Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Important Message about Immigration Reform

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Jun 19, 2013



Below is an important announcement from our UULMNJ Immigration Task Force concerning our new NJ Senator. Call or write ASAP.

Urge New Jersey Unitarian Universalists to Tell

Senator Jeff Chiesa to Support S. 744 for Fair Immigration Reform

As you know, with the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg, Governor Christie has appointed Jeff Chiesa to the U.S. Senate for a temporary term of several months, until a special election chooses the next Senator from New Jersey.  Senator Chiesa is a conservative Republican.  His term of service coincides with the Senate’s consideration of S. 744, the bipartisan bill for comprehensive immigration reform.  We urge all UUs in New Jersey to contact Senator Chiesa’s office and urge him to support S. 744.

From the perspective of most Unitarian Universalists, this bill is not perfect, of course.  It is a compromise.  But there is no doubt that our current immigration system is broken, and this bill is the best chance for comprehensive reform that has arisen in quite a few years.  Our other New Jersey Senator, Robert Menendez, has been a leader on the side of fair and compassionate immigration reform, and he is one of the senators who crafted this compromise.

Senator Chiesa’s position on S. 744 is unknown.  We urge UUs to contact his office and urge him to come out in support of this compromise bill that would provide a means for fair treatment of immigrants, both those who come here with official papers and those who are undocumented.

Contact Senator Chiesa at 202/224-3224.  His email address is  His mailing address is Senator Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510.   The message is simple — support S. 744 for fair and comprehensive immigration reform.

Again, we urge you to contact the Senator’s office as soon as you can.

UULMNJ Task Force on Immigration

Ted Fetter, chair