of us here in the USA and it is pretty hard for us because we always miss them. My mother, and the rest of families will not be able to immigrate to the USA without the new immigration reform passed, I would like congress to pass the bill that will help me and my sister help my family immigrate to the USA legally.

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Bernard
brentwood, NY
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Dear Rep. Robert Pittenger

It is the right thing to do both morally and economically. If the immigrants could at least legally get jobs, they would be in a better position to take care of their families. Many of their children were born here and are citizens, but because the parents can't work legally and, are forced to take jobs that pay under minimum wage, the families go hungry. Working legally, they would pay payroll taxes and they would put more money into the economy.

Only the American Indians are true Americans. The rest of us are Immigrants.

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Darlene
Cornelius, NC
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Dear Rep. Rick Larsen

I have written before. I have worked in the Edmonds School District with many immigrant students who have been here for many years and are excellent students. They work hard in school, don't do drugs and want a future safe from the pollution, disease and violence in Mexico. Please push for immigration reform. After Vietnam, we had Americans sponsor immigrant families. If American families could sponsor undocumented families, what a great idea! That way, good, hard-working families would become legal, and criminal immigrants would not.

I know a young man in your district, graduating in June with honors and who has been accepted to the U. Of W. who is afraid he can't fulfill his dream of becoming an electrical engineer and working at Boeing.

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Margaret
Everett, WA
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Dear Rep. Paul Ryan

I'm from your district and I urge you support immigration reform. Here's why: It's 40 years overdue. We must have accurate documentation of the residents living here. Collecting taxes in a proper identifiable fashion is in our best interest. Driver's license registrations must be identical in all 50 states. Legal home purchases must be documented properly. Illegals already going to college should be documented properly so as to attain licenses after college for their selected bailiwick. Lastly, it's the right thing to do.

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Jeff
Bristol, WI
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Dear Rep. Frank LoBiondo

I'm a retired educator from Cumberland County. We have an abundance of undocumented workers in and around our towns. Their children go to our schools, they work on our farms, in restaurants, and the do yard work for many households. They work very hard in my opinion and the children I taught in school were very well behaved. Probably because most of them had mothers and fathers and a strong family structure.

It greatly saddens me when I hear some of the stories about how many of these people have been brought here as children through no fault of their own and now they have children who were born here and the children are citizens of the US by birth. They are people with no where to go. They can't go back to Mexico or other country and risk no job and a poor education for their children, but staying here means hiding in the shadows.

We need to make a way for these people to be legal. And the way needs to be streamlined so we can get them to pay property taxes, social security, and sign-up for the ACA and really become productive citizens soon. As things stand they are costing our country big bucks because we are educating their children for free up to 12th grade and they are taken care of in emergency rooms in our hospitals.

Complicated red tape will only serve to frustrate them and the people who are here like me, who were born here and believe like our ancestors that these people deserve a chance to become whole persons for everybody's sake.

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Judith
Vineland, NJ
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Dear Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Our country has been the beacon of hope for people seeking a better life, for people from all parts of the world. My own grandparents were immigrants from Italy and Germany. They worked long and hard to bring other family members to America. They fought bravely for America in more than two wars. The family is the soul of every nation. Let us keep families together and put undocumented immigrants on the road to full citizenship. To do otherwise would not be sensible or wise in the long run. I strongly support compassionate immigration reform!

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Robert
Houston, TX
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Dear Rep. Justin Amash

Almost every American family can trace their roots back to an immigrant who dreamed of a better life--from the settlers who sought religious freedom far from the intolerance of old Europe, to the Irish immigrants fleeing famine for opportunity for their families, to the Mexican immigrants who have been part of the fabric of American life since the country's inception. We proudly celebrate our immigrant heritage every day, with the foods our grandmothers made for us and the traditions we keep and make thoroughly American. From the work and hopes and aspirations of immigrants unwelcome in their home country, we built the richest democracy in history. The immigrants who pursue their American dream today are as important and vital as those who came before them--reform our immigration system now and welcome them as our families were welcomed.And that the Algeria people have the rights to live in USA cause we all are humans no matter what our religion or race is we all have equal opportunities

Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process. The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings is a direct consequence of our country's broken immigration system. We are a nation that respects family values and values families -- our immigration policy should reflect that.

The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

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Sandra
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
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Dear Rep. Kenny Marchant

Please listen to our hearts, Sir. I'm a person with some dreams in my life. I went to bakery school to be a pastry chef and build my own personal touch in my sweets business. I registered my business in my state -- Texas -- My Easy Sweets Bakery Learning Center, to teach bakery specialities to people with low income, to learn bakery skills and create jobs. But, without documents, we cannot build anything in this beautiful and blessing country. Sir, please gives us a little chance to serve this country. God Bless you, Sir.

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Jaime
Dallas, TX
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Dear Rep. Pete Sessions

Dear Representative...I am from your district and i support immigration reform and here is why...I have a dear friend who originally came over to the US on the DREAM act. He finished High School went to college all while working 3+ jobs to support him and his family. He is a man of honor and integrity. He did get deferred action and has a wife and baby girl. He lived in fear of deportation for years. He needs to have citizenship along with others like himself. He does not live off the system and supports himself 100 percent.

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Sarah
Richardson, TX
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Dear Rep. Christopher Gibson

Immigration Reform matters to me because we are a country of Immigrants. I used to sing "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave"...we need to keep our priorities, utilizing the same fervor, as America has always been to us: A country of hope that gives everyone freedom and a chance for a better life. We welcomed immigrants at one point. Now it has been made too difficult a task to accomplish, as even the hopes of the world have turned into despair. Please do everything you can to restore our country's former perspective regarding this issue. Thank you.

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Linda
Pleasant Valley, NY
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Dear Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

I would like you to vote for any immigration reform that will improve life for our immigrants. I think it is terrible that we still haven't passed anything to help the children of legal immigrants that grow up in the USA. Children of legal immigrants should be given documentation to help them through life. They should be able to apply for scholarships or anything else. Immigrants pay taxes the same as any citizen so why do we withhold the paperwork? I hold you responsible since you now have so much seniority. I won't vote for you if nothing is passed.

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Virginia
Spokane, WA
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Dear Rep. Karen Bass

I support immigration reform and in no uncertain terms, I urge you to please do your job and apply your persuasive skills to cross the aisles. If it takes an all-nighter till dawn, and to do it with a national prayer vigil, do it with all of the Democrats and few reasonable Republicans and get this pass, we stand with you!

What to pass - The Senate bill on immigration reform. Please do it with the women, the business leaders, the faith leaders, the nuns, and lead us all in the Capitol!

Why, we allow these folks to be at the center of our lives as nannies, drivers, caregivers, yet we relegate them to the margins. It does not make human sense at all!

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Prosy
Los Angeles, CA
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Dear Rep. Morgan Griffith

It is crucial that we acknowledge our past as a nation of immigrants. By xenophobically denying individuals and families the right to legally come to our country and gain citizenship, we create a barrier for the very people who would help grow our economy. We need to consider the human rights involved in this issue. Every human being has the right to seek the opportunity to succeed and raise their family in a country that respects their desire to contribute what they can to our society. Please help this issue move forward in the House of Representatives!

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Nathan
Salem, VA
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Dear Rep. Donna Edwards

I am from Maryland. I urge to strongly support an immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship ASAP. My entire family member are US citizens yet there's no way for them to petition for me that's why I believe Immigration reform would and will do good to a country that I adopted as my own. It will make a lot of sense to me if all undocumented Americans would have their legal papers to move freely without being harassed by ICE or ripped apart from their loved ones. It is moral and a spiritual obligation to register them all to know who's here to hurt us and who's here to better their life and boost our economy.

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Claude
Hyattsville, MD
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Dear Rep. Virginia Foxx

My family left China and moved to Winston-Salem, NC 7 years ago because my dad was a stem cells research scientist and came here for work. His boss was a really famous scientist, so it should have been pretty easy for him to get a O-type green card for talented people. He was in the process of getting it, and was about to get approved, but he passed away before that happened, and then they just cancelled it. I was already in high school and my little brother only knows English, so we stayed here for our education although the visa was expired and we became "unlawful." I really want to graduate and work here, and be able to use what I learned in this country to contribute to society. I talked to several attorneys about this and the only answer I got was, "There's not much you can do now, you should just wait until you get married here." I think this is really ridiculous. Please help us, there's no one we can turn to.

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Di
Winston-Salem , NC
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Dear Rep. Mark Sanford

I'm in your district and I support immigration reform because of different reasons:

1. It should be illegal to separate children from their parents. Most of these children are Americans. If they're not they came here with their parents without the option to choose. If parents get deported, America the government becomes responsible for these children. It is better to keep them together and have their parents raise them with dignity working hard as all of them do.

2. The economy will increase enormously. All these families paying taxes, having governments documents, constructing houses and buying.

3. The Bible talks about immigrants and it states to be careful with the immigrants that live with you because the eyes of The Lord are against the nations that abuse them. I suggest to go back to the Bible and be wise if we want this nation to be the greatest nation in the world before man and before The Lord. In God we trust?

Thanks, Wanda

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Wanda
Summerville , SC
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Dear Rep. Marcy Kaptur

It is important for me to write to you. I have an autistic child that is growing up with his father. We both are awaiting my husbands appointment. We have been barred, and there are millions of people who are living as I am. I hope one day for us to live as a family, just like you are living happily with your family and sharing one home. I am a responsible citizen just like you, that wakes up at 5am to go work for their family to have enough to eat and have shelter. I am not asking you for money, I am only asking you for me to have the same right as you -- to have a family and eat dinner at one same table.

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Julia
Cleveland , OH
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Dear Sen. Bill Cassidy

Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process.
Immigration reform isn’t just about families and livelihoods, it is an economic imperative.
One of America's greatest assets is its ability to attract people from around the world who come here to innovate. Our current immigration system turns away people who are educated on our soil and turns a blind eye to 11 million people who are currently living in the shadows. There is no question that it is in our economic interest to pass legislation that gives people a legal pathway to working and living in the United States. It's time for the House to take a vote on immigration reform now.

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Jerry
Houston, TX
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Dear Rep. Scott DesJarlais

My name is Kim and I support immigration reform. I have been a teacher for 27 years and I work with a youth group in Cleveland, TN. Some of my kids in the youth group are undocumented. They came here with their families when they were very young. Their families came here because of severe poverty and fear. Many lived in the drug war areas of Mexico which is very dangerous. I love these kids and they deserve a right to become citizens and go to college. They have a lot to offer our community. Please give them a break.

Sincerely,
Kim B

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Kim
Cleveland, TN
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Dear Rep. Cheri Bustos

As you already know there is an urgent need in your district to make life less stressful for undocumented workers. They are employed in almost every facet of our business establishments. For too long, they continue to suffer with low wages and discrimination by employers. It is time for immigration reform and I sincerely hope you will vote to help keep families together. Most immigrants come here for a better life, we need to honor the words inscribed on Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor..."

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Vincent
Rock Island, IL
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Dear Rep. Tom McClintock

Dear Sir, I am holder of a Master's degree and I am jobless for two years because I am not supposed to work and earn in the USA. Yes, I am on a H-4 visa (a spouse of H-1B visa holder). My wife is the single source of earning for the family. We have a 3-year-old baby girl. It's matter of shame for a husband to sit at home, watching TV while his wife goes and works hard. I am very hard worker and a highly qualified person. The non-authorization of EAD is a hurdle for spouses to participate in society. My daughter, my wife and I request that you please support a immigration bill for legals who are on a H-4 visa so that they can have EAD to support the family. Thanks.

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Sid
Monterey, CA
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Dear Rep. Doug LaMalfa

Dear Sir, I am Masters Degree holder and I have been jobless for two years because I am not supposed to work and earn in USA. Yes, I am on an H4 visa (spouse of H1B visa Holder).

My wife is a single source of earning for the family. We have a three year old girl baby. It's a matter of shame for a husband to sit at home watching TV while his wife goes and works hard. I am very hard worker and highly qualified person. The non-authorization of EAD is a hurdle for spouses to participate in the society. My daughter, my wife and me request you to please support immigration bill for LEGALS who are on H4 visa so that they can have EAD to support the family.

Thanks.

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Sid
Monterey, CA
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Dear Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Dear Sir, I am Masters Degree holder and I am jobless for two year because I am not supposed to work and earn in USA. yes I am on H4 visa( spouse of H1B visa Holder)
My wife is a single source of earning for the family. We have three years old girl baby. Its matter of shame for a husband to sit in home watching TV while his wife goes and work hard. I am very hard worker and highly qualified person. The non authorization of EAD is hurdle for spouses to participate in the society. My daughter,my wife and me request you to please support immigration bill for LEGALS who are on H4 visa so that they can have EAD to support the family.
Thanks

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Sid
Monterey, CA
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Dear Rep. Cynthia Lummis

I wish to express how I feel about immigration. One round planet, no borders. All living beings -- human or nonhuman -- free to roam this lovely earth as they choose. Education, food, housing, health care and equal rights for all, in all things. No wars over borders, no killing over religion, no upsetting the balance of nature. Freedom to live without "immigration laws." Any child living in this country should be able to attend school no matter where they come from -- education makes for a strong work force and that makes for a strong country. This planet is made up of immigrants, we all came from some place, why do we have to be so closed minded to other races? We are all the same, we just look different on the outside. One planet, one people... All for one and one for all. That is my idea of immigration.

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Ann
Green River, WY
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Dear Rep. John Kline

Dear Senator/Representative:

I am writing today to urge you to support common sense immigration reform that will give hard-working immigrants an opportunity to earn American citizenship. It is essential that Congress fix our broken immigration system this year.

I am particularly concerned about the young immigrants who were brought here as children, raised in communities and educated at our schools. They are our friends, neighbors and classmates. These undocumented youth currently have no way of ever becoming Americans. No matter how hard working or successful, these young people face deportation to countries they may not remember where people speak languages they may not know. Congress must fix this.

The current broken system fails all of us. By preventing talented immigrants from contributing fully to our economy, we both hamper our economic growth and waste tremendous resources on an enforcement system that all agree does not work. The cost to deport all of those here without proper status would be staggering, with estimates that it costs $23,000 to deport a single immigrant. This makes no economic sense.

As Congress considers how to overhaul our nation’s immigration laws this year, I hope that you will keep these views in mind. This issue is extremely important to me and to our nation’s future. Please support common sense immigration reform and finally fix this broken system.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Reyes
Inver Grove Heights, MN
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Dear Rep. Vern Buchanan

With millions of people in our country living in the shadows, unidentified, and strongly believing that every country needs to be able to decide who comes through its borders, I don't see how Congress can continue to fail to act . We are all immigrants in some way that is unless you are an Native American Indian. My Grandfather an Irish immigrant came to this country as a young man way back in the early 20s he became a citizen and he along with all the men in my family served this Nation Proudly . This is the land of opportunity . Immigrants built this Great Nation in which we live . We need to give these strong hard working men and women the same opportunities ! We have so many young people that came here , as children , This is their home . They are the future of this Great Nation , We should embrace their contributions to this Nation .
Lest We forget what Lady Liberty Stands For .....On a tablet inside the pedestal is engraved the following sonnet, written by Emma Lazarus (1849–1887):
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Sincerely,
Jennifer Mason

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I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

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Jennifer
Venice, FL
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Dear Rep. Don Young

I am from Eagle River and urge you to support the immigration bill.
You already know all the reasons why, and in my mind all the reasons to drag things out are strawman excuses.

Your wife, Alaska Natives and Lower 48 Indians might be here legally, but the rest of our ancestors immigrated.

Whoever feels that immigration must be held up until the fence is perfect, the coastlines are protected etc etc in my mind are defending an incredible two tier justice system, that is much more an insult to what our country is supposed to be standing for than most of the other explanations used to defend status quo inequities. As a legislator you are stuck regularly accepting compromises that might make the overall picture better some time in the future, but the issue of immigration is so egregious at this point I consider it akin to tolerating modern day slavery.

Perhaps you are already in favor of doing the right thing, I hope you can convince your fellow representatives and senators to do the right thing and get past this blemish on our history. Please ask your colleagues to sort out their thinking critically, (they may need a logic coach) and recognize what pieces of their arguments are based on solid facts and solid values, and what parts are supported by emotion, greed, and justifications to support the status quo.

Thank you for reading this far, and it would be nice to see an honest justification of what the congress/senate is doing on this issue.

Erik

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Erik
Eagle RIver, AK
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Dear Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

Dear Congressional Members, There are upwards of 11 million people potentially affected by this, many in a "need to survive" way. We have no time to make excuses, even good ones, on the face of it, reasonable ones. Please ask yourselves, "Do I put myself in the place of the neediest here? Is money, position, power, ego, affecting my judgment? With all the shallowness going on around me, can I be fair in my judgment?" Please, make today the day your whole life changed. Assist these people as you would want to be helped... Maybe even a little more. Vote to reform immigration.

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Barbara
Longview, WA
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Dear Rep. John Delaney

You must DO something! This has gone on too long Stop the politics. This has several solutions, all of which are DOABLE NOW. TOO many are waiting in line; too many are eager to come; too many have already "paid their dues" and know more about the Constitution that we (and YOU DO)! Too many are in real need , as were the immigrants who saw the Statue of Liberty. What's the problem? If you can identify it, you should be able to solve it. DO IT.

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Craig
Germantown, MD
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Dear Rep. George Miller

I'm from your district and I urge you to vote for immigration reform. Many people come to this country to escape from extreme poverty or political oppression. Many of these people often work under the table to perform jobs that many Americans do not want to perform. They perform those jobs without benefits or wage protections. They are sometimes abused by employers, because of their illegal status. Employers use their labor to keep prices down, without concern for the people under their employ. If immigration reform were in place, these individuals would have more rights under the law, and would be less likely to be taken advantage of.

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Michelle
Walnut Creek, CA
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Dear Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger

There are many good, law-abiding citizens who -- because of their immigration status -- can't file taxes or acquire a driver's license or even something as simple as a fishing license, because you are required to give a Social Security Number. Yet folks are allowed to buy guns without presenting a photo ID. Something is wrong with this. Most of these citizens have children who are born here and are not going anywhere. Reinforce the border and create a legal path to gain legal status in the USA. Please make a difference.

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Douglas
Jessup, MD
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Dear Rep. Matthew Cartwright

Please support immigration reform. The laws were made years ago, and are impossible now. Not only that, who are we to determine who comes to our country. The entire globe is in migration. We all, each and every one of us, is descended from an immigrant.

Current policy reversals by the Republican Party make people question their sincerity. Lack on gumption by the Democrats makes the issue seem unimportant. If I were an first generation immigrant, this would be a life or death argument about myself, my family and our future.

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Robert
Portland, PA
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Dear Rep. Luke Messer

I am from your district and I support emigration reform. Emigration reform has brought tons of highly skilled jobs to my area and has resulted in a vibrant economy, an increase in spending in local establishments, and an increase in tax base at the local and state level. This in turn has made this community better and stronger. It is time to allow those great skilled people to stay and help.

Almost every American family can trace their roots back to an immigrant who dreamed of a better life--from the settlers who sought religious freedom far from the intolerance of old Europe, to the Irish immigrants fleeing famine for opportunity for their families, to the Mexican immigrants who have been part of the fabric of American life since the country's inception. We proudly celebrate our immigrant heritage every day, with the foods our grandmothers made for us and the traditions we keep and make thoroughly American. From the work and hopes and aspirations of immigrants unwelcome in their home country, we built the richest democracy in history. The immigrants who pursue their American dream today are as important and vital as those who came before them--reform our immigration system now and welcome them as our families were welcomed.

Immigration reform is urgently necessary for the millions of families that are torn apart by our broken immigration system. So many hardworking mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children come to the United States to find work to provide for their family's livelhood. These immigrants make sacrifices that many Americans would never have to make. Once in the United States, families face travel restrictions and fears of separation as they make their way through the often decades long green card application process. It is imperative that we take action on immigration reform for these hardworking families in an effort to alleviate their suffering and make the legal immigration process more family-friendly.

Immigration reform is a national priority for economic, humanitarian, and moral reasons. Our immigration system is completely antiquated in the way that it fails to prioritize immigrants by economic need. The U.S. is losing ground to countries with smarter and more dynamic immigration systems. It is naive to assume that we will continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest when our immigration system does not accomodate that. In addition, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already living in this country and it is necessary to bring them out of the shadows. It is implausible to force or expect them to leave, and unwise to ignore them. We need to provide them a fair path to citizenship so that they can become full contributors to our country. Please do everything you can to act on our broken immigration system this year. There is no time to waste and the political dynamic is not going to become more advantageous.

More and more politicians are making the conscious and compassionate decision to support immigration reform. Jeb Bush's recent comments on the topic are a prime example. He says, "the way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally ... and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family." Jeb Bush is compassionate on this issue, and I urge you, Representative, to consider a similar stance today.

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Jehad
Columbus, IN
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Dear Rep. Rubén Hinojosa Sr.

As you know, there are many undocumented Americans residing in Hidalgo County. I urge you as my representative to do your very best to pass comprehensive immigration reform! I firmly believe that anyone who wants to live in the United States should be able to do so. How can we even think of denying other people the right to live here -- this land used to belong to the Native Americans before we took it form them --so how can we say we have a right to keep other people out? Our greatest strength as a nation is that we are a collection of all the peoples of the rest of the world!

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Marlon
McAllen, TX
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Dear Rep. Bill Foster

I am from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform. Both of my great-grandparents on each side of my family came here from Germany, Ireland & Denmark. This country was founded -- and is -- a nation of immigrants. We cannot send back millions of immigrants who've made a difference, worked, paid taxes and didn't break any laws, except for illegally entering this country. Please show compassion and support immigration reforms and allow them to become legal citizens.

Thank you so much for listening.

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Sherry
Aurora, IL
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Dear Rep. Pete Gallego

I'm a US born citizen and I think it is inhuman what we are doing to the hard working people that have helped us strengthen our nation.
When our ancestors all came here in the early days they did not come in legally, they came, conquered and massacred the local Indians.
Most undocumented immigrants have come in search of a dream and have helped us prosper and become a better country.
Most do pay taxes and social security, and don't receive the benefits. Thanks to so many of them the social security in our country hasn't gone broke yet.
In return, we have mistreated and abused them.
Let's do the right thing:
LET'S: ACCEPT THEM, DOCUMENT THEM AND FULLY INTEGRATE THEM TO SOCIETY.

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John
San Antonio , TX
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Dear Rep. Trent Franks

I'm from your district and I would like you to support immigration reform because it is the right thing to do. Arizona is greatly impacted by the loss of revenue because of the inability to allow available and good workers to officially enter our economy. But most importantly, it is the moral thing to do! Proponents of family values need to step up and be visible on their principles and effect reforms in the area of family unity -- not tearing families apart. The young people are our future -- please help them.

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Dianne
Sun City, AZ
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Dear Rep. Michele Bachmann

We are all immigrants in one way or another. My grandparents migrated to Argentina in the late 1800's to farm the land and to have a future after the depression, they were welcomed and worked hard as most of my friends from central america do today in this country, please give them a chance to be legal so they can have some dignity and a future as well. Immigration reform is a national priority for economic, humanitarian, and moral reasons. Our immigration system is completely antiquated in the way that it fails to prioritize immigrants by economic need. The U.S. is losing ground to countries with smarter and more dynamic immigration systems. It is naive to assume that we will continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest when our immigration system does not accommodate that. In addition, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already living in this country and it is necessary to bring them out of the shadows. It is implausible to force or expect them to leave, and unwise to ignore them. We need to provide them a fair path to citizenship so that they can become full contributors to our country. Please do everything you can to act on our broken immigration system this year. There is no time to waste and the political dynamic is not going to become more advantageous.

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Miguel
DELANO, MN
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Dear Rep. Judy Chu

All Americans, regardless of their politics, know we can't send these millions of residents (regardless of their "status") packing. The vast majority are honest, hard working, vibrant assets to our Country! Failing to deal with this ordeal - for them, for us, is one of the many reasons Congress is in such low esteem with voters... Addressing this issue in a swift & humane manner will not just heal their problem - but go a long way towards repairing Congress' problem/image!

Hoping you will rise to the challenge.

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Gary
Alhambra, CA
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Dear Rep. Gwen Moore

Immigrants made this country great and right now this country is in dire need of new ambitious people who want to work hard and make their dreams come true. We need more people with new ideas to get our country on track instead of stifled and grid locked. I urge you to vote yes to making an easy hassle free path to immigration. Our new guests should not have to spend all kinds of energy on paper work . They need to be working hard and contributing to society and so should you. My father migrated from Puerto Rico to better himself he worked for many years as a Chicago Teamster and gave his children opportunities. We are grateful to him and to our country.

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Rick
Milwaukee, WI
C001094
Dear Rep. Paul Cook

Do the right thing and pass immigration reform now. I live and work with people who came here decades ago and were welcomed by employers who needed their assistance in order to make their businesses thrive. Their children know only the USA as their homeland even though they were not born here. My undocumented friends, neighbors and students deserve to live a life free from shame, fear and exploitation. These families are here because they came here to pursue the American Dream. as did your and my ancestors. You must do whatever it takes to provide freedom and dignity for undocumented residents those who love the USA and call the USA home. To not pass comprehensive immigration reform now, is to neglect your duties as an elected official. DO THE RIGHT THING. Pass immigration reform now!

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Jean
Bishop, CA
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Dear Rep. Raúl Labrador

This morning in our local paper, there was an article explaining that due to the recession, the birth rate is falling at an alarming rate. It is feared that there won't be enough people to work in the future. If immigration reform was passed, there would be plenty of workers to do the jobs. We need immigration reform now. It is inhumane to break up families and deport them because of antiquated immigration laws. Please vote to pass immigration now. Some of our best friends are Hispanic, and several of our family members are married to Hispanics. They are wonderful people and deserve a chance to live the American Dream.

