Senate Dems press for House action on immigration reform

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 23, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – There is a renewed push for immigration reform and this time it comes from Senate Democrats who are pressuring House Republicans to take action now.

A group of top Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, called on the House Friday to vote on an immigration bill that the senate passed last year.

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats are hoping House Speaker John Boehner will allow a vote on immigration reform before the August summer break.

But resistance from a majority of House conservatives to even start that process has stalled any movement on immigration.

“There’s real human cost to the house’s inaction,” Ried said. “Eleven million people have been waiting in the shadows. Many of their families and children have been suffering. One of the most frequent excuses we’ve heard from House Republicans for their inaction is one they’ve used over and over again: We don’t trust President Obama. We don’t trust President Obama to enforce the law. Even though that’s not true, the president has proven he’ll enforce the current immigration law.”

Halting detention of the undocumented

Meanwhile, an East Coast mayor and two West Coast sheriffs are the latest elected officials to put an end to holding inmates simply for being undocumented immigrants.

Somerville, Mass. Mayor Joseph Curtatone, and the sheriffs of Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California — Greg Ahern and David Livingston all issued orders this week to stop honoring requests from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hand over immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

They say any requests to do so must be backed by a judge.

Sheriffs Ahern and Livingston also ordered the immediate release of all inmates in custody for being undocumented immigrants.

The three officials join a growing movement against the record number of deportations made during the Obama administration.

An ICE spokesperson in Washington said communities that do not honor detention requests from ICE put the public at risk.

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  • JRB
    23 May 2014 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    All of the Senate Democrats and the house Republicans that wants to push for immigration reform is wrong? Look a lot of Americans don’t want the Illegally immigration people in America. Think and ask the real Americans what they really think about people in America Illegal? A lot of the Americans will say get rid of them all out of America send them back from where they all came from.

  • whiteman
    24 May 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Yes send back home the white boy back to Europe !!! American land of immigrant ok
    you go back where you come from ,,,,,,,

  • Kuya
    24 May 2014 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Illigal entry can be solved if they will shorten the processing time of applications. People are taking the short cuts because they don’t want to wait for 15yers before their application can be processed.

  • Delia
    25 May 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    We are THE MOST WELCOMING NATION ON EARTH WITH 1 million immigrants per year. Welcoming does not mean we have to endure wave after wave of illegal foreigners. We will not feel guilty for saying NO MORE AMNESTIES. We want the current crop of illegals removed. We don’t have jobs for our citizens for goodness sake.

  • Kikay Pang0
    26 May 2014 at 5:36 am - Reply

    I’m against rewarding illegals amnesty . Lets make it difficult for illegals to live here in the US …. Tax them heavily , twice as much a regular American is paying, eventually they will no longer hold the burden and they will self deport themselves.