Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released a video today marking one year since the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on June 27, 2013. Below are his remarks and a link to the video:
Click here for the video.
“One year ago today, the United States Senate took a historic step by passing bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. And, one year later, the Republican-led House has still failed to act.
“Our nation has been a haven for and advantaged by immigrants from around the world – immigrants who want only the chance to work hard, earn a decent living, and help build a stronger America.
“Right now, our nation’s immigration system is broken, with millions living here in the shadows and millions of others waiting patiently for the chance to come here.
“Some of the most talented students graduating from our schools are forced to leave and return to their countries of origin instead of being welcomed to stay here and take part in our economic growth.
“At the same time, immigrants who were brought here as children and who have known no home other than America, are being treated by our laws as if they were criminals.
“Our broken system must be fixed, and the way to do so is for the House of Representatives to follow in the Senate’s footsteps and act.
“H.R. 15, a bill similar to the one in the Senate, was introduced in the House last October, and it has bipartisan support.
“Americans recognize the many benefits to comprehensive immigration reform, which include creating jobs and reducing the deficit by $900 billion over the next two decades.
“Over 70% of Americans support comprehensive immigration reform – including 64% of Republicans.
“And over thirty House Republicans have now come out in favor of enacting comprehensive reform.
“In fact, even Republican House Speaker John Boehner has made it clear over and over again that Congress cannot ignore this issue.
“Last May he said this: ‘The House is going to work its will, and I’m confident that we’ll have a solid work product that we can go to conference with the Senate.’
“Over a year later, that still hasn’t happened.
“We cannot wait another year or another month or another day to move this process forward.
“It’s time to work together, in a bipartisan way, to fix our broken system so that it works for our economy, for our security, and for the hopes of millions of immigrants and their families for a chance to pursue the American dream.”