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Billie
Rathdrum, ID
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Dear Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

I'm from your district and I hope you will support immigration reform. I am a retired professor and my youngest son is just about to begin his career as a professor. His discipline takes him across the borders constantly. My career and his have made me more certain decade by decade that families should not be divided. Please work for us on this matter. The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

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Linda
Placitas, NM
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Dear Rep. Patrick Tiberi

I'm from your district. I'm originally from Colombia, and have been a citizen for three years. I support immigration reform because I was an immigrant like most citizens in this country, and I understand the struggle of all the people coming to this country looking for a better opportunity. Please extend the same kindness and help given to me and my family to the many people who desperately need it. Our goal in life is to help people, and if we cannot help them at least we should't harm them. You already voted against extending federal unemployment benefits, which hurts me economically. Please don't make the same mistake in not supporting immigration reform. Thank you.

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Jose
Delaware, OH
C001078
Dear Rep. Gerald Connolly

I am a business owner from your district. Why not allow more tax paying folks to enter the work force? It is a win-win. Plenty of companies are searching for technical folks and this way more open positions would get filled. Our field is competitive so companies have to pay the going rate as well as DOL guidelines.

Immigration reform is a national priority for economic, humanitarian, and moral reasons. Our immigration system is completely antiquated in the way that it fails to prioritize immigrants by economic need. The U.S. is losing ground to countries with smarter and more dynamic immigration systems. It is naive to assume that we will continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest when our immigration system does not accommodate that. In addition, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already living in this country and it is necessary to bring them out of the shadows. It is implausible to force or expect them to leave, and unwise to ignore them. We need to provide them a fair path to citizenship so that they can become full contributors to our country. Please do everything you can to act on our broken immigration system this year. There is no time to waste and the political dynamic is not going to become more advantageous.

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Velan
Vienna, VA
L000573
Dear Rep. Raúl Labrador

I have been married for 20 years. I am a US citizen and have two children that are US citizens. My husband has unfortunately been deported 3 times. The last time he was deported was in 2011. He is now detained in Arizona for re-entry. My husband does not have a criminal background and all he wants is to be reunited with his family. It's really sad that our 7-year-old son is growing up without his dad. He cries every night for him because he loves him and would like for his dad to be here. This separation is creating hardship for my family.

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Maria
Nampa, ID
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Dear Rep. John Sarbanes

I'm writing this letter in support of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Please support the comprehensive immigration reform–reform that includes a road to legalization and eventual citizenship for the undocumented and important and well overdue changes to the family-based and business-based immigration system.
Avoiding discussion or blocking the legislative process is not the proper approach for those changes. Current immigration system is broken and hard-working undocumented immigrants, American businesses and employees, requires a comprehensive reform.
Academic, scientific, religious and political studies shows that immigration reform will cause is a positive impact in our society and our country and it is urgent to bring legislation that create a human, legal and comprehensive approach to this issues.
This legislation is a historic opportunity toward creating an immigration system with bipartisan support that better serves the needs of our families, employers, and country. I urge you not to let this opportunity pass and respectfully request your support for the comprehensive immigration reform.
Respectfully

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Pedro
Columbia, MD
C001053
Dear Rep. Tom Cole

We were all immigrates to begin with. My great-grandfather came from London in the 1850's. All the people who are currently working in the United States and are paying taxes on their income deserve a chance to become citizens. We need to forget "partisan" politics and give them the same chance that our forefathers had. I personally know of many people who are here "illegally" and are currently doing work that most Americans would not want to do. Please vote for immigration reform. It is the best thing we can do at the present time.

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Charles
Blanchard, OK
M000689
Dear Rep. John Mica

I'm from your district and i urge you to support immigration reform. This is why:
I came from France to usa in 2005 as a marketing and communication consultant for a French company that opened an office in Florida.

I fell in love twice: first to my future wife (she was hired by the company I was a consultant for) and 2nd by the opportunity that the USA gives to anyone who has a dream and is willing to put effort into it.

Fast forward: 2014
I'm now the president of a company based in Altamonte Springs, Florida. I'm very proud to say that I contribute financially to my community by paying taxes, and ended up making enough money to buy a house where my wife and I are raising our 2 children.
I'm very proud too that 6 talented American people decided to join my company and are working with me, sharing now the same dream as me to make my company matter in the IT market.

I'm very proud to have bring some of the French ideology(health care is a right not a privilege) offering 100% health care coverage to each of them and their family. Health care coverage that cost nothing to the US economy.
On top of that, working with US companies, my company injected more than 1 million dollars in the US economy in 2013 by paying for their services, equipment and tools.

But there is a but...
Don't misunderstand my message, if I didn't met my wife and so never had a green card, none of that would exist. I would have had to go back to France in 2005 because I would not have qualified for any visa to stay in USA. Florida is not the Silicon Valley, and for my company, finding talented web developers sometimes is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I know talented web developers and other skilled people who would love to join my company and will -with no doubt at all- help me create more job in USA but... They don't live here, they don't necessarily qualify for h1b visa (if there are any left ...), and except for using the B1 visa that would make them feel like an illegal immigrant (no ssn, no credit score, no future, etc.) unfortunately I have no way to hire them.
This has to change.
Any US company should automatically have the right to hire anyone they think are able to support the growth of their company from anywhere they want.

My idea is that it could be set up as a quota to start:
It's a simple idea, I call it 1 for 5:

For each US company that creates 5 full time job given to US citizens -or green card- employees,1 person from outside USA can join in with a visa equivalent to the h1b. After 5 years in the same company, this person would have the option to apply for a green card and stay or not in the same company. This is a simple formula that doesn't need a lot of regulation because it is easy for the administration to check how many employees a company has. This is a simple formula that gives no room for cheaters because it is impossible to fake employees as a company pay taxes on their salary each month.

Win-win proposal for everyone, big win for USA economy!

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Christophe
Longwood, FL
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Dear Rep. Grace Napolitano

Please pass immigration reform. It's time to fix our immigration laws. So many young adults that were brought here by their parents deserve the opportunity to become legal in the only country they know. My father came to this country as a young man. He was given the opportunity to work here in California through the bracero program in the 1940s. I am so proud that my father was able to live the American Dream. Never did our family receive welfare, food stamps or unemployment benefits. My father was a proud man. I know that there are many proud undocumented immigrants that would appreciate the opportunities to come out of the shadows and live that dream. So I ask you, on behalf of so many, to pass this reform now!

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Magdalena
Valinda, CA
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Dear Rep. Grace Meng

I came to US as a student for a Master's in Engineering program at a reputed research university in New York 7+ years ago. After completion of the program, I worked for a leading Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software company as a Software Engineer for 5 years. Now, I want to start my own technology company in the USA, which could potentially hire 30-50 professionals in the next 5 years and create high-tech jobs. However, restrictions on the H-1B visa mean I can't work for anyone else other than my employer (I can't even work for the company I founded) which makes it virtually impossible to do business. If immigration reform doesn't happen some time soon, I have no option but to leave the country and start a company in my home country, which will eventually compete with American companies. Why create obstacles for well-educated, law-abiding, tax-paying legal immigrants who want to start and run high-tech companies in USA? If you don't welcome these kind of immigrants, then I don't know what kind of immigrants you want to welcome! I hope Congress will act on immigration reform soon and you will support it. Best Regards.

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Prasad
Forest Hills, NY
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Dear Rep. Barbara Lee

We need to pass immigration reform. You have the power to stop this pain for families -- enough is enough, we cannot live in fear. We (the undocumented) are part of this country. We love the United States -- this is our home and we want to stay. We all pay taxes -- even though, people say that we don't -- and we behave and support the economy. Enough is enough, the time is NOW. Stop the separation of families, the separation of communities. We want to stay and be a part of this culture. Thank you for your support, I'm sure you are going to make my voice count.

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Juan
Berkeley, CA
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Dear Rep. Trey Gowdy

I am from your district and I support comprehensive immigration reform. This reform is vital to our country and to those immigrants who now live the the shadows. This reform will strengthen our economy, while providing a path for those in the shadows to lead a more normal and ethical life.
Please let us never forget that most of our early ancestors were immigrants, as well as the fact that many of the illegals here today come from Mexico where their ancestors are native to North America. I implore action on this matter today.

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Gordon
Simpsonville, SC
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Dear Rep. Steny Hoyer

I came from Peru at the age 7 with my family. I have managed to obtain my green card through a extremely hard process. The rest of my family has not been so lucky though and are still limited just for being immigrants. My biggest concern is my two younger sisters, who are extremely great students and striving to go to college. I want them to have the same opportunities that I and other American kids have. My parents have to work labor-intensive jobs that leave them exhausted and with very little pay.

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Mauricio
College Park, MD
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Dear Rep. Diana DeGette

I am writing to ask for your support in uniting a nation that is divided. We have gone many years with a blind eye to immigration and I am hoping that with a good head on our shoulders we can stop sending our families across the border to be killed. I have been on the receiving end of a family separated and have lost a family member to the violence across the border. We need help to keep our children with both of their parents. I am asking you to please take action and help my people! It is only you that can make these choices! Our fate as a united nation is on your shoulders!

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Athena
Denver, CO
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Dear Rep. Nancy Pelosi

I'm not here as a taker, Ms. Congresswoman. In fact, I've been giving quite a lot of myself in benefit of the society that I'm living in. But I do this from the heart. Just because it's the right thing to do. And I have ideas that can create jobs and improve some existing technology, however, I feel like my hands are tied up behind my back, because without a legal status I just can't do anything. So, please let us take one step ahead so life can be one step beyond for a lot of people.

Thank you very kindly.

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Ubiratan
San Francisco, CA
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Dear Rep. Patrick Murphy

I'm from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform, here is why: I have been in this country for 20 years. I have invested 7 figures and currently have 26 US citizens as employees. As an investor, there is no path for me or my family to become residents or citizens. We have to renew our visa every 5 years and my daughter, who turned 21 years old, is no longer under our visa. We showed we believe in this country by investing money and providing jobs in our community. We want to stay! Thanks.

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Eduardo
Palm City, FL
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Dear Rep. Christopher Smith

The United States continues to be a place where people want to start and grow their companies.The fact that our country was built and continues to grow from the contributions made by immigrants is one of the biggest advantages we have in this global economy. Our current state of immigration policies not only acts as a detriment to this advantage but is making this country less and less attractive as a hub for business and future entreprenuerial leadership. The longer we wait to take action, the more our economy and country will suffer. Take a stand for this country and the amazing talent that immigrants bring. Make us the best country we can be by pushing for a vote on immigration reform this year.

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Poncho
bradley beach, NJ
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Dear Rep. Carol Shea-Porter

It's overdue for immigration reform to happen, for all of those people who are in limbo. We need, more than anything, to keep families together. No more unnecessary deportations. We are a welcoming country, not only for some, but for many. Why are those in Congress not willing to help out those who want to be citizens of these United States? It is maddening, to say the very least, when we hear from Speaker Boehner and others indicating that they will not do the jobs they were elected to do. Enough! Thank you.

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Bernadette
Laconia, NH
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Dear Rep. Howard Coble

I'm in favor of immigration reform and urge you to vote for it. This could be a real enhancement to your legacy when you leave office. Non-documented immigrants are our friends and neighbors. Most make a true contribution to the community and are not criminals. They are family focused and bring strong values with them. This is only to be admired. As a therapist for 40 years and being fluent in Spanish I served a lot non-documented immigrants and they were the most down to earth people that I ever worked with and it was a pleasure making a difference in their lives. They need a break from having to hide and be in constant fear of deportation. They are too important to our community to be treated in that manner.

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Louis
Greensboro, NC
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Dear Rep. Jerrold Nadler

I have been married for close to 13 years to someone who is exemplary in his work ethic and integrity. For no other reason than there is no line to stand in if one wants to come to this country to make a better life, when the complete lack of opportunity exists at home. There was no malice in this attempt to survive and although a minor infraction was executed to reach this country, we have all benefitted from his labor. Congressman, you are a man of reason and I am sure you will do the right thing.

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Enid
New York, NY
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Dear Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

We, the international students, in highly skilled categories, are waiting for immigration reform. We came here in student visas and obey all the rules and regulations and after successfully completing our degree program we would like to stay in this country not only for making money. We love this country because United States offers freedom to grow up, freedom for innovation, and freedom to develop talent. We would like to be a part of American dream.

If GOP waits for another three years, many documented immigrants without green cards will leave to another developed country and United States will lose their expertise. On the other hand, 11 million undocumented aliens will stay here with the expanded executive order likely after June 2014. Therefore, US will only lose the brightest and most talented foreign students who graduated from this country.

The bottom line is: ‘doing nothing on immigration reform’ will punish only immigrants who abided by US laws and force them to leave this country, however, it will not able to deport any illegal immigrants. Therefore, it is contradictory to Republicans that always patronize successful and law-abiding people. As international students, we do not want financial supports, please let us stay on this soil and let us breathe with freedom. Please pass the immigration bill in this summer and allow us to stay here to grow business and economy.

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Md
Brookings, SD
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Dear Rep. Blake Farenthold

Have you ever seen the Statue of Liberty? Go there. Ride the ferry. Walk around the statue. Think about the meanings of this gift from another nation to you, the citizen of America. This is our nation. Immigrants. Deal with it or retire yourself. Immigration reform is a national priority for economic, humanitarian, and moral reasons. Our immigration system is completely antiquated in the way that it fails to prioritize immigrants by economic need. The U.S. is losing ground to countries with smarter and more dynamic immigration systems. It is naive to assume that we will continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest when our immigration system does not accommodate that. In addition, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already living in this country and it is necessary to bring them out of the shadows. It is implausible to force or expect them to leave, and unwise to ignore them. We need to provide them a fair path to citizenship so that they can become full contributors to our country. Please do everything you can to act on our broken immigration system this year. There is no time to waste and the political dynamic is not going to become more advantageous.

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Alan
port aransas, TX
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Dear Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

I am in the real estate business and I have no doubt in my mind that immigration reform will benefit our communities and our country as a whole. In my 23 years in the business, I have met many people with the desire to assimilate into our culture and grow roots in our country by making the American Dream come true for them. People that work and pay taxes with an ITN, yet they're unable to make their dreams come true because of their status. I beg you to pass the reform for our country and for their dreams.

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David
Downey, CA
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Dear Rep. Jeff Denham

I am here again requesting what is overdue in our country The Immigration Reform. Put aside the political parties and work with all your energy to reach a consensus for the immigration reform that is needed for the benefit of our country.

I will appreciate you efforts and mostly you commitment and action into this crucial matter.

I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

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Genaro
Turlock, CA
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Dear Rep. Daniel Webster

I'm from your district and want you to support Immigration reform because:
-Current system is broken.
- I have been legally in USA for past 7 years and has paid over 100K in taxes. In present form, it will take me 12-15 more years (20-23 years since I entered USA) to get Permanent Residency. These are my most productive years to give it to society and I am not able to give my 100% due to visa restrictions.
- getting families together.

So please work together in congress to pass something to replace this broken and outdated law.

Regards
Navroze

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Navroze
fresno, CA
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Dear Rep. Peter Roskam

We are from your district. We support immigration reform that would let the millions of immigrants already here come out of the shadows, pay taxes and make full contributions to our nation, which is one that was built on immigration. Immigration reform is a win for the immigrants and their families already working hard and contributing to our nation. Our nation wins by having a fairer and more equal society and one that benefits from the honest labors and talents of these people. This is good.

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Carla
Hinsdale, IL
C001047
Dear Sen. Shelley Capito

One of my dear friends (a US citizen) married a woman that is in the US on a visa from Israel. They have had two beautiful children and in the last year they have learned that her visa may not be renewed. This is ridiculous. The children are US citizens and the woman is teaching at a local university. My friend and his wife help a lot of people in our community. They should not be forced to go live in Israel because of lack of action in congress.

WE NEED IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW! Immigration reform isn’t just about families and livelihoods, it is an economic imperative. Our nation needs reform to strengthen both our industries and competitiveness with other nations. Reform would save our country $900 billion over the next 20 years, increase Social Security and state tax contributions significantly, raise business demand and spending, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs per year – these aren’t flukes, these are economic facts. Quite simply, there are no economic or budgetary arguments against immigration reform. Our nation has been built on the backs of immigrants, and through common-sense immigration policies our nation will continue to thrive.

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Cindy
Elkview, WV
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Dear Rep. Paul Broun Jr.

I'm from Harlem, Colombia County, Georgia... I am from your district. Here is why I am asking you to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform now rather thatn latter.
As a registered Republican voter I cannot support a Party that is ignoring my heritage, my people, our needs. We are citizens too. Born US Citizens from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. I have resided here in Georgia on and off since January 1974.
I have worked with the Hispanic Community here in South Georgia 90 counties covered by the Catholic Diocese of Savannah.... Manny Puertoricans living here, many migrant workers from Mexico and Central and South America. There is no crime wave, there is no fighting over jobs.... There is a lack of workers to farm thanks to State Law HB87...
This migrant workers are doing the jobs that our desperate unemployed will not consider doing. I know this because of Job Connections.
Every single time someone came to one of our Job Connections they will say they take any job, they are desperate... But the moment I tell them they can make $700 a week starting right away they salivate until I tell them it is in the Onion Field or at the processing plats... They have no backbone to do that dirty heavy work... Not really that desperate after all....
Earn our Vote, Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now!

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Rey
Harlem, GA
C001061
Dear Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Immigration reform is something that affects me daily - I think about my status when I got to bed at night, and its the first thing I think about when I wake up. Why? Because I am a legal immigrant with hopes and dreams of starting a company, creating jobs and building products that are manufactured here in the USA. But I can't - because my visa won't allow me to help the struggling US economy.

Help me to help our country regain our economic prowess of the past.

Thank you Representative Emanuel Cleaver II

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Sumeru
Kansas City, MO
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Dear Rep. Scott Peters

As an first generation American immigrated from Peru, I believe everyone in this country should have the same opportunity as I did. I strongly believe that if someone is just given that chance to become an American, then they will love and respect this country as much as -- or more than -- any citizen does. There are a lot of great people with a lot of potential that could be of great benefit to our country. Think about all the taxes that could be collected, new jobs that would be accounted for. Less corruption -- such as fake IDs, cash transactions, etc. Any way you look at it, immigration reform is an issue that needs to be addressed sooner or later.

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Felipe
San Diego, CA
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Dear Rep. Mike McIntyre

I'm from your district and I am asking you bring immigration reform to the floor for a vote this year. According to the Immigration Policy Center, reform would add at least $34.7 billion to the North Carolina gross state product over 10 years. Now is the time to pass bipartisan immigration reform legislation that provides smart and accountable enforcement and establishes an earned roadmap to legality and citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans who contribute to our country. My vote will depend on this issue.

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Miguel
Clayton, NC
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Dear Sen. Steve Daines

You know what has to be done. Our parents and grandparents were immigrants. We are an accepting country. Time to accept more people that have been here for years. I minister to Native Americans now. We took their land and now lets share their land, our land with others. We are a country that gives hope let us give hope now. Thank you for considering. The time is now, the time is now.
I value everyone of our citizens. I have talked to immigrants and they are of value to society. Yes, some are criminals. We don't need them. But many are fathers, mothers, grandparents taking care of children and citizens of USA. Stop the breaking up of families and start allowing families to stay together------this is a tradition and value of the USA

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Bede
Poplar, MT
S001148
Dear Rep. Michael Simpson

When in Texas a few years ago, some laborers were doing pool construction at my sisters' home. I mentioned how difficult a time we were having finding harvest help in S.E. Idaho. He said I could load them up here and take them back to Idaho. I was flying. Without immigration our farmers will continue to suffer and our food costs will rise to unaffordable prices for many Idahoans. For the sake of middle class and poor Idahoans, please approve immigration reform. Thank you for your time & attention.

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Wendyjo
Blackfoot, ID
K000210
Dear Rep. Peter King

Not too long ago, I ran into you you one morning in Massapequa Park and put in my plug for comprehensive immigration reform. I support immigration reform, especially the DREAM Act. I teach English as a Second Language at Nassau Community College and have taught high school ESL. I see firsthand how these hard-working young people who didn't come here of their own accord are trapped. If we don't give them good options then they can only choose bad ones. Let's get them out of the shadows and into college and the military where they can do good for our country (after all we've already paid for their K-12 education! We should reap the benefits of our investment). Immigrants are entrepreneurs, injecting needed vitality into local economies, even on Park Blvd. in Massapequa Park where you have your offices. I know you have recently visited your constituents in Brentwood and also visited a mosque. I hope your meetings with these constituents will lead you to support immigration reform!

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Natalia
Massapequa Park, NY
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Dear Rep. Jim McDermott

I'm from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform. My friend Zeenyace came here from Mexico as a young girl. She is a DREAMer and undocumented. She's worked hard through school and is now in college. She's paying out of pocket since financial aid isn't available. Things like financial aid and a driver's license make the difference between jobs and higher education or nothing -- and these things are denied to her through no fault of her own. Both of her parents have worked hard to get her to where she needs to be. Her mom worked more then 12 hours a day for the past 5 years, and paid taxes in order to make her children's dreams come true. They never ask for recognition for their own accomplishments, they never ask for help, but what I will ask for my unafraid, undocumented American friend is for immigration reform for thousands of families like hers.

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Matt
Plymouth, MN
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Dear Rep. Patrick McHenry

America was built by immigrants coming from distance lands for freedom of religion, to escape tyranny, and for an opportunity to lead a better life. Our ancestry brought their culture, inventions, and intellectual property that made this country a beacon for every country. The 11 million people here illegally are also making America better by boosting our economy, operating small businesses, and participating in paying federal taxes. The continued success of America depends on our ability to accept others and work together.

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Adrian
Belmont, NC
K000220
Dear Rep. Jack Kingston

I'm from your district and this is why immigration reform matters to me and my family. I know a family where the man is Hispanic and not formally legal, and he has a wife who is a US citizen and 3 children born in the US. He was picked up and sent back to Mexico and now has the wife and kids living off welfare in our country. He is not a criminal, but a caring father who was working and supporting his family. Please do something to fix this! It is expensive to get legal in the US. Help these humans! They are not all drug dealers and criminals! Honest people doing jobs that are backbreaking and getting paid next to nothing! Please do something to help these folks work legally and get a path to citizenship. They are contributing tons of money to our economy! We are a country of immigrants.

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Sherry
Patterson, GA
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Dear Rep. Steve Pearce

I am an American citizen who over the vast part of my life have worked with immigrants side by side, and know first hand the contribution to our country, as well as to our economy.

I know that the work they do are not jobs "taken" from our citizens but rather the ones that we as American are 1. to lazy to do, 2, we think that the work they perform is below us to do, from agriculture to housekeeping and the list could go so far, not to mention the taxes they pay that they don't benefit from.

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Yvette
Eunice, NM
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Dear Rep. Pete Sessions

It is easy to forget that our great nation was founded on the idea of dreams. The dream of achievement, to be able to reach for a goal and one day achieve that goal without anyone's permission. The dream of voice, to have someone hear you and listen because you matter. The dream of equality, to be seen for the person you can become and not the person your past says you are. Let us remember that those who came here first did so those who followed wouldn't have to fight for the same things. As a teacher, I have students who know only American culture and history but aren't thought of as patriots because they have the "wrong" papers. What does it mean to be American to them when they aren't viewed as important? Our forefathers would say we have strayed away from the heart of what makes us a great nations. Let us return to those ideals and validate those who need it most.

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Sydnie
Garland, TX
C001048
Dear Rep. John Culberson

The idea of writing this letter is to let you know that the majority of the immigrants are here to be part of the positive side of things. We want to help this country to be the best, again, so much so, that we risk our legal status and freedom to be here, and continue to be part of the solutions of the many problems this country faces. This country needs all the help that it can get, and we are already here participating with hard work, dedication and loyalty to reach that goal, your goals.

I am an electrical engineer, with more than 20 years of experience in the computer field, from which only my first 4 were done in Venezuela. I’d been awarded with multiple awards because I am hungry to be the best! And I continue to give, not only to my family, but on every single aspect of my life, all the dedication and hard work I can give to the U.S.

While I am proud of my heritage, I also recognize the strong roots I have on this great country that I love, not only because my assets, but because my family worked very hard to be able to participate on the daily construction and progress of it, and to reach our current life status by assimilating and learning important aspects as the language and culture.

My son Cesar wants to be the best Biomechanical engineer and live in this country with his family. He was born here and, thanks to our dedication as parents, and to the example that NASA, Google, Microsoft and other people working for this companies, give on the daily basis, he wants to use their experience and our legacy as parents to continue this long journey.

What America really needs is already here! So let’s be proactive and come up with an intelligent and fear immigration reform to openly continue to make this country big, strong, and independent! Let us participate actively on the progress that all Americans deserve!

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Cesar
Houston, TX
C001093
Dear Rep. Doug Collins

I am a teacher in Fannin County. I have worked with students from other countries for the past 25 years. I am charged with providing a free and appropriate education. Upon graduation many of my students then struggle to be able to pursue a college degree due to their legal status. Something must be done! I have students who have graduated with Honors and are now working in carpet factories because of the limitations our policies are providing at this time.
Please help!
One of America's greatest assets is its ability to attract people from around the world who come here to innovate. From our railroads to our Fortune 500 companies, we are a nation built by immigrants. Closing our doors to New Americans on the basis of their country of origin is a serious misstep. Knowledge, talent, and information is now more global than ever; the success of nations is determined by where those resources are located. Our current immigration system turns away people who are educated on our soil and turns a blind eye to 11 million people who are currently living in the shadows. There is no question that it is in our economic interest to pass legislation that gives people a legal pathway to working and living in the United States. It's time for the House to take a vote on immigration reform now.

