FAIR Brings State and Local Lawmakers/Law Enforcement to Washington to Demand Real Reform from Congress
Thanks to the long-term efforts of FAIR’s State and Local Engagement Department, many state and local legislators and law enforcement officials turn to FAIR as they search for ways to cope with problems created by mass illegal immigration. In November, FAIR organized an event that brought 34 local leaders and activists to Washington, D.C., to address their concerns directly to members of Congress. The 34 attendees, from 18 states, met with dozens of members of Congress, urging them to support legislation that would force the Biden administration to secure our borders.
The Biden Border Crisis is not only causing headaches for states and communities right along our southern border. The crisis is being felt nationally, as the millions of illegal aliens who are being released or paroled into the country filter their way to destinations far from the border. The arrival of these new illegal aliens is straining local resources, disrupting communities and challenging local law enforcement.
As part of FAIR’s long-term strategy of building networks of state and local officials grappling with the same immigration issues the connections are essential to FAIR’s strategy of countering failed federal policies with effective policies at the state and local level that deter illegal aliens from settling in these states and communities.
Participants met with some 50 congressional offices, addressing their concerns directly with the members of Congress and key staffers. In particular, the state and local legislators and law enforcement urged the federal lawmakers to include real border enforcement policies in any spending bill that is being considered.
The Capitol Hill blitz also featured a press conference where key attendees laid out their reasons for coming to Washington and shared how their communities were impacted by illegal immigration. The press conference was covered by key media outlets and reinforced in local media outlets the work local leaders were committed to in the halls of Congress. FAIR – working for you.