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ACTION ALERT: Immigration
Immigration Reform is Needed Now

The U.S. Senate will vote this week on comprehensive immigration reform. Please take just a few minutes to contact your two U.S. Senators, and urge them to support Senate Bill 744, with Sen. Johnson’s amendment on J-1 visas included.

Sen. Ron Johnson: CLICK HERE to send an email.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin: CLICK HERE to send an email.

Here is some language you can copy and paste into their online email forms, or you can write your own. If you prefer to call the senators' offices, you will find their phone numbers on their contact pages as well.

As a restaurant operator in your district, I ask you to support comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants have always been an important part of the restaurant industry. They bring a strong work ethic, a belief in the American Dream, and new foods and techniques that revitalize our industry.

From my standpoint, three components are necessary for a good bill. It must allow undocumented workers to become documented workers. The path to citizenship is fine, too, but the long-term work authorization is the bottom line.

In addition, it must create a simple and decisive way for employers to check the work status of potential employees. In other words, the E-verify system needs to be more accurate, and employers should be immune from liability once the E-verify system has approved an employee for work.

Finally, the borders must be secured. Otherwise, this problem will just repeat itself.

The food service industry provides 1 out of every 10 jobs in Wisconsin, and this reform is critical to us. Our trade association, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, supports S. 744, with the Johnson amendment on J-1 visas included. Thank you for considering our position. I hope to hear of your support for comprehensive immigration reform in the near future.

As you know, immigrants make up a large chunk of the workforce in the food service industry. Without them, it would be very difficult to fully staff our restaurants and serve our customers. Currently, our immigration system is broken. We have needed, for a long time now, to secure the borders and allow work authorizations for the law-abiding, but undocumented workers who are already here.

The current Congress is our best chance in a generation to accomplish this goal, because Democrats and Republicans alike feel they have something to gain from reform. Please take a minute to add your voice to ours, and encourage our U.S. senators and congresspersons to support comprehensive immigration reform.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to support your industry. If you have any questions about this issue, contact Pete Hanson, WRA Vice President of Public Affairs 608-270-9950 phanson@wirestaurant.org

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