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Mary
Blairsville, GA
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Dear Rep. Aaron Schock

I am a patriotic person and love my country, at the same time, I also want to see it protected from anything that would harm it. It is well known that many Mexican people came to this country in search of a better life. Whether they came legally or not is a moot point, the main point is they are here. Yes, we have spent money educating their children, but they have contributed to the growth of this nation as well. I say let those with a hope of living here stay, but from now on stop others. I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

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Jeanne
Eureka, IL
A000210
Dear Rep. Robert Andrews

More and more politicians are making the conscious and compassionate decision to support immigration reform. Jeb Bush's recent comments on the topic are a prime example. He says, "the way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally ... and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family." Jeb Bush is compassionate on this issue, and I urge you, Representative, to consider a similar stance today.

Immigration reform is a national priority for economic, humanitarian, and moral reasons. Our immigration system is completely antiquated in the way that it fails to prioritize immigrants by economic need. The U.S. is losing ground to countries with smarter and more dynamic immigration systems. It is naive to assume that we will continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest when our immigration system does not accommodate that. In addition, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already living in this country and it is necessary to bring them out of the shadows. It is implausible to force or expect them to leave, and unwise to ignore them. We need to provide them a fair path to citizenship so that they can become full contributors to our country. Please do everything you can to act on our broken immigration system this year. There is no time to waste and the political dynamic is not going to become more advantageous.

Immigration reform is urgently necessary for the millions of families that are torn apart by our broken immigration system. So many hardworking mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children come to the United States to find work to provide for their family's livelihood. These immigrants make sacrifices that many Americans would never have to make. Once in the United States, families face travel restrictions and fears of separation as they make their way through the often decades long green card application process. It is imperative that we take action on immigration reform for these hardworking families in an effort to alleviate their suffering and make the legal immigration process more family-friendly.

Immigration reform isn’t just about families and livelihoods, it is an economic imperative. Our nation needs reform to strengthen both our industries and competitiveness with other nations. Reform would save our country $900 billion over the next 20 years, increase Social Security and state tax contributions significantly, raise business demand and spending, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs per year – these aren’t flukes, these are economic facts. Quite simply, there are no economic or budgetary arguments against immigration reform. Our nation has been built on the backs of immigrants, and through common-sense immigration policies our nation will continue to thrive.

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Omer
cherry hill, NJ
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Dear Rep. Adam Kinzinger

I'm from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform. Here's why:

I am a Hispanic/ Latino American. I believe my story is unique, yet also very similar to those of millions of other Hispanic/ Latino Americans. My mother is Mexican and my father is Puerto Rican. My mother became a naturalized American citizen, and my father, like all Puerto Ricans, is an American citizen by birth. I was born and raised in Illinois. My parents both planned on only staying a short while in the US, save up some money and then move back home. My parents met in the small city of Belvidere, IL. Over forty years later they are still here. They learned the language, built a family, great friendships, a home. They are honest, law-abiding, hardworking citizens who pay their taxes; and have contributed so much to this country. They have contributed so much culturally, financially and in so many other ways.

Although, thank God, my parents, siblings and I are all US citizens; I do have many friends and family members who are undocumented and have even been deported. My cousin was deported after working his butt off for many years and starting a family with a white Anglo American woman. He is now stuck in Mexico away from his wife and children. This broken immigration system is a total mess. Thousands of hardworking, peaceful, otherwise law-abiding immigrants are being arrested and deported, their families torn apart, their dreams of a better future for their families ruined. The wives and children of these immigrant men are the ones who suffer the most... Please support compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform with a path to US Citizenship for the 11-16 million undocumented (no human being is "illegal"; I hate that derogatory, dehumanizing racist term) immigrants who live in our great nation. They are also our brothers and sisters.

Jesus Christ urged us to welcome strangers (immigrants) and treat them with love, courtesy and respect; not persecution, not mistrust, not racism. Every human being has the fundamental right to seek a better life for him/herself and their family in another country if need be. Unfortunately there are many hatemongers in politics (and their supporters) who preach and spread blind hatred towards undocumented immigrants and all immigrants. This fear, hatred, and persecution has been directed especially towards my people, Hispanics/ Latinos. My grandmother, RIP, was born in Houston, Texas. We (Mexican Americans) didn't cross the border, the border crossed us! My ancestors on my father's side from Puerto Rico became part of this country by force after the Spanish American War. Puerto Rico, then became a US colony in 1898. My people, my ancestors used to own half of this great nation and helped make it what it is today. We demand justice and equality. God will give us justice. Please help us. May God bless you and your family.

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Angel
Belvidere, IL
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Dear Rep. Tom Cole

America is a nation of immigrants and it's part of our culture to welcome them. Many of my family members, friends, coworkers and people I care about came to this country with a hope for a better life, and they worked hard and acheived it. I can’t imagine my life without these people. But there are 11 million fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, coworkers, and friends who are already in the U.S. but can not live life to the fullest due to their undocumented status. And there are many more great teachers, business owners, and hard workers who want to join us in the American dream. We need to pass immigration reform now so that we can build our economy, reunite families and just do the right thing for America.

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Cynthia
norman, OK
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Dear Rep. Renee Ellmers

I am from your district and I fully support you in any way. I also want to thank you for agreeing with immigration reform. This will help so many families come back together and I think it is very important to understand that there are illegals here that do pay taxes and that are a productive part of society. Please, let's get together and pass immigration reform. Illegals are humans beings and deserve to live in this great country where they can be free and live the American Dream. So please, let's get this done.

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Hugoydiana
Dudley, NC
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Dear Rep. Greg Walden

Dear Greg Walden, I am from your district and i am demanding you to send you vote for a comprehensive immigration reform for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

22 years ago, my parents came in to this country in search of a better life and looking for hope. Hope for cure for my brother who was very ill and didn't know what was going on with him till this day that hope and cure hasn't been for nor can be found because this country will not help him with out a social security number or because he is not a u.s citizen.

Both my parents are undocumented and living in the fear of once being deported. I am a DREAMer, I am here legally, I was granted DACA, but I am not finished fighting for a comprehensive immigration reform for all, not only my parents but all 11million undocumented immigrants. I urge to you to sent you vote!

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Antonia
redmond , OR
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Dear Rep. Dan Benishek

Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process. The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings is a direct consequence of our country's broken immigration system. We are a nation that respects family values and values families -- our immigration policy should reflect that.

You are taking a great risk to your political future by backing off this issue!

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Christina
Traverse City, MI
C001076
Dear Rep. Jason Chaffetz

I urge your support for immigration reform, with a path to citizenship. Because there are students that dream with becoming there best for this country, just as the ones born here, that deserve a fair chance, that may be ranked #1 out of the whole class, over 450 students. Because there are families, parents who gave everything for their kids, they left behind there whole life just to give their kids a better future, a future they did not have. They lost family members and could not say goodbye to them. They learned to love this country more than their own, because this is the country that gave them the chance to provide for their kids, and the country they believe is the only to give the chance for their kids to have the best future possible. For that an much more is that I believe you should support a vote on immigration reform as soon as possible. And give them the chance to feel free at last, and settle in the country they learned to love and adopted as their own.

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Clara
Orem, UT
H001052
Dear Rep. Andy Harris

We are supposed to be an "exceptional" people and country, right? Well our current immigration policy certainly does not reflect it. Our system is broken and shameful for a country as great as the United States of America. Not only is our system broken but the open bigotry, exploitation, racism, discrimination and ugly spirit spewed by people on the right toward immigrants is unacceptable to any civilized society! It's shameful! how newcomers are treated! How we treat people should reflect the values of fairness, and equality which supposedly defines this country.

There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. People move here to make a better life for themselves and their families. We need a system that recognizes the hardships and the contributions immigrants make to this country and have since the first immigrants arrived. WE must recognize we need to allow them to keep their families together and set a reasonable path to citizenship. This is NOT rocket science and we should be ashamed of our current ugly system.

Breaking up families and sending young people away who know nothing else but this country is cruel and inhumane. Certainly those who commit violent crimes should lose their chance at citizenship after due process of the law.

I am absolutely frustrated with the current DO NOTHING CONGRESS. My suggestion is either do something or get out of the way so we can move this country forward!

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Maggie
Snow Hill, MD
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Dear Rep. Frank LoBiondo

It is past time we settled the immigration question. It is not going away, so please come up with a workable compromise -- after all, that is why we elect representatives in the first place. I will not vote for reelection of any representative who is refusing to take a stand on tough issues and at lest try to take action to come up with a solution. I served 20 years in the military, we did our job and I expect that our representatives should do theirs with out complaint. I do not have to agree with what your positions are but if your positions are reasonable and you make an honest attempt then I can and will continue to give you my full support. Thank you for your services to date.

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Darrell
Newport, NJ
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Dear Rep. Robert Pittenger

Immigrants add so much to our communities that benefit all of us in NC and the US. To name just one benefit, the Social Security the illegal immigrants pay now and will never see any return on, is contributing to my Medicare.

The immigrants I have personally known are highly motivated to education and self-improvement. How can we deny hard-working, kind, people the life we have benefited from simply because we arrived here earlier than they, You do not need me to give you the facts but I urge to examine your heart and do what is right for all human beings.

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Sandra
Charlotte, NC
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Dear Rep. Erik Paulsen

Current immigration laws are seriously irrelevant to our current state of affairs and are becoming more so every day amid the dizzying rate of globalization. Enforcement is an expensive and ineffective and nightmare that taxpayers can little afford. The inestimable human cost of tearing families apart is morally repugnant, and we pay an enormous opportunity cost for obstructing diversity and its potential to add value to our society, cultural strength and stability, economic development, and global stature. Sensible reform offers a win-win: it saves money and makes our world a better place. (Not to mention its potential to expand your voting base.) Please be smart and do the right thing here.

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Mary
Minnetonka, MN
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Dear Rep. Steven Palazzo

Rep. Palazzo,
If you have ever checked your ancestry, you will discover that your family in the U.S. started with people who immigrated from another country. My ancestry goes back to England, Scotland, and Ireland plus the Cherokee Indian nation. My extended family history has relatives who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam conflict, Desert Storm, and the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. My immigrant family has served our nation whenever called upon. In return, all they wanted was a better life which is what today's immigrants want by being accepted as American citizens.
Our nation cannot turn its back on the most recent group of immigrants because we are a nation of immigrants. There may be among today's immigrants doctors and researchers who could find the cure for cancer, or inventors who create something that makes the world a better place, or leaders who will guide this nation to greatness again by serving the people and not the money men.
None of us would be Americans if our nation hadn't opened its arms to those who came here searching for a better life. We can do no less for today's immigrants who want to be Americans.

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Erin
Hattiesburg, MS
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Dear Rep. Alcee Hastings Sr.

As a volunteer for an immigration center, citizen, and social worker, I am particularly concerned about my community and how many families are being destroyed because of this broken immigration system. I personally meet women, children and families who are going through hardship because they either have a family member detained or deported.

Since 2008 until this day, I have witnessed within an immigration center many deportations from women who were not given the chance to stay with their families in this country. For this reason, I urge our representatives to take action by giving the opportunity to immigrant families to stay in this country by passing comprehensive immigration reform this year and stop deportations.

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Grace
Deerfield Beach, FL
B001269
Dear Rep. Lou Barletta

I graduated from a respected US university with a master's degree and I have been working on OPT (Student visa) for more than a year now.
My employer has applied for my H1B visa this year and due to high volume of applications received by the USCIS and too few visas to approve, the last three weeks have been highly stressful for me and have made me lose sleep which has also affected my work. I am an integral part of my company's design team and in the most unfortunate case if I have to leave, it will be a huge loss to my team.

Last year I have applied for a patent for a design as well.

I urge you to support the immigration reform as my work here directly benefits the economy of USA and adds value to the country's production.

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Aman
Shippensburg, PA
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Dear Rep. Danny Davis

As a senior who is finishing up my senior year at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, I know how stressful the last year of high school can be. On top of the regular school work, along with senior year comes the college application process. I am almost done with it, and I only have to decide between two of my top schools. In deciding, I know a major deciding factor is the amount of money the colleges are willing to give me. I am fortunate enough to have been born in America, so I filled out my FAFSA. Because of this, I can afford to go to any of the schools I applied to. My close friends can't. They have to go to a community college, because no matter how hard they have worked these past few years, college is simply not affordable to them because they cannot receive financial aid. My friends speak fluent English, and came to this country when they were young children. Why should they be stripped of the chance of having the same quality education as me? I urge you to support immigration reform, because everybody in this country deserves the chance of an education. I thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Yvette Ramirez

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Yvette
Berwyn, IL
M000725
Dear Rep. George Miller

My parents and boyfriend are both immigrants and they work really hard just like anyone else.My boyfriend has been especially wounded psychologically and economically because he does not have opportunities for advancement yet people like his boss keep making huge profits from him.Immigration reform isn’t just about families and livelihoods, it is an economic imperative. Our nation needs reform to strengthen both our industries and competitiveness with other nations. Reform would save our country $900 billion over the next 20 years, increase Social Security and state tax contributions significantly, raise business demand and spending, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs per year – these aren’t flukes, these are economic facts. Quite simply, there are no economic or budgetary arguments against immigration reform. Our nation has been built on the backs of immigrants, and through common-sense immigration policies our nation will continue to thrive.

The United States continues to be a place where people want to start and grow their companies.The fact that our country was built and continues to grow from the contributions made by immigrants is one of the biggest advantages we have in this global economy. Our current state of immigration policies not only acts as a detriment to this advantage but is making this country less and less attractive as a hub for business and future entreprenuerial leadership. The longer we wait to take action, the more our economy and country will suffer. Take a stand for this country and the amazing talent that immigrants bring. Make us the best country we can be by pushing for a vote on immigration reform this year.

Immigration reform is urgently necessary for the millions of families that are torn apart by our broken immigration system. So many hardworking mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children come to the United States to find work to provide for their family's livelihood. These immigrants make sacrifices that many Americans would never have to make. Once in the United States, families face travel restrictions and fears of separation as they make their way through the often decades long green card application process. It is imperative that we take action on immigration reform for these hardworking families in an effort to alleviate their suffering and make the legal immigration process more family-friendly.

Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process. The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings is a direct consequence of our country's broken immigration system. We are a nation that respects family values and values families -- our immigration policy should reflect that.

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Karita
lafayette, CA
C001051
Dear Rep. John Carter

America needs immigration reform now. America should be the home to anyone who believes in freedom and democracy. Immigrants are important to building an America that will stand the test of time. We should be encouraging the best students from around the globe to study in America. Once they graduate we should encourage them to stay in the country and use their new skills here. Reforming our outdated immigration laws will also help us remain competitive in the global market. The government should not be tearing families apart but bringing them together. More immigration would build the economy and create more jobs. Immigrants also need goods and services. Humans should not be denied a chance at freedom and democracy simply because of where they were born. America is the state of mind for all those who believe in democracy, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thank You

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Mario
Round Rock, TX
R000594
Dear Rep. Jon Runyan

My Swedish business partner had been trying to get his immigration status sorted out since I met him in college, and one immigration lawyer after another told him there was basically nothing that could be done thanks to America's current anti-immigration policies. Finally, last year, my friend's father died and he was faced with an inhuman choice: skip his own father's funeral (he hadn't seen his father in almost 10 years - again, thanks to our cruel immigration system) or go knowing that he would not be allowed back in the U.S.

He chose to honor his father and his family and go home to Sweden. And, predictably, he was not allowed back in this country, despite the negative impact on me, his employees, his American-born daughter and all the other American citizens affected.

For all the neanderthals who oppose immigration reform: I want you to know this, and know of my fervent wish that we could deport you in favor of immigrants like my friend and business partner, who came to this country (as your own ancestors did) to make good on its promise of prosperity for those willing to give up their old lives - everything they were familiar with - and place their faith and futures with us here in the U.S.

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Steve
Delanco, NJ
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Dear Rep. Kyrsten Sinema

As I'm sure you know, immigration is a major issue in Arizona. I know you support immigration reform, but I also know it is important for you to hear from your constituents that we do, too. Our immigration system is broken. Fixing it helps our country, citizens, businesses and economy as well as immigrants. It's past time. Let's do something now. Thank you for everything you are doing for our country and our community, including addressing this critical issue. I look forward to seeing our country move forward with your help. Thank you.

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Mary
Phoenix, AZ
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Dear Rep. Diana DeGette

I was brought to the United States as a young boy and didn't have any other choice. I believe we can make a difference in this great nation. I may be born in a different country but my heart is here in the U.S.
My kids are citizens and I would hate to one day be separated from them. "We all should be treated equally" that has been a motto in the United States since i can remember. Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process. The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings is a direct consequence of our country's broken immigration system. We are a nation that respects family values and values families -- our immigration policy should reflect that.

Today, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

America is a nation of immigrants and it's part of our culture to welcome them. Many of my family members, friends, coworkers and people I care about came to this country with a hope for a better life, and they worked hard and acheived it. I can’t imagine my life without these people. But there are 11 million fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, coworkers, and friends who are already in the U.S. but can not live life to the fullest due to their undocumented status. And there are many more great teachers, business owners, and hard workers who want to join us in the American dream. We need to pass immigration reform now so that we can build our economy, reunite families and just do the right thing for America.

Immigration reform is a national priority for economic, humanitarian, and moral reasons. Our immigration system is completely antiquated in the way that it fails to prioritize immigrants by economic need. The U.S. is losing ground to countries with smarter and more dynamic immigration systems. It is naive to assume that we will continue to be a magnet for the best and brightest when our immigration system does not accomodate that. In addition, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already living in this country and it is necessary to bring them out of the shadows. It is implausible to force or expect them to leave, and unwise to ignore them. We need to provide them a fair path to citizenship so that they can become full contributors to our country. Please do everything you can to act on our broken immigration system this year. There is no time to waste and the political dynamic is not going to become more advantageous.

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Luis
Denver, CO
G000563
Dear Rep. Bob Gibbs

I support immigration reform for Humanitarian and moral reasons. I believe strong and effective criteria should be set But, these should not be unattainable with certainty and in a reasonable time and manner. Those born here and that have led a productive life as well as those that have been here and been productive should be grand fathered as US Citizens.Immigration reform is urgently necessary for the millions of families that are torn apart by our broken immigration system. So many hardworking mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children come to the United States to find work to provide for their family's livelihood. These immigrants make sacrifices that many Americans would never have to make. Once in the United States, families face travel restrictions and fears of separation as they make their way through the often decades long green card application process. It is imperative that we take action on immigration reform for these hardworking families in an effort to alleviate their suffering and make the legal immigration process more family-friendly.

The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

Comprehensive immigration reform is about people, love and families. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process. The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings is a direct consequence of our country's broken immigration system. We are a nation that respects family values and values families -- our immigration policy should reflect that.

One of America's greatest assets is its ability to attract people from around the world who come here to innovate. From our railroads to our Fortune 500 companies, we are a nation built by immigrants. Closing our doors to New Americans on the basis of their country of origin is a serious misstep. Knowledge, talent, and information is now more global than ever; the success of nations is determined by where those resources are located. Our current immigration system turns away people who are educated on our soil and turns a blind eye to 11 million people who are currently living in the shadows. There is no question that it is in our economic interest to pass legislation that gives people a legal pathway to working and living in the United States. It's time for the House to take a vote on immigration reform now.

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Tari
Massillon, OH
D000600
Dear Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

It is the right thing to do. America, the land of many! We have a broken system, time to fix it! We need comprehensive immigration reform to be enacted now. Our country needs to move on into other issues and the time has come to fix this issue. Our economy can grow from this. And yes, we need to further secure our borders but we cannot just continue to ignore the bigger problem, the 10+ million illegal immigrants who pick our tomatoes, clean our hotels and take care of our yards. The time is now, be on the right side of history!

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Yuni
Miami, FL
B001284
Dear Rep. Susan Brooks

Whether one immigrated to America 500 years ago or a few years ago, the motive remains the same: a better life through hard work. Recent immigrants are hardworking members of American society who have come to America to better their lives and the lives of their families, just like those who arrived 500 years ago. They love and honor this nation. They work under difficult circumstances, feed, house, clothe and take their children to school without safety nets, and they pay tax. Do the right thing, NOW.

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Globe
Indinanapolis, IN
B001259
Dear Rep. Bruce Braley

I want immigration reform. There are many jobs in the United States that our immigrants are willing to do. They are good workers. I have seen news clips from Public Television on Market to Market. One news story informed us that the farmers who raise the majority of our fresh vegetable commodities in California state they would not be able to raise their crops without the workforce of people from Mexico. They put out advertised jobs and, sure our US citizens sign up to say they will do this work, but then they don't show up to do the jobs. It is hard labor and apparently, when some balk at the strenuous work, the workforce Mexico are willing and, in fact, happy to do these important jobs. We have many dairy farms in our own area in NE Iowa and the immigrant workforce, again, is happy to get hired to do the milking when others refuse to "work this hard for that kind of pay." They are pleasant, hard working people. They want to work hard to care for their families. We saw the horror when the plant in Postville, IA was raided and many women and children, who could not speak English, all of a sudden had no husband coming home to them. They were taken away since they were illegals. These women and children now had no money for food. They had no money for rent. They could not understand the language. They were taken into a church basement and lived with hundreds of others in their same predicament. Let us fix a broken system. Our ancestors were desperate when they came here from Germany and Scandinavia. They were given a chance. Give these people a chance at a better life.

Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate your efforts to make our world a better place. May God Bless You and Give you Strength to continue your work.

Cindy Huber, 117 Monroe St., Decorah IA 52101

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Cindy
Decorah, IA
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Dear Rep. Jackie Walorski

I am a now retired public school teacher from within your district. Having taught at the middle/elementary school level for 41 years, I can tell you that in my experience, the "immigrant" students -- if that is what you wish to call them -- have been some of the most hard-working, and in many instances, the most high-achieving students in my classes. I implore you to vote positively on the issue of immigration reform. This generation of students that I have worked with will certainly be a positive force going forward in our America.

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Weiss
Elkhart, IN
R000593
Dear Rep. Dennis Ross

It's time that we changed our laws. It's not like when my family immigrated in the early 1900s. From the earliest days of this country, immigrants have been coming here for a better life -- to escape religious persecution, famine, political persecution. The different cultures that they've brought with them have enriched our lives. The knowledge, the skills, their willingness to serve in our military and our police. Who are you keeping out? The person who finds the cure for cancer? The cure for MS? We owe citizenship to people who serve in the military with honor. Make it right. We have a lot of good people here.

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Lainey
Tampa, FL
B001260
Dear Rep. Vern Buchanan

I am from your district. Immigration reforms should proceed fairly for people who have already proven themselves to be good potential citizens. They and their families deserve our respect and a fast track to citizenship. My father was one, coming from Italy to America in 1907 and he became a citizen in 1913. The immigrants of our era deserve the same chances and the existing agencies are clearly broken. Fix it, or we will find someone who can. Fixing requires cooperation. Any attempt at political exploitation or obstruction of the reforms will be considered a dereliction of your congressional duties leading to your prompt replacement in the next election.

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James
Sarasota, FL
R000053
Dear Rep. Charles Rangel

Please support immigration reform. We need to be a country of values and inclusion -- that's what makes America great. Our immigration system is broken and it is breaking our communities. Currently, it takes several years for families to be reunited through any family-based legal immigration process. The separation of millions of families and the emotional toll this brings is a direct consequence of our country's broken immigration system. We are a nation that respects family values and values families -- our immigration policy should reflect that. Fixing this injustice requires only that Congress act. Please do whatever you can to get a bill to the floor for a vote.

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Carol
New York, NY
L000578
Dear Rep. Doug LaMalfa

I'm from your district and I want you to support immigration reform for three main reasons.
1. The tax revenue raised as a result of reform will boost the economy,
2. purchasing power of new citizens will also boost the economy and circulate more money,
3. we are a nation of immigrants and immigration historically is the backbone of the American dream. There are also tremendous ethical concerns to consider pertaining to deportation and the separation of families as well as the fact that immigrants are needed to fill jobs that Americans refuse to take on themselves, not to mention the potential influx of highly educated professionals from other countries that will be allowed into the country as well in the event of immigration reform.

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David
Chico, CA
B001243
Dear Rep. Marsha Blackburn

The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

Immigration reform isn’t just about families and livelihoods, it is an economic imperative. Our nation needs reform to strengthen both our industries and competitiveness with other nations. Reform would save our country $900 billion over the next 20 years, increase Social Security and state tax contributions significantly, raise business demand and spending, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs per year – these aren’t flukes, these are economic facts. Quite simply, there are no economic or budgetary arguments against immigration reform. Our nation has been built on the backs of immigrants, and through common-sense immigration policies our nation will continue to thrive.

I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

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Terry
Southside, TN
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Dear Rep. Rick Larsen

America is a nation of immigrants and it's a part of our culture to welcome them. Many of my family members, friends, coworkers and people I care about came to this country with a hope for a better life, and they worked hard to achieve it. I can’t imagine my life without these people. But there are 11 million fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, coworkers, and friends who are already in the U.S. but cannot live life to the fullest due to their undocumented status. These people all come looking for the American dream, somewhere they won’t be forced to live a lifestyle that makes living hard for their families, a place for them to feel safe and give their families better opportunities in education and future generations. We need to pass immigration reform now so that we can build our economy, reunite families and just do the right thing for America.

Hi, my name is Monica, I was born in Mexico and raised in the United States. I came to the "north" before I turned a year old, I'd like to say that for me I've never felt like I was "illegal" until people started asking me for my social security number; for work, school, loans, cars, etc. I grew up loving to read, I would always help my friends out in class, especially new comers from Spanish speaking countries. When I was in high school I was in so many clubs, I played soccer, I was in leadership class and I was the senior class secretary. I don't think my life was any different from a US Citizens life. The friends I had at Mariner High School were a mix of people whose families came from all over the world seeking better opportunities for their families, some were first generation, others where second, third, and so on. Our Immigration status shouldn’t matter, at one point we were all immigrants running to a better life. I don’t think that a country that was formed by immigrants should turn their backs on other immigrants just because their skin color isn’t the same, or their native language isn’t English, or they don’t have the same religious beliefs.

