Immigration reform is alive and well.
Despite strong words from certain House Republicans, GOP leadership has shown that it is serious on tackling immigration reform in the months to come.
Later this month, House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican leadership team will release their “standards or principles document” for immigration reform, according to the New York Times.
Its release signals a new push by House Republicans to take action on immigration reform, several months after the Senate overwhelmingly passed its own bipartisan legislation.
While it’s unclear exactly what the outline will include, border security is sure to be a top issue. Republicans have long said that they oppose a pathway to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the country. However, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte yesterday told Telemundo that he sees “no reason” why there can’t be legalization for the undocumented.
Momentum is clearly gaining for immigration reform. A few months ago, House Republican leadership showed no signs of budging on this issue, and seemed content with the status quo. That has clearly changed.
With a renewed effort in 2014, our movement can move this issue forward. Keep pushing your local elected officials to support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship and let’s bring 11 million aspiring Americans out of the shadows.