NumbersUSA: Dozens of groups across the nation are holding press events on May 21 to oppose the S. 744 amnesty bill. Is one near you?


Dear NumbersUSA Activists,

On Tuesday May 21st, various grassroots groups around the country will be banding together in protest of S744, the Gang of 8’s amnesty bill.

Our goal is to have a press conference and petition delivery happening in all 50 states next Tuesday. The group named Remember 1986 from Arizona is helping coordinate the press conferences.

The NumbersUSA petition will be delivered after the press conferences to US Senate offices.

Please see the Remember 1986 website here to locate events in your state.

Don’t see any in your state? Then we need your help! Please let NumbersUSA or Remember 1986 know if you would like to help coordinate a press conference!

We will provide you all the materials you need to have a successful press conferece.

We hope you will be a part of this wonderful, grassroots effort!

Email the NumbersUSA Activism team for more information:


NumbersUSA is pleased to notify our members about an exciting set of press conferences and petition-deliveries that are being organized by dozens of local and state-based organizations of many varieties. We think many of you live close enough to the events that you will want to attend, and maybe participate in the leadership of them.This is short notice for May 21, but that is the nature of truly grassroots efforts.

These events will especially spotlight three key factors about the Gang of Eight immigration bill:

  • It won’t stop the next amnesty: Its format of amnesty first and enforcement later is the same as the 1986 amnesty in which “later” never came and enforcement promises were all broken.
  • It is a heartless attack on the 20 million Americans who can’t find a full-time job: The bill doubles legal immigration to meet the desires of a gang of corporate lobbyists to continue to hold down wages. All-told, the bill offers 33 million lifetime work permits to 11 million illegal aliens and 22 million new immigrants in the first decade alone.
  • It adds a massive unfunded mandate to government spending and debt: The Heritage Foundation studied the costs of the bill only for the 11 million illegal aliens who would get the amnesty. It projected $9.4 trillion in government services over their lifetime, but only $3.1 trillion in taxes, leaving a net cost of $6.3 trillion.

The coalition called “Remember 1986,” based in Arizona, has taken the lead in coordinating press conferences. The coalitions press conference web site page, which you can view here, contains a list of planned events and tips for holding your own. The goal is to have at least one event in every state, preferably near the district offices of Senators.

If you are interested in participating in one of the planned events, please contact the coordinator noted on the website for your area. If you want to organize your own event, please inform the Remember 1986 team so they can include your information on their web site. Some may choose to hold signage at a street corner in their town on May 21st in lieu of a press conference. Those events need not be listed on the web site, but it would be helpful to let “Remember 1986” know.

At the request of the local organizers of this May 21 National Press Day, NumbersUSA is offering to print for delivery our petitions that have been signed by a state’s citizens to be delivered to the state’s Senators. You can obtain the signed petitions by contacting Melanie Oubre on our staff at

Prior to holding a press conference, an event host should send a media advisory to give reporters advance notice. On the day of the event, a press release should be distributed. Examples of both are included below. For a list of media outlets by state, contact me at You will find talking points on S. 744 here. We suggest printing copies for distribution at your event.

Please be sure to bring a camera and forward your event pictures to me. Thank you for your assistance.

Contact Information for National Press Day on Comprehensive Amnesty Bill (S. 744)

Organizing group: Remember 1986

Contact: Tim Raferty 480-203-1051;

Needed information: planned location and email/phone number of person(s) to be contacted by media.

Draft Press Release

May 21, 2013

Contact: X (XXX-XXX-XXXX;



CITY, STATE The citizens of (city or county) join in a coalition of citizen lobbyist and border control organizations on this day in calling on Congress to solve the illegal immigration crisis that has plagued the U.S. for decades. The “Remember 1986 Coalition” advocates for true immigration reform without a controversial amnesty element which has scuttled previous attempts at federal immigration legislation.

Our plan for true immigration reform includes:

  • Mandatory use of E-Verify by employers to ensure a legal workforce;
  • Enforcement of existing immigration laws;
  • Real border security with secure border fencing to prevent unlawful entry;
  • Reasonable annual legal immigration levels;
  • An end to birthright citizenship for children born to parents who are not citizens or Legal Permanent Residents; and
  • Corrections in guest worker programs to end fraud and abuse.

The Coalition is working to educate Members of Congress and the public about the adverse consequences of our ill-advised national immigration policies and to advocate real, common sense solutions that adjust our policies to the needs of the citizenry.

If passed by Congress, S. 744 would have disastrous consequences for American workers and taxpayers.

S. 744 would add 33 million foreign job seekers in the next decade alone. That would be like re-creating ALL of the Top 20 cities in the United States, filling them entirely with foreign citizens and giving them lifetime work permits to compete with America’s struggling workers — and in just 10 years time.

Every part of S. 744 was written as though America is facing a severe labor shortage crisis. But according to an April, 2013 Pulse Opinion Research poll, 70% of Americans disagree that America is faced with a labor shortage and needs more immigrant workers.

The Heritage Foundation released the results of its exhaustive study of the costs of giving amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens – $6.3 trillion net costs over the lifetimes of the amnesty recipients. Senators supporting S. 744 talk only about the costs in the first 10 years when the bill forbids use of most welfare and entitlements. The study agrees that during the first 10 years that net costs of the illegal aliens will go down as many illegal aliens start working ON the books. But the costs will explode around the 13th or 14th year and grow worse over the decades — trillions of dollars worse.

The 1986 amnesty signed into law by President Reagan failed because the enforcement measures were promises of what would come after the work permits and legalization were handed out. Nearly every form of enforcement that S. 744 promises — or at least recommends — was also promised in the 1986, 1990 and 1996 immigration acts. But those promises were never kept because there were never any guarantees in the bills.

Senators like Marco Rubio of Florida promised enforcement first before an amnesty. But the initial amnesty — legalization and work permits — comes first in S. 744. There are no hard enforcement triggers before the initial amnesty. According to an April, 2013 Pulse Opinion Research poll, only 26% of Americans agree with giving work permits before full border and workplace enforcement.

For more information, contact X (XXX-XXX-XXXX; locally or visit Remember 1986.


Draft Media Advisory






City or County, State The citizens of (City or County) join in a coalition of citizen lobbyist and border control organizations on this day in calling on Congress to solve the illegal immigration crisis that has plagued the U.S. for decades. The Remember 1986 Coalition will participate in the “No on S.744” National Day of action.

WHO: The Remember 1986 Coalition

WHAT: Press conference by citizens of (City or County) denounce comprehensive amnesty bill be urge calls on congress to remember the lessons of failed 1986 amnesty.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, (time)

WHERE: Location

VISUALS: Citizen lobbyists with signs

The Remember 1986 Coalition advocates for true immigration reform without a controversial amnesty element which has scuttled previous attempts at federal immigration legislation.

For additional information contact, contact X (XXX-XXX-XXXX;

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