Sample Letters

Here are some sample letters you can use to create your own.  You can select the text below and copy/paste it into your favorite editor.  Modify your letter as necessary, and send it by using one of the links at the bottom of this page.  At this time, email is probably the best method.  The links at the end of this page will help you find the contact information for representatives and editors.  When writing letters to the editor of major newspapers, check their submission rules on their websites.  Most will have limits for the number of words in the letters they publish, and almost all require basic contact information from you.

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Sample letters for government representatives

ACTION ALERT Sample:

Dear

Please co-sponsor and support H.R. 2688 – U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo “Repeal of Authorities Relating to H-1B Visas for Temporary Workers” and HR 2702 – U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro “L-1 Non-Immigrant Reform Act”

U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro introduced HR 2702, a comprehensive bill to close the loopholes in the L-1 visa program which currently allow corporations to bring in lower wage labor at the expense of American workers. The L-1 visa category refers to a non-immigrant visa that permits multinational firms to transfer personnel to their locations in the U.S. for 5 to 7 years. The L-1 visa program has no safeguards in place to ensure that corporations do not abuse this program.

U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo introduced HR 2688, a bill that would stop the H-1B program from displacing American workers.  The H-1B program has already displaced over 1.5 million American citizens in the workplace.  H.R. 2688 stops this American worker replacement program from inflicting further damage to our American citizens and our economy.  H.R. 2688 puts American citizens back to work.

It is estimated that over one million Information Technology workers are on the street looking for work. I am one of them.  Please allow me to once again be a productive member of society by helping me get back to work in my chosen profession.

Thank you!

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to support elimination of guest worker programs

Dear

We must not continue to import millions of foreign workers while 15 million Americans are having trouble finding a job. Please use your position of leadership to do what is right for America, American workers, and the American economy.

The labor market regulates itself, if not manipulated. It adjusts supply and demand, sets wages upward or downward according to actual need. Yet our government has been pouring massive numbers of temporary foreign guest workers into the labor market. Isn’t this simply government intervention in the marketplace?

How do  you explain to American workers who have lost their jobs why Corporate America should be subsidized for hiring foreign workers?

Businesses that don’t use foreign worker programs should not be penalized because their competitors are getting a government subsidy through cheap foreign labor. In fact, by 3 to 1, small business owners belonging to National Federation of Independent Business oppose guest worker programs and amnesties.

Please stand up for small business owners and hardworking Americans and eliminate these American worker replacement programs disguised as guest worker programs.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to support elimination of non-immigrant guest worker visa programs and to create an offshoring penalty

Dear,

The addiction US employers have for exploiting non-immigrant guest worker visa programs and sending jobs overseas has caused significant losses in wealth and prosperity to middle-class Americans, and significant losses in wealth to our states, cities, and communities. American workers are fighting a daily battle to remain employed and earn an American wage in an environment that gives preference to cheaper foreign labor.

The massive number of cheaper foreign workers these visa programs have brought into the US workforce has resulted in career changes for millions of American workers who have permanently lost their jobs in their chosen profession. Non-immigrant guest worker visas have seriously undermined and compromised the US workforce. The suffering these programs have inflicted will be felt for generations of US workers in the future.

American worker replacement programs will ultimately result in our country losing the ability to provide for itself. US employers are leaving millions of American workers behind without a job or a future. This is a permanent loss of American jobs and capital from our country.

One can only conclude:

1) Non-immigrant guest worker visa programs are not needed, and must be abolished. Their use for replacing American workers on our own soil and their use as tools for sending US jobs offshore is well documented. Hiring guest workers instead of US workers and using guest worker visas to drive down the wages of American workers trying to earn an American wage must end immediately.

2) The addiction of US employers sending jobs overseas in search of cheaper labor is a sickness that must be cured by creating off-shoring penalties that will offset the economic imbalances in wage competition between workers in third-world countries and US workers.

Please stand up for the American worker and do what is right on this issue.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to oppose the new Bush guest worker proposal

Dear,

I am concerned about President Bush’s support for a guest worker program. Please oppose it.  This proposal is being “SOLD” as a program that fills jobs that American workers won’t do.  However, this is not the truth.

Margaret Spellings from the White House spoke on Friday (Jan 16th) at a forum on the president’s immigration plan at the CATO Institute. She made it clear that the plan would definitely include high-skilled workers. In other words, it would make H-1B and L-1 high-tech visas obsolete.

The Bush plan does NOTHING to stop illegal immigration, because the employers who already hire them will continue to do so to save money. The employers of illegals today would not want to pay health insurance, Social Security, workman’s comp etc.. Most jobs done by illegals now would CONTINUE to be done by illegals. Therefore, this plan wouldn’t make even a small dent in illegal immigration.

The real effect (and likely, the real intention) of the Bush plan is to open all jobs in the U.S. (EACH AND EVERY ONE) to the lowest bidder–and, given the disparities in standards of living, the lowest bids will be very low indeed.

What we have here is yet another American worker replacement program!

