Immigration reform is seeing a rejuvenated push. The question is, will it become a reality in 2014?
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Given the most recent developments, are we getting any closer to immigration reform?
Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing, Sojourners:
While many have written immigration reform’s legislative obituary, there is still time for Republicans to move on immigration reform. The Wall Street Journal recently reported, “The question is whether the House might be willing to take up the issue this spring or summer, after the bulk of Republican primaries are over.”
Fear of primary-season pushback from the base has stilted progress, but recent polling could help ease this fear. A poll released by the Partnership for a New American Economy found that what drives voters to the polls is not immigration. “The results cut against Republican concerns,” the poll said, “that passing immigration reform will keep their base voters away from the polls this fall, and indicates that the economy and the health care reform law are the key issues driving voters.”
Faith communities across the country must speak out and let our legislators know we want them to take action—just action. We want them to pass immigration reform this year. Fear is a natural human emotion, but it is no excuse for inaction—not when people’s lives and families hang in the balance. The bottom line is the same: Immigration reform deserves a vote in the House of Representatives.
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