Immigration Unions Urge All Americans: 'Pick Up the Phone,' Call Congress Now, Before It's Too Late

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 27, 2013 | 9:21 AM EDT

Immigration enforcement and adjudication officer unions joined have joined forces to call on all Americans to "pick up the phone" and tell members to vote against the immigration bill S.744.

A joint statement by Chris Crane, National ICE Council President, and Kenneth Palinkas, USCIS Council President warns that the bill was specifically crafted to block immigration enforcement and will legalize "thousands of dangerous criminals":

"ICE officers and USCIS adjudications officers have pleaded with lawmakers not to adopt this bill, but to work with us on real, effective reforms for the American people. The Schumer-Rubio-Corker-Hoeven proposal will make Americans less safe and it will ensure more illegal immigration-especially visa overstays-in the future. It provides legalization for thousands of dangerous criminals while making it more difficult for our officers to identify public safety and national security threats. The legislation was guided from the beginning by anti-enforcement special interests and, should it become law, will have the desired effect of these groups: blocking immigration enforcement.

The statement issues an urgent call to action to all Americans to pick up the phone and call their congressmen before today's Senate vote:

"This is an anti-public safety bill and an anti-law enforcement bill. We urge all lawmakers to oppose the final cloture vote on Thursday and to oppose the bill. And we call on all Americans to pick up the phone and call their members of Congress: (202) 224-3121."