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Living in a representative democracy, we elect officials to the House of Representatives and to the Senate -- there they pass laws on our behalf and to serve our interests. However, these officials need to be held accountable and we need to be consistent in lifting our voices -- especially from immigrant communities -- on the issues that affect us. This is a concern for all of us in the U.S., including non-citizens.

In this period, many proposal declarations by President Trump will require congressional approval, particularly those that will have to be funded. NNIRR believes we need to closely monitor Congress, actively engage with elected officials on the issues, and press our opinions on multiple levels -- whether in petitions, direct phone messages, visits in DC and locally, street actions and more. To help keep us informed, the NNIRR has created a Legislative Tracker that contains immigration-related legislation currently being introduced and discussed in Congress. Find up to date versions of the most important immigration-related legislation here

Here are some tools that will help you keep Congress accountable!

CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES. Here is a video from Brave New Films that explains how to do it and why you should do it. 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. Click here to enter your zip code and look up contact information for your federal, state and local elected representatives. 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR KEY COMMITTEES ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES

 Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee

SENATE 2017 WORK CALENDAR (Dark blue dates are those in session)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 2017 WORK CALENDAR (Highlighted dates are those in session)


BUILDING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY POWER THROUGH LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
. Check out this educational tool, a free download that is part of our BRIDGE popular education program. This is a great tool to spark further dialogue and discussion to help build a strong movement. It will help you to raise awareness on legislative issues and shows how legislative advocacy can be a powerful organizing vehicle.

Click here to read the Table of Contents.