The struggle for better opportunities for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. continues. Although much has already been done to push Congress to act on immigration reform, advocates of immigrants still press forward. Legislators and even American sports fans are working to raise awareness and bring real, positive change in undocumented immigrants’ lives.
Multiple members of Congress, from both the Democratic and Republican parties, met in Washington, D.C., to discuss what it will take to make immigration reform a reality. Some lawmakers believe that bipartisanship on the bill is possible, while others take a pessimistic stance and see no change in the current stalemate occurring in Congress. It doesn’t help that both parties are still stalling and blaming the other for inaction.
“They keep coming up with excuses,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, told WPRO News Talk Radio. “Their present excuse is we can’t pass immigration because we don’t trust President Obama to enforce the law. Well, first they shouldn’t pass any laws. Why are they here? Let them just go on vacation.”
Leaders of the Democratic Party are ready to settle any political differences and commit to passing the bill this year. According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, the time is now.
“I feel so strongly this bill needs to get done, I’m willing to show flexibility,” said Reid in a statement. “I’ll do whatever I can to help pass this important bill. We need to get across the finish line.”
To help Congress reach their checkered flag, the group called Bibles, Badges and Business from the National Immigration Forum will send out a message about immigration reform to the hundreds of thousands of people attending the Indianapolis 500. The group will use Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s JumboTron screen to raise awareness of the issue and encourage voters to reach out to their representatives.