We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away? This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

One day I'll be an English Teacher for High School students, at first I thought this dream was unattainable but I don't think that anymore, no one is going to tell me that my immigration status will keep me from pursuing my dreams. And I hope that one day, when I apply for a job as a teacher, I hope I am not turned away because I wasn't born here.

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Monica
Everett, WA
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Dear Rep. Trent Franks

I am from your district and I support reform. Here is why: My wife is from Mexico. She was previously married and came over with here with her daughter who was only about 2 years old. Here marriage did not survive and she was given voluntary deportation.
We met over 8 years ago and fell in love. For us to go through the current system, she would have to go back to Mexico for 10 years. I could not survive having my wife leave me for ten years. She is the love of my life, my best friend and companion. Please help us and those families like us in passing immigration reform.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Best regards,
John Ruggles

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John
Surprise, AZ
A000369
Dear Rep. Mark Amodei

Dear Congressman: In God we trust. Isn't that one of the things that the United States stands for? So far, all I've seen is pain. Don't you want things to get better? To have a little compassion for the people that love this country as their own, that are hardworking people that want to get ahead in their lives and at the same time help make the country a better place too and have no problems with the law at all? Show us that this is true of you by allowing immigration reform. It will be immensely appreciated. I see a world without differences, where we all are the same. Thank you, Miguel

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Angel
Sparks, NV
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Dear Rep. Carolyn Maloney

I am an immigrant from India who has applied for a green card under EB3 category, after obtaining a BS in Electrical Engineering at one of the top universities in the world, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It is predicted that EB3/India may not get green cards for the next 20-40 years, unless CIR is passed into law. I have to plan for my future and I am not sure whether I should migrate back to India to have more stability with my family life or not. I can't afford to live in the US not knowing whether I will be thrown out of the country at anytime or not.

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Namit
New York, NY
M001180
Dear Rep. David McKinley

I am a woman who came to the USA from El Salvador more than 30 years ago. My one and only daughter (Janice Avelar Werner) is 25 years old now, and has become a very responsible and conscientious person. Some rights were denied to her as a child, due to my legal status back then. Since 2001, I have had a work permit, which is renewed every year. I have not been back to my native land for the past 23 years! I would love to go back and see my father one last time. I have tried my best to be a good citizen in a strange land.

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Maria
Parkersburg, WV
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Dear Rep. Rush Holt Jr.

I am now a "DACAmented" human being living in the United States. I have been considered an illegal immigrant for over the past 10 years. With DACA, I am still officially undocumented, and I have no path to permanent residency. Neither does the rest of my family or many of my friends.
We NEED immigration reform to pass! There is no more time to wait. There is no time to filibuster. Immigration reform CANNOT be voted down again, because we have waited long enough and many of us have grown up now. We pay taxes, we contribute to the economy, so STOP treating us like second-class citizens.

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Simas
Trenton, NJ
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Dear Rep. Pete Olson

I have been in the states for almost 12 years with a legal status. I have been paying taxes and doing everything a regular citizen does, however i feel like a second class citizen all the time. Our immigration system is so broken that we are stuck in this Green Card Limbo since 2007 and till date we have no idea how many days, weeks, months or years it will take for me and my family to get a Green Card. I have been wanting to start my own business that would really help me contribute more to this economy, employ some locals at the same time help us grow, however this broken immigration system is blocking my dream from happening.

Today I hear lot of noise to do something for the illegal immigrants, however with the current broken system even if we did do something for the illegal immigrants i feel we have system that is just going to get even more clogged and make it even worse if we did not address the huge backlogs and give a relief to people who have been waiting in line for years playing by the rule.

Hence I respectfully urge you to do something so this immigration system can move forward, fixed and benefit this great nation on earth. GOP blaming Democrats and vice versa is not the solution, its just a blame game, we get it and we have seen that, its time to do something positive in the right direction.The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

America is a nation of immigrants and it's part of our culture to welcome them. Many of my family members, friends, coworkers and people I care about came to this country with a hope for a better life, and they worked hard and acheived it. I can’t imagine my life without these people. But there are 11 million fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, coworkers, and friends who are already in the U.S. but can not live life to the fullest due to their undocumented status. And there are many more great teachers, business owners, and hard workers who want to join us in the American dream. We need to pass immigration reform now so that we can build our economy, reunite families and just do the right thing for America.

Today, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

One of America's greatest assets is its ability to attract people from around the world who come here to innovate. From our railroads to our Fortune 500 companies, we are a nation built by immigrants. Closing our doors to New Americans on the basis of their country of origin is a serious misstep. Knowledge, talent, and information is now more global than ever; the success of nations is determined by where those resources are located. Our current immigration system turns away people who are educated on our soil and turns a blind eye to 11 million people who are currently living in the shadows. There is no question that it is in our economic interest to pass legislation that gives people a legal pathway to working and living in the United States. It's time for the House to take a vote on immigration reform now.

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Vijoy
sugar land, TX
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Dear Rep. Christopher Gibson

Our country's success has traditionally been based on robust immigration. It is still as important as it ever was and must be achieved in a constructive and intelligent way that discourages illegal immigration and has a path to citizenship (maybe a long one) for those who entered illegally because we provided easy entry and looked the other way as we employed them.

I know politics is hard and getting everyone to agree on something is not going to be easy. Still it is your job and every member's job to forge these agreements. This is really important to me and I need your support on this if you want my support.

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Sam
Rhinebeck, NY
C001051
Dear Rep. John Carter

Jesus said be kind to the immigrants because you were once immigrants. We need to keep families together. We should not be deporting people who were brought here as children and know no other country. Especially, we should not be deporting people who singed up to serve and protect this country. Rather than import talent from other countries we should be developing our own from those who grew up here and appreciate the gift and opportunity they have been given. Let's protect these people who help make our country better.

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Herb
Round Rock, TX
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Dear Rep. John Carter

I live in Temple, Texas and am appalled at the way Republican legislators have been behaving. I voted for Reagan, Bush (both of them), and McCain. The last few years I have seen such hateful and bitter scathing attacks against a President of the United States by Republicans that I am ashamed that I ever voted for one and won't vote for one again.

At least you can pass a comprehensive immigration bill before it's too late. Do that and quit wasting time and money attacking our President.Today, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

The U.S. has always been a nation of immigrants. Since its founding, people from all over the world have put everything on the line for a chance to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This spirit of courage, entrepreneurialism, and risk-taking is and always has been the driving force of American progress and economic growth. Our current broken immigration system flattens rather than fosters these qualities, putting America at risk of falling behind in today's global economy. We need reform that can put us back on the right track - please support fixing our broken immigration system this year.

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Gary
Temple, TX
H001068
Dear Rep. Jared Huffman

I am severely disabled and unable to do anything myself, like cooking, toileting and transferring from my wheelchair to other furniture including my bed. I have a caregiver from the South Pacific. I desperately need her help to carry on my life. She came to this country legally with her husband who was a banker. He went to Canada to continue his postgraduate education and suffered a psychotic break. He was taken back to his country of origin. She didn't realize that he had schizophrenia and will never get better. She stayed in the United States eventually getting a divorce. If she cannot stay with me, my life is worthless. I can write my computer, I am currently doing a blog and a member of a book club. I was able to stay in my home and being cared for by Medicare and Medicaid. She pays taxes and spends her money here.(Purchases are taxed) she owns the car and pays associated taxes. When the car requires maintenance it is repaired here and the mechanics are paid. Her record is clean as a whistle. She's never received even a parking ticket. But she is not a citizen.

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Joanne
Mendocino, CA
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Dear Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

I grew up close to the border in Arizona and know that most immigrants are hardworking and honest and trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. I also know that the anti-immigration policies in Arizona have hurt Arizona's economy significantly. I support a pathway to citizenship that is reasonable and see no legitimate reason why the DREAMers must be punished. Their citizenship should be expedited. Our country's strength has been its immigrants and the overt hatred I see now smacks of undisguised racism. Please do what is right for the USA and pass immigration reform.

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Cindy
Casa Grande, AZ
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Dear Rep. Lynn Jenkins

Immigration reform is personal for me. A couple of years ago my mother was detained for driving without a license and she was consecutively deported to the obscure country of Nicaragua. That was three years ago, I am now 19 years old, and formerly placed into foster care. This is the kind of damage that our broken civil immigration laws are perpetrating.
While some argue that it's amnesty, I believe that it's an opportunity. An opportunity to get right with the law and commit fully to the democratic process. I am American.

Thank you for your time, God bless!

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Jose
Miami, FL
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Dear Rep. Steve Chabot

I'm from you district and would like for you to support immigration reform. I am Hispanic and come from a migrant family. My father migrated to the US in the fifties and settled down in the land of opportunity to provide for his family. I am glad he faced the dangers of migrating here to provide a better quality of life and opportunities. I am a veteran of the US Forces and still active after 22 years of service.

It is true, there are many illegal aliens here, but they have few options for them to improve their lives. We need to fix this broken system, and allow those with good intentions and values to at least come out of the shadows.

My wife is a tax preparer and 85% of her clients are Hispanics. She realizes there are millions that work illegally and don't file returns, so they pay taxes and don't even claim for refund.

Those bad apples that make a bad reputation for the rest are the ones that should be deported. Once a pathway is established, only the good ones will qualify and the bad ones can remain in an illegal status so they can be deported.

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Hector
Centerville, OH
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Dear Sen. Cory Gardner

As your constituent I am demanding that you support a comprehensive immigration reform and be a champ for Colorado. A comprehensive immigration reform is important to me because it is simply the right thing to do. My family is one who is now torn apart because of the broken immigration system in our country. I am a U.S. citizen and we have two children who as well are citizens of our beautiful country. We started the legalization process in 2007 and in 2011, while towards the end of the process my husband was picked up in a dairy raid. The only thing he was doing was trying to support his family. Because of that the whole process dragged on even longer and was forced to take a voluntary departure until his case is approved. My children and I(ages 9 and 5) have been without him since December 12th of this last year. We spent Christmas without him, the new year and most importantly all of these days that are so precious. I am heartbroken and so are our children. I know that someday he will be able to come back home with us where he belongs but meanwhile I am stuck here struggling to survive. Many other families are being torn apart at it is completely unfair. Most of these people who are being sent back to their countries of origin are not criminals, they are simply here to have a chance of a better life. Mr.Gardner, how would you feel if you were separated from your daughter and wife and was never able to come back home to be with them. How devastating would it be for your daughter? How devastating would it be for your wife to know that you are in a highly dangerous country? I am sure that you cannot even imagine what me and my family is going through. Not only me but millions and millions are going through this or worse. U.S. children are being left here all alone and having to be put in foster homes. It makes no sense. Not only does that make no sense but if comprehensive immigration reform is passed it will greatly impact positively our economy. Most importantly Mr.Gardner, passing comprehensive immigration reform is the humane thing to do. In the Bible God tells us how we should give and help those in need if we are able to and you have the power to support a comprehensive immigration reform. What would Jesus do?

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Leticia
Fort Morgan, CO
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Dear Rep. Adam Kinzinger

I am a citizen, born as the grandson on a Greek immigrant who came to the US in the early 20's.

I never cared about immigration issues growing up, nor did I know anything about it.

After volunteering with the YMCA in Valparaiso, Chile in 2006 (same city that just had the fires...they are working hard to support the community in light of the damage!), I returned home to Chicago and started my career in commercial real estate. On the side, I volunteered teaching free English as a second language classes for adult Latino immigrants in Logan Square. After two years, I began to run the program and was responsible for recruiting 20 volunteer teachers and 150 students per semester.

It was there that I learned about the challenges that my undocumented students faced. They became my friends, and it changed my perspective forever.

Please continue to make comprehensive immigration reform a priority. It will make a tremendous difference in our communities.

Thanks,

Jon

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Jon
Chicago, IL, IL
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Dear Rep. Steve Stivers

My citizenship is a direct result of immigration, before it became a national issue. My family never shared what hardships immigration may have created, but undoubtedly their life was not easy. You and I all came from immigrants, by way of those who braved the world as they experienced it. The same is true for all those who come to our country -- many facing death to reach loved ones and a better life. It is an issue that all our families have experienced. The children brought here and that know no other country are all our children and our future. Embrace them and welcome them. It is time!

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Barbara
McConnelsville, OH
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Dear Rep. Scott Peters

I'm from you district and I support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Here's why:

At this point in time, there are millions of undocumented people who have been here for decades and who have established complete law-abiding lives and families here. Stripping them suddenly of everything in their life by throwing them into their country of origin, which is now a foreign place to them, is inhumane and serves no benefit to our country or to any American Citizen.

Thank you for your continued support for Immigration Reform. Please help get this passed.

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Rhoda
San Diego, CA
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Dear Rep. Mick Mulvaney

My name is Nancy and my mother entered illegally to the US in the year 1990, she payed her taxes and was here for about 19 years and never committed a crime. She returned to Mexico due to health issues about 4 years ago to get treated for her tumors (During recession her medical insurance refused to pay for her medical treatment). I am 22 years old and I am a US Citizen the oldest of her 4 US Citizen children. I pay taxes, for my own medical insurance, and do not receive any government welfare benefits. I am attending college and positively contribute to the US economy.

My mother has to stay outside of the country for at least 10 years before I can apply for her legal status. Her US Citizen husband is at a life threatening medical condition right now and he cannot apply for a waiver and get legal status for my mother because she has 2 illegal entries, meaning my mother also has to be outside of the country for 10 years before her US Citizen husband can apply for her legal status. Does this sound fair to you??? My mother's US Citizen husband is getting poor treatment in Mexico due to my mother's condition barriers to return. Two of my younger siblings were under my care in Rock Hill for a few years but have now been sent over to another state were a few family members can contribute to help them financially since my situation is not the best. Our family is split up and we are at a very stressful condition.

Will you please open your heart and support a comprehensive immigration reform? I am not asking for amnesty! I agree with meeting requirements and taking the necessary steps to prove our clean records and our reasons. The immigration system is broken and meanwhile nothing is being done many family members are suffering the consequences.

I love this country and I believe in Liberty and Justice for ALL.
Please open your mind and heart.
God Bless America

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Ruby
Rock Hill, SC
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Dear Rep. Louie Gohmert Jr.

I support immigration reform because there are a lot of qualified people that have received DACA that are still looking for a job. This will generate money for the local economy. They will purchase from local stores and local dealerships. I want to get rid off the myth that immigrants steal American jobs. We are here to add jobs to America and start small businesses. Please think about the amount of money a small business can generate for your state. On a much lower level, you will help younger DACA recipients be cashiers. As far as U.S. citizenship for DREAMers, we are not asking for it right away -- we are willing to earn it by having a work permit with the right to travel for X amount of years. I think traveling helps the global economy. As far as parents of DREAMers, they deserve a work permit.

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Emmanuel
Lancaster, TX
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Dear Rep. Jason Smith

I'm from your district and I support immigration reform. It is time to step up to the plate and DO SOMETHING. Because doing nothing is a sad commentary on us as human beings! Immigration is not going to go away, just because Congress fails to see the issue. It will continue. I feel that every law-abiding person has a right to apply for citizenship within our country. And, as an added bonus, there will be an increase in tax revenue. An immigration reform bill that sees immigrants as humans will give our country the hope to solve this problem so that so everyone benefits!

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Andrea
Jackson, MO
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Dear Rep. Trey Gowdy

It is time that a move be made on this subject. So please, get this done before we all get involved in reelection bids, meets, and greets. America deserves an immigration reform bill. Thank You for all you have done for us here in South Carolina, again please, lets get this done for Americans, and all of our military families who serve, and sacrifice each, and everyday for our wonderful country. Thank You for this opportunity.Today, also there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

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Mike
Campobello, SC
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Dear Rep. Lamar Smith

I am a constituent of yours and I believe that a key to keeping our individual liberty secure is by changing our discriminatory immigration policy. Our antiquated form of immigration policy lends itself to benefiting only the wealthy. When our economy relies on the backs of the middle class, why would our goal be to deny the middle class entry into our country?

We broadcast to the world that we are a country that takes the tired, weak and poor. We cannot be hypocrites when it comes to our policy. I demand more from my representatives, government and my country.

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Jenn
Austin, TX
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Dear Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

Millions of honest, hardworking people have been contributing for years to the greatness of this wonderful country, which came for different reasons and in different circumstances. Many of them have children born here, guys studying, they are professionals, but the uncertainty of living than their parents to be deported for not having a legal immigration status.
In his hands is that these immigrants live for so many years this suffering and that have proven good people, can through immigration reform, living in peace and security.
I ask God to touch your heart and enlighten their minds so they can reconcile ideological positions and sign immigration reform we are expecting.

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Judith
Naples, FL
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Dear Rep. Susan Davis

This is a country of immigrants. I believe this country is enriched by immigrants. My parents were both immigrants, one legal and one illegal. Believe me when I say that this country has benefited by my parents' children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. Let's make the Statue of Liberty really mean what she says! Be empathic and put yourself in an immigrant's place. In an ideal world, we would have one planet, one world, one people but immigration reform is a small step in this direction!

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Kathleen
SD, CA
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Dear Rep. Suzan DelBene

Good people came from around the world to make this country what it is today. People who seek for freedom, for a better life, for better chances, people who came to this country to give the best of themselves, to work hard and feel proud of be part of the United States of America. Please support the Immigration reform, please take the suffering away from millions of souls. When the politicians are elected they are the voice of the community, please be our voice. Please support the immigration reform.

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Liliana
Redmond, WA
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Dear Rep. Xavier Becerra

I came to this country almost eleven years ago. So far, this has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I am a person, like millions, who has adopted to the system of this country and who loves this land more than my native country. I heard someone say one day that no one can choose where to be born, but every one can choose where to live. This is my case and the case of may. I have chosen this country as my home sweet home and where I want to see my children grow up, succeed, and contribute to this country in every way possible. I am currently taking classes at a community college and I am looking forward to transfer within two semesters, majoring in Business Administration. This is something I can do, but after I graduate, it will be impossible to work on this field if I have no way to fix my situation. It's easy to say that I can go somewhere else and work on what I studied for, but I think it is unfair if I take what I learned in this country and use it somewhere else. I wouldn't like another country to benefit from what this country has given me. I believe that we can all make this country ever greater. Surveys after surveys and studies after studies have shown that a comprehensive immigration reform would not only unite families; it would also boost our GDP dramatically. Please help us live the American dream that began when the first settlers came from far away to found this country. Let us fulfill what our constitution says that all men are created equal.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I will forever be thankful for the time and effort that involves reading this and of course, for helping us get out of the darkness and allow us to say that we are proud to be Americans.

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Erick
Los Angeles, CA
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Dear Rep. Betty McCollum

I want this reform becuase my whole family lived in the US. We had dreams, our house, our family, my dad had his job. We were deported in 2005, our dreams were crushed. Now my father is dying of cancer and what my brothers and I want is for him to have his last days in the country he gave his work, time, passion and love. We would dearly like to have this reform so we can have the opportunity to go back, seeing my 3 little brother American citizens -- they were also taken away from their country and world.

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Enrique
St. Paul, MN
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Dear Rep. David Loebsack

I have worked with immigrants for over 20 years as an ESL teacher in our public schools. Our system is a mess. It is impossible for many immigrants to come here legally, all the while businesses continue to recruit them and make promises they should not be making. Then we wonder why they are all here. If there was no money in hiring and recruiting the undocumented, we would have fixed this a long ago. Stop the hypocrisy! Either we want a good system or we don't. At least don't lie about it.

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Chris
Muscatine, IA
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Dear Rep. Gwen Moore

I'm 24 year old citizen student. Me and my 5 out 6 siblings came 10 years before from El Salvador we all attend to school here, we all got our citizenship. unfortunately the person who deserves it the most hasn't have a chance to get her green card, she has lived here for 20 years, she works hard to give me and my siblings all the best, she doesn't have any family in our country. She was able to raise 6 kids on her own. Now that she older is our time to take care of her, She is all what we have. She should be able to be around her family.

Please help me make my mother happy, she deserves the best in this world she work hard to give me and my siblings a better life. I'm really thankful to be in this country, thanks to this great country I can be someone, perhaps a Pharmacist. My mother also has to raise my youngest sister she is only 14. We need our mother, she is now getting older, she deserves the best for bringing me and my siblings to this great country. Please support the immigration reforms we all deserve a better life, here in this great nation.

Please help those people that are in need of a better future, we all need a better future in this great nation.
We all believe in our American Dream.

Thanks for your time
God Bless You

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Yesenia
Milwaukee, WI
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Dear Rep. Gerald Connolly

Thank you for supporting families through your stance on immigration reform, and also for the children of mothers and fathers who have been jailed in ICE detention--prison, many of which are privately run in questionable conditions. We Americans must stand up and pass this legislation for those children, parents, brothers and sisters who stood terrified while ICE took away their parents; who may never see them again.

I will never forget the picture of the Pope giving communion to those on both sides of the "fence". That, in my opinion, is the spirit we need here in America. Too recognize the "I" in every person we meet and treat them with the same respect.

I will not forget the story of "Roger" one of my ESOL students who escaped from the terror in El Salvador 30 years ago. Roger's family just wanted a safe and better life for their children. It is for Roger and those like him that I write to you today.

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Hilarie
Reston, VA
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Dear Rep. Daniel Kildee

There has to be a reasonable pathway to citizenship for the millions of people and families who entered and have remained in this country without proper documentation. We cannot morally or ethically deport people who have otherwise contributed positively to the cultural, social and economic fabric of America. What reason is there to refuse to provide a process that -- once completed -- positions them to become citizens? Address this to those who are engaged in criminal activity. As for the rest, open the doors or a rational opportunity towards citizenship and STOP breaking up families!

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Kathie
Flint, MI
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Dear Rep. Don Young

I am currently an Anchorage resident and really think this reform would globalize and connect people worldwide, also allow immigrants to pursue and be part of the American dream and seek freedom from other persecutions unknown to the main public. This would and most likely decrease discrimination within the U.S. allowing the immigrants to live and work with us peacefully. Please do what's right not what's trending.

We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

best regards,
Robert

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Robert
anchorage, AK
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Dear Rep. Steve Israel

Me and my family have lived here for almost 20 years. One of my children was born here and we are very happy with our life here. Our children don't speak any other language aside from English. We are very used to living here, however we always live in fear that something will happen to us because of our status here. We try to do everything right. We pay our taxes, bills and try to live like every other American. Regardless of our status, we just want to fit in.

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Fatih
Hunting Station, NY
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Dear Rep. David Valadao

I live in Bakersfield CA. I'm aware that we have a very large immigrant population in our community. Maybe even in my own neighborhood.

The families in my neighborhood are dear friends. They work hard, they pay taxes, they shop locally and support our economy. They are vigilant and protective of our neighborhood, They send their children to school to become better citizens. I have been invited to their birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations, We celebrate holidays together and exchange gifts. In the summer, and at harvest, we share the bounties of our back yard gardens. We exchange homemade dishes and recipes. We borrow and return needed tools. In every way we are a normal All American Neighborhood.

I do not know the citizenship status of my neighbors, and I've never asked. Why? Because they ARE "citizens of my neighborhood" (PERIOD)!

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Fred
Bakersfield, CA
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Dear Rep. Michael Grimm

As a children's teacher of immigrants for more than 20 years, I know their personal tragedy. A great crisis in education in the USA is the separation between family values and the school curriculum. What if at this crisis you increase the separation between the families and their children?
Please, take the courage to conquer your prejudices and false fairs, as immigrants did to look for better future for their families in a new land against the indignity of the present immigration arbitrariness.

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José
Staten Island, NY
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Dear Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer

Everyone in America, except Native Americans, immigrated here from some where else, more 200 years ago. Give everyone the opportunity to be legal, as our ancestor did. We are a diverse nation and it is our greatest strength and gives us innovations that make the world better. My ancestors came in chains as slaves, but everyone in America wants and deserves to be free. It will make our country stronger. We need all kinds of people to work in all of our country's jobs. We need young talented people to innovate, educate and revolutionized our country. Give everyone a path to freedom, as our ancestors received. My husband, a retired military man, served for 26 years in the Army with men of all ethnicities, so we could be free.

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Lizzy
Jefferson City , MO
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Dear Rep. James Renacci

People come to the United States for the promise of freedom and opportunity. But the current immigration system in the United States is broken: families are separated, immigrant workers are exploited, people die trying to cross the border, and there is rampant discrimination against immigrants. How we treat newcomers should reflect the values of fairness and equality that define the United States as a country. We need a commonsense immigration process, one that includes a road map for people who aspire to be citizens.

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Marisol
Parma Heights , OH
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Dear Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen

I need immigration reform to support those who have been pursuing education and professional goals in the US.

I earned a BA from the top college in Japan and came to the US to earn a dual Master's degree because I wanted to achieve higher goals and be successful on a global scale. I worked for a US manufacturing company who pushes "Made in America" to the world to help their businesses with Japanese companies and generate revenue from Japan. Due to the H-1B cap, however, my application was not chosen in 2013 and I could not continue to help them, which stopped my helping them penetrate into a new market and their continuous growth.

This hurts companies in the US who make a commitment to talented people that have been contributing to the US economy and whom they need for their growth. This really hurts the US economy.

We pay taxes to the government. We work hard to help companies here in the US. We respect and try very hard to follow the strict rules enforced on us. But, the current immigration system kicks out those who have been here legally to pursue professional dreams, and who want to stay, start a family, and continue their contribution to the economy in this country.

Please kindly consider passing immigration reform.

