Immigration Reform Center

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM ACTION ITEMS

SPEAK OUT.

After hearing members' concerns with immigration issues and threats to their workforce, the Board of Directors of the California Landscape Contractor's Association re-focused the association's goals for 2006, making comprehensive immigration reform goals number one, two, three, four and five.

DEVELOP A POSITION.

CLCA developed a position paper calling for immigration reform that establishes an abundant workforce, secures our borders and ensures America's economic growth.

SPEAK OUT TO CONGRESS.

"Anti-immigration" groups are organized and pounding legislators with emails and letters at what is estimated to be a 100:1 ratio over those who are in favor of comprehensive reform. CLCA responded by setting up an Immigration Reform Center at the Landscape Industry Show that generated more than 900 letters to legislators. CLCA members have followed up those letters with even more letters, phone calls and visits with state and federal lawmakers.

LOBBY SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN.

Success! In April, Sen. Feinstein came out in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER ASSOCIATIONS.

CLCA is trying to encourage other California associations to follow its lead by coming out decisively for comprehensive reform.

REACH OUT TO THE MEDIA.

CLCA members and staff have been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and dozens of other California newspapers and TV stations. In addition to offering a business person's point of view, these interviews are helping to dispel misconceptions that landscape contractors exploit their workers by only offering minimum wage jobs.


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MORE ACTION NEEDED

The fight for comprehensive immigration reform continues. Although the U.S. Senate failed to take action before recessing in mid-April, political "heat" from concerned citizens may force them to take action before the end of the year.

It is imperative that you CONTACT and visit your Congressmembers in their district offices and URGE them to support a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Also, CALL the offices of Senators Dianne Feinstein [(202) 224-3841] and Barbara Boxer [(202) 224-3553] and ask for comprehensive immigration reform.