• Looking for a leader on immigration in the House

    OFA calls on seven more lawmakers to act on reform.

    Today we're going public with the next seven names on our list of representatives who can play a key role in passing comprehensive immigration reform. We're calling them out because they've had every opportunity to make a vote happen, but still they've done nothing. And there's no excuse for inaction.

    We've named 15 congressmen from across the country in the last three weeks, starting with Speaker John Boehner and Representative Paul Ryan.

    Here are the next seven congressmen who need to lead on comprehensive immigration reform.

    Gary Miller (CA-31)
    Representative Miller represents a district that voted for President Obama's agenda in 2012. We need him to listen to his constituents on immigration reform and convince House leaders to hold a vote.

    Paul Cook (CA-08)
    California’s 8th district has a large Latino population—a group disproportionately affected by the broken system. Representative Cook knows his constituents are counting on him to support the fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

    Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
    Representative Farenthold also represents a strong and growing Latino population counting on him to help fix a deeply broken immigration system. That puts him in a fantastic position to lead on this issue. So far, he hasn't stepped up.

    Lamar Smith (TX-21)
    Representative Smith's constituents have been vocal in calling on him to take action. His district is also home to a strong Latino population.

    Jon Runyan (NJ-03)
    In 2012, Representative Runyan's constituents voted for President Obama’s agenda—which includes a comprehensive approach to immigration reform. We're still waiting for him to lead on this issue.

    Michael Grimm (NY-11)
    Representative Grimm is in the same situation—he knows his district voted for an agenda in 2012 that includes comprehensive immigration reform. Now it's a question of whether he'll do something about it.

    Aaron Schock (IL-18)
    Last summer, Representative Schock came out in favor of an earned pathway to citizenship, a key component of comprehensive immigration reform. Now he should take the next step.

    These legislators have a choice: side with their constituents and be leaders on reform, or defend the broken status quo. They have a clear path ahead. They have the necessary votes. They have the support of the American people. So where's the vote?

    OFA supporters are going to keep the spotlight on the House for however long it takes. We aren't going away, and neither are the millions of Americans who support reform. This holiday season, while people from coast to coast are gathering around their tables enjoying meals with their loved ones, a group of immigration reform advocates are fasting in a tent at the steps of the Capitol to draw attention to the House's inaction. They believe reform is that important to the future of our country. And it is.

    Even if you don't live in one of the districts above, we all have a role to play in being very vocal about who we're counting on to stand up and lead. Join us to make sure they do the right thing.

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