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As you may be aware, Congress is currently considering legislation that would overhaul our immigration system. A section of S.744 the Senate immigration bill (which is still in Committee) regarding “the prevention of trafficking of persons” labels international camp staff and other exchange visitors as “workers,” not as the cultural exchange participants they are — and have been since the inception of the program. If this change is made, it would:

1. Endanger the future of this important cultural exchange program — perhaps threatening their viability entirely.

2. Make participation significantly more expensive for camps by creating new government programmatic fees.

3. Create more regulatory complexity and confusion for camps by transferring a portion of the programs' authority from the Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security.

ACA has made advocacy very easy; simply visit http://www.capwiz.com/acacamps/issues/alert/?alertid=62654931 and you can edit the template letter. Then, with one click, you can send it to your senators!