Immigration supporters held a rally on July 27 to pressure House Speaker John Boehner and other House members to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill, according to news source Cincinnati.com.
“Our demand is simple,” Kica Matos, a spokesperson for Fair Immigration Reform Movement, told the source. “Pass an immigration reform bill in the House by August 2 that 1) includes a path to citizenship and that 2) keeps families together.”
Supporters included religious leaders, union officials, legal advocates and residents, all of whom met outside Boehner’s district office in Springfield, Ohio, according to USA Today. Rev. Troy Jackson, director of Ohio Prophetic Voices, said the group was there to ensure a pathway to citizenship is included on the bill and the House votes on it quickly.
“House Republicans are committed to fixing a broken immigration system,” Boehner said at a press briefing on July 25. “We’re working on a common-sense, step-by-step approach to ensure that the American people have confidence that we’re addressing these issues openly and honestly. Our focus is on getting the policy right, so we fix our immigration system once and for all, and help our economy grow.”
Members of the House rejected the Senate’s immigration reform proposal and weighed the possibility of including a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, the source reported.