For Immediate Release: March 26, 2014
Contact: Stephanie Rendon, 202.789.7783
No More Stalling: House Dems Demand a Vote on Immigration with Discharge Petition
Washington – House Democrats today demanded a vote on comprehensive immigration reform, filing a discharge petition on legislation that has stalled in the House of Representatives. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi along with members of Congress and immigration advocates held an event on the steps of the U.S. Capitol today to help draw attention to the stalled House bill.
The bill includes the comprehensive immigration reform legislation passed by the Senate with bipartisan support last summer. The bill does not include the controversial Corker-Hoeven amendment, acknowledged by even the amendment’s sponsor, Sen. Corker (R-TN), as border “overkill.” Instead, the House bill includes elements of the bi-partisan McCaul border bill (HR 1417), which requires more accountability and smarter planning for border enforcement policies and practice.
The following quote can be attributed to Reverend Randy Mayer from Sahuarita, Ariz. Rev. Mayer was a speaker at the Pelosi event and is in Washington this week with a delegation of border faith leaders meeting with members of Congress to push for reform.
“Our nation has the moral obligation to uphold the unity of families and protect the sanctity of life, but border communities pay a heavy toll as a result of our unjust immigration system. Border residents, immigrants and citizens alike must be allowed to live in peace, without fear of the excessive force that so often fills our communities with sorrow and grief.
We urge our Congressional leaders, to put their differences aside, to come together and help our nation heal from the injustices perpetuated by our immigration system. The time is now to end the separation of families, halt the deportations and hold US Border Patrol agents accountable for their actions.”
To speak with Rev. Randy Mayer or a member from CAMBIO please contact Stephanie Rendon at 202.789.7783.
CAMBIO, the Campaign for an Accountable, Moral and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, is a diverse group of organizations advocating for laws and policies that create a fair system for immigrants to become citizens; bans indefinite detention; guarantees due process for everyone in the United States; makes enforcement systems accountable; protects civil and human rights; encourages a better border to protect the quality of life in the borderlands, prevents the abuse of vulnerable Americans; and keeps families together.
CAMBIO’s members include the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights, the Border Network for Human Rights, Detention Watch Network, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Guestworker Alliance, the National Immigration Law Center, Southern Border Communities Coalition, the Immigrant Justice Network, the Northern Borders Coalition, Rights Working Group and United We Dream.
More information about CAMBIO can be found on the web at www.CAMBIO-US.org and on Twitter @CAMBIOtoday.