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Hisayoshi
Morristown, NJ
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Dear Rep. Diana DeGette

First of all, thank you for all of your support on fixing our broken #immigration system. It is sad to see so many people that are here in the US, working hard with only one goal, provide for their families and pursuing a better a more promising future. Pursuing a better future, a better life isn't a new trend; it is something that has not changed for centuries. Just like when our first immigrants came to this new land, for new opportunities, to practice their religion, but more importantly, to be free. I see that you understand how hard it is for these families to come out of the shadows, be part of this great society, and contribute to our system, our economy thanks to the broken immigration system. I understand there are laws in place to protect us from bad people, which I am grateful for, but these laws are not really helping the system to work effectively 100%. We have a problem that needs to be addressed, and with your support and leadership, we can get there. People are willing to do and pay anything to gain a chance to become residents and eventually citizens. They do not want a free ride, they want to earn it, if only there was a way.

Thank you for your continued support.

Fernando Lara

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Fernando
Denver, CO
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Dear Rep. George Holding

It is a course of action that is needed to boost the economy and bring some form of dignity to every child(ren) who were/are not here of their own volition.

To preach conservatism and continue your opposition to a comprehensive immigration reform is a dishonorable path to follow!

This is a country that was built on the very basis of what you are opposing, George. And to think that you were once an immigrant to this country!

Do the RIGHT THING! Support and cast your vote on the side of TRUTH!

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Amaechi
Raleigh, NC
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Dear Rep. David Valadao

Our great country was founded by people that believe in the less fortunate, and by people migrating to our great nation from all over the world come here with a dream. Just like presidents, doctors, lawyers, scientists, philosophers, singers, writers, reverends, preachers, teachers, engineers, professors, the elite and business owners have dreams, so do farmers. It is not a sin to dream -- by supporting reform you will make a dream come true. May God bless America, a country of dreamers and risk takers.

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Andratte
Kerman, CA
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Dear Rep. Sean Maloney

My grandparents were immigrants to this country, at a time when the doors were being closed to other immigrants for fear of these others. That generation of immigrants made this country great. While I believe that laws should be followed, including immigration laws, the correct punishment is not deporting everyone who technically violated the law and punishing their families. We need immigration reform now to correct the balance. Immigration is to be welcomed, not feared.

I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

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Jillian
Tuxedo Park, NY
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Dear Rep. Scott Rigell

I urge you to support Immigration Reform. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development studied the issue, and motivating factors for those who oppose immigration reform, and released their report in 2013. Further analysis from the Center for Global Development shows the positive economic impact could be in the trillions of dollars. Building our nation's legacy, honoring the people of diverse ethnic & cultural whose contributions built this nation is a priority for our future.Today, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

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Elizabeth
Virginia Beach, VA
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Dear Rep. Bob Goodlatte

I am a voting constituent in your district. Please support meaningful immigration reform! The immigrants in our area are tax-paying contributors to our community, its industry, and our socio-religous organizations. To separate parent from children is stupid: we have to support the kids they leave behind with money, child care, and potential mental health care (they ARE citizens and will VOTE). To deport husband or wife from the family is immoral. Let's not even THINK about deporting children who were brought her as babies, educated here at great expense to us tax payers, and then (just when they could start contributing to our community and economy) sent to a foreign country they don't know or understand.

Please help us all by supporting meaningful immigration reform.

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Meredith
Dayton, VA
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Dear Rep. Christopher Gibson

I would like to tell you of my encounters with immigrants here in our district. First of all, I must say that I am a daughter of an immigrant of Argentina and an American/Argentine citizen. I was brought up to be proud of my country and to value what it stands for and for its opportunities.
The immigrants I know, and there are quite a few, are hard-working, wonderful people. I often sense that they love and appreciate the US more than the people who were born here. It's time to strengthen our country and give them a path, a future and the respect they deserve. Stop breaking up families, blocking their paths to a productive future and we will be a better America for doing so.

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Valerie
Pleasant Valley, NY
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Dear Rep. Jeff Miller

It is time for immigration reform. Everyone complains about the current status of immigration, but nothing is being done. Most of us came as immigrants to this country, so these people need a fair shake to get a start, as families in the past had. We need not treat them unfairly. Many of these people have families here and are deeply rooted here. They need a way to stay and become citizens without punishment. Stop doing nothing and let these people live without fear of punishment. Everyone complains about the "illegals" -- do something to get this going and give people a just and fair way to citizenship. Please do the right thing.

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Kathy
Pensacola, FL
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Dear Rep. Karen Bass

I'm not urging you to support immigration reform because I'm an immigrant myself. I'm urging you to support it because millions of families depend on it - literally.

I worked in the restaurant business, mainly as a chef, for over twenty years in California. As a result, I made many friends with whom I worked every day for years. Some I supervised, some where my peers, some supervised me. These are the people that populated the days of my life at work, and restaurant work means 45 to sometimes even 65 hours per week - for decades. These friends of mine today have children, some had children already years ago, some of whom were even of age to work, at the time, alongside their parents either in the kitchen, on the floor, or at the front desk.

Jose was a line cook in a restaurant where I headed the kitchen. His daughter, Miriam, was in the preparation kitchen. I supervised Jose who was an excellent chef, worker, and colleague; and had therefore the immense pleasure of training Miriam for her very first employment.

At the front desk was Edith, Tino's daughter. Tino worked the floor as a busser to help Edith raise money to pay for community college tuition which added up to more than double a regular fee because she had to enroll as an international student, even though she had been in the United States ever since she could remember. Still, they both knew that transfer to a university for her junior and senior years was practically a pipe dream as they would have never been able to afford tuition that way.

And Mario, the sous-chef-without-whom-I'd-be-nothing, whose daughters are now in college and work the floor at another restaurant to make ends meet and help pay for tuition, is undoubtedly the most dependable, dedicated, and hard working man I have ever had the honor to have at my side. The life and professional lessons I have learned from Mario are invaluable.

Today, I don't work at these restaurants anymore but I kept in touch with my former colleagues as all good friends do. Away from the work environment and the supervisor/supervised relationships that constrained our interactions to some degree, my friends and I have become closer and more confident with each other. This is when I found out that they, unlike their daughters are in fact undocumented immigrants (with the exception of Tino's daughter, Edith, who remains undocumented). Hearing their stories knowing what I know about them, was a harrowing experience but nothing can be compared to the fear these men and women experience every day - fear of deportation; fear of coming home and not finding the parents who raised them with hard work and infinite love. Should that happen, not only their hearts would be broken, the lives of these Americans, born, raised and educated in this country, would be torn apart financially as well. These people have populated the days of my life but they also populated the lives of many other Americans with their voices, their kindness, their hard work, service, and love – and they have done that to the best of their ability every day for years to this day. To deport them would be like attempting to erase their lives and histories. Indeed, it would be attempting to erase an important component of our communities’ histories. These are people who lived and loved here in the U.S. for decades! Their contribution to society cannot be ignored but must be rewarded because to work your life away on minimum wage or little more just so your children can have an opportunity for happiness is, in my mind, the most American thing a parent can do.

In these stories, I changed the names as I know my friends would have me do.

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Andrea
Los Angeles, CA
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Dear Rep. Steve Pearce

As you know, the family is the basic unit of our society, and immigrants who have the support of strong families are more likely to contribute to society, pay taxes, and start businesses that create jobs. But our broken immigration system divides families and keeps loved ones apart for years and even decades, which discourages them from following the rules and working within the system. It doesn’t make sense to spend billions of dollars rounding people up, breaking up families, shutting down businesses, and deporting people who are "already here " decently working , learning English, and putting down roots. For immigrants who don’t have legal status, we should require them to come out of the shadows and register, pay taxes, and start working toward becoming Americans, while keeping their families together.
It is just not fair have someone without criminal record, hard working person be deported after of many many years already living in this country., please have and touch your heart!
Melissa. Chicago IL.

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Melissa
Chicago, IL
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Dear Rep. John Campbell III

I am a teacher that works with the most vulnerable among US--the undocumented. I teach in Santa Ana, CA and see first hand how poverty and insecurity affect our children. Many only eat the mediocre meal we offer at school, and they live in such crowded, inhumane conditions that it is a miracle that they manage to come to school and learn at all. Many of our children are sick and still have no access to medical care because their families are in constant fear of being deported, so they don't apply for services--this is a dangerous avenue for diseases to come into our country.
In the mean time, we continue to spend billions on education and keep telling ourselves that all our children have fair and equal access to "the pursuit of happiness." Yes, I believe that education is the ladder that will bring us to a better future and a happier life.
What breaks my heart is knowing that without the cheap labor of my students' parents, we would not be able to grow the food that sustains our country. The standard of living that the middle class has become accustomed to in Orange County, California would not be possible without the cheap labor that only undocumented people provide.
I had an excellent student some time ago that began to come to school without a shower. I kept him in during recess and gave him a little bag with soap, deodorant, etc... I told him that as he was growing up, he needed to use these items daily and shower. He started crying and said,"Ms Gomez, I can't shower Tuesdays and Thursdays because we rent out the bathtub to a man." I was raised on Welfare by a mother that cleaned houses and sold Avon to make a living. But we had a little house to ourselves, and we could shower any time we wanted. The level of poverty today is well below anything I have ever seen before.
All undocumented people want is to work for a fair wage and to live in peace. We cannot expect our children to pledge allegiance to our flag every morning when they are denied so many basic rights.
As we help undocumented people, they will in turn infuse our economy. We will be known again as the land of opportunity and fairness. Let US do the just thing and reform our immigration laws now.

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Maria
Tustin, CA
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Dear Rep. Jeb Hensarling

The immigrants that come from the third world countries all come to USA ; just to work and survive the day to day life..Most do the menial works that the ordinary citizens do not like to do are done by them..It is human nature to better their living conditions ..and hopefully to improve their lives..Most are hard workers and unfortunately do not speak English; I am for the reform but urge that English be mandatory for the non immigrants to learn so they can be understood..I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

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Edeltrudes
mesquite, TX
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Dear Rep. Leonard Lance

I have worked in the field of U.S. immigration for over 12 years in higher education and in large fortune 500 companies. The system for advance degree holders needs to be simplified and faster. The most intelligent people in the world want to live in the the U.S., they buy homes, pay for their children's education, buy cars, etc., but when we make it difficult and add unnecessary barriers preventing them from being able to legally migrate to the U.S. it hurts our economy.

I also believe any minor brought to the U.S. should have an opportunity to remain lawfully. I strongly support the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Studies have shown that the reason there are so many illegal immigrants in the Southern states are because of the 'strengthening of the border.' This measure has an opposite outcome by making it more difficult for migrant workers to return to Mexico. Because, it was so difficult for migrants to return, many began to bring their families, and going through the harsh desserts, you must honestly think who in their right mind would want to go through that again.

Should you wish to speak about this matter further, please do not hesitate reaching out.

Kind regards,
Alan

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Alan
Hillsborough, NJ
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Dear Rep. Frederica Wilson

As an immigrant that has had the opportunity to become a citizen via legal channels, I would like Congress to support immigration reform. Providing a legal path to immigration for those that wish to stay and work in this country is crucial for the Nation and for millions who wish to participate fully in our democracy. Living in the shadows and beign criminalized is no way to treat hard working people that contribute to the very fabric America was built on. There is nothing more American than immigration. From an economic viewpoint immigration reform is necessary to build a greater tax base and provide business with legal measures to compete in the ever challenging world economy. If we allow free movement of capital among borders so easily , then if we aim to boast free markets and economic liberty, labor should also have the same legal fluidity as capital. From an ethical stance, the treatment of undocumented workers and the abuse they are exposed to by not having legal status in the United States is deplorable. Our society should work towards free movement of labor. Although this is an almost utopian belief, working to legalize the status of the millions of men and woman, who in some cases have lived here longer than their countries of origin, is paramount towards reaching that objective.

The tearing apart of families, the vulnerability of immigrants and the millions spent on supervising a failed immigration system that does not encourage rule of law are just some of the reasons I believe immigration reform is necessary.

Today millions of hardworking immigrants that wish to legalize their residency and continue to participate in American life, without resorting to working outside the law or in the shadows, cannot due to a misguided and "unAmerican" immigration policy. This must change. They must be allowed to participate openly without fear of reprisal, for that is the American way and anything else would be alien.

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Roberto
Miami, FL
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Dear Rep. Sean Duffy

I spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan at the end of my working career, and am now retired in my home-town in northern Wisconsin. But, I got involved with hosting exchange students to stay involved with the rest of the world! I now have my 8th and 9th students, one from China and one from Kazakhstan, and they bring happiness to my retirement - - -
But, I just spoke to another of my former students who is in college in the USA, and he is having problems with immigration. I think he'd like to stay here for a while, but is finding the immigration procedures to be wickedly complicated! Can't we do something to simplify this? Please?

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John
Park Falls, WI
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Dear Rep. Gene Green

I am honored as a former immigrant myself and have seen how it helped me and my family by the immigration amnesty back in 1986. This country was and still is a country of and by immigrants. The founding fathers were once immigrants as well. We have fought many wars to be able to hold on to the liberty and keep taking advantage of all the things this beautiful country has to offer. I do believe that the people already here should be legalized so that they can pay taxes and also take advantage of the wonderful things this government has to offer as well. He who wants to enter should also be able to do it through its due process.

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Luis
Houston, TX
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Dear Rep. Michael Honda

I am in this country legally on a non-immigrant Visa. I have spent nearly ten years waiting for a green card. My family has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and contributed positively to the american society and economy. In spite of having all the latest technical skills and education, current employment based immigration visa process makes it difficult for us switch jobs or take up those positions in exciting startups. I sincerely request you to work towards getting the comprehensive immigration reform bill approved in the congress this year.

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Purushotham
Santa Clara, CA
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Dear Rep. Todd Rokita

Immigration reform is so very important. No one comes across the ocean or the border with dreams of living on welfare, but they do have dreams that they cannot achieve without immigration reform. It starts with you. Represent our country in a way we can be proud of. I encourage all nationalities to continue to try as hard as they can to live a good life here. Can you help them do that legally? PUSH PUSH PUSH for the reform that we so badly need. The voters are depending on you.Thank you for listening.

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Nancy
Lafayette , IN
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Dear Rep. Sander Levin

I am from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform. Here is why: I worked hard and earned my PhD (in Chemical Engineering) from a premier university (Michigan State) in USA. I was working for a company who'd promised me that they would file for my H-1B when I joined. But, in the first year they said they would file it next year and so they asked me to extend my employment authorization document, which I did. This company decided not to file for my H-1 this year; at the last moment. Now I am helpless, I cannot stay here beyond December. And although there are companies that are ready to employ me, they won't hire me because of this immigration issue. In summary, because of the current immigration system I was literally exploited by my past employer. I am sure this must have happened to many others too. Had the new immigration system been in effect, I would be on a green card and ready to join any other company and to contribute to the technical and scientific growth of this country.
I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high-skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

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R.
Sterling Heights, MI
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Dear Rep. John Mica

My name is Slobodan Stipic and I currently live and work in Sanford, FL. I am originally from Serbia and find myself in somewhat difficult circumstance regarding immigration. I was hoping that by reaching out to you, I may be able to get a new perspective and perhaps a little help or advice. I spent most of my adult life here in the States and consider myself to be an exception to the rule as far as being an immigrant.

By the way, I must say that I have the utmost respect for your immigration stance. I fully support tough immigration policy and oppose rewarding anyone entering the country illegally.

When I was nineteen years old living in Yugoslavia, at the peak of NATO bombing campaign of Yugoslavia, I applied to few colleges including Virginia Military Institute. Shortly after, I received the acceptance letter in the mail. It was one of the best days of my life. I immediately signed up for the US Air Force ROTC program and matriculated in August of 1999. Because of my interest in the computer technology, I aspired to become the Second Lieutenant of the United States Air Force and member of the Air and Space command. While at VMI, I was on F1 student immigration status, which prevented me from commissioning in the US military after graduation. This was a disappointment, but I did not give up. Four years after my initial arrival to the US in 2003, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and started working for Nevalon Technologies on Optional Practical Training (OPT) immigration status.

A year later, the OPT status expired and I returned to school to get a Master’s degree. While enrolled in the computer science graduate program at University of Central Florida, I worked as a Research Assistant and a Lead Developer on the FINDER application. I was a proud member of the project that enhanced Florida Law Enforcement Agencies’ crime fighting capabilities. Upon successful completion of the post-graduate studies I was employed by Symantec Corporation in Lake Mary, FL where I was laid-off after a year and a half during a period of many job-cuts. Couple of months later I transferred to Fiserv Corporation where I worked almost five years as a software engineer. In 2013, I started working for Channel Intelligence in hope to secure a green card, but the dream was quickly shattered as Channel Intelligence was acquired by Google. Following 6 month contract for Google, I started working for Populus Group as a consultant software engineer where I have been ever since.

Ever since graduating from UCF I have considered myself privileged to have H1B, temporary worker immigration status. It has allowed me to have a job I love, buy a house in Sanford, Florida and marry a Polish citizen. Unfortunately, the H1B status is limited to 6 years only without possibility for extension without a pending green card application. My employer, Populus Group, has tried to initiate the green card process on my behalf, but, but without much success because of the current labor market conditions. I have lived in the country for over fifteen years and have contributed by paying taxes for 14 years. During this time, I have played by the rules making sure I abide by the law. I have fulfilled every single financial obligation I made commitments to, including the mortgage and the student loan payments. I kept my word and took responsibility for all my actions. I have striven to do my best whether it was in school where I graduated from VMI and UCF at the top of my class or in my professional career. I have lived by the values that I learned from my parents as a kid and which were later solidified at VMI. Integrity and excellence in anything I do are cornerstones of my personality that I would not compromise for any price and in any situation. My wife and I appreciate community and look for ways to give back by volunteering. We have volunteered at several different places such as the food bank, Florida hospital, Disney, and others.

When I think of The United States of America, I think of the freedom to pursue one’s happiness. I have found my happiness in Florida. Unfortunately, it may be short-lived because of my current immigration status. In less than six months, I will have to leave the country.

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Slobodan
SANFORD, FL
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Dear Rep. Corrine Brown

My name is Slobodan Stipic and I currently live and work in Sanford, FL. I am originally from Serbia and find myself in somewhat difficult circumstance regarding immigration. I was hoping that by reaching out to you, I may be able to get a new perspective and perhaps a little help or advice. I spent most of my adult life here in the States and consider myself to be an exception to the rule as far as being an immigrant.
By the way, I must say that I have the utmost respect for your immigration stance. I fully support tough immigration policy and oppose rewarding anyone entering the country illegally.

When I was nineteen years old living in Yugoslavia, at the peak of NATO bombing campaign of Yugoslavia, I applied to few colleges including Virginia Military Institute. Shortly after, I received the acceptance letter in the mail. It was one of the best days of my life. I immediately signed up for the US Air Force ROTC program and matriculated in August of 1999. Because of my interest in the computer technology, I aspired to become the Second Lieutenant of the United States Air Force and member of the Air and Space command. While at VMI, I was on F1 student immigration status, which prevented me from commissioning in the US military after graduation. This was a disappointment, but I did not give up. Four years after my initial arrival to the US in 2003, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and started working for Nevalon Technologies on Optional Practical Training (OPT) immigration status. A year later, the OPT status expired and I returned to school to get a Master’s degree. While enrolled in the computer science graduate program at University of Central Florida, I worked as a Research Assistant and a Lead Developer on the FINDER application. I was a proud member of the project that enhanced Florida Law Enforcement Agencies’ crime fighting capabilities. Upon successful completion of the post-graduate studies I was employed by Symantec Corporation in Lake Mary, FL where I was laid-off after a year and a half during a period of many job-cuts. Couple of months later I transferred to Fiserv Corporation where I worked almost five years as a software engineer. In 2013, I started working for Channel Intelligence in hope to secure a green card, but the dream was quickly shattered as Channel Intelligence was acquired by Google. Following 6 month contract for Google, I started working for Populus Group as a consultant software engineer where I have been ever since.

Ever since graduating from UCF I have considered myself privileged to have H1B, temporary worker immigration status. It has allowed me to have a job I love, buy a house in Sanford, Florida and marry a Polish citizen. Unfortunately, the H1B status is limited to 6 years only without possibility for extension without a pending green card application. My employer, Populus Group, has tried to initiate the green card process on my behalf, but, but without much success because of the current labor market conditions. I have lived in the country for over fifteen years and have contributed by paying taxes for 14 years. During this time, I have played by the rules making sure I abide by the law. I have fulfilled every single financial obligation I made commitments to, including the mortgage and the student loan payments. I kept my word and took responsibility for all my actions. I have strived to do my best whether it was in school where I graduated from VMI and UCF at the top of my class or in my professional career. I have lived by the values that I learned from my parents as a kid and which were later solidified at VMI. Integrity and excellence in anything I do are cornerstones of my personality that I would not compromise for any price and in any situation. My wife and I appreciate community and look for ways to give back by volunteering. We have volunteered at several different places such as the food bank, Florida hospital, Disney, and others.

When I think of The United States of America, I think of the freedom to pursue one’s happiness. I have found my happiness in Florida. Unfortunately, it may be short-lived because of my current immigration status. In less than six months, I will have to leave the country.

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Slobodan
SANFORD, FL
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Dear Rep. Michael McCaul

My name is Yoshi Yoshida our family lives in your district. As the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, I understand that your energy and focus is to protect the sovereignty and safety of the United States by protecting its borders. However, after reading some of the documents on your website, I find it troubling that you advocate for a police state where local law enforcement officers have the authority to "detain illegal immigrants to start deportation processes". I feel that this punitive approach to the immigration problem in our country is going to make our communities less safe as undocumented individuals will not be registered with the government and will be discouraged from doing so if they are further targeted by law enforcement, especially if they have committed a serious crime. Immigration law is complex and giving local law enforcement authorities the added burden of "immigration checks" in the field will take away from their focus on maintaining public safety and place it on social cleansing by removing individuals unauthorized to stay in the country. Furthermore, this will encourage socio-economic and racial profiling from the authorities to innocent individuals including US citizens, legal residents and non-resident aliens. This picture does not represent the ideals of the United States, the land of the free. Lastly, deportation procedures cost a lot of taxpayer money and the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are already contributing positively in the communities in which they live. We cannot and should not falsely conclude that all undocumented immigrants are criminals.

It is well known that you do not support an amnesty-style immigration reform and that the the US should focus more efforts in border security. But in order to fix the immigration problem we cannot exclusively focus on border security and enforcement of the current punitive immigration set of laws, what our communities need is an immigration reform based on merit. Let me share you our story to illustrate my point. My dad secured a job here in the US and we legally immigrated as a family in 1999. I learned English and graduated with honors from McAllen High School. I then attended The University of Texas-Pan American and I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2008. At that point, I was in the US with a student visa and only had 6 months to change my visa status or leave the country. I applied to many jobs in the fields of research and education during the financial crisis at that time and many of the potential employers I interviewed were reluctant to sponsor me for a work-based visa. My immigration problem started when my parents could no longer afford to keep me in school paying for expensive out-of-state tuition and I fell out of status when I stopped attending classes to maintain my status. Our family is invested in living in the US as we had been here over a decade as we sold our house in Mexico to buy one here in Texas. In 2012 I was accepted into an accelerated 2nd degree Bachelors of Science in nursing program and became a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas. While attending nursing school I attempted to regain my immigration status by reapplying to a student visa. That same year, my parents and younger brother became legal permanent residents but I couldn’t apply with them due to my age. Later that year my application with the USCIS was denied due to “lack of evidence of hardship” and stayed out of legal status. Now, in 2014, I am a healthy 31 year old undocumented person with two degrees that lives at home with her parents and is unable to work due to an immigration system that values marriages, victims and wealthy individuals more rather than hard working talented people. I find it frustrating that the government has more interest in granting a legal stay in the country to individuals presenting themselves as victims rather than their merit in determining their potential to provide a positive social and economic contribution in their communities.

Mr. McCaul, I urge you to please reconsider your stance on immigration reform to allow individuals to stay united with their families in order for them to become productive members of society. This country deserves and needs better laws, better opportunities and better people to keep its competitiveness in the current global market.

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Yoshi
Katy, TX
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Dear Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick

I want to tell you a story about a dear friend of mine who has been struggling in the immigration system for over 35 years. I am sure that his story as well as those of thousands of others can dispel the preconceptions about immigrants.

Abel came to the U.S. from Spain with his family in 1976 when he was 13 on a family work visa with a furniture building company in which his father was the master craftsman. He went to William Tennent HS and was fluent in English within 6 months (primarily by listening to pop music and seeing movies) and graduated with his class. He always worked mostly as a nurse's aide in Bucks County nursing homes.

When he turned 21, he returned to Spain to fulfill a mandatory enlistment in the Spanish army; had he not, he would have involuntarily denounced his Spanish citizenship. After a year, he returned to the U.S.

Unaware that the company which sponsored his family in the U.S. was going bankrupt, he inadvertently returned to Spain to stand as godfather for his niece. Upon his return he learned that he had jumped his visa, and although most of his family returned to Spain, his brother remained and was granted amnesty under then Ronald Reagan. Abel, unfortunately was stamped deportable.
In that time and since he has remained and worked under permit and granted permission to stay under the strict monitoring of the INS/ ICE and paid his lawyer tens of thousands of dollars to help him maintain his working status. However, he has not been able to return to Spain or leave the U.S. under any circumstances.

Having been "Americanized" now approaching age 30, returning to Spain to start over was inconceivable. Abel continued to work and finsihed his degree in nursing and is currently working on his Masters Degree while an employed critical care RN.

He has been unable to be with his mother when she was ill, nor stand graveside at the death of his father, nor participate in any family milestone or event. Although she has visited the U.S. twice over the last 20 years, his mother can no longer travel and is soon to pass. How heartbreaking for my friend who is still imprisoned by this corrupted system!

Abel chose not to "cheat" like many others and falsely marry to attain citizenship, but he has never even been given a decent shot at attaining a green card due to the red tape preventing his dual citizenship. Although he is as American as you or me, he still exists as a man without a country and now faces not being able to be by his mother at her death as he was not able to be for his father.

