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Petitioning U.S. Senate

Please Tell the Senate to Reform Hardship Waivers

When U.S. citizens sponsor their husbands and wives for immigration, too many become trapped in the unthinking and counterproductive web of administrative violations that separate them from each other and their children or from America.

For far too many minor violations, the immigration system's only response is long-term or even permanent bars against admission to the United States. Sanctions on immigration violations have a purpose and a place. When the damage they do to families of U.S. citizens and our national interest in their well being is far greater than the damage done by the violation, we have turned the purpose of immigration law on its head. The right of U.S. citizens to marry whom we please, to form families and build a future for our children is far more important than incomprehensible immigration forms, administrative violations, paperwork errors, and minor offenses.

Please sign on the the letter below to ask your Senator to fix this problem.  Organizations interested in joining with American Families United in a separate organizational sign-on letter can do so at http://waivers.americanfamiliesunited.org/p/letter.html.

Letter to
U.S. Senate
I am a constituent, and I want you to know that my family and I strongly support comprehensive immigration reform – but we also urge that you do not forget to fix the waiver system as part of that legislation.

Waiver reform is too important to too many U.S. citizens with husbands, wives or children trapped in the unthinking and counterproductive web of administrative violations that separate them from each other or from America.

For far too many minor violations, the immigration system’s only response is long-term or even permanent bars against admission to the United States. Sanctions on immigration violations have a purpose and a place. When the damage they do to families of U.S. citizens and our national interest in their well being is far greater than the damage done by the violation, we have turned the purpose of immigration law on its head. The right of US citizens to marry whom we please, to form families and build a future for our kids is far more important than incomprehensible immigration forms, administrative violations, paperwork errors, and minor offenses.

We are asking for common sense reform of the existing waiver system, with uniform, objective standards that balance the national interest in family unity and fairness with the gravity of the offenses. Such a framework could be applied to sponsored workers and family members.

We look forward to working with you to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2010 that includes effective waiver reform.

Thank you,