The executive branch of the U.S. government is standing its ground on immigration reform, asking voters to talk to their representatives about undocumented immigrants and calling on lawmakers to finalize their decision to completely overhaul immigration policies in the U.S. While the clock is ticking for Congress, there is still hope that both the Democratic and Republican parties will set aside their differences and take a progressive step toward creating a better future for millions of Americans.
Vice President Joe Biden, who recently visited Denver, Colorado, is leading the way toward immigration reform for the