Imagine your boss coming to you and saying: “I’m going to post your job on the new guest worker program website and put your job up for bid… And if no American will take the job at the cheaper rate I want to pay, I will import a cheaper foreign worker to take your job…” That’s the Bush plan!  Do not let this happen to America.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to oppose the new Bush guest worker proposal

Dear,

I hope you will work against the President’s recent proposal to create a massive foreign worker importation program.

History is full of examples of failed temporary guest workers programs. Guest worker programs are displacing American workers and driving down wages in all job categories, including the so-called jobs that American workers won’t do.

In my opinion, fair and secure immigration reform would not open the door to millions of foreign workers while 15 million Americans are having trouble finding a job. Please use your position of leadership to prevent the President’s plan from moving forward.

The President’s guest worker program is built on a series of misconceptions that revolve around the assumption that American workers are fully employed with good wages.

The facts tell a different story.

There are 15 million Americans who can’t find a full time job.

Almost half (49%) of black men without a college degree are jobless.

The nation has 3.5 million fewer jobs now than when the President took office.

In light of these facts, a massive guest worker program seems nothing short of irresponsible.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to support a reduction in visas for foreign programmers

Dear

Please consider measures that would reform the H-1B program and protect American workers from job displacement resulting from the importation of foreign high-tech workers.

Under current law, over a half a million foreign high-tech workers will be admitted to the U.S. over the next three years, an all-time high!  American employers imported 382,000 H-1B workers last year. During the same period, high tech companies announced over 600,000 job cuts.

At a time of increased layoffs and rising unemployment rates (especially in high-tech fields), one must question the sense in continuing to import foreign high-tech workers.

American workers do not have protection against this government-sponsored worker replacement program. Any company can (and most do) hire H-1B workers and replace their American citizen workers for monetary reasons.

It’s time for legislation that would limit the annual number of H-1B visas and allow for a reduction in such numbers based on U.S. unemployment rates, if necessary.

Please stand up for the American worker and do what is right on this issue.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to abolish the H-1B program

Dear

Please abolish the H-1B visa program and protect American high-tech workers from job displacement resulting from the importation of foreign high-tech workers.

The truth is that there is not a shortage of American high-tech workers.  There never has been.  The industry wanted cheap high-tech labor and manufactured a “shortage” claim to get Congress to increase the H-1B visa quota.  Formal studies by highly pro-business groups such as the National Research Council, the Department of Commerce, and the Computing Research Association, etc. have all found that they could not confirm the shortage claim.

At a time of increased layoffs, rising unemployment rates (especially in high-tech fields), and national security concerns, one must question the sense in continuing to import foreign high-tech workers.

American workers are being replaced by foreigners by this government-sponsored worker replacement program. Companies are abusing the H-1B program, and using it to replace American citizens with cheaper foreign labor.

It’s time to stop the H-1B program, and give American high-tech workers their jobs back.

Please stand up for the American worker and do what is right on this issue.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your representative to reform the H-1B program

Dear

Please consider measures that would reform the H-1B program and protect American workers from job displacement resulting from the importation of foreign high-tech workers.

Under current law, over a half a million foreign high-tech workers will be admitted to the U.S. over the next three years, an all-time high! American employers imported 382,000 H-1B workers last year. During the same period, high tech companies announced over 600,000 job cuts.

At a time of increased layoffs and rising unemployment rates (especially in high-tech fields), one must question the sense in continuing to import foreign high-tech workers.

American workers do not have protection against this government-sponsored worker replacement program. Any company, once they acquire an H-1B worker, can let another go. Any company can (and most do) hire H-1B workers and replace their American citizen workers for monetary reasons.

It’s time for legislation that would limit the annual number of H-1B visas and allow for a reduction in such numbers based on U.S. unemployment rates, if necessary.

Please stand up for the American worker and do what is right on this issue.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your representative to stop the abuse of the H-1B program

Dear

After a year of mass layoffs of programmers, it is time for a moratorium on all H-1B visas.

Please look up the website www.ZaZona.com

There you will find information on how the H-1B visa is actually being used to replace American workers — even though it is supposed to be used to hire highly skilled foreign workers for jobs for which there are no Americans available.

You will see lists of companies that hire H-1B workers for thousands of dollars less than their American counterparts. The source of this information: actual requests from each company using the H-1B visa, as filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.

The disparaging salary each H1 employee receives provides proof, but not the only proof, of a problem with this controversial program.

The General Accounting Office recently published “H-1B Foreign Workers: Better Controls Needed to Help Employers and Protect Workers” showing problems with H-1B. Among their findings:

“The program is vulnerable to abuse – both by employers who do not have bona fide jobs to fill or do not meet required labor conditions, and by potential workers who present false credentials.” (page 15)

“According to ETA (Employment and Training Administration) officials, even if they know a prevailing wage [on an application] is incorrect, they must approve the LCA (Labor Certification Application).” (page 16)

“The Department of Labor ‘cannot initiate enforcement actions’ even if it believes employers are violating the law.” (page 4)

Workers do not have protection against this government sponsored worker replacement program. Any company, once they acquire an H-1B worker, can let another go.

