Saturday, August 2, 2014

Congress in Recess, Immigration Reform Stalled, Again

UPDATE 8/6: The Senate didn't take action on the bill passed by the House of Representatives intended to block the Obama Administration Executive Order granting undocumented youth temporary legal status (DACA). Congress will return in session September 8. The bill might come embedded in another bill before the year ends, but with no chance to pass in the Senate.

Recently, DREAMers Erika and Cesar confronted Rep. Steve King of Iowa over his anti-immigrant votes. Steve King is doing everything he can to move the GOP backward instead of forward on immigration, and the House Republican vote to kill DACA and deport DREAMers confirms it.

That's why we need President Obama to deliver with a bold executive action! DREAMers like Erika and Cesar aren't afraid of Steve King, so why should President Obama be?

8/2 - Whew. Yesterday, the House GOP took their dysfunction and their hateful agenda in Congress to a new level! They put extremist Steve King in the driver’s seat. You know, the chief architect of some of the worst anti-immigrant bills in Congress?

Republicans not only skipped their first day of vacation so Rep. King could get yet another vote to end DACA, but they ceded border control to him at the cost of children fleeing violence. Thankfully, these bills will never get past the Senate, but it’s never been clearer that Republicans are anti-immigrant to the core and we must blow past them if we want a victory for our families.

Here's the bottom line: Congress has become such a mess that President Obama must take action. He must act to address the humanitarian crisis at the border, and he must act to protect those that would have been covered by the bi-partisan immigration bill.

This is what we know:

Republicans voted to send Central American children who are fleeing murder and rape back to the violence they escaped.

Republicans voted to gut DACA, which protects DREAMers who are American in all but paperwork.

Republicans voted to block the President from taking much-needed executive action.

We know our allies in the Senate will put their feet down and stop this anti-immigrant legislation from going forward, but with Steve King running the immigration agenda for Republicans, there is no way Congress can address our broken immigration system.

President Obama has already said he's "going to have to act alone" in the face of Republican obstruction, and they're determined to stop him at all costs. It's just another example of why President Obama must be the adult in the room and act for our families!

Gabe Ortiz
America's Voice

The Never Ending Gridlock 

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., went on a pair of highly charged rants against Republicans during a press conference held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Friday, saying that Republicans consider Hispanics “a vile, repugnant community” and that they “vilify and demonize” that community “in every one of their statements.”

Taking aim at conservatives, he said, “[A]pparently the loudest, meanest, most vile voices are the ones that are the ones dominating their caucus.”

The bill, will not, however, be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate, which has already adjourned for the August recess.

On Thursday night, while Republicans were forced to amend their proposal, the Senate also failed to progress legislation that addressed the crisis, and could not push forward a bill before leaving for congressional recess.

However, senators approved and sent bills to Obama that aim to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and extend federal funding for large road construction projects for nine months.

The familiar gridlock in Congress makes it likely that the government will not be able to address the immigration crisis until at least mid-September.

Lawmakers have now stalled on immigration reform for the second year in a row. The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill in June 2013 that provides a pathway to citizenship for the country's estimated 11 million immigrants. However, the House refuses to take up the comprehensive legislation.

The failure of Congress, and particularly Republicans, to pass an immigration reform bill is projected to cost them crucial Latino votes in midterm elections this November.

—> Edited by Anibal Ibarra

1 comment:

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