Comprehensive Immigration Reformby Representative Janice Hahn
Posted on 2014-09-09
HAHN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Ms. HAHN. Madam Speaker, the news that the White House will not take
action this summer on immigration reform came as a huge disappointment,
not just to me, but to millions across this country. Our broken
immigration system hurts millions of families, and every day that we
delay leaves both these families and our economy suffering. But
immigration reform can and should come from Congress.
It has been well over a year since the Senate did their job and passed fair, bipartisan legislation that would bring people out of the shadows and on a pathway to citizenship. Let's not blame the President. Here in the House, my friends on the other side of the aisle have not brought the Senate bill to the floor for a vote. That is how we have comprehensive immigration reform not through executive orders. If we held a vote tomorrow, I am confident that it would pass.
Madam Speaker, it is time for my Republican friends to realize the damage that not taking up comprehensive immigration reform does to our Nation every day. This issue is too important to be put on the back burner until after the election. Enough is enough. It is time to bring the Senate bill on comprehensive immigration reform to a vote.