Today, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-1) sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner calling on him to bring a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the floor for a vote. Whether it is the Senate version, which passed that chamber on a broad bipartisan basis, or the House bipartisan version that has been in negotiations, DeGette believes Congress must fulfill its duty to address this critical issue for the nation.
"Our immigration system is broken, and the onus is on us to put forth reasonable reform that makes the system whole again," said DeGette in the letter. "If Congress acts, we can improve the safety and security of all Americans, expand economic opportunity, and support global competiveness."
The full text of DeGette's letter to Speaker Boehner is below:
June 28, 2013
The Honorable John A. Boehner
United States House of Representatives
H-232 United States Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner,
Now that the Senate has passed immigration reform legislation, I write to you to urge you to bring a comprehensive immigration bill to the House floor. Our immigration system is broken, and the onus is on us to put forth reasonable reform that makes the system whole again. If Congress acts, we can improve the safety and security of all Americans, expand economic opportunity, and support global competiveness.
I strongly support the bipartisan team in the House that has worked for years to produce consensus legislation. This team has faced numerous challenges on the path to reform. At times, the difficulty of crafting complex policy has been compounded by politicization of the issues that has made the path forward seem nearly impossible. Yet the House "gang" has managed to find consensus again and again. Their efforts should not be ignored.
That same consensus was evident in the Senate's bill which passed yesterday on a strong bipartisan basis with a vote tally of 68-32. Moving forward, whether it is the Senate's version of comprehensive immigration reform or the House bill, it is incumbent upon us to openly consider legislation on the House floor, so this body can clearly present to the American people its path to reform.
I urge you to seize this moment.
MEMBER OF CONGRESS