Important: Tell the Senate no "guest" worker schemes

The possibility of a new "guest" worker/amnesty scheme got much closer yesterday as the Senate Judiciary Committee reached a compromise with the help of Arlen Specter. Specter, Cornyn, Kyl, Kennedy, McCain and others are apparently having their staffs iron out the details, and apparently 12 of the 18 members of the Committee would vote for it. Details here, here, and here.

Could you please take a few minutes and contact these Senators and stress your adamant opposition to any kind of a "guest" worker plan or anything similar, no matter what it's called? Please inform the kind person who answers the phone that you oppose any kind of amnesty, and that you know that these plans are amnesties no matter how strongly the Senators say they aren't?

If this passes, it will be just like the 1986 amnesty, only perhaps even worse: untold millions more illegal aliens will come here to take advantage of that and future amnesties.

The one shining ray of hope in all this is the opposition offered by Rep. Tom Tancredo and 70 other pro-American House members. They say they will work to block any kind of "guest" worker schemes.

So, please also take a few minutes and contact your other representatives and encourage them to join that group.

Here's the contact information for those on the Senate Judiciary Committee:

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) - 202-224-4254
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) - 202-224-5251
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) - 202-224-3744
Sen. Jon L. Kyl (R-AZ) - 202-224-4521
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) - 202-224-2315
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) - 202-224-4124
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) - 202-224-5972
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) - 202-224-2934
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) - 202-224-6521
Sen. Thomas A. Coburn (R-OK) - 202-224-5754
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) - 202-224-4242
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) - 202-224-4543
Sen. Joseph R. Biden (D-DE) - 202-224-5042
Sen. Herbert H. Kohl (D-WI) - 202-224-5653
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - 202-224-3841
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) - 202-224-5323
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) - 202-224-6542
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) - 202-224-2152

The main Senate Switchboard is (202) 224-3121 or (888) 355-3588. You can also send free FAXes here.

If you call and the person who answers tells you something of interest, please leave a comment.

And, please contact everyone you know and ask them to call too.

UPDATE: Apparently Frist has introduced his own plan: "Frist Pushes For Quick Vote On Immigration" that doesn't include a "temporary" worker scheme. Whether that makes the compromise mentioned above moot or not is unknown. However, note this:

According to Congress Daily, Sen. Frist told reporters he wouldn't rule out attaching a guest worker proposal to his bill. "Frist told reporters he was committed to clearing a bill with guestworker and other immigration changes through the Senate. 'Just addressing tightening the borders doesn't address the problem,' he said."

So, please keep calling or FAXing as many reps as you can.


Thanks for the convenient pointer; I've just sent a bunch of faxes, all personalized.