Protests broke out at the offices of over 25 members of the United States House of Representatives this Wednesday. The protests centered on the lack of action yet taken by the House, which has a Republican majority, to vote on the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed through the Senate over a year ago.
Despite protesters at each site demanding the exact same thing (that representatives urge Speaker of the House John Boehner to end the stagnant holding period that the bill has faced as of yet), the results they received were considerably varied. In Nevada, for example, crowds gathered at the offices of both Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev. While the demonstration outside of Heck’s office actually ended with five proponents of reform being cited for misdemeanor trespassing charges after refusing to disperse, Amodei seemed much more receptive to the crowd.
When protesters arrived at Amodei’s office he was engaged in another meeting, but he invited them in and offered to meet with them following his prior engagement. The congressman and the demonstrators apparently spoke briefly before Amodei promised them that he would speak with Boehner regarding the matter this coming Monday.
Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, is integral in determining whether or not a floor vote will be held for the immigration reform bill. He’s been heavily criticized by advocates of immigration reform for not taking a firm enough stance on the issue or pushing the bill through the House quickly enough. Amodei has indicated, however, that the tide may be beginning to turn in favor of Republican support of the immigration reform bill.
“I’m hopeful. My sense – and I could be wrong about this – but I think there are 165 to 180 people in the Republican conference that will be open minded to this and support it,” Amodei told the Reno Gazette Journal. Hopefully a clearer picture will emerge for all parties following Amodei’s discussion with Boehner on Monday.