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Why have people sent over 125,000 Faxes to Congress?

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Last week, during the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign Summit, we asked people to send faxes into Congress demanding Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We were BLOWN AWAY when over 125,000 faxes were sent. The numbers were so impressive that some of our opponents have commented that there may not even be real people sending the faxes. Well, guess what? There are real people behind each and every one of those 125,000 messages; people with families, people who have suffered, people who believe in justice and people who want what is best for America.

This week, we asked the same group of people to send another fax, but this time we asked them to include their own person message about WHY they were taking action. The result was, yet again, overwhelming. We had thousands of people respond within hours, all with personal stories and messages about why immigration reform is important to them.

Patrick in North Carolina writes:

“Our system is unfair to the families torn apart by an outdated immigration structure. We need comprehensive reform. Piecemeal legislation will not work, but will just cause more problems.”

Robin in Pennsylvania writes:

I am white and grew up very poor in Southern California. My life was saved by the Mexican families in my neighborhood… with offerings of tacos when I was starving, solace when I was lonely, and even safe harbor from violent guardians.

Can America please provide the same for all our immigrants?

Umapathi in New Hampshire writes:

“I have a Master’s degree in Computer Science and have been in the Green Card queue for a number of years which prevents me from realizing my entrepreneurial dreams. Immigration reform that would help me get my green card would motivate me to start a business that would help our economy thrive.”

Gabriele in Connecticut:

Because no human being is illegal. Because immigrants fuels our economy, and if we are truly to be a democracy, they need to have access to the public sphere and, ultimately, the ballot box. Because parents should not be torn from their children, and children from their parents. because US and CIA meddling in Latin American coutnries, and the rapacious action of US corporations have created the economic conditions that force so many to migrate to the US. They are not aliens, they are already our kin.

And finally, because the bible tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Monica in Missouri:

I have sen too many families broken apart because of the current immigration systems. I have seen too many spouses crying because there was nothing they could do to keep their families together. I have seen too many families faced with the choice (if you can call it that) of leaving the U.S. to be together or staying because a child needs medical care. The current system does too much harm to families – most of which contain at least one U.S. Citizen, often a child. WE NEED REFORM NOW!

I am in awe of the messages that continue to pour in from REAL people across the country who are working to fix our broken immigration system. I hope that Congress is ready to listen, because we are ready to be HEARD!

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