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?
Brittney Nystrom, Director for Advocacy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service:
The prospects for immigration reform in Congress cooled under the shadow of a bill passed by the House of Representatives on March 11. The bill, known as the ENFORCE Act, would allow either chamber of Congress to sue the President or other government leaders for failure to enforce laws. The justification for the ENFORCE Act is based in large part on the use of prosecutorial discretion under the Obama Administration to not seek deportation for young immigrants brought to the United States as children. There is widely considered to be zero chance that the ENFORCE Act would advance in the Senate given the passage of comprehensive immigration reform in that chamber last June. It’s unfortunate that the House considered and passed a law that would separate families and cause more pain in communities instead of working to find a solution to our inadequate and unjust immigration system.
Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing, Sojourners:
Last week, a group of Catholic bishops and national evangelical leaders visited House GOP leaders with a clear message: passing immigration reform must be a moral priority for Congress. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle called it a ‘‘historic moment,” reaffirming ‘‘that every day of delay, the consequences are separated families.’’ The House needs to act this year and demonstrate the courage to break away from past mistakes. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, indicated that a delay is a vote for the status quo of a dysfunctional immigration system. The faith community has been and will remain united in its push for just immigration reform.
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