• What does this say about the priorities of the House of Representatives?

    The House can't find time to hold a single vote on comprehensive immigration reform, but they actually PASSED an anti-immigration measure that would move the country further from a solution.

    Six weeks after Speaker Boehner released his party’s principles for immigration reform, the House voted for a bill that takes a step backwards.

    Here's an excerpt from the Republican Immigration Reform Principles that Speaker Boehner announced in January:

    “One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents. It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own, those who know no other place as home. For those who meet certain eligibility standards, and serve honorably in our military or attain a college degree, we will do just that.”

    The children referred to are the DREAMers—undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children through no fault of their own. Thanks to President Obama, the DREAMers that meet specific requirements have additional protections for the first time. The House just voted in favor of a bill—the ENFORCE Act—that specifically targets DREAMers and could pave the way to undoing those protections.

    Fortunately, the ENFORCE Act is unlikely to pass in the Senate, but it has already succeeded in wasting even more time, even as the cost of inaction continues to rise.

    The time for comprehensive immigration reform is now. The House needs to focus on how to move forward on a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system. Help make the change this country needs, and pressure the House to get this done.

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