Please support Immigration Reform and allow honest foreigners who have contributed to the U.S. through hard work -- such as my friend -- to have a shot at the citizenship they deserve.
Thank you.

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Martin
Doylestown, PA
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Dear Rep. Robert Brady

I'm a 27 year old single mother of two beautiful American daughters ages 3 & 5. My father bought me here at the age of 5 and this is the only home I know. I have been here my entire life and still don't have the freedom or the "papers" necessary to live a normal life and do things to improve the life of my girls and I. I want to go to school, open a business, travel outside the country, and most of all give my girls the best life possible and show them that I am a powerful woman and that nothing will stop me! Will you help or continue to sit back and do nothing to help immigration reform?

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Shanika
Philadelphia, PA
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Dear Rep. Nancy Pelosi

I am first generation American citizen from a mixed-status family. My brother is an Iraq veteran still serving in the military. My mother became a naturalized citizen just a few years ago, and my father is in the process of doing so.
I can personally attest to the loyalty and hard work that immigrants have and contribute to this country.
It is time that all immigrants are afforded the same opportunities my family had.
Our country will only benefit from it like it has since its inception.
I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

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Carolina
San Francisco, CA
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Dear Rep. Juan Vargas

I'm a pastor and I see the struggles and stress that families go through because of not having a reform. Being in the trenches I get to see how devastating it is when families get broken up due to deportations and arrests. Families that have lived here for many, many years are being torn apart. We can not expect that the children of these families return to Mexico or any other place in Latin America and adapt to that culture when they've grown up in the States and as much as we want to keep our traditions we have to admit that our children are more American than anything else and that's great until a parent gets deported or sent back and then they have to deal with many issues including the language issue because most or our kids don't know enough Spanish to be put in school in Latin America. I ask you and your fellow representatives to stand firm and keep up the fight to get Immigration Reform passed this year for the benefit not only of the undocumented but for the benefit of the nation.
Thank you and God bless.

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Pastor
Chula Vista, CA
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Dear Rep. Theodore Deutch

I am an immigrant, I have been living in this country for the last 25 years, my son came with me, when he was a very young child. I was sponsored by my immediate relatives many years ago. Since 17 years ago, that I graduated as Immigration Paralegal, I had helped many people, but still there are so many out there, that deserve the grace to live in this country legally. I have been waiting for Mr. Obama to approve immigration reform, since he won the election the first time, still nothing happened. I am independent, but if Republicans make it happen, you can count on my vote, and the vote from my relatives and friends! Thank you!

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Aurelena
wellington, FL
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Dear Rep. John Delaney

I have just one question for you. Do you know how it feels to have a family member ripped away from your family in an blink of an eye??? I do. My family lost everything after my husband was taken from us in January of 2009 my children were little then and still are. They are growing up without a father and why? Due to the laws here. Almost every single day I watch my children in tears as they talk to their papi on the phone and beg him to come back to them . Do you know how hard that is for a single mother to watch on an every day basis. It breaks my heart to hear them beg and beg for him and how they say things would be so much earlier if he was here to help.. my son cries when ever it's time for the father son basketball game cause his father was ripped away from him so there for he may not play in the game. Just imagine that is your son. Wouldn't you want change now? So many in the Office have no real idea how much this efforts peoples lives on an everyday basis . To many broken homes already exist do to deportation it's time to change it. One last question. How would you like it if one night you go to bed and when you wake up your husband/wife was to never return home do to being deported. But most of all you were never informed that he/she was deported so you worry for the next two weeks thinking he/she has been hurt or even killed and you notified the police and start a search for them just to get a CALL once your other half reaches their home land. How would you feel?

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Deanna
Hagerstown, MD
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Dear Rep. Sam Johnson

My name is Zachary Kolodny. I am a proud Jewish American and my people came to this country as immigrants. We prospered in this country and were able to achieve the American dream. Right now, we have waves of Latino immigrants who, like my people, wish to also achieve the American dream. Some of them are here legally, while others are here illegally. But what really matters is that they all are hard working people aspiring to be a part of this wonderful country. While it is tempting to discriminate against those who came here illegally, to some, it is important to remember that these people come from areas which are poor and often crime-ridden. This is why I urge you to vote "yes" on immigration reform and to encourage House Leadership to put this bill up for a vote so that we can bring millions out of the shadows and into the light of this great nation. Thank you.

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Zachary
Plano, TX
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Dear Rep. Leonard Lance

I am Robert Brol from New Jersey and I, like many people in this country, think that the time is NOW for an immigration reform! It doesn't matter if you are Republican or Democrat, this is something that has to be fixed this year, without problems. So, do what you are supposed to do. Immigration reform will be positive for the country and will give hope to many families that come to the US for a better life -- like any person in this world will do if necessary. Like I said, the time is now, so please act now.

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Robert
Dover, NJ
D000598
Dear Rep. Susan Davis

I am in your district and I am demanding that, as my representative, you represent my interests in Congress. Specifically, I would like for you to break ranks with party politics and put immigration ahead of your own political gains. We need a sensible, humane and smart immigration reform that changes the way current laws are written and that leaves behind the senseless narrative that immigrants a hindrance to this society. I also firmly oppose border militarization as a condition for immigration reform because it is both unnecessary and living in a border city, would have harmful economic effects in our local population.

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Osmar
San Diego, CA
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Dear Rep. Nydia Velázquez

We need a simple, reactive and intelligent system put into place, with clear and fixed criteria for each visa type and less arbitrary scrutiny of applications. Like so many other systems in this country, the current immigration system is just another example of shameful governance and bad management in this country, please fix this travesty immediately -- lower the wait time, simplify the process, take away the need for an expensive lawyer in order to be able to understand the process and later be treated properly by officials.

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Jake
Brooklyn, NY
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Dear Rep. Lois Frankel

Dear Sir, I am from Boca Raton, FL and I urge you to sign the petition. I am an application architect working for a Top 5 Internet Retailer. Due to my immigrant status, all my potentials are limited. This impacts different opportunities, promotions, buying a house, starting a small company (in the USA). My wife -- having a Master's in Electronics Engineering -- cannot work here. By the time we get our permanent status, we will be old and have lost all our energy. Eventually, none of our dreams would become alive then. This also makes visiting my country often a struggle.

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Vijayalayan
Boca Raton, FL
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Dear Rep. Brian Higgins

I am on an H-1B currently, and before that I had completed my PhD from Buffalo, NY on an F1 visa, under full scholarship and stipend. Because I wanted a short 6-month break after my education and before starting a job, there was a break in my immigration status (I was in my home country, India, then). I could not get a job for 2 years because I could not even attend interviews. Why is life being made so difficult for a highly educated individual, who could make a positive impact on US economy, especially after having spent so much on my education?
Green cards should be provided to people who have completed higher education (PhDs) from the USA, with funding from the US government. Only this makes sense. To you, and to me.

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Tista
Buffalo, NY
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Dear Rep. John Mica

ALL of my grandparents emigrated to the United States from other countries. They all worked hard. Neither my mother or father's parents became wealthy. My father's parents gave birth to two boys and a girl. Both boys served honorably in WWII and the girl married a man who served more than 20 years in the Navy. All their children prospered. I am proud of my heritage and proud to be American. We are the backbone of this country. And we need to encourage others, willing to accept America as their homeland, to join us.

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Rebecca
Maitland, FL
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Dear Rep. Scott Perry

While there is clearly a positive impact upon our economy to bring undocumented residents into the sunshine, there are even greater reasons than the marketplace. We claim to represent family values but when our policies break families up, we are doing exactly the opposite. Family stability is directly linked to school performance and the potential for a productive future that contributes to the community. BELONGING to the community, not hiding in the shadows, has a direct link to the role one plays in it.
There is also a clear link to law enforcement. Witnesses will not speak up if they fear identifying themselves as undocumented.
Let's not make a mockery of the Statue of Liberty. We can still be that shining city on a hill - a hill that we let others climb.

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Stephen
Red Lion, PA
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Dear Rep. Ed Perlmutter

I never knew how broken our system is until I met someone stuck in it. This man I met and soon fell in love with is the hardest working man I have ever known. He is honest and trustworthy, he is wonderful to me, patient with my elderly mother, a friend to my daughter and son-in-law and watching him with my grandson brings tears of joy to my eyes. You see, I -along with so many other Americans -could never put a face on our undocumented Americans. Now I can. I know that he entered the States undocumented at age 11. Went to elementary and Jr. high here then started high school before having to drop out to work full time. He is now in his late 20's. This man had his childhood stolen -from him and now lives everyday looking over his shoulder in fear of being found out. He works for half or less than what others doing the same job are paid. Many times he is cheated out of his pay and has no recourse for ever collecting the money owed to him. He filed taxes (and yes owed) for the first time this year with an ITIN from IRS. He carries insurance on his vehicles, buys from stores here in Colorado. Does everything I do -except he can be ordered to return to a country he does not know, any time. Please change this. Our immigrants are Americans, just like all of us are minus our Native brothers and sisters. They will not take our jobs -they are already working. In fact, it is my belief it would generate revenue beyond belief. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

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Kerrie
Westminster, CO
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Dear Rep. Julia Brownley

We have to have immigration reform! I personally know many children that were brought here when they were young. A few of these kids' parents hired immigration attorneys that promised (after many thousands of dollars) citizenship. After years of payments, these so called attorneys dropped them and said, "Sorry, can't help you!" Taking advantage of people that have come here thinking that they are doing the right thing. Taking years to process papers. Breaking families apart! This HAS to stop. Please, Rep. Brownley, I have supported you in every election that your name has been in. Help take care of this awful problem. These people want nothing more than a better life!

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Jennie
Oxnard, CA
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Dear Rep. Joseph Heck

Hi. My brother Erick Galvez wrote this letter on "We the People." -- My name is Erick Galvez. My wife Isabel Galvez and I are both Guatemalan citizens, spent over 19 years working under employment authorization status. We obeyed the law, pay taxes, with no criminal or civil records, have 2 US Citizens -- daughter, 17 and son, 13 years old. Respectfully request expedite a visa already approved by the USCIS and still pending of approval from NVC. Allow me to explain, in 2004 we were granted voluntary departure, we tried all legal means to stay in the country but finally we had to obey such order in June 2011. Our daughter decided to live and study in her country. Our son is getting behind in his studies here in Guatemala. We lost our American Dream, home, job, friends, educational/emotional stability. Please help us. -- My Name is John Henry Galvez Palma, US Citizen. As you can see, my family and myself are suffering because we are separated.

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John
Henderson , NV
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Dear Rep. Tammy Duckworth

I'm from your district and I urge you to support Immigration Reform and here's why: I am a native born American Citizen that is married to an immigrant seeking residence and eventual Citizenship in the United States. I as an American am being treated as a second class citizen simply because I married a foreigner. I say this because while he goes through this process he cannot have an ITIN, he does not meet the criteria. I am being forced by legal document to support him totally without the benefit of tax deductions as I cannot claim him on my return as any other spouse in America can. I am being forced into poverty because I have a single wage earner home.

I have to pay for his medical out of my pocket because I cannot afford health insurance even with the affordable care act and since I am locked into sponsorship I cannot even get Medicaid for myself because as soon as he becomes a resident and is given an ITIN he is automatically eligible and included on my Medicaid which can get me sued by the government as we are not allowed to get government aid for him for five years after becoming a resident of the United States.

This coupled with the fact that he will eventually have to leave the United States to go back to his native country to get a new visa, which is absurd, I will then also be forced into separation and supporting two households by government mandate for however long that takes and it can take quite some time.

I don't think it's fair that as an American Citizen that the United States Immigration rules have such an over bearing presence that it exclusively controls my relationship with my husband, our ability to both support our home and lifestyle, and my ability to choose when we will be apart or what services we have a need to apply for.

I sincerely hope you will support fixing our Immigration Laws for all the other forced second class Americans out there with the same problems as I have.

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Christina
Bloomingdale , IL
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Dear Rep. Thomas Rooney

I was born in the United States of America and served honorably in the US Army in the Vietnam war. My wife immigrated to America from the United Kingdom 9 years ago. She became a United States citizen 4 years ago. We would like her daughter and her two grandchildren to immigrate to the US, but antiquated immigration quotas will not allow that to happen for another 7 years or so. These quotas need to be changed so well-educated and industrious individuals can immigrate to the US to be with their families and become productive members of our society.

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Dean
Sebring, FL
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Dear Rep. Maxine Waters

I'm from your district and I urge support and immigration reform. All people living in this country deserve the right to work and study hard for get a better future. This is more difficult at the moment without a valid Social Security Number or Work Permit. This is the way to get a driver's license, a passport, the chance for a better education. This is the difference between a better life or to be only a citizen of fifth category. Please give a vote and keep families together, support a discharge petition. Let's work together for get a stronger country. God bless America.

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Arturo
Hawthorne, CA
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Dear Rep. Joyce Beatty

I'm from your district and would like for you to support Immigration Reform. There needs to be a policy that would guarantee immigrants a way towards citizenship. These are hard workers whose children do a good job in school. We just need a way for families to stay together and for these individuals to be contributing citizens. My heart aches when I hear stories of families who are separated because of outmoded policies. Ensuring a pathway to citizenship makes our country stronger.

Thanks for your consideration.

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Chuck
Columbus, OH
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Dear Rep. Steve Israel

I am the son of a Peruvian immigrant to the United States of America. I was lucky enough to be born and raised here in a very affluent community in Long Island, New York and attend a very prominent public school system, and also be accepted to a very well ranked private university -- American University in Washington DC, where I studied Economics. I have since worked abroad for 3 years in Shanghai, China. I consider myself very lucky to have a mixed background of being half Peruvian-American and half Jewish-American. I do think I have seen discrimination with my own eyes first-hand and that the system requires change. This is a situation we can more readily tackle on the right and left than, let's say health care reform or the tax codes, which rile up the red and blue lines on the right and left wings of the political divide in this country. So why not tackle a problem we can? Let's get moving already!

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Benito
Port Washington, NY
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Dear Rep. Bill Huizenga

I'm from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform. As a teacher of many students from Hispanic families, I know some find it difficult to provide a safe and comfortable environment for their children to grow up in. Often, their children are citizens of our country, but cannot enjoy all the freedoms and opportunities they deserve because their parents are not legally entitled to be in our country. I urge you to support immigration reform to help these future citizens so they may grow up and have the courage to make an impact on our society.

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Audra
Wyoming, MI
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Dear Rep. John Culberson

Today I'm writing to let you know how immigration reform matters to me. I moved to USA at the age of 15 with my mother and younger brother leaving my father behind in Pakistan. It has been eight years I haven't had a chance to spend any holidays, big events like graduation, or festivities with my father. Sadly the immigration department is so weak that even though my father has never stayed here in USA without papers and none of us have any criminal record in my family the consulate in Pakistan keeps denying his visa on bases that his family is here in USA so he may not return. It has been a long battle and one day I would just want the peace to be able to have my father by my side.
Here is a glance at my story.
I graduated from high school with honors. I was ranked number five from 287 students in my graduating senior class with a 3.79 GPA and a full ride to University of Texas at Austin. While in high school I was the President of Business Professionals of America and Vice President of National Technical Honor Society. I was also a member of Red Cross and two other local community organizations. In addition to that I played baseball as a varsity member of our school's team for two years. Most importantly what makes my experience unique is while I was busy in all these extra curricular activities I had also been working hard below minimum wage to support my family since our father from Pakistan was not able to support us financially.

When I started attending UT Austin, being undocumented I was scared to find work because I didn't know anyone and wanted to live a better life so I started selling different things like small electronics, auto parts, cell phones, and whatever that could make me a dime on a dollar to be able to cover my mother and brother's expenses since my tuition, food, and lodging was paid off from scholarships and financial aid. After working hard for two years with full time studies I received the good news of DACA in late 2012 and applied for it. DACA allowed me to open my first business in first quarter of 2013, which I ran till December 2014 and sold, for a good profit. While I had that business I contributed as much as I could in paying as much taxes as possible but because the business was becoming an interference with my studies I decided to sell the business and focus on finishing my degree first.

Today at the age of 22 and only having partial papers (social and work permit thanks to DACA) I am a successful student who had had his own business, who is very close to finishing his bachelors, who has excellent credit, a brand new car, an amazing job at T-Mobile, and most of all the dream to have my own business one day which would not only pay big bucks in taxes but employ many Americans and help with the economy.

I URGE you to please support IMMIGRATION REFORM because I'm not alone in this battle. Many families like mine have been torn apart because of this inhumane and unjust immigration system. We simply cannot wait to give back to this country. We simply cannot have our success in someone else’s hands. We cannot afford to loose one of our parents or not be able to share our days of joy and happiness with them. Put your self in our shoes and think for just one moment if you had to live without your children for years or had to worry that you might never see them again before. Or as child if you had the fear that you may never be able to take care of your parents and give back to them for who you are today.
Please it is my kind and humble request to put politics aside in this matter and for the sake of justice, please support immigration reform.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and God bless America.

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Zaki
Houston , TX
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Dear Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

A hardworking community leader and military Veteran and a proud American, my mother's selfless sacrifices to immigrate to this country from Central America has allowed me the opportunity to lead my life in service to others. I currently lead a women's empowerment organization and dedicate my time to improving my communities and the lives of others. As a collegiate student, I have many young women I mentor who are hardchargers, up and coming leaders, and top scholars. Yet many find themselves constricted over the fact that our government has not been more intentional or proactive in securing immigration reform. To continue to subjugate hard working immigrants and their children as a sub-class in our country of opportunity is thoroughly embarrassing and wrong. Aside from dissuading everyone to work harder towards their goals, to come together, such inactivity and lack of equitable transparent progress is ripping our communities apart. Immigration has long been an ignored and manipulated mechanism in our country which can no longer be ignored. As a public servant, I myself find it hard to believe in our systems when such heinous inhumane disgard for humanity continues. If you come together to put forth positive policies of change that will elevate our country, without erroneous criminalizing and racialized rhetoric, many problems can be bridged. We are in a societal crisis and to prolong such a critical conversation with so many suffering and dying every day on our borders is murderous. This is at a peak of urgency and I applaud you for your willingness to stay true to duty of country.

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Pam
Beaverton, OR
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Dear Rep. Keith Ellison

Immigrants without documents bring great economic benefit to the USA. Many have lived here a very long time, have paid taxes, have raised US children, and are very good, hard-working people. It would be economic insanity to deport these people. It is inhumane to leave them in an undocumented state even one more day. By legalizing their status, they will be able to get better jobs, thus pay higher taxes; be able to get driver's licenses and thus have car insurance and make our roads safer for all of us. The 3 million US children with undocumented parents would, along with many other children would be able to live peacefully, without the fear everyday that their family will be separated. This is a win-win situation for everyone in this country and comprehensive immigration reform should be passed now.

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Kathleen
Robbinsdale, MN
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Dear Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.

I am really encouraged by your support for comprehensive immigration reform. This is going to be a game changer in the Information Technology field. There are more than a million people waiting to get their "green card" approved. Thousands of these people would be entrepreneurs who could create thousands of high-paying jobs to help our stabilizing economy. Their hands are tied due to their current visa status preventing them from changing jobs, buying a home and realizing the American Dream. It took 10 years of waiting to get my green card approved. This is my sincere request to you, on behalf of those still waiting, to please work with your colleagues on both sides to get this bill passed in the House and start a new chapter in American history. May God give you the strength to change the lives of millions!
Sincerely,
Jayadevan (Jay) Atta

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Jayadevan
Edison, NJ
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Dear Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

I want immigration reform because just like you and everyone else in this wonderful country, with the exception of Native Americans, are immigrants or immigrants descendants. It's better for the economy and other reasons that the thousands of immigrants who will be benefiting from this reform, get a legal status so they can pay taxes like all if us and improve their lives. We need to remember when we were in their shoes; it was our dream to get a work permit to begin feeling part of the best country in the world.
You are the representative where I live and I want you to be our voice and work hard to pass this reform.

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Ruth
Miami, FL
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Dear Rep. Mike Quigley


I would appreciate to take some minutes reading my letter.

My name is Vasandreas Kalasountas and i am from Greece. I came in the United States and to Chicago in 1999 in order to enhance my knowledge via a graduate studies program. In 2000 i was accepted to do my master at Chicago State University in the field of Education/Physical Education. I graduated 2003 finishing my Thesis in the area of Sport Psychology publishing my research in the Journal of the Applied Sport Psychology. Finally i graduated 2003 with 4.00 GPA and making my dream a reality!! Yes i had a Master of Science in Education and i was grateful for the opportunity CS University gave to me. From 2003 i started my teaching career working in many tasks as PE ,bilingual language, dance, music teacher teaching all the ages from Pre school -junior high and adults in more than 6 Greek-American schools (Hellenic American Academy-Deerfield, IL, Koraes school, Palos Hills,IL, S.Nicholas church-Oak Lawn, IL, S.Nectarios school-Palatine, IL,S.Andrews, Chicago, IL,etc). At the same time i started my music career as a musician in the Greek band "Rebetoneira" (the Greek Blues) at the Katerinas Jazz club in Chicago and performing voluntarily our music in many other clubs, organizations (Chicago Children museum) non profit philanthropic associations, etc. From 2003 i got all the teaching visas starting with OPT visa (optional Practical Training), H1B working visas and finishing with The Q1 cultural visa which expired finally June 30th of 2013.
Long before my visa expired i decided to open a new business importing Greek Natural Products (honey, organic olive oil, spices and herbs, etc). -www.kalasimports.com- My idea was to make known to the American people who are sensitive to a healthy nutrition and diet introducing pure and natural Greek products. Now i am waiting to see if my business visa will approved as my application is pending.

The reason i am writing this letter is because the current law forces me (if my pending visa is not approved) to abandon the city i love, Chicago in which i have spent 1/3 of my entire life, leaving my relatives, my friends and my business. Yes, after 15 years leaving legally in this country, following the law with respect, paying my taxes from the year of 2000 til now and having my own property at Lake View, IL i need to leave from the country.

I respect the law and i will follow any decision of the American law as i did all of these years but I feel that that my hard work, my positive presence in Chicago for more than 15 years paying legally my taxes from 2000 til now, speaking the language and having my home property here is not considered. Its like the system to punish me forcing me to abandon the country which i live for almost 1/3 of my life.

I strongly believe that now its time that the Congress have to make a new legislation and to vote for a more fair immigration reform for all the people who came in this country for a better future, respecting its laws, the other cultures and get involved in many ways in the local communities and society.

Thank you very much for your time

With deep respect

Vasandreas Kalasountas / Kalas Imports, LLC

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Andreas
Chicago, IL
P000598
Dear Rep. Jared Polis

As a first generation Cuban American, I'm lucky that the path to citizenship was so easy. My foreign friends, colleagues and students that want to build a life here have had a much harder time immigrating into this great country. I'm sure you're familiar with the arguments: educating immigrants and then sending them away, immigration reform could have a huge positive impact on the economy, and high-skilled immigrants being turned away from helping the U.S. economy. None of this makes sense. I urge you to support immigration reform so that people that *want* to contribute to our economy, our nation and our future are welcomed.

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Surelys
Boulder, CO
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Dear Rep. Chris Collins

This country was cobbled together from immigrants. My grandparents came through Ellis island. I'm sure your grandparents or great grandparents were immigrants too. Just because this is a different time, does not mean we should turn away all immigrants now. Many of these people have been in this country for years. They are law abiding and productive members of many communities. Their children are citizens. Can you not walk in their shoes? Can you not think of what would have happened if this was your family member. Find a way to make this happen! Everyone deserves the chance to live here legally.

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Madeline
Clarence Center, NY
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Dear Rep. Mick Mulvaney

Isn't it time to do something about immigration reform? As far as I'm concerned, unless you are a Native American, we are ALL immigrants, or our not-to-distant ancestors were! All studies show that it is a good move economically in addition to being the 'right thing to do'! Quit splitting families apart! And children that have gone to school here, worked here, and joined our military and fought for us should be given a straight pathway to citizenship! We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

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Martha
Lugoff, SC
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Dear Rep. Doug Lamborn

All the money we spend detaining and deporting would-be immigrants could better be spent helping families integrate into life in the US. Immigrant families are not criminals, they are mainly hardworking people just like the rest of us who want the best for their families. Do something about this. Now. Please. There are better things to focus on, such as preventing wars, feeding the hungry, educating children, cleaning up the earth, ending pollution, building a sustainable future.

Undocumented people are spending their wages educating their children, whom we send away because they are unworthy. Undocumented people work for low wages and pay taxes, for which they never see services. Undocumented workers build houses that "good Americans" live in. Undocumented workers take care of wealthy Americans' children and are treated like slaves because if they complained they would be deported. Undocumented workers labor in the fields and suffer from chemical exposure and near-slavery because "good Americans" wouldn't work under such conditions.

America is blowing off an untapped resource. Undocumented aliens are not subhuman, are not less talented, are not less productive, are not less than at all. Please do what is right and work for immigration reform now. It is the right thing to do,

Thank you.

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Deborah
Cascade, CO
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Dear Rep. Joseph Crowley

I have half of my life in this country, I have my family here, my mom, dad, sister, brother, my own family MY KIDS, my partner. I want a better life for my kids, I know they can building a better life here, a much better studies. I quit my studies long time ago in my country Mexico, there is no opportunities for us, I tried to do something here, last year I finished my GED, I'm trying to learn English be the person that i will never be in Mexico. FOR ME, FOR MY FAMILY AND FOR USA please help us to make our dreams true!! Thank you

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Tania
Elmhurst, NY
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Dear Rep. Barbara Lee

Dear Barbara,

I hope you will do everything you can to promote immigration reform legislation, with a path to citizenship. I'm ashamed to live in a country with 11 million legally second-class citizens -- and thousands of them imprisoned without trial. I see no need to toughen border enforcement; it's already extremely harsh and tough. Immigration reform is good for our democracy and good for our economy. We're educating immigrants and then sending them away; how much sense does that make? Immigrants are a huge asset to our country. Please make immigration reform happen! Don't let the Republicans hold us back as a nation.

