Every Voice Matters: Meeting Your Members of Congress at Home!

Participants from our Advocacy Immersion Week visited their Congressional representatives to discuss compassionate immigration policies.

by Becca Eastwood

Last week you invited your Members of Congress to read Bishop Seitz of El Paso’s recent pastoral letter on immigration, “Sorrow and Mourning, Flee Away.” Your action was a crucial one because last week the House of Representatives debated, and ultimately passed, a package of spending bills that included $1.6 billion allocated for construction on a border wall.

Thank you for taking this first action. We invite you to continue because this is only the beginning of Congress’ process to passing a final spending bill.

This week’s action is to request an in-district meeting with your Members of Congress during the August recess!

Meeting with Members of Congress in your districts and states is a crucial tool for raising the message that Bishop Seitz outlined in his letter:

“I ask lawmakers and policymakers in other parts of the country to end the demonization of our border, our border residents and migrants. Migrants and migration are not problems to be solved, but are rather “a great resource for humanity’s development.” Millions of people here on our border and throughout our country are praying for you and for a resolution to our broken system.”

In a recent survey of congressional staffers, 94% said ‘in-person visits from constituents’ have ‘some’ or ‘a lot’ of influence on an undecided lawmaker.[1]

Members of Congress listen when you visit them. Your voice matters!

How do you request an in-district visit?

  1. Check out page 15 of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition’s Summer of Action toolkit!
  2. Learn about who represents your community in Congress: go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to find out more about who represents you.
  3. Review the ‘ask’ documents (page 23) in the toolkit for a refresher on what we are asking our Members of Congress to do on the budget.
  4. Call your Member’s local office to request a meeting (numbers can be found on their websites). Sample call scripts and email templates can be found in the toolkit!
  5. Reply to this email if you need any assistance or have any questions! We are happy to help.

As always, email me if you have questions or concerns.

[1] "Citizen-Centric Advocacy: The Untapped Power of Constituent Engagement”. Congressional Management Foundation. February 2017.