Here’s an open letter to Dreamers:

Mary Jo Werner

Mary Jo Werner

What: Write immigration ideas to the member the U.S. House of Representatives located in the congressional districts where you live. Be specific in what you want in an immigration law and how it can fairly and positively impact the United States. Be clear about timeframes, requirements and other eligibility to become U.S. citizens.

When/due date: Nov. 11, 2017 (Veterans Day). Follow up with your congressmen and congresswomen two weeks after you submit your homework. Ask if they have any questions or need additional assistance from you. Monitor their progress. Also contact your U.S. senators in the state where you reside and give them a heads-up by submitting your ideas to them. Any bill passed by the House of Representatives needs to be passed by the U.S. Senate before becoming law.

Where: Submit your ideas to the congressmen and congresswomen where you live. Their addresses can be found by calling 1-202-224-3121 or at www.house.gov/representatives. For U.S. Senate addresses, contact www.senate.gov/reference.

Why: We need immigration laws in place to keep you here. Your parents moved you here. We educated you here. You have talents and gifts and there are many other reasons why we want to keep you here. You already know we are having trouble coming up with immigration law without you. We need your help.

Now, start writing.

Result: Your path to U.S. citizenship.

Mary Jo Werner is an attorney, CPA and a partner with Wipfli LLP, La Crosse. She is a community member of the La Crosse Tribune editorial board.

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