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Contact Congress FAQs

Why should I use Contact Congress to contact my elected representatives?
How do I access Contact Congress?
How do I send a letter?
How can I use Contact Congress to contact my local media?
How can I find out about important legislation that AILA supports?
Where can I see how my representatives voted on an important immigration bill?
How can I find information on my elected representatives?
How can I find out about national and state elections?
Can my clients use Contact Congress?

Why should I use Contact Congress to contact my elected representatives?

With multiple comprehensive immigration reform bills now pending in Congress, it is more important than ever to let your elected officials know that you support positive immigration legislation. E-mail is the fastest and easiest way to communicate with your elected representatives.
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How do I access Contact Congress?

To access Contact Congress, type your ZIP code in the box located on the lower left-hand side of the homepage. You can also access it under Legislation & Advocacy in the left-hand navigation.
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How do I send a letter?

AILA has drafted model letters on issues important to our mission. These letters are listed on the main Contact Congress page. Just click on the letter you wish to send, fill in your contact information, and press send. Your letter will have a much greater impact if you take a minute to personalize it with a few lines describing your practice, the people you represent, or why this is an important issue to you. You can also compose your own letter.
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How can I use Contact Congress to contact my local media?

The Media Guide section allows you to quickly and easily research local and national media outlets and search by ZIP code; editor, reporter, or producer name; or the media organization's name. The site will provide you with the names and contact information of the news organization's staff, along with links that allow you to send an e-mail message to a specific staff member.
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How can I find out about important legislation that AILA supports?

From the Contact Congress main page, click on Immigration-Related Legislation, under Policy Tools on the right side of the screen. At the top of the page you will find a list of key bills that AILA supports, followed by a list of bills that AILA opposes, and a third list of all other immigration-related bills. Click on a bill's name for detailed information about the bill, as well as an invitation to take action.
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Where can I see how my representatives voted on an important immigration bill?

From the Contact Congress main page, click on Key Votes, under Policy Tools on the right side of the screen. Enter your ZIP code to learn how your representatives voted on legislation that AILA is tracking.
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How can I find information on my elected representatives?

From the Contact Congress main page, click on Congressional Directory under Policy Tools to view bios of your elected officials, along with contact information, staff names for key roles, and more. Information on the President, Federal Agencies, and Congressional Offices (Members, Committees, Leadership) is also available here.
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How can I find out about national and state elections?

The Elections & Candidates section provides information on national and state races, including candidate bios, photos, and background information, as well as voter registration services.
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Can my clients use Contact Congress?

Contact Congress is available on our website, www.aila.org, so you can refer your clients and coalition partners to this information. If you have your own website, we encourage you to add a "Contact Congress" box so that visitors to your site can easily access our Contact Congress feature. To do this, follow the Web Stickers link on the main Contact Congress page
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