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Emily
Oakland, CA
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Dear Rep. Ron Barber

Dear Esteemed Members of Congress,

Today, estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. The majority desire to work, to prosper, and give back to our communities. Every immigrant is a priceless fabric of our great nation. There are two categories of immigrants. Those who were educated in their homeland and those educated in America.

Our universities continue to attract the world’s best and the brightest. These immigrants learn and hone their skills, innovate, and apply themselves in the academia and beyond. Many wish to immigrate legally. Many wish to work in their specialized fields. Many wish to give back to our economy. Contrary to their desires, our current immigration system caps H1-B temporary professional worker visas at just 85,000 per year. In 2013, all visas were issued within five days after recruitment.

America NEEDS highly educated professionals. To remain competitive in our global economy, America NEEDS the contribution of each and every gifted innovative individuals. Forbes Magazine states, “Forty percent of companies were found by immigrants and their children.” For the sake of our nation’s economy and for our children’s future, we MUST streamline the immigration process. We must continue to attract those with entrepreneurial spirits, skills, and drive.

Members of Congress, I URGE you today, to support immigration reform that will allow highly skilled workforce — all who wish to revitalize and take American economy to new heights — to remain in our land.

Equally important are immigrants who risked their lives crossing the international borders. Immigrants came for a chance at their American Dream. Immigrants came for better life. Immigrants stayed because they found work; many, hired under the table.

Within this population exists the Dreamers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status. Under our current broken immigration system, these Dreamers have no viable path to citizenship. Many graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way … except on paper.

I strongly urge all representatives to act on immigration reform that will grant legal status to all immigrants in the United States. They are the backbone of our society. Immigrants have contributed countless hours to better our communities. They have enriched our lives. Immigrants will continue to strengthen and prosper our economy, and more importantly, take our dynamic diverse society to new heights.

I am one of 75 percent of Americans who overwhelmingly favor fixing our broken immigration system. As each day goes by, our nation loses millions in tax revenue. Immigration Reform will bring all 11 million immigrants out of the shadows, increase tax payers by 11 million, increase much needed tax revenue, reduce federal and state deficits, allow new entrepreneurs to create additional new jobs, and will maintain America’s status as a key player in our highly competitive global economy.

Esteemed Congressional Leaders, I URGE you to act today on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
May our united legacy be a just, vibrant, prosperous America!

Respectfully yours,
Yumi Wong
(Fellow American)

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Yumi
Tucson, AZ
S001193
Dear Rep. Eric Swalwell

I support comprehensive (legal) immigration reform and strongly urge you to support this to make it a law. Immigration policies should be based on the individual's qualities (e.g. education, skill, experience, capability etc.) and not on beliefs or attributes (e.g. religion, age, sex, country of birth, country of origin etc.). As a matter of fact, the temporary work visas are granted solely on these qualities, i.e. education, skill, experience. So, why shouldn't the employment-based green cards like EB-3, EB-2, EB-1 follow that same principle? It is the individual's skills that will help US flourish. Better citizens make better country. Reform delayed is reform denied. One must act fast.

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Arun
Fremont, CA
D000355
Dear Rep. John Dingell

Its time. Be brave. Do the right thing. Bring the comprehensive immigration bill up for a vote. I am an immigrant, an alumnus of the University of Michigan, a graduate student and a Mechanical Engineer at a tier one automotive supplier. I have worked really hard all my life to get the kind of opportunities that immigrants come to this country for. I know i am only one of the many immigrants who have worked hard to make this country a better place, and who have sacrificed the love of their homeland, the memories of their loved ones, and the sense of belonging that we once share, and that we hope we can gain again, for something greater than ourselves. I did it to become a scientist because i believe that one day i will contribute to mathematics and engineering in new and exciting ways that i will help people and advance humanity as they expand into other worlds besides our own. I know that there are many others waiting to do similar things that are just as great if not greater.

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Julio
Dearborn, MI
U000031
Dear Rep. Fred Upton

Something often not thought about or considered is that while something may be illegal, it may not necessarily be immoral. On the contrary, something legal, might be immoral. With that said, I would like to question whether illegally immigrating to the United States is immoral. I also would like to question whether it is morally correct to deport and break up families of parents who are illegally in the United States but are of great moral character and abide by all other laws.

I do fully agree and are in accord that illegal immigration is breaking immigration laws that we have. Immigration laws are meant to protect the current citizens of our country from foreigners that may try to come and bring harm to us in one way or another. But if people are coming illegally, and rather than doing harm, they are doing good and strengthening America, is it morally wrong for them to break our current immigration laws?

40% of current illegal immigrants came on visas and simply stayed past the period that they were supposed to go out of our country. This means that our country found a valuable reason to let them in to begin with, even if only a temporary value. It was illegal for them to over stay their visa, but was it immoral? After all, they were valuable in one way or another in order to be let in.

The other 60% percent of current illegal immigrants made the sacrifice of leaving their countries and made the journey of coming to this country illegally solely with the hope of achieving the American dream. Yes, they broke the law, but is wanting to work hard to earn a good living and contribute back to society immoral? Is not working hard and moving up the economic ladder the basis of what the American dream is about?

On the other hand, while deportations of illegal immigrants may be the legal thing to do to enforce immigration laws, is it always morally correct? I understand and support deporting illegal immigrants if they commit felonies. The Obama administration has said that they are focusing to deport illegal immigrants who have committed crimes or that pose as threats to society, but that’s not true as deportation numbers show.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found that almost half of those illegal immigrants tagged for deportation had no criminal record. 70% of illegal immigrants that were deported in Missouri, Alabama and Kansas had no criminal convictions. Over 40% of deportations in Maryland were also found to not have any previous criminal record. With such high numbers of deportations of upright hard working citizens, is it morally correct to deport them?

Of the these high numbers of non-criminal illegal immigrants, many of them are also parents to children who need their parents to raise them, nurture them, and guide them to become upright citizens of our country. Between July 1, 2010, and Sept. 31, 2012, over 200,000 parents of children who are native born citizens were deported. This number does not take into account parents of non-citizen children that were brought to our country illegally. Some experts say that this number of parents being deported could be even higher due to fear of deportees letting authorities know about their parentless children. Is the deportation and separation of parents and their children morally correct?

Whether you agree that either illegal immigration or deportations are morally correct or incorrect, there is a huge moral wrongness to society for deporting upright non-criminal parents.

It has been estimated that children in homes with one parent have double the rate of dropping out of high school which leads to not earning their high school diploma or attaining a GED. The chance of teen pregnancies is also almost double in single parent homes. Teen pregnancies are the number one reason that teenage women drop out of high school.

How do these homes left without parents that have been deported and have a much higher rate to drop out of high school affect us? Teenagers who drop out of high school tend to have bare minimal skills when it comes to attaining jobs, which are especially crucial in today’s technology driven workplaces. High school drop outs have a much smaller chance of accessing higher education. They are more likely to be involved in crime. They are more likely to live in poverty. They also tend to have lower physical, emotional and mental health. And lastly, they are more likely to use up federal programs such as Welfare and Medicare. The Alliance for Excellent Education has estimated that the cost of high school drop outs to society is $154 billion dollars over their lifetimes.

By deporting upright and hard working illegal immigrants not only does it cost us $12,500 per person, but it also costs our society millions of precious hard earned tax dollars over the long run to have unproductive members of society that are dependent on government programs. We also lose out to everything that these children could have contributed back to our society such as new technology, new scientific findings, new job creation, a stronger middle class, and a more educated society, which together combine as a way bigger loss than just tax dollars. All because we wanted to enforce our immigration laws and took their parents away.

With Hispanic and Asian populations growing the fastest in the United States, we need this new young generation to be educated and prepared in order to have a strong work force in the future. This fast growth of minorities means that we will need them to be educated to be part of the job labor if we are to stay competitive in the global economy. If we don’t, then our educated labor force will a lot smaller with a big group of uneducated government dependent population. That will not keep the United States competitive in the global economic market. Having a stable home to raise them properly is the biggest factor in accomplishing this goal.

With all of this information, I believe that there is not only a moral principle to keep families together, but also a huge financial savings to society if we stop deporting illegal immigrants who did break immigration laws by coming here, but have done nothing but live upright after arriving. I believe that while it is the legal duty of ICE to deport illegal immigrants, I also believe that it is immoral to deport illegal immigrants who have no criminal record to support any reason to get rid of them. I also believe that it is immortal to separate children from their parents, which only gives them a much smaller chance of being successful in their own lives and attaining the American Dream that their parents were after.

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Abraham
Dowagiac, MI
D000399
Dear Rep. Lloyd Doggett

I m in favor of Immigration Reform. As a member of your District, I urge you to vote in favor please. I was born in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico and since I was eleven or twelve years old I became a Citizen of this great United States of America. I am a graduate of the University of Texas at the Permian Basin with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and minor in Multicultural Education with honors. I was a Bilingual Teacher in West Texas for a few years. I also taught at Gary Job Corps Center here in San Marcos, Tx.... with these I let you know that we immigrants can be good productive U.S.A. Citizens of this great country.

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Eloy
San Marcos, TX
L000576
Dear Rep. Billy Long

Immigration started long ago in history along with civil rights for all men and women. I have always known there is victory of justice in one justice for all. Justice for all should not be based on nationality, but rather on human decency.

To generate revenue is a plus which immigration reform will produce, but let us get our priorities in order: human decency always comes first. It is a disgrace to this nation to exploit our Hispanic, and Latino brothers and sisters. They have come to America to be productive in our communities, and their work ethics are admirable. They strive for a better quality of life as our forefathers did in prior history.

Let justice have its perfect work. Let immigration reform come forth. Liberty and justice for all. Victory of justice in one justice for all. Lets get a handle on it.

Sincerely
William

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William
Springfifeld, MO
W000791
Dear Rep. Greg Walden

Immigration reform is needed for the wealth of our kids and our old folks. In my case, I have been denied the DACA work permit and an opportunity to work legally in this country to achieve my goals and give a better life to my mom, who is 63 and still working. I would like to take my mom out of work and give her what she deserves, which is a better life and to have the opportunity to go see the rest of her sons in Mexico. Thank you very much for this opportunity and I hope our voices can be heard. God bless.

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Sergio
Klamath Falls, OR
C001072
Dear Rep. André Carson

I want immigration reform because my family brought me here when I was 3 years old. Since that day, we -- as a family -- have worked hard to do things right. Like the majority of the Latino community, we came here in search of a better life and future for the next generation. Personally, I want the chance to get a good education. My plan for my personal future is to become a world-class neurosurgeon. It’s going to be a difficult task, but I’m more than willing to work for my dreams. I’m confident that I’m not the only young adult Latino with big plans for his future. Immigration reform would make any dream achievable for this upcoming generation. This can be accomplished a lot easier with the help of the US government and people like you. I thank you for publicly supporting immigration reform. You are helping change the future.

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Rafael
Indianapolis, IN
M001159
Dear Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

I am a republican living in Pullman. My family and I recently moved here from Las Vegas, NV to attend WSU. Las Vegas is home to many Latinos. I have witnessed first hand the destructive effects of our current immigration law. Men coming here to work hard and add to our economy are away from their families for years. Their children do not grow up with a father in the house. Our laws should not require families to chose between a future or a father in the home. Republicans value families. We recognize that the future of our nation is dependent upon the health of our families.

Although I am not in favor of handing out citizenship. The path to legal residence should be made far easier. Our nation wastes too many resources "building fences" and on border security. If we are worried about "illegals", let's make them legal! This is a fault of our current laws, not those who must wait decades to legally come here.

Thank you for your time. As a new resident of Washington State, I hope my new representatives truly represent.

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Christopher
Pullman, NV
E000288
Dear Rep. Keith Ellison

Immigration reform matters to me, because I came to USA through asylum, and I understand the feelings of those who are suffering from lack of status. I know how hard it is to stay in this country with no immigration status. The undocumented aliens are suffering and they are more than 10 million, who need to establish themselves and become useful members of our society. America has been based on immigrants since people came from Europe about 300 years ago, and built this country to become the most powerful one in the world. TPS is wrong status, and holders are suffering from being kept here with no status, even after the security of their countries improves. Reform for them all so that they can help themselves and help this wonderful country. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.

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Omer
St. Louis Park, MN
H001057
Dear Rep. Tim Huelskamp

I am from an ancestry of immigrants. YOUR ancestors were immigrants. Imagine what might have happened had your ancestors not be allowed to immigrate to America -- or worse yet, your family had been permanently separated. Immigrants pay taxes, have high work ethics, have proportionately high levels of integrity and values, strive to improve their lives as they appreciate the freedoms and opportunities in the US. Let's maintain our inherent value system! Pass immigration reform NOW. Don't allow for brain drain, unfair treatment, separation of families, loss of revenue! The opportunity is slipping by us. Pass it during this administration!

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Ginny
San Mateo, CA
V000128
Dear Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr.

I'm from your district and I'd like to let you know why I support fixing our immigration system. I've got several reasons. One is that I know many people who are good and honest human beings and hard workers who all they want is to provide for their families. Many also want to receive higher education, but because of their status aren't able to do so. I also have many friends who go to work everyday with the fear of being separated from their kids (American citizens). For these and other reasons, I urge you to pass an immigration bill that is both humane and fair.

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Will
Silver Spring, MD
J000255
Dear Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

I'm from your district and I am a resident, about to apply for my citizenship. Yes, I have legal paperwork, but some of the others Latinos I know in this community are struggling because they do not. I don't believe in the injustices that those illegal immigrants are going through. I believe that they should have some kind of rights that protect them from being treated as badly as they are treated -- they are human beings after all. Because in the eyes of the law, they don't have them. The fact that they are scared to even report anything -- from robbery to rape -- that happened to them is an issue. They are too scared to ever feel safe talking to anyone. They fear to even leave their children at school because they might not even be there when their children come back from school.
As a 17 year old, months away from being an adult who can vote and make changes, I plead that you fix the immigration system here in this district so those illegal immigrants are not scared to live here. Make a change compared to the other counties and districts here in North Carolina.

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Clara
Wilmington, NC
B001248
Dear Rep. Michael Burgess

I support Immigration Reform because all around where I live I see many immigrants, surely quite a few of them undocumented, and they don't look like, they don't act like, criminals, but rather hard-working family men, women, and youngsters trying to make a living, better themselves, and contribute to society.

So why deport them? Why deny them the right to "come out of the shadows" and join civil society and even become citizens with voting rights? Why instead hunt them down as criminals, throw them in private prisons, at a high cost to taxpayers and profits to friends of powerful politicians, where they're mistreated, and have to go on hunger strikes like in Tacoma, WA and Conroe, TX right now?

Your voting record doesn't help telling me a good story, but you still have time to change your behavior and be on the side of the poor, the widow, the orphan, the migrant, as the Bible teaches.

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Andrés
Keller, TX
P000592
Dear Rep. Ted Poe

Two weeks ago, I traveled with thirteen of my peers to the Rio Grande Valley on an Alternative Spring Break trip. For one week, we worked side by side with local agencies that aim to provide equal and equitable access to education, health, and housing services. We--a group of Rice University students from all different backgrounds and majors--worked with community members--everyday people who work to put food on the table and give their children better lives. Our trip was full of fun, memorable, happy, sad, provoking, and angering moments, but most impactful for me about our trip was the astounding amount that all of us had in common with those who we helped. When we left Houston, I set myself two goals for the trip: to form friendships that will last forever (among my group members and those we met), and to see our service and the people we worked with for their similarities and not their differences. However, upon arriving, all I could think about was how different these people's lives were from ours. Whether it was when we helped teach free early childhood education classes to children in the community or when we helped remodel a home for an elderly disabled couple, I couldn't help but focus on how different people's lives were in the Valley compared to mine back home. I thought of my own family and friends back home, who live their lives to learn, love, and help others in need. After working with, helping, and living side by side with these people for a few days, I came to realize that the people in the Valley live their lives in the same way, but in poverty, fear, isolation, and abandonment. We listened to stories of people whose lives have been turned upside down by violence in their home countries. We talked with people who have lived their lives in the United States, serving their country through community and military service. And we saw firsthand how life at the border is directly impacted by the state of immigration in our nation today.

I am writing to you to tell you that immigration reform matters. Right now, right here. Every day that passes that Congress fails to act on immigration reform, more families go to bed each night in fear. Yet they will get up in the morning living their lives in the same essence as everyone else. They are done waiting. Every day that passes that Congress fails to act on immigration reform, our nation loses economic opportunity. More than anything, though, every day that you fail to act on immigration reform, our nation turns its back on the values on which we live our lives, those values written in that poem on the Statue of Liberty.

I saw cultural, economic, and political differences during my trip to the border, but I came to see that we all have much more in common than we do different. I ask you and all members of Congress to put aside your political differences. Because we move forward not when we are stopped by our differences, but when we are moved by realizations like the ones I had on my trip two weeks ago.

Thank you for your time.

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Aric
Humble, TX
L000576
Dear Rep. Billy Long

Immigration has been the backbone of this country. Hardworking people have helped this country in times of trouble -- with and without legal documents. I was one of them for 34 years. I always conducted myself the best I could and worked very hard, many times 2 jobs, while some people complain about not having work. I was always willing to do any legal work and any kind of chores. I have considered myself an asset -- never a burden -- to the United States. Too many families have been broken up and too many young American citizens are now left without their fathers. If they had any felonies, I wouldn't want them here either, but hardworking, decent citizens -- we need more of them in any country. Family values and good ethics are vanishing, let's keep good people here. Thank you for considering this letter.

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Gustavo
Springfield, MO
S000480
Dear Rep. Louise Slaughter

My father was an immigrant, and based on the freedoms that the USA offered him, he was able to develop critical skills in precision machining that allowed him to be a critical contributor to the USA's victory in World War II. I think immigrants here now should have the same opportunity to grow and contribute to the success of this country in shaping and protecting American values in this century. People flock to this country because it offers human beings the opportunity to develop their abilities and realize their potentials. Don't send them away! Don't break up families! We are a nation of immigrants' families!

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Richard
Rochester, NY
M001137
Dear Rep. Gregory Meeks

Every day without immigration reform, more children are being separated from their parents. Every day without immigration reform, our country is loosing millions of dollars in taxes. Every day without immigration reform, another entrepreneur is deprived of the opportunity to create jobs. Every day without reform, more suffering is being inflicted on hardworking people. Please stop the suffering. Stop the separation of families. Help our country to receive the taxes it deserves. Pass comprehensive immigration reform now.

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Arie
Saint Albans, NY
D000096
Dear Rep. Danny Davis

I am one of the millions who work their heart out every day to serve the beautiful people of this country. After getting a degree from an American university and serving the people of this country for years, I deserve a more streamlined process to be able get a green card. It is a financial and bureaucratic burden to many, who, like me, have educated the children of the United States, and have done research for the good of the country in many different fields.

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Demirhan
Forest Park, IL
R000409
Dear Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

I wrote to you several years back about passing immigration reform. I appeal to you once again. Passing immigration reform will help to get America moving again. We need a path to citizenship for those who are here without papers -- an earned path to full enfranchisement. These people, "the illegal immigrants," are here every day, working and contributing to our economy as well as to our communities in other ways. The diversity is wonderful for us all, too. Let's pass immigration reform now. We'll be glad we did. Thank you.

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Rayford
Huntington Beach, CA
C000266
Dear Rep. Steve Chabot

I am from your district and I wholly support immigration reform from the perspective of a citizen whose ancestors were all immigrants, who believes in the contributions of all those residing in the U.S. to our nation's economy, and also as an ESL teacher who wishes the best and brightest futures for all of my immigrant students. We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

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Rebecca
Cincinnati, OH
M000309
Dear Rep. Carolyn McCarthy

I am a resident/voter in your district and would like for you as my representative to support immigration reform, as it is beneficial culturally and economically for the American people and the future of the United States. We as a country owe it to the hardworking immigrants that have built up this nation, to do right by them and of course they have paid their dues -- with years of hard work and dedication -- in order to achieve the American dream. That is all we want -- a chance to live out those words and make the dream a reality.

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Reyes
East. Rockaway, NY
V000131
Dear Rep. Marc Veasey

I'm from your district and I want to tell you why immigration reform matters to me. I have a lovely secretary, who has a card to work for 2 years. She is a wonderful worker and always pleasant, and she deserves to have a path to citizenship. She is a no-nonsense girl that works hard with me and is at college. She shouldn't have to wonder if the life she is building here will be there for her in the future. Please help pass immigration reform that makes sense and is fair. I have other clients that are here and have been working for years, though they are not here legally. They also should have a right to have a pathway to citizenship and not have to return to their country for 10 years to try again. What sense does that make? I have no problem with you checking out all these people, but give them a chance to get their citizenship if they show they are good citizens, like our distant ancestors did too. Thank you.

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Jane
Grand Prairie, TX
G000535
Dear Rep. Luis Gutiérrez

Millions of immigrants in our country want citizenship. But under our broken 
immigration laws, they have no way to earn it. I personally know some of these hard­working immigrants, and I think it’s hurting our country to keep them living in the 
shadows.

That's why I'm calling on Rep Luis Gutierrez to protect  the path  to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the
United States and vote in favor of reform this year.

Some extremists are still suggesting self-deportation. We all know that's not realistic. We need real solutions  as rounding 
up 11 million people is not only inhumane, but also impossible and it will break the federal budget. That's why I hope dear Rep Luis Gutierrez will do the
right thing and vote for the Senate Gang of Eight immigration reform bill.

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Edna
CICERO, IL
K000375
Dear Rep. William Keating

Immigration Reform is necessary because it would give the undocumented people who live in the US a chance to make a wrong situation right. Many fail to realize that not all undocumented people take away from citizens. Most live their lives in fear and in substandard conditions to avoid the inevitable.

The crime they committed was seeking the means for a better life through illegal port of entry or overstaying a legal visa. Yes they broke the law but what do you do you cant sever the hand that is working the jobs that no one will do. Undocumented migrant workers comprise a large percent of the workforce and have impacted the hospitality and service industries today . There are always extenuating circumstances , ie abuse physical and financial that have kept some undocumented individuals from coming forward or leaving when they were supposed to.

In addition, reform will give the undocumented an opportunity to pay back taxes, and earn fair wages to contribute to their communities. Reform would shut down fraudulent activity to obtaining a green card, DMV and ID theft would decrease markedly. Reform would give the undocumented an opportunity to drive safely and not endanger fellow citizens. We can't make blanket statements like "send them back they broke the law." How about current citizens abusing the welfare system and robbing from already law abiding tax paying citizens? There are many reasons why you should say no but the problem wont go away until we work on fixing it locally. Work on those individuals that are here not law breaking that work hard and try to do right by their families. Work on fixing the millions are are here now. Its not easy but once you take the time to see what these people are comprised of, there is a potential for untapped resources and revenue that could filter in our communities.

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Joy
West Dennis, MA
K000362
Dear Rep. Steve King

I'm from your district and I support immigration reform for several reasons:
1. I'm married to an illegal immigrant, and the only legal path forward for us is for him to return to Mexico for 10 years, and even then, we would have to prove "hardship" for him to return. That is unreasonable, and most Americans believe "since you're married, it ought to be automatic." Well, it isn't.
2. Iowa's economy runs on the backs of people willing to do the physical & dirty jobs. Most of these people are immigrants, many are here illegally.
3. A local home & business owner was just deported. He worked hard in our community, worked long hours cooking in the hot kitchen of his restaurant, and was actively involved in community activities. His business is now for sale, which will leave a hole on our Main Street. Surely, he is exactly the sort of person we want to keep here, not deport.

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Keri
Hampton, IA
W000809
Dear Rep. Steve Womack

I am from your district and urge you to support immigration reform. As a retired person, I know of the potential future problem of our nation being "top heavy" with retired people -- especially with the birth rate in the US having dropped as it has. The influx of immigrants, most of whom are young workers, is a vital factor in maintaining a workable tax base to support an aging population. It makes good economic sense to do all we can to offer citizenship to those who are already here and to open our doors to those who want to come. In addition, the way we are breaking up families now is unconscionable, especially with children who were brought here before they were able to make decisions for themselves. Thank you for listening.

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Gary
Siloam Springs, AR
T000238
Dear Rep. Mac Thornberry

There is a major problem in our country. I, as an American citizen, believe immigration reform must become reality. We see families separated every day due to deportation. It really hurts to see kids cry for their parents. I work in the school system and have an indefinite number of stories about families that have been separated. Kids that are American citizens are in our classrooms getting bad grades and being absent from school, or worse yet, they are suffering from hunger and have no one to stay with. We all wish something could be done ASAP.
Thank you,
Flor Morales

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Flor
Pampa, TX
S001179
Dear Rep. Aaron Schock

America is the land of fairness. That's what makes us exceptional. Over the years, the Republican Party leadership has only occasionally given Congress an opportunity to approve what's commonly called the "Dream Act." The last time the bill came before the House it failed. I am not sure whether you voted for it or not, but I hope you did.

It just doesn't make sense to deny citizenship to kids who have grown up in central Illinois and graduated from our public high schools. Please lend your leadership to immigration reform efforts. I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

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Gary
Lincoln, IL
E000215
Dear Rep. Anna Eshoo

I'm from your district and I urge you to support immigration reform.

Here's why:
I see a lot of talented engineers and scientists who are immigrants with advanced degrees from top US universities leaving their lucrative jobs at leading tech companies to leave the US in search of opportunities elsewhere because of immigration issues. These are highly talented folks who are not only adding great value to their respective companies but also to the country. We need your help to make sure America is still the preferred destination for the next generation of technology entrepreneurs who could change the world.

