By Patricia Guadalupe
- In an interview with The New York Times, President Obama reiterated his desire to pass comprehensive immigration reform, saying it would help the U.S. economy.
- Immigration reform actually squarely fits into what I’m discussing right now (about the economy),” he said. “As I indicated before, we know the economy will grow faster if we get immigration reform done. We know that Social Security will be shored up if we get immigration reform done. And the Senate’s done the right thing by passing a strong bipartisan bill. Right now is just a matter of the House Republicans recognizing that both the American people, businesses, labor, evangelicals — there’s a broad consensus to go ahead and pass that bill, and if that bill was on the floor tomorrow it would pass.”
- A new poll finds that a majority of voters don’t think comprehensive immigration reform is going to happen this year. According to the Fox News survey, 58 percent of respondents say CIR isn’t happening in 2013, compared to 43 percent who said that earlier this year. Just under half (49 percent) of Democrats and 68 percent of GOPers say they really doubt the legislation will be seriously discussed in the House this legislative year. Sixty nine percent say they want first a focus on border security, and 53 percent want to see legislation that includes a path to citizenship for the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.
- The Dream Action Coalition, a group that supports comprehensive immigration reform and DREAMer youth in particular, started a petition asking the House GOP leadership to put their money where their mouth is, and remove an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that would de-fund the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The amendment was sponsored by Iowa Republican Steve King, who just last week compared most DREAMers to drug mules.
- The coalition says that while the GOP leadership condemned King’s remarks, they haven’t done anything about the amendment. “As DREAMers, we the leadership’s condemnation as empty words because there is a huge contradiction between their words and their actions,” said the coalition.
- The King amendment was recently approved the House with support from the Republican majority.