Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Blog

By Maha Sayed
Legal Fellow

Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday said the House of Representatives will not consider the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate, and will therefore eliminate any prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to pass Congress this year. In his statement, Boehner made clear that the House leadership has “no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill,” presenting a major obstacle for immigration reform advocates and pushing the issue to 2014.

The Senate bill takes a comprehensive approach to this complex issue, and would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants working and living in the U.S. as well as tightening border security. Additionally, the White House has previously asserted that if the Senate bill came up for a vote in the House, it would pass; however, the assertion will remain untested since House leadership refuses to allow a vote on the issue. Boehner insists that the House is focused on a piecemeal approach to immigration measures, further indicating that a solution on immigration reform is not likely this year.

Speaker Boehner and the House leadership should be working to do everything they can to stop the 1,120 families that are torn apart each day as a result of our broken immigration system. There is also a bipartisan majority ready to vote and pass immigration reform that will put all 11 million aspiring Americans on a path to citizenship and end our immigration crisis once and for all.  

As the current immigration system continues to burden our nation’s economy and national security, as well as place grave hardship on the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S., it is deeply disappointing that House Republicans refuse to bring a vote on a pivotal immigration legislation this year that would attempt to resolve one of our nation’s most imminent challenges. 


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