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);
H.R 15 would reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion;
Religious leaders have called for immediate action;
Also, support for comprehensive immigration reform is reflected among your constituents:
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.