Monday, May 21, 2007

Don't sit on the sidelines

... while America's future hangs in the balance. Call, fax, email. Find your representatives contact information here and here, or simply google "Senator John Doe" and find the contact link at his homepage.

Even with the cloture vote to force a hasty end to debate on S1348, there's been a groundswelling of popular opposition to the legislation. House representatives, being more geographically localized, are more beholden to the pulse of the people. They're also the folks who can stop this trainwreck dead in its tracks. Pressure them to do so!

I've called several Congressman this evening. Jeff Sessions DC mailbox was full! Apparently I'm not the only one going out-of-state to try and prod the heroic Senator into taking a stand similar to the one he took a year ago.

You might also leave a message for GOP Presidential hopefuls Brownback (voted to stifle debate) and McCain (intentionally avoided the vote) letting them know how you feel about their dereliction. McCain's DC and Phoenix voicemails were also stuffed. I had to go through the Tempe office just to leave a message!


Carlos from Anaheim said...

Long-time reader, first-time commenter.

As much I would love to pressure my representatives into opposing this bill, I sincerely doubt it will do any good. My representatives are as follows:

Dianne Feinstein
Barbara Boxer
Loretta Sanchez

Any advice for those whose pleas and complaints will fall on deaf ears?

daveg said...

Make a call! I called both sentators yesterday and when my wife tried to call she could not get through.

It makes a difference.

daveg said...

I really think Mitt Romney is the only way to go at this point.

Yeah, I like Tancredo and I love Ron Paul and sent both money, but at this point Romney is the only real chance to win on immigration (and other social issues, if you care about them).

His statement on the bill:

"I strongly oppose today's bill going through the Senate. It is the wrong approach. Any legislation that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely, as the new 'Z-Visa' does, is a form of amnesty. That is unfair to the millions of people who have applied to legally immigrate to the U.S.

"Today's Senate agreement falls short of the actions needed to both solve our country's illegal immigration problem and also strengthen our legal immigration system. Border security and a reliable employment verification system must be our first priority."

Audacious Epigone said...


Wow, that's a tough bunch!

Both your Senators voted for cloture. Feinstein has let a few sovereignty streaks shine from time-to-time, but you're definitely fighting an uphill battle.

But that's all the more reason to put in your two cents with them. The staffer that receives your call will include you in a tally on the Sentate bill, as "for" or "against".

It's as easy as saying "I'm disappointed in Senator Feinstein for voting for cloture on S1348. This bill is more than 300 pages long and we need plenty of time to work through the details. I want to insure that the American people don't have to go through a repeat of the 1986 amnesty that promised to solve all the problems we're dealing with today," or something to that effect.

Even if Sanchez is likely to support the legislation when it reaches the House floor, or even make it more lenient, if your call can make her that much less emphatic, you're having an impact.


Romney is the only of the three 'frontrunners' that I'd be able to vote for at this point. I'm hoping, maybe too pensively, that he'll stick Tancredo or Hunter on his ticket as VP.