House Will Not Debate Immigration Reform this Year
(Washington, D.C.) – According to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, the House of Representatives will not debate broad reform of America's immigration system this year. Mr. Diaz-Balart says that in not dealing with the issue, Congress is "in effect abdicating our duty." While this development is not unexpected, reform advocates are disappointed that the work to build support for action has not translated into the enactment of legislation this year.
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
"The plain truth is that our immigration system is broken. It has been clear for years that Congress and the president must find a way to come together to address the problems – or things will only get worse. The need for reform remains and the problems at our border today demonstrate that only too well.
It is important that Washington strengthen enforcement, address the status of those brought here as children through no fault of their own, and enact visa reform for the 11 million who are here in the United States without legal status as well as for future immigrant flow. The sooner this happens, the better. On behalf of LIBRE and our volunteers and supporters, I want to thank our many allies in Congress who have worked so hard in this effort. We will continue to press for action next year – and will stand by this cause for as long as it takes."