1/06/2006

Attention NumbersUSA.COM activists

NumbersUSA : January 4 , 2006 -- by Roy Beck, President (unedited)


THE BATTLE IN THE SENATE BEGINS NOW

Some of you started sending us emails on Christmas Day wanting to know why -- after our big victories in the U.S. House -- we weren't already working on the next step of the battle. And why we weren't giving you your next set of marching orders. (We honor your enthusiasm but took some vacation time anyway ... along with most congressional staffers!)

Now, Hill staffers are back. And so are we.

NumbersUSA Comment:This report is for NumbersUSA members only. Please do not pass this email on to other people or post it on a website.

The action moved today to a hostile, foreign country -- the U.S. Senate, where the majority works harder for corporations and foreign workers than for American workers and their families.

This email contains a number of things that we need you to do. Please read carefully and take action now.

To skip all my verbiage and cut to the chase, just go to the ACTIONS IN BRIEF section in the right column and click the links for action.

1. BACKGROUND

Our battle began in the U.S. House last month. Just before Christmas, an overwhelming bi-partisan majority attached strong amendment after strong amendment to H.R. 4437 before passing this tough immigration enforcement bill AND legal immigration reduction bill.

Click here to read all about what the bill does and how it was passed.

Now, we move from our home base over to the Senate.

Senate leaders hope to pass their own immigration bill before March.

The two bills will then go into a joint Conference Committee of negotiators who will create a compromise bill that goes back to both chambers of Congress for a final vote.

We expect a poor to terrible bill to come out of the Senate. But we will be fighting to get as good of a bill as possible to improve chances of creating a compromise bill close to what the House passed.

2. SEN. SPECTER'S PLAN ... Amnesty and Guestworkers

Our Senate sources told us today that Senate Judiciary Chairman Specter (R-PA) has a plan to force backers of tough immigration enforcement to accept amnesty and guestworker programs as the only way that Specter will allow a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Sen. Specter is expected to begin executing his plan next week with the hope of having it all in place when he hopes his committee will pass the amnesty/guestworker bill in early February.

Based on his sneak efforts in November, also anticipate that Sen. Specter will slip into the bill major increases in permanent green cards. (In November, he added 350,000 permanent worker slots EACH YEAR to the Budget Reconciliation bill. Fortunately, your activism and House leaders forced every single one of those slots out of the bill before final passage.)

3. PHONE SEN. SPECTER ... Tell him and his staff that they are out of step with the American people

Call any or all of these offices:

202-224-4254 Washington, DC

610-434-1444 Allentown, PA

215-597-7200 Philadelphia, PA

NumbersUSA Comment:Here are important phone numbers for you to copy down!

412-644-3400 Pittsburgh, PA

717-782-3951 Harrisburg, PA

570-346-2006 Scranton, PA

570-826-6265 Wilkes-Barre, PA

814-453-3010 Erie, PA 16501

For some reason, Sen. Specter and his staff have come to believe that no matter how outrageous their efforts for creating open borders and flooding American communities with foreign workers that the public won't really pay that much attention to them.

Your task this week -- all week -- is to let all of Sen. Specter's staffs know that you know what he is up to -- and that he has become the most powerful force for open borders in the country.

Although Sen. Specter has never been helpful to us on immigration issues, his decision to become the chief proponent for the most radical immigration measures in American history is puzzling to many.

A number of our sources in the Senate tell us that they don't think Sen. Specter is even paying that much attention to the immigration issues and is primarily letting one of his staffers lead the way.

That staffer is Joe Jacquot (pronounced JAY-ko).

Mr. Jacquot is widely known on the Hill for his close relationship with the Microsoft lobbying operation.

You may want to mention Mr. Jacquot and question Microsoft's role when you make your phone calls.

I would hope that your primary message on your calls would be something like: Stop all efforts to include legalization or mass guestworker programs in your immigration bill. Model yourself after the House and create an ENFORCEMENT-ONLY bill. Don't consider any other aspects until you have proven that the federal government can actually enforce the law. WE DON'T NEED MORE FOREIGN WORKERS.

4. TAKE OUR POLITICAL SURVEY ... so you can see more specialized faxes

Many of our fax opportunities are seen only by people who have identified themselves as (a) Democrats or (b) Republicans or (c) Swing Voters.

If you have not taken our political survey, you won't see any of these faxes on your Action Buffet corkboard.

Please take this completely private survey at:

www.numbersusa.com/survey?action=shortlist&cat=political

If you already have taken the survey, open it up again to make sure it properly reflects your affiliations.

5. HAMMER YOUR SENATORS WITH FAXES ... press them to support Enforcement-Only bill

After you have taken the political survey, you should see Action Notes on your corkboard for you to send customized faxes to your two Senators.

Start preparing their staffs to understand that the Senators' votes on this immigration bill will be widely followed and scrutinized -- especially votes by Senators who are running for re-election later this year.

Please modify and send all faxes that are listed on your Action Buffet at:

www.numbersusa.com/actionbuffet

We will have many more messages for you to send during this battle. But these are important opening faxes to gain the attention of staff.

6. THANKS & NO THANKS ... Send fax to your own Representative based on his/her immigration votes in House last month

Many of you have been clamoring for three weeks for these faxes.

Well, here they are.

On your Action Buffet is a fax tailored to your Representative based on his/her votes on the key amendments and H.R. 4437.

Don't miss giving House Members quick feedback on their behavior.

Please modify and send the fax from:

www.numbersusa.com/actionbuffet

7. HEAR ME ON RADIO SUNDAY NIGHT ... the Terry Anderson show at midnight EST

NumbersUSA Comment:Listen to Roy on the Terry Anderson radio show via the web Sunday night.

Terry is the incredibly motivating mechanic of South Central Los Angeles who burns up the airwaves every Sunday night.

You can listen on the internet at:

www.theterryandersonshow.com

Terry's producer says people are bombarding the show after the House victories wanting to know what they should do next. We'll talk about that at midnight Eastern time.

THANKS FOR STARTING THIS BATTLE IN THE SENATE; THERE'LL BE MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS,

-- ROY

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