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An Immigration PAC

by Drew Seman

I am writing you today as the Executive Director of Immigrants' List, a new bipartisan Political Action Committee dedicated to meaningful immigration reform. We want you, your clients, family, friends and institutional contacts to know about us and join in our important work for better immigration laws.

Beliefs

Immigration is a fundamental part of our social, economic and political life. Immigrants of all backgrounds have been integral to the continued growth and prosperity of America. Immigrants' List is dedicated to ensuring that the core values of our system--fairness, justice, and equality--are provided to citizens and non-citizens alike. We believe in a fair and just immigration system that will unify families, encourage fair labor practices and restore America's status as a welcoming country for those who seek freedom from persecution and a better way of life.

History

Immigrants' List was founded in October of 2006 when a group of immigration attorneys decided they were tired of the anti-immigrant rhetoric they were seeing on commercials at home and from politicians in Washington. In just one week, Immigrants' List raised over $120,000 to support two pro-immigration candidates. And last November, the American people elected the potentially the most pro-immigrant Congress in over a decade.

Why Immigrants' List?

Despite all of this potential progress, the chances of a comprehensive immigration reform bill passing seem increasingly slim. More and more it appears as though the Democratic Leadership and pro-immigration Republicans will be afraid to act. They fear anti-immigrant forces will call legalization "amnesty" and they'll lose seats in '08.

The current climate makes Immigrants' List more important than ever. It represents a turning point in the fight to elect pro-immigrant candidates. We will support candidates regardless of political party who will work for meaningful immigration reform. We will prove to members of Congress that supporting immigration reform will help them win elections. With our financial power we will change the tone of the immigration debate in the United States. Rather than supporting the politics of fear, division, and terror, we will champion those candidates who understand that people from all parts of the world have, can, and will make essential contributions to our country.

What We Are Doing Now

At Immigrants' List, we are determined to be a leader in the ongoing fight for American immigration reform. We are about to launch the new Immigrants' List website with political website developer Blue State Digital, allowing us to maximize our reach through the internet. Randy Auerbach, whom most of you know from his work with AILA, is working with us to populate the site with the proper content. Our website will help us build a nationwide network that can inject our pro-immigration view into this debate.

We are also meeting with key players in Congress and the pro-immigration community. For Immigrants' List to succeed it is crucial that we become as well known as possible as quickly as possible.

Many of our founders will be taking part in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Lobby Day on Thursday, March 15th in Washington DC. We look forward to discussing Immigrants' List with those of you who will be attending.

What can you and others do to be part of Immigrants' List?

Individuals can donate up to $5,000 annually to Immigrants' List. Please send as much as you can immediately to Immigrant's List, Suite 775, 11 Dupont Circle N.W., Washington, D.C. 200036. It is also vital that we all take the time to spread Immigrants' List's message to as many friends and colleagues as possible. Let's begin together.


About The Author

Drew Seman has managed Immigrants' List's day-to-day operations of our Washington headquarters since joining in early 2007, overseeing our continued development. Prior to Immigrants' List, Drew worked on Tammy Duckworth's Congressional Campaign. Drew holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago and is currently working towards a Masters in Political Management at George Washington University. He is originally from New Bern, North Carolina.


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