Dear AILA Advocate:
In early November, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised to bring up key immigration-related legislation before the end of the year. Since then, AILA members have sent more than 3,300 emails to Congress urging passage of DREAM and AgJOBS, and it now appears that the DREAM Act is poised for a potential vote during the current lame duck session of Congress.
Although Congress was in recess last week, the groundwork has been laid for quick action on the DREAM Act now that members are back. As you may know, Sen. Durbin (D-IL) already re-introduced two new versions of the bill (S.3962 and S.3963), and Sen. Reid used Senate Rule XIV which allowed the two measures to bypass referral to a committee for debate and mark-up, and instead placed them directly on the Senate calendar for possible action.
Because Republicans have already threatened to filibuster the DREAM Act, Sen. Reid has indicated that he may file for cloture as early as this evening. This means that action on the DREAM Act could take place as early as Wednesday, December 1st.
BUT, in order for this to happen, we must keep the pressure on Members of Congress. It's more important than ever that you take action TODAY by writing and calling your member of Congress and urging them to support both these common-sense and urgently needed immigration measures.
CLICK HERE TO SEND A LETTER TO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS - we'll provide you with an editable email you can send to your members showing your support for these measures.
CLICK HERE TO CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS - we'll provide you with talking points and contact information for your members of Congress.