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Congressional Recess: Opportunities for Action 

  July 2013
In This Issue
Breaking News on House Gang of 7's CIR bill
Opportunities to Support CIR
Senate 744
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Current Articles 


Bipartisan House Immigration Group Weighs When to Unveil Plan

The Hill



Immigration, Opportunity, and the American Ideal




Poll:  Immigration Support Grows





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Breaking News on House Gang of 7's 
CIR Bill

The bipartisan "gang of seven" group of House members negotiating over immigration is closing in on a plan that would include a path to citizenship, but would impose new triggers on citizenship - and new conditions on the initial legal status the undocumented would enjoy - that would put the bill significantly to the right of the Senate effort.


Read the entire article here.



Opportunities to Support CIR during the August Congressional Recess


Members of Congress will be home for recess August 5-September 8 and will be anxious to hear how the immigration debate is playing out in their home districts. These are critical moments to raise our voices by setting up meetings with our representatives, attending town hall meetings, calling or emailing, or  organizing a postcard action campaign.


Media: Opportunities for Action


The August Recess is a good time to draw media attention to your support for just and compassionate immigration reform. Try your hand at letters-to-the-editor or op-ed pieces. Voice your support for an immigration reform that keeps families together and creates a roadmap for the 11 million aspiring Americans.


  • Writing a letter to the editor is one of the most effective ways for you to reach your member of Congress.  Getting a letter to the editor published in a local newspaper is like sending hundreds of emails to Congressional offices. Write your letter in favor of immigration reform today!  
  • Most daily and weekly newspapers accept op-ed pieces for publication on their opinion pages. Longer than letters to the editor, op-ed pieces generally run between 500 and 700 words.


Talking Points


As people of faith we are committed to religious teachings that remind us that the dignity of the person is at the core of our moral vision of society; that how we organize our society affects human dignity directly; and that any system that is deliberately cruel or inhumane needs to change. 


We call on Congress to pass just, compassionate immigration reform that:

  • Prioritizes Family Unity 
  • Provides a Pathway to Citizenship 
  • Protects Refugees and Migrant Survivors of Violence
  • Ensures  Workers' Rights
  • Places Humanitarian Values at the Center of Enforcement Policies
  • Address the Root Causes of Migration




General Resources on Immigration Reform


State Specific Resources on Immigration Reform


Find you Member of Congress at www.house.gov/representatives/find/


Thanks so much for raising your voice in support of a compassionate and just immigration reform that honors the contributions of migrants and refugees to our society. We promise to press on until Congress passes legislation that reflects gospel values.



Senate 744 - What's Good, What's Bad


Check out the National Immigration Law Center website for a clear, concise table of what's good and what's bad in the Senate comprehensive immigration bill, S. 744.



Join the Justice for Immigrants Campaign

The Justice for Immigrants Campaign continues to build its grassroots support for comprehensive immigration reform.  
If you want to be notified of immigration legislation updates , NOW is the time to join the JFI Action Alert list.  Sign up at: 
The Irish Apostolate USA is the umbrella organization for the Irish Immigration Pastoral and Outreach Centers in the United States, under the direction of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants. 

Please visit our website for more information: 
Geri Garvey, Administrator
Irish Apostolate USA
Phone/Fax:  301-384-3375     Email: administrator@usairish.org