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Venkat
Mountain View, CA
M000508
Dear Rep. Howard McKeon

I am from your district and here is why I am asking you to support immigration reform with a path to citizenship:

Both of my parents were undocumented immigrants from our neighbor to the south Mexico. My parents came to this great country because they wanted a better future for themselves and their children yet to be born. After my father became a resident he enlisted in the US Navy Dec 8, 1941,after Pearl Harbor was attacked, when this country called our young men into service.

My mother still not a resident raised the family my herself cleaning homes for the "affluent" people in our town,and as a dishwasher and waitress amongst other jobs. All 6 of their children graduated from high school and attended college. I am an alumni from University of Texas - Brownsville (Computer Science/Data Processing), Texas AM (Computer Science), Pepperdine University (MBA), USC (Marshall School of Business – Entrepreneur Program), I am a licensed Real Estate Broker with 16 years experience in residential and commercial real estate. Currently volunteering to recruit an educate students and their families on the value of a quality higher education. We love this country, including my mother who became a US Citizen after Republican President Ronald Regan signed a immigration law that gave people like my mother to become a citizen. Please support immigration reform with a path to citizenship our future depends on it!

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Jose
SANTA CLARITA, CA
J000288
Dear Rep. Henry Johnson Jr.

I am from your district and I want to support immigration reform. I am a student at Emory University studying computer science. I work hard and am among top 5% in my university. However, when it comes to looking for a job or internship, I always encounter huge obstacles that prevents me finding a comparable job that my American peers can find, since companies will have to pay much for sponsoring me as an immigrant worker after I graduate.
Hardworking and intellectual students that earned a higher education degree in math and science could change the future of America--they will play important roles in consuming from and producing for the US. More importantly, their skills and talent is important as technologies matter increasingly more. They are the ones that will make America sustain its leading position in science and technology in the future. Immigration law should be reformed to help those people gain a fair chance getting jobs based on their talents, not where they come from. The process of getting approval for working legally in the US should be made easier and more efficient. The companies should not be required to pay a high price for sponsoring people like us.

Please help change the future of America and lives of hardworking and educated people by pushing the immigration reform!

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Lara
Decatur , GA
M001187
Dear Rep. Mark Meadows

I am from your district and I encourage you to heartily support immigration reform. I am a US-born citizen, not of Hispanic descent, but have been deeply involved in the Hispanic population over the last 16 years. Many of these dear, hardworking people have suffered because of our broken system. Please help to make our country a blessing to immigrants once again. My grandfather immigrated here from Europe in the early 1900s, and we are all really a product of the open arms of the USA. Thank you for your support.

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Christine
Pisgah Forest, NC
G000556
Dear Rep. Alan Grayson

I am writing this letter to share with you a situation that is beyond my comprehension. I thought you might consider reading this story and help right this egregious wrong.

My neighbors of 13 years have been fighting for their green cards for over 8 years and were recently denied based on the mistakes and inefficiency of the USCIS broken system. The Whites have been hard-working, tax paying members of our community for 13 years. They came to the U.S. legally and have always done everything to maintain that status. They have never taken anything from the system yet the system has taken everything from them. Jenny has grown up here attending our schools since she was 5. She recently graduated from high school with honors, a 4.38 GPA and a Bright Futures Scholarship. But her dreams of college are now crushed as her and her mother are now considered “illegals”. At every point in the process Mary filed all forms and paid all fees. She never hid anything and was constantly vigilant within the process to not only maintain her legal status but to ensure its future. Yet due to clerical errors and the complete breakdown of this system they have now been left without a voice.

I will no longer sit back and watch this happen to them. I seek to fight this on all levels possible… with my voice and the voice of the thousands who are exhausted by watching our government strip human beings of their dignity and rights. As an elected official I would like to believe that you care about the constituents who put you in your position of power. You have the opportunity here to do the right thing and stand on the side of what is right and good about this great country. Or you can choose to turn your back. But I will make YOU a promise. I WILL seek justice for the Whites and this can be handled with the common sense that it should have been a long time ago or it can be dealt with through the voice of the media where everyone can see how “caring” and “compassionate” our members of Congress are. Or they can see how you turned your backs yet again on people in need because this simply doesn’t affect YOU as you sit in your high tower unaffected by the struggles of those at your feet.

I stand now at the turning of this tide as an American not willing to accept one more day of this bureaucratic boondoggle. Until they drag Mary and Jenny from this country kicking and screaming I will fight for them because they are true Americans in my eyes. They have had to fight like none of us EVER have for OUR freedom here. I am proud to stand by this family…in the hopes of gaining justice for them…and to make this a better country for all of us.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Holly
HAINES CITY, FL
C001036
Dear Rep. Lois Capps

My name is Jacob Medina. As a permanent resident who has gone through the broken immigration system we have in our country I am frustrated and disappointed in the lack of progress immigration has had... I would expect someone who serves the people would make more of a push for fairness and the characters this country was founded upon. Instead I see Congress stalling this movement and separating families. Hiding racism with the excuse of being patriotic. Forgetting how much this government has been brought to where it is because of the backs of so many immigrants helping things move day by day... I want to believe in the American political system and the leaders we have elected ... so please do your job push for this reform that helps out many American families who have undocumented family members remember that in the Hispanic community many of us are still American citizens and permanent residents who have rights and we expect our leaders to be able to hear and act on the needs of our community... One day like it or not we will have a bigger majority in this country than before and we will not vote for people who share the idea that they can suppress and try to keep our community down...

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Jacob
Huntington park, CA
L000397
Dear Rep. Zoe Lofgren

I have had numerous friends that were brought to this country at the age of one and have grew up as Americans. They have tried to work, tried to drive, tried almost about everything to live a normal life but were rejected from almost every angle. The first door that was opened for them was to be able to obtain a license and to legally work in America. You would think that was enough but they are still getting rejected from careers because they are a risk investment in companies knowing that they may have to lay them off or sponsor them. Now intimate relationships also become an issue because now some people believe you are getting married to that person only for legal documentation. Undocumented people are stuck in a situation where they are constantly overlooked, judged, mistreated, and are underrepresented. Working as an undocumented person is a privilege and not a right, unfortunately. Immigrants brought here at a young age deserve to have their rights, deserve to have a normal relationship, deserve to join the military in the country they were raised in. If a civilian is going above and beyond to improve himself/herself and the are they are living they deserve a method to become a citizen. Americans Citizens have a choice, immigrants brought here at a young age only have two choices, "Keep fighting or go back to your parents country and start your life over".

Best Regards,
Lessandro DeSousa

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Lessandro
San Jose, CA
I000056
Dear Rep. Darrell Issa

My name is Wendy Dina. I'm 17 years old. I was born in Mission Viejo and raised in San Juan Capistrano. I'm the oldest of three. My parents immigrated to the US in 1990. They are in progress of being deported. Thinking about my life without my parents it's kind shocking and scary. Without them, it will be depressing, they are everything to me. The ones that will be really effected by this are my youngest siblings -- one is 8 and the other 4. Our family and future will be ruined. I will stop my education to support my brothers and sister. I don't think it's fair, I can't do this without my parents. My brothers, sister and I are great kids -- we all play soccer, help in our community and our church, we respect our elders, and we never miss a day at school. None of this would of happened if it wasn't for our parents. I don't think my family deserves to be separated. We all love each other. I hope you don't ruin the perfect family once again. Sincerely, Wendy

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Wendee
San Juan Capistrano , CA
H001066
Dear Rep. Steven Horsford

I want to become part of the success in the country I was raised in. I want to help my community as well as help those in need. My goal is to become a doctor specialized in children. (Pediatrician) I see my future in this country along with my family. We want the best for this country, we don't want the bad. Most of us want to study and be someone in life. We should give the opportunity to continue studying to those who actually want to. We have citizens who throw that away annually. I want to thank you Congressman Horsford for supporting reform and want to ask you to continue pressing House leadership to act on reform now.

We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

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Diana
North Las Vegas, NV
B000589
Dear Rep. John Boehner

I am a US American Citizen from Kentucky and married to a Hispanic. We have been together for 8 years and married for 6. We have two beautiful children together; daughter 5 years of age and son almost 3 years of age. I love my husband a lot and our children love their father. We applied for my husband in September 2010 to adjust his status and become legal in the United States, He was given an immigration interview March 2012 in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua Mexico where he was denied and given a 10 year bar to re-entry. Our children and I stayed with him in Mexico during the time he was in Mexico for the interview March 2012 until September 2012 only on a 6 month permit. Our children and I had returned home to Kentucky without my husband for 7 months. Not only myself, but our children had suffered the separation. Every day, our daughter mainly, would cry herself to sleep asking for her daddy. Telling me to promise her that we will see him again soon and I did just that, every day. I hate seeing our children sad or cry especially because of something this big. I couldn't bare it anymore so I decided we just go to Mexico again. So we came back to Mexico April 6, 2013 and have been here ever since. My husband, while he was in the United States, worked very hard and took very good care of our children and I. We had never had to worry about not having anything because we had what we needed. He worked with 3-4 different companies and while working we traveled with him everywhere he went. My husband is a very hard-working man, has never committed any crime, is very respectful, had always paid his taxes, is a wonderful father and husband. I believe he deserves to be able to have the chance to live and work in the United States with us and be a family there. Here in Mexico, it is hard economically but we are together. It would only be much better to be together while in the United States. Please, Mr. Boehner. Push for reform and let a vote because not only my husband and our family deserve it but families like ours deserve it as well. Separating families is not what God would do. Please help my husband get back to work and live a happy life with us where we belong. Thank you so much, and I appreciate your time.

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Kelly
Florence, KY
E000291
Dear Rep. Renee Ellmers

I thank God every day for what I have -- which is a job, a place to live, my health -- but I really thank God because I'm with my wife and kids, for which I think you are thankful too. Please take one minute and think about all those families that are separated because of deportation. I think about them and that it's really sad. Just imaging that something will take me away from my family really makes me homesick and I'm sure you would feel the same way. So, PLEASE do something, whatever, it is in your hands, so there can be immigration reform. With it, there will be no more kids suffering because their father or mother was taken away. There will be no more families living with that fear. There are a lot of good people -- human beings that deserve to have a normal life, just like you and me. God bless you and your family! Regards, Leonardo Garcia

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Leonardo
Newland , NC
M001184
Dear Rep. Thomas Massie

I am a US American Citizen from Kentucky and married to a Hispanic. We have been together for 8 years and married for 6. We have two beautiful children together; daughter 5 years of age and son almost 3 years of age. I love my husband a lot and our children love their father. We applied for my husband in September 2010 to adjust his status and become legal in the United States, He was given an immigration interview March 2012 in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua Mexico where he was denied and given a 10 year bar to re-entry. Our children and I stayed with him in Mexico during the time he was in Mexico for the interview March 2012 until September 2012 only on a 6 month permit. Our children and I had returned home to Kentucky without my husband for 7 months. Not only myself, but our children had suffered the separation. Every day, our daughter mainly, would cry herself to sleep asking for her daddy. Telling me to promise her that we will see him again soon and I did just that, every day. I hate seeing our children sad or cry especially because of something this big. I couldn't bare it anymore so I decided we just go to Mexico again. So we came back to Mexico April 6, 2013 and have been here ever since.

My husband, while he was in the United States, worked very hard and took very good care of our children and myself. We had never had to worry about not having anything because we had what we needed. He worked with 3-4 different companies and while working we traveled with him everywhere he went. My husband is a very hard-working man, has never committed any crime, is very respectful, had always paid his taxes, is a wonderful father and husband. I believe he deserves to be able to have the chance to live and work in the United States with us and be a family there. Here in Mexico, it is hard economically but we are together. It would only be much better to be together while in the United States. Please, Mr. Massie. Push for reform because not only my husband and our family deserve it but families like ours deserve it as well. Separating families is not what God would do. Please help my husband get back to work and live a happy life with us where we belong. Thank you so much, and I appreciate your time.
"no more pain, no more tears"

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Kelly
Florence, KY
L000570
Dear Rep. Ben Luján Jr.

Hello Mr. Luján:

I'm an immigrant from México and I have been here for 16 years working for USA economy, paying taxes and without any benefit, except my salary of my Job.

I want immigration reform because I want to offer a better life to my family, because I have abilities, knowledge and social values to share and work honestly. I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

Today, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

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Marshal
Santa Fe, NM
C001037
Dear Rep. Michael Capuano

I want immigration reform because it will help this great country with its economy, I have lived in this great country for around 30 years and I am a witness of how the economy grows after immigration reform.

The other point for why I want immigration reform is for stopping the separation of families. This act could leave psychological and emotional damage to sons and daughters, fathers and mothers.

Please push for immigration reform; the sooner it happens the better. Thanks so much for helping so many immigrants that are in need of your help.

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Santos
Chelsea, MA
M001143
Dear Rep. Betty McCollum

I want immigration reform because I am a DREAMer with the Child Deferred Act. I'm a mother of two trying to get into college to give my two daughters a better life and a better future for all 3 of us. I applied for college but was told no financial aid would be given to me for not being a resident or US citizen, making me almost give up my hopes, since I cannot afford to pay full-price out-of-pocket for my education. If there was a way for us to get financial help as the other students, if we're given an opportunity to work and go to school but unable to pay for our education, then what's the point for the help if we're just going to give up since no help is given to us? There should be something done for us to get financial aid.

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Nancy
Saint Paul , MN
I000056
Dear Rep. Darrell Issa

Comprehensive immigration reform is needed now. 1,100 families are disrupted daily through deportations, many of whom have lived, grown, and been rooted in the U.S. for decades. Parents are separated from children, families torn apart. This is wrong, immoral and inhumane. Congress has the votes to pass CIR now. You serve me and the many constituents who agree with the majority in the country that CIR is needed now.

Why has this Congress been the most unproductive in history? Take the first step to earn your keep and pass CIR with a path to citizenship today!

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Jaime
Vista, CA
M001166
Dear Rep. Jerry McNerney

Many years ago I began my journey to my American Dream, and it has been really great to live here for over 13 years in this country. Over all this years, I have made a lot of friends and I have achieved many goals, but I still have many more to reach for. My son is an American citizen and I really looking forward to see him grow, graduate and become a proud and productive American. I really hope that you support comprehensive immigration reform because this is not just about all the money to be created for the government by giving legal status to 11 million of people, but it is also about family and keeping families safe and united.

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Miguel
Stockton, CA
A000369
Dear Rep. Mark Amodei

Help us and help immigration reform move on.
We -- the community, the families, and our nation -- are ready! You are our hope, please help us make immigration reform a reality. Passing immigration reform would help the economy, and our families that have already paid the price of being here illegally. They have paid a high price, like suffering discrimination, extortion, low pay wages, and now separating our families. We hope we can count on you. Thank you, and God bless you always and forever.
P.S. Do not forget: act now, our future is in your hands, we have a dream!

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Amore
Gardnerville , NV
T000472
Dear Rep. Mark Takano

I am from your district and I want to make sure that we implement immigration reform this year. It is time for everyone to be treated the same. I want to make sure you vote for immigration reform that entails a path to citizenship for all those who are undocumented now. We cannot ignore the problem anymore, it is time for you to do your job and deal with the problem. Undocumented immigrants have been contributing to our economy and will continue to contribute. It is time for all those undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows and join all of us in an open society. Thank you.

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Antonio
Riverside, CA
H001063
Dear Rep. Janice Hahn

I urge your support for Immigration support! Our society needs your support, because much of our labor force is made up of undocumented immigrants who contribute to our society in many ways. They do many of the jobs most Americans would never attempt. They pay taxes and follow the laws of our nation. Yes, many of them maybe here illegally, but they are working to provide for society and their own families. Let's make it possible to achieve the American Dream!! I was once an undocumented resident who went to junior high, high school and college. I am now a teacher and close to retirement. I was given an opportunity to make something of myself. My children know of my journey and they are all now in college. I'm not a criminal. I contribute to my country and love this country. I have family in the military who are children of undocumented immigrants but are serving with pride and are themselves educated. Please make the dream come true for future loyal American citizens!!

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Roman
South Gate, CA
N000181
Dear Rep. Devin Nunes

From a real simple perspective: immigrants are human beings. They have rights because of that. And it's a Christian's duty to help starving and desperate people WITHOUT judgement. Otherwise, we're hypocrites. I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

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Leonard
Fresno, CA
P000197
Dear Rep. Nancy Pelosi

It is time to officialy include in the society a significant number of people that are living in the shadows. I feel it is safer for everyone to know who people are and have them contribuiting and sharing as they should. We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

Today, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

I believe it should be easier for companies in the United States to attract the world’s brightest who wish to immigrate legally, work in specialized fields of work, and contribute fully to our economy. Under our current immigration system, there are limited H-1B visas available for high skilled workers, which is not sufficient given the demand. I read that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants - we need to streamline the process to attract those with entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Representative, I urge you to support immigration reform that will facilitate the immigration process for high skilled workers who wish to come and better our economy.

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Ely
San Francisco, CA
C001091
Dear Rep. Joaquin Castro

I am a Viet-nam Veteran resident of Bexar county, San Antonio, Texas. I am writing to you to let you know that Immigration reform is very important to me, my family and our community. Obama has deported many undocumented workers, such actions have divided families leaving kids in the USA to fend for themselves and father or mother back in Mexico. This is very inhumane practice that i do not support. Please insure that the voices from Texas, especially south texas are heard. There are many people suffering because congress is not willing to deal with Immigration Reform.

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Guillermo
San Antonio, TX
P000197
Dear Rep. Nancy Pelosi

I am a long-time San Francisco resident who strongly supports immigration reform. I do not believe this issue is about politics; rather it is about justice, human life and dignity (I am a Republican who applauded the last immigration reform signed into law by President Reagan in 1986). Today, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

It is time for the current administration and Congress to act!

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Scott
San Francisco, CA
H001066
Dear Rep. Steven Horsford

This an appeal to you, my fellow American, to give me and many others that dwell in the darkness the opportunity to outcome from the shadows, and allow us to gain legal immigration status through your voice before your legislative representatives and support a comprehensive immigration reform.

Before getting in to the matter, I want to pray to God to give the wisdom to choose the right words and sentences to express with maximum fidelity between my words and what I really want to say. I also want to pray to God to give you the receptivity to receive my words with an open mind and heart. AMEN.

One day, Justin, an ex-coworker of mine, ex-marine wounded while at service, proud American fellow, and I were on a conversation on which I was telling him how much I love this great country, and how grateful I am to America. He replied to me with a question... “Have you ever bled for this country?” I look to his eyes and told him “I haven’t bled blood, but I bled the best years of my life for this country” I showed him my hands and I told him… “This pair of hands you see here cut thousands and thousands of pounds of steel bar needed for the reconstruction of the cypress by- pass that collapsed on the earthquake of 1989, this pair of hands you see here cut some of the steel for the San Francisco’s airport expansion, these pair of hands you see here did some of the drywall taping of Chicago’s Midway airport and the drywall taping of dozens of homes in Chicago”. As you see my friend I’ve never been on a combat zone, but I have been on a different front. The front of an everyday fight of this great country to keep growing, reconstructing itself and struggling to keep itself on the world’s leadership. And I have done my part by working very hard; every single day. With no rest day in and day out. It has been like that since I got here. I always observed respect for the people, their ideas and culture, language, beliefs and principles and embraced them; being these ideas, beliefs and principles the ones that ultimately and universally rule this great country and human kind. This is my friend, how I have bled my years of youth for this country. And I have done it with no regrets. To the contrary, I did this with devotion with all my strength, the best of me. To represent the immigrants, like me in the best possible way.

I am going to tell you about me. I got here when I was 23 years old. I have been here since 1992 working in numerous jobs and positions. In 1996 I met the woman that has walked along with me ever since, we procreated three boys and a girl. I have paid special attention in inculcating my children not to forget their roots, but with the same emphasis to grow being the best American they can be. I have thought them to study hard, to love this country and deeply respect the American flag and symbols. My sons are true Americans, I have thought them so, that is why they would be ready to bleed the blood I could not shed, when I was young because I’m an undocumented and I could not serve if I had to. I have lived my life in the most righteous possible way. I have not stolen, I have not killed, I have not done any wrong. In my work I always tried to be worthy for the company I work for. I have been responsible and honest; towards my coworkers I have tried to be empathetic and helpful, always with a sincere demeanor.

I have tried my best to one day look straight to your eyes and ask you, my fellow American for a chance to become one of you; to walk side by side and; make of this country an even a greater country. To fight along in our different fronts that life has put us on to, to make this land a better place to live and to pass it on to our kids in the best possible way. Let me be your neighbor, your coworker, your bother in the church. Do not fear my fellow American for the jobs, I will not be competing for them, I will be providing them. I have ideas for new business, new ways of making things. I have education and different perspectives to approach the challenges that this times bring with them. We will use those contributions of mine that are beneficial for you and me, and we will discard what are not.

It might look that this appeal is only personal and that I am speaking for myself, but there are many, many others like me out there asking for the opportunity. This appeal is not only on my name, but also on the name of those who have been doing the same thing that I have to serve this country and behave in the best possible way, so one day I will be able to look straight to your eyes and ask you the same thing I am asking you. Grant us the opportunity to be a part of you. Please support a comprehensive immigration reform. With an open mind, with an open heart and with open arms, give us a chance to fully embrace this great nation with you. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

S I N C E R E L Y:
Marco

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Marco
Las Vegas, NV
D000618
Dear Sen. Steve Daines

Immigration is dear to my heart. I have talked to undocumented people that have lived here for many years. They have families here. This is home to them. Let's be American and try to help them be here with papers. They are our brothers and sisters and need our help. I believe in these people. Yes, some might be criminals and should be sent home but most are family people and I have seen to many children left behind because father or mother were sent away. WE ARE BIGGER THAN THAT.

We’re educating immigrants and then sending them away. This doesn’t make sense. The nation’s universities have long attracted bright, talented, young minds from across the world. But in reality, our country’s broken immigration system has sent some of the most promising young talent home to compete against us. In a country where knowledge and education are the backbone of staying competitive in the global economy, we should be doing everything we can to keep these young intellectuals in the U.S. to help further the growth of our country and economy. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to keep America competitive.

Today, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of which risked their lives by crossing international borders in order to give their families a better life. Within this population exists the DREAMers, more than 2 million aspiring Americans raised in the U.S. without legal status, who have no viable path to citizenship under our immigration system. Many of these DREAMers have graduated from our nation’s public schools and are American in every way except on paper. Representative, I support these families and urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform that will keep them together and strengthen our economy.

I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

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Bede
Poplar, MT
M000087
Dear Rep. Carolyn Maloney

I am a student at The City College of New York. I have lived in NYC since I was 9 years old and I have been educated by wonderful teachers that are part of the NYC Education Board. They inspired me to become a Mechanical Engineer. I will be graduating in my major in 2 months and I will head to Honda to work there. Without immigration reform, I cannot work for my company overseas and this proves problematic to my potential rise as an employee. I speak 3 languages -- English, Spanish and French -- and these skills are a major asset to any international company. I only have the opportunity to work in the US after DACA was passed by President Obama. It is outrageous that yesterday, the House was voting to abolish such a law. I have only done good for this country and I continue to contribute positively as an engineer for the US. Without reform, I feel like my rights could be taken away at any second, by people such as the representatives that voted yesterday to abolish the only thing that has provided me with a path to remain in the US. It is imperative that reform is passed and rights be given to those citizens in American society who benefit the country on a daily basis.

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Nathali
Astoria, NY
J000289
Dear Rep. Jim Jordan

I am one of your constituents in your district. I am an immigrants' rights activist and I am for immigration reform. Every week I meet with a group of undocumented men and women -- they have become my friends. I see first-hand the horrible effects of deportations. The thousands of dollars that are used for lawyers, which they pay, then do without food or rent money. It is hard to see children cry for their father. These children require mental health care to help them adjust. I urge you to pass an immigration reform bill. It is imperative and in the best interests of people who live in the shadows of our society. As a nation, we have to offer a better life for them. They are an asset whose potential has not been explored. Please pass an immigration reform bill and stop the deportations.

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Jose
Amherst, OH
L000567
Dear Rep. Leonard Lance

I teach English to adult immigrants. Most of them did not want to leave home, but could no longer support their families at home. Some of them came to the United States as children. Our United States foreign policy is responsible for their situation. Let's work together for immigration reform to keep America competitive, to keep families together, and to grow and strengthen the economy.I am one of the Americans who overwhelmingly want to fix our broken immigration system. Poll after poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans surveyed say they support immigration reform. Reform would create millions of jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and allow for innovation to keep the U.S. globally competitive. Every day we wait to act on reform, the U.S. is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue. Representative, I urge you to speak up for the need for immigration reform now to help grow the economy and keep America competitive.

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Marian
Bernardsville, NJ
G000550
Dear Rep. Phil Gingrey

I support high-skilled immigration reform because it benefits Americans by improving the economy and creating more jobs and wealth. It also helps to fill the gap in certain high-need and low-pay occupations such as education and work with low income populations.

I am a highly-skilled immigrant who has greatly contributed to American society by working first as a public school teacher in an area of high-need and then as a public interest lawyer helping poor people with their civil, legal, needs. I was educated here and still had to jump through so many hoops to be able to hold these jobs and remain in this country legally. I arrived to the US in 1997 and it wasn't until 2013 that I was finally able to become a permanent resident -- not through my job but through my marriage to a US citizen. Almost every time I found a job before that, it was a real struggle for me and my employers to secure a work visa for me. At times, I had to go for years without visiting my family back in Colombia to avoid jeopardizing my immigration status.

I believe that just as the government supports Americans who work in low-income areas in highly skilled and highly needed occupations such as medicine, education and public interest law by paying off or reducing their student loans, the US government should similarly assist highly skilled foreign nationals so they can easily and inexpensively secure the work visa they need to serve Americans. I am not asking for loan forgiveness for us, just for immigration reform that will help America address not only its technology and science needs but also its social needs.

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Ángela
Marietta, GA

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