Will immigration reform become a reality in 2014?
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Given the most recent developments, are we getting any closer to immigration reform?
Ivone Guillen, Immigration Campaigns and Communications Associate, Sojourners:
While many might see immigration reform as dead with Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent primary loss, the opposite may be true. This is an opportunity for the House to move forward now that Cantor—a powerful opponent of immigration reform—is out of leadership. Cantor’s defeat is one less hurdle Speaker Boehner has to overcome to take action before the August recess, and the faith community is anxiously waiting to see if Congress will act justly to make the correct moral decision. The message is clear, and faith leaders—including Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners—continue to vocally remind Speaker Boehner of his responsibilities as an elected member of Congress. Jim Wallis says:
So John Boehner, the faith community is now looking to you to lead and to do what you have said lawmakers are elected to do—to solve problems. This is a moral issue and a faith issue for us, and as a Catholic, it should be one for you too. Mr. Speaker, you will feel our presence all around you in these next critical weeks in which we must get reform done and show the country that our political leaders can still do something positive and bipartisan; that our leaders can still make the moral choice, not just the political one. We are praying for you and all of your colleagues in the Congress. May God give you courage and wisdom in these next few weeks.
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