How Many House Members Does it Take to Screw Up Immigration Reform?
Two, Say Boehner and McCarthy
Not so fast, say immigration reform advocates. We are determined to win.
Blocking reform is to the detriment of GOP and Democratic leaders.
Los Angeles, CA – The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) cautioned Democratic and GOP leaders in Congress it could be to their detriment if immigration reform legislation does not move in 2014. Late last week, House Speaker Boehner and Majority Whip McCarthy seemed to indicate immigration reform would not move forward in 2014 in spite of recent statements to the contrary made by both. CHIRLA, in collaboration with national, regional, and state networks fighting for immigration reform, vowed to step up the pressure on the GOP, Democratic leadership and the White House until we win dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented workers living in the U.S. Read statement after the break.
The following are statements for Angelica Salas, executive director for CHIRLA.
“We have had enough of Speaker Boehner and Representative McCarthy trying to flip-flop their way out of immigration reform. And we are still waiting for Democratic leaders to raise their voice in opposition to this latest of all shameful and cowardly stalling techniques. The House GOP’s inaction, lame excuses, and duplicity is an affront to core American values, our families, our communities, and our nation’s future.
The fight for immigration reform is personal for us and we intend to step up the pressure on Democrats, Republicans, and the White House until we win dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented workers living in the U.S. and the additional countless Americans whose lives are directly affected by this impasse.
Mr. Boehner and Mr. McCarthy must find it convenient to govern and lead from closed district offices or well-guarded Washington buildings but they forget the American people issued a mandate in 2012 calling for a permanent fix to a broken, cruel, un-American immigration system. Just like in November 2012, CHIRLA will continue to mobilize voters, citizens in key districts, and families impacted by the costly, unruly, and inhumane immigration laws, to remind House leaders why a no vote on immigration with a path to citizenship will not be tolerated.
As the shameful two-million deportations record comes to pass, the next few weeks will usher more than cherry blossoms to Washington, DC should Speaker Boehner, Majority Whip McCarthy, and President Obama not get their act together and stop screwing up the chances for immigration reform in 2014.”