MEMO: Time for House Republicans to Walk the Walk on Immigration Reform


To: Reps. Denham, Ros-Lehtinen, and Valadao
CC: 27 Additional Republicans Supporting Immigration Reform and a Pathway to Citizenship
Fr:  Democratic Leader’s Press Office
Dt: March 28, 2014
Re: Time for House Republicans to Walk the Walk on Immigration Reform

This week, House Democrats launched a discharge petition to #DemandAVote on H.R. 15, the comprehensive immigration reform legislation you have cosponsored.  So far, 171 House Democrats have signed the petition, but no Republicans have jumped on board.

In fact, you told POLITICO that you have no intention of forcing the bill to the floor:

“No, there’s just no way,” said Rep. David Valadao

A spokesman for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said she would not sign one.

And Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) also said he is a “no.”

We urge you to reconsider.  Speaker Boehner and the House Republican Conference have done little more than give political lip service to this critical issue impacting millions of families.  Forcing a vote is the only way we will get them to act.  The American public is calling for this:

79 percent of Americans support comprehensive immigration reform (CIR);

Over 600 business organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce;

H.R 15 would reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion;

Religious leaders have called for immediate action;

Newspaper editorials nationwide are fed up with the House’s inaction and excuses.

Also, support for comprehensive immigration reform is reflected among your constituents:

77 percent of Congressman Valadao’s constituents, including 75 percent of Republicans support CIR;

72 percent of Congressman Denham’s constituents, including 68 percent of Republicans support CIR;

And over 70 percent of Floridians – Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s home state – including 71 percent of Republicans have demonstrated their support for CIR.

Yesterday, Rep. Denham said “immigration reform will get done this year.”  If we work together, we can bring bipartisan legislation to the floor for a vote and make that statement a reality.

How much longer will families and our country have to wait?  It’s time to demonstrate to the American people that you are serious about doing everything in your power to get immigration reform done.

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