In Washington, what began as a bipartisan push to reform America’s immigration system is at risk of breaking down as faithless Republicans like Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado back away from promises they made after last year’s elections.
Just weeks ago, an immigration reform compromise was hammered out by a group of Senators from both parties. Since then, members of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives have backed away from the support for immigration reform they showed after the 2012 elections. As demographics in America change, many Republicans understand that this is a problem in need of a permanent solution—and that anyone who gets in the way of that solution is risking their political career.
Unfortunately, House Republicans, including Colorado Republicans, would rather take that risk than allow President Obama a political victory. They’re willing to risk our economy and the well-being of millions of people to score the same old political points. Tell your member of Congress that enough is enough: it’s time to get behind comprehensive immigration reform today.
The Senate’s immigration reform bill as written today includes billions of dollars for border security, but that’s not enough for House Republicans—who are demanding more complications and hurdles for immigrants who want legal status, and additional so-called “triggers” to the bill that could delay meaningful immigration reform for years. Despite all the bipartisan work done on this issue in the last few months, a few hard-liners could scuttle the whole proposal and prevent a solution to this decades-old problem. That means real people will continue to suffer in America, continued uncertainty for American workers, and many more people stopped unfairly from realizing the American dream.
The time is now: make sure your member of Congress knows that you expect better than excuses and stonewalling. Tell the House of Representatives it’s time to get serious about immigration reform by supporting the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan proposal.
Thanks for standing up for what’s right.