Action items - IFIRE
Inform yourself. The better you understand the history and impact of immigration, the more convincing you will be when speaking or writing about it. Please visit our Articles page for a list of recommended authors and articles and check out our Links page for many informative websites. The ones with stars are among our favorites. Familiarize yourself with immigration law at the following easy to understand links:
Sign up for our IFIRE INFORMER newsletter. IFIRE will email newsletters periodically to keep you informed of the latest immigration developments in Indiana and the nation.
Write or telephone your local, state and federal legislators. One letter or phone call can make a tremendous difference. Usually, telephone calls carry the most impact, followed by regular mail, then faxes and finally emails, which are easy to ignore. See this complete list of telephone, fax and email information for Indianaís federal and state legislators.
Another wonderful resource is www.FirstGov.gov. There, you will find links to city, county, state and federal government offices for all 50 states. You can also find information on our laws, read important documents like the Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as accessing Census Bureau and Homeland Security information.
The toll-free number to reach any federal congressional office is (877) 762-8762. If that number is busy, you may also call them at (202) 224-3121. Address letters to U.S. Senators: The Honorable [Name of Senator], United States Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510. Address letters to Representatives: The Honorable [Name of Representative], United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515
Send free, pre-written faxes at www.NumbersUSA.com. You may add your own words to the faxes. This is also a good resource for brief explanations of legislation and talking points to review prior to calling your representative. Another good source for faxing and reliable immigration information is www.fairus.org.
Donate to reputable immigration reform groups. Unlike the open borders groups who are funded by large corporations, IFIRE is run entirely by unpaid volunteers using their own time and money to bring you this website and to keep you and the community informed on immigration matters. All donations are greatly appreciated and 100% of your money will be applied to this cause. In addition to the costs of creating and maintaining this website, we also incur costs for such things as purchasing educational videos and brochures, copying, printing, mailing and renting a Post Office Box. Please consider sending a modest contribution (not tax-deductible) to:
P.O. Box 297
Valparaiso, IN 46384
Get on immigration reform group email update lists. We recommend Numbers USA and FAIR. These organizations will keep you informed of pending immigration legislation and provide you with quick and easy ways to take action. (Please see our links page for many other reliable organizations.)
Be an IFIRE reporter. Email us links to significant immigration stories from your local newspaper. See the Indiana Newspaper and News Media Guide.
Write to newspapers and magazines. Visit our Articles page for examples of letters to the editor. If you need advice or a statistic, email us for help with your letter. Your letters should be well written, respectful and make a clear and forceful point. Writing is a very important contribution. Your friends and neighbors may not yet be aware of the negative impact of uncontrolled immigration on our state and country. Even if your letter isnít selected for printing, it still demonstrates that people are concerned about immigration and makes it more likely that somebodyís letter will be printed, even if itís not yours. For general tips on writing letters to the editor, visit Rescue American Jobs and see examples of letters on our articles page.
Show respect and integrity. Immigrants are just ordinary human beings who come here from someplace else. It is important that you speak of them and treat them with respect. Our problem is with governments, not individual immigrants. Your job is to add your voice to the chorus of American citizens to gain the attention of and appropriate action from our legislators to enforce our immigration laws and return sanity to our immigration policies. Remember, our cause is not about race; itís about numbers. If you believe it is about race, please do not contact our organization.
Tell a friend. Some people are reluctant to become involved in immigration reform because they are afraid that they will be called uncompassionate (read about the ethics of our movement at NumbersUSA.com), or because they think nothing they do will make a difference (read how one person can make a difference at Rescue American Jobs ) You must help people understand that they can make a difference. It isnít enough that most Americans want less immigration. We must make our voices heard now or the well-financed and vocal pro-immigration special interests will win.
VOTE! See how the presidential candidates compare on the issue of immigration at BetterImmigration.com. View the immigration report cards for the Indiana delegation to the U.S. Congress at BetterImmigration.com. And remember: Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
Gather signatures on Petitions. Please print out our petition, gather signatures and return it to IFIRE, P.O. Box 297, Valparaiso, IN 46384. If you do not have a printer, contact us and weíll mail you a copy. If you just get the signatures of friends and co-workers, it will be a help. If you are shy, take a friend with you. Many people are happy to sign these petitions and are just waiting for an opportunity to let the politicians know how they feel.
Attend meetings or join a group. If you live in NW Indiana, especially in Lake or Porter County, contact IFIRE about the site of our next meeting. We can also put you in touch with other groups in the state. If you would like to start your own group, we can help you get started. When you contact IFIRE about joining or forming a group, be sure to include the name of your county in the ďcommentsĒ box so we can match you with people in your area.
Report Suspected Illegal Aliens and Other Violations of Law. For numerous ways to report illegal aliens and other violations of law, see this article. Also, ReportIllegals.us will report illegals for you for a modest fee.
You may also call IRS at 1-800-829-0433 to report suspected tax crimes. Your call will be kept confidential and you may remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a reward. For more details, see this IRS information.
Past EventsNational Protest
IFIRE, the Minutemen and other groups protested from coast to coast (NJ to CA) and border to border (IL to TX) and places in between (GA) in protesting Mexican meddling in U.S. affairs on February 25, 2006 at the Mexican Consulates (see the list below of 45 locations). More information:
- Minuteman Project standard operating procedures.
- Mexican Consulate offices.
- protest participants across the U.S.
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- News release
- Guide for the Mexican Migrant - a comic book published by the Mexican government showing their people how to sneak into the U.S.