Ap 20 NAT. CALL-IN ON FOOD STAMPS RESTORATION - CCC/NILC alert

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 15 Apr 1998 11:29:37 -0700 (PDT)


FWD via Boston AIDS Consortium lsheehy@bacboston.org (Lisa Sheehy)
Center for Community Change  Special Alert  April 15, 1998
The following alert was provided by the National Immigration Law Center:


ACTION ALERT:  NATIONAL CALL IN DAY ON LEGAL IMMIGRANT FOOD STAMP
RESTORATIONS MONDAY, APRIL 20TH -- -- TO CAP ACTIONS DURING FINAL RECESS
WEEK 4/13-4/19

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The Agriculture Research bill that would take a significant first step
towards restoring food stamps to needy immigrants and refugees is still
alive, but time is running out.  Rapid passage of the "Ag Research"
conference report (S. 1150, H.R. 2534) is crucial.  When Congress
returns from recess on April 20, lawmakers are expected to move quickly
toward approving transportation proposals and/or tax cuts that will use
the same $818 million in offsets which the Ag Research conference report
earmarks
for a partial food stamp restoration for legal immigrants.

Pro immigrant groups have gained momentum in Congress during the past
few weeks by contacting lawmakers and urging food stamp restoration with
letters, faxes, paper plate campaigns, media outreach, and local elected
official statements and resolutions.  These activities must continue and be
expanded while Congress is at home this week and in the days after
Congress returns.

In addition, next Monday, April 20, the first day Congress resumes
business in Washington, the broad coalition supporting immigrant food
stamps is sponsoring a National Call In Day to flood the Capitol
switchboard with phone calls about the vital importance of enacting food
stamp restorations.

The following summary and call to action has been prepared by the Food
Research and Action Center (FRAC), 1875 Conn. Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
20009; 202-986-2200:

The Ag Research Conference Report would make a down payment on legal
immigrant food stamp restorations by: 1) extending the refugee exemption
from 5 to 7 years; and 2) restoring benefits to Hmong persons,
cross-border Native Americans, persons who are or who become disabled
who entered the U.S. before 8/22/96, persons who were 65 and in the
country on 8/22/96, and children under 18 who were in the country on
8/22/96.  Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott (MS) refused to bring the
bill to the floor prior to the recess after one or more Republican
Senators objected to taking the bill up under unanimous consent.  Such
objections should not block the bill from coming up under normal
procedures.  Swift action is critical so that the funding for the legal
immigrant food stamp benefits and other parts of the Ag Research Bill is
not diverted for use in other bills.

April 20th National Call In Day:  Cap the push made during the recess
period by joining advocates across the country in a National Call In
Day, Monday, April 20th, when many lawmakers and staff return to Capitol
Hill. Call Members at the U.S. Capitol: 202-224-3121.

Special Message:  Ask Senators and Representatives who support
restoration of food stamps for legal immigrants to urge Congressional
Leaders to move the Conference Report to the Senate and House floors for
passage immediately after recess.

Targets:  1) All Senators; 2) All Democratic House Members; 3) Select
Republican House Members: Walsh (NY); Roukema (NJ); Morella (MD); Wolf
(VA); Quinn (NY); Leach (IA); Campbell (CA); Gilman (NY); Boehlert (NY);
Fox (PA); Bereuter (NE); Davis (VA); Johnson (CT); Forbes (NY); Ehlers
(MI); Kelly (NY); Gilchrest (MD); Emerson (MO); Ney (OH); Hyde (IL);
Bachus (AL); Diaz-Balart (FL); Ros-Lehtinen (FL); Foley (FL).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: National Immigration Law Center, Los
Angeles Office:  213-938-6452 (general calls and requests for materials)
Washington, D.C. Office:  202-216-0261 (calls  regarding policy issues).

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