As a show of support for undocumented immigrants, immigration reform advocates are crowding the streets in front of city hall and government agency offices across America. Lawmakers and political strategists have also been looking for ways to push immigration reform to the top of their priority lists. However, certain factors were brought up by the media demonstrating why the House of Representatives, the majority of which is Republican, might not be able to achieve the goals they set for themselves this year.
Last Saturday April 26, at a propeller plant in Ohio, House Speaker John Boehner spoke in front of manufacturing employees and the press about creating jobs and the need for health care reform. He called on the Democrats in the Senate to address dozens of bills the House passed earlier this year. Boehner put a spotlight on the various promises made by President Barack Obama and his administration concerning job creation, which polls say is the top political issue for Americans in this year’s election.
The House Speaker said very little about the importance of immigration reform, although he commented that President Obama and Congress need to place their focus on that issue as well. This suggests that a definitive time table has not been set for completion or that the House has been unable to commit to voting on immigration reform in the immediate future. Last Thursday, Boehner criticized the Republican party for its inability to make progress on immigration reform in the House this year, leading many to believe the Republican party would find some common ground and discuss practical changes to immigration laws and its enforcement in the near future.
In response to Republican inaction, Democrats in Florida are pushing even harder to create positive changes in the lives of undocumented immigrants. U.S. Rep Debbie Schultz, D-Florida, and Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Florida, are trying to put pressure on the House of Representatives by gathering support for a bill that would help undocumented immigrants find a way to earn citizenship. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, which was written by Garcia, has more than 200 bipartisan supporters and is advocated by more than 600 business organizations.