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March 7, 2013

Congressman Graves To Talk Immigration Reform, Small Business in Memphis

U.S. Representative Sam Graves will be in Memphis on Friday for a public forum.

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves will be in Memphis on Friday, March 8th to talk about immigration reform and small business. Graves will discuss legislation he has introduced to secure America's borders, clarify and enforce existing laws, and enable a practical employer verification program.

The legislative update will be held at Keith's Cafe beginning at 1 p.m. The visit is open to the public, but because of space an RSVP is requested. You can RSVP by calling (816) 401-5157 or emailing

Graves now represents all of North Missouri in Washington. He serves as the Chairman of the Small Business Committee as well as on the Transportation Committee.

The congressman is a lifelong resident of Missouri's Sixth Congressional District. The district consists of 36 counties: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, part of Audrain, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clark, part of Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, part of Jackson, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Mercer, Nodaway, Pike, Platte, Putnam, Ralls, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, and Worth.

Graves, a sixth-generation, full-time family farmer from Tarkio, won his first race for State Representative in 1992. He also served as state senator before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 2000.

Local constituents voted for Graves for the first time in 2012 as Scotland County became part of the 6th District following district realignment.

In Memphis, Graves will address his Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2013 or SAVE Act of 2013 that he is sponsoring in the House.

The proposed legislation sets forth border security and enforcement provisions, including provisions respecting increases in Border Patrol and investigative personnel, recruitment of former military personnel and use of Department of Defense (DOD) equipment. The bill also calls for infrastructure improvements, aerial and other surveillance, a national strategy to secure the borders, accountable financing under the Secure Border Initiative, emergency deployment of Border Patrol agents, and expansion of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism along the northern and southern borders.

The Congressman also recently issued House Resolution 30 along with 131 fellow congressmen and women, urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.

"I do not support the United States Postal Service plan to end Saturday delivery," the congressman stated. "The USPS does need reform, however, reducing core services is not a long-term plan. I worry that reducing services will lead to other reductions like closing rural post offices."

"There is still a large group of people - particularly in rural areas - whose lifeline to the outside world is the Postal Service. Whether it's their social security check, an important document, or even just a card from a loved one. I've introduced a sense of Congress, asking the postal service to keep mail delivery at 6 days a week."

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