It’s been 27 years since the last immigration reform law was passed in our country, under President Reagan. Twenty-seven years since millions of immigrants were given a pathway to citizenship. But in the past 6 months alone, we as a country have made giant steps toward real reform.
At the end of June, the Senate passed immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Throughout all corners of America, we celebrated the monumental step taken by the Senate to pass historic immigration reform.
(Click here for a quick refresher on the Senate’s immigration bill).
But the fight is far from over. The immigration reform bill – which we’ve been fighting so hard for – has now moved to the House.
It’s now up to the House of Representatives to get on board and take a vote on the path to citizenship or face getting blamed for standing in the way of 11 million aspiring citizens fulfilling their dreams.
This is our best chance in a quarter century to pass reform and the stakes for Republicans are high. In Washington state, we have great support from most of our Representatives but we have four key Representatives that we need to move to vote for immigration reform: Rep. Hastings, Rep. Herrera-Beutler, Rep. McMorris-Rodgers, and Rep. Reichert.
Despite poll after poll making it clear that the majority of Americans support reform, many conservative House members continue to propose legislation that would dismantle reform. House members have pushed bills that would criminalize millions of aspiring citizens, pathetically offer second-class status and force law enforcement to practice racial profiling.
Add your name to join the fight for immigration reform now, and let’s take this 27 year battle through to the White House. Contact your delegate or organizer for more information about how your workplace is taking action for immigration reform.
It’s up to us to maintain the momentum and protect what we’ve won.
juliep November 11th, 2013
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