Under current law, in the next 3 years – over 1.2 million H-1B visas will be distributed.

Please make every effort this year to stop this abusive hiring practice by repealing the H1-B visa program unless real worker protections can be implemented.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your representative to support H.R. 3222

Dear

Tom Tancredo’s H.R. 3222 would reduce the number of H-1B visas granted annually. Please cosponsor this legislation.

As signs of a recession continue to grow, I can’t help but wonder why our government is continuing to import foreign high-tech workers at record levels.

As a result of the H-1B quota increases passed by Congress, H-1B visas are now at an all time high and over a half a million foreign high-tech workers will come to the United States over the next three years as a result.

There are unemployed and underemployed Americans who could fill those jobs!

Please support a reduction in the annual limit of H-1B visas and provisions that would allow for fluctuations of the cap based on unemployment rates.

Thank you,

SAMPLE: Ask your representative to support H.R. 3222

Dear

American programmers and other high-tech workers are being laid off, yet we continue to import foreign, high-tech workers. WHY?

In light of fact that our economy has slowed and unemployment rates are rising, doesn’t it seem sensible that we should re-evaluate our foreign worker importation programs?

H.R. 3222 would do just that. It would reduce the number of H-1B visas to its tradition level of 65,000 a year and allow for further reductions based on unemployment rates if necessary.

American workers have little protection against the H-1B program. It displaces many workers and depresses the wages for all of the rest.

Please rethink this foreign worker importation program.

Thank you,

SAMPLE : Ask your Pro-H-1B representative to support H.R. 3222

Dear

Under current law, over a half a million foreign high-tech workers will be admitted to the U.S. over the next three years, an all-time high!

At a time of increased layoffs and rising unemployment rates (especially in high-tech fields), one must question the sense in continuing to import foreign high-tech workers.

American workers have no protection against this government sponsored worker replacement program. Any company, once they acquire an H-1B worker, can let another go.  American employers imported 382,000 H-1B workers last year. During the same period, high tech companies announced over 600,000 job cuts.

H.R. 3222 would reduce the annual limit on H-1B visas to 65,000 a year and allow for a reduction in such numbers based on U.S. unemployment rates if necessary.

The job market for computer professionals is terrible. Your support of H-1B has put hundreds of thousands of qualified American citizens on the unemployment role. If you have any doubt about the damage H-1B has done, I invite you to visit the website at www.HireAmericanCitizens.org.

Thank you,

Sample letters for writing editors of newspapers and other media

SAMPLE 1: The American High-Tech Worker Shortage Myth

Dear editor,

The truth is there is not a shortage of American High-tech workers.  There never has been.  The industry wanted more cheap high-tech labor and manufactured a “shortage” claim to get Congress to increase the H-1B visa quota.  Formal studies have repeatedly failed to confirm a shortage.

According to Dr. Matloff of The University of California at Davis, ”Studies by highly pro-business groups such as the National Research Council, the Department of Commerce, the Computing Research Association, etc. have all found that they could not confirm the shortage claim.”  He goes on to say, “Employers only hire about 2% of their software applicants, and they admit that they reject the vast majority of applicants without even an interview.  Software employers, large or small, across the nation, concede that they receive huge numbers of resumes.”

In 1997 industry lobbyists claimed more H-1B visas were needed to address a programmer shortage.  The Department of Commerce was, at that time, in complete embarrassing alliance with these lobbyists.  However, in 1999 and 2000 the Department of Commerce reported that the available data does not confirm the industry’s shortage claims.  Phillip J. Bond (Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology — Department of Commerce) reaffirmed in January 2002, their position that the available data over the past several years have not confirmed the industry lobbyists’ claims of an IT labor shortage.

The underlying evidence is at the employer level.  Employers, headhunters, and recruiters freely admit that there are plenty of American programmers available.

If Congress can needlessly flood the high-tech labor market, they can do it to your job also.

Thank you,

SAMPLE 2: Congress Decides Who Will Pursue The American Dream

Dear editor,

The American Dream is every citizen’s right to pursue.  Correct?  Wrong, congress really decides who does and who doesn’t.

First look at the owners of major league baseball clubs.  Congress has granted them an exemption from the anti-trust laws leaving them free to manipulate the market and grow wealthy beyond comprehension.

Then look at American high-tech workers.  Late in the 90’s with Y2K work and the dot-com explosion the demand for workers with specific high-tech skills was very high.  Their salaries rose, as they would in a market economy.  But big business was unwilling to pay so they fabricated a worker shortage myth.  Congress responded to their request and flooded the market with high-tech labor from overseas using the H-1B visa program.  Y2K and the dot-com explosion ended long ago.  Today the national unemployment rate is high, but the high-tech unemployment rate is even higher.  Countless small high-tech businesses have been forced to close.

I know life isn’t fair, but none of us need congress to tip the scale and take from us our right to pursue the American Dream.

Thank you,


Please write your elected officials and the news media about this issue.  The following links make it easy to do…


The White House website
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U.S. Senate website
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U.S. House of Representatives website
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