ACTION ALERT!!! RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS GUT U.S. DIVERSITY IMMIGRATION PROGRAM!!!

Dear Friends:

    This is my first dairy post and I am pleading for your help in this situation. On December 16, 2005, the US House of Representatives voted 273-148 for an amendment to HR 4437 "Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act" that effectively eliminated the US State Department Sponsored DV Lottery Program. According to the US State Department website
 "The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants" (DV immigrants). The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States."
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html

This program works as a blind lottery and applicants are randomly selected by a computer system. According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS: website:
"The State Department (DOS) holds the lottery every year, and randomly selects approximately 110,000 applicants from all qualified entries. The DOS selects the approximately 110,000 applications since many will not complete the visa process. However once 55,000 are issued or the fiscal year ends, the DV program is closed "
http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/residency/divvisa.htm

"Applicants registered for the DV-2005 program were selected at random from over 6.3 million qualified entries received during the 60-day application period that ran from 12:00 AM on November 5, 2004, until midnight, January 7, 2005. The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in any single country. During the visa interview, principal applicants must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or show two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience within the past five years. Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications quickly. Last year, Applicants registered for the DV-2005 program were selected at random from over 6.3 million qualified entries received during the 60-day application period that ran from 12:00 AM on November 5, 2004, until midnight, January 7, 2005."
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1317.html

This means that one basically has a 0.7937% chance of being selected after properly filing out and submitting an application. Nevertheless, receipt of notification of a successful selection does not guarantee that the individual will obtain an alien resident permit (or green card) as noted again by USCIS

"Only the winners will be notified by mail at the addresses listed on their applications. Winners will be sent instructions and information on fees. Being selected as a winner in the diversity visa lottery does not automatically guarantee that you will be issued a visa, even if you are qualified. The number of entries selected is greater than the number of immigrant visas available, because not everyone selected will be qualified for the visa or will choose to complete the processing. Once all 50,000 visas have been issued, the diversity visa program for the year will end."

http://uscis.gov/graphics/howdoi/divlott.htm

However, US Rep Robert Goodlatte (R-VA: http://www.house.gov/goodlatte/), successfully inserted his amendment that simply states "Amendment to eliminate the visa lottery program". No IFS, ANDS or BUTS. Mr. Goodlatte then issued the following press statement

"The visa lottery system poses a national security threat.  Under the program, each successful applicant is chosen at random and given the status of permanent resident based on pure luck," Goodlatte said.  "Usually, immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals who have an existing connection with a family member lawfully residing in the United States or with a U.S. employer.  These types of relationships help to ensure that immigrants entering the country have a stake in our nation's continued success, and have needed skills to contribute to our nation's economy.  However, under the visa lottery program, visas are awarded to immigrants."
http://www.house.gov/goodlatte/

Mr. Goodlatte's statement clearly contradicts the spirit and operating mechanics of the DV Lottery program and appears geared towards feeding the hysterics of xenophobic elements in certain quarters of this country. Mr. Goodlatte along with 214 House Republicans (and 57 House Democrats and Bernie Sanders of VT (of all people!!!)), do not believe in a fair and equal shot for millions of citizens who simply want a better life for themselves and their families. THIS AMENDMENT IS ANTI-FAMILY AND IS DISRIMINATORY AND WRONGFULLY PENALIZES individuals who simply seek a better life. Allowing this to become law will shut the door to countless immigrants who like the previous immigrants who helped to establish this republic, want to live a better and safer life. Immigrants gladly contribute to the development and pump billions of dollars into its tax base. Most immigrants pay taxes and work hard and are law abiding citizens. This law will create an unequal playing field for millions of innocent individuals and wrongfully reward the efforts of corrupt dictators and wealthy foreigners who can (and in many cases with ill gotten wealth) go and live anywhere they want while middle income and regular citizens are shut out from pursuing their dream for a better life. THIS IS UNFAIR AND INHUMANE AND I ASK YOU TO PLEASE HELP DEFEAT IT IN THE US SENATE!!!

Please contact your U.S. Senators and tell them TO SUPPORT REAL FAMILY VALUES AND GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK A BETTER LIFE IN A FAIR AND JUST MANNER!!! RESTORE THE DV LOTTERY PROGRAM

Thank you and please spread the word

List of US Senators can be obtained at:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

You may also contact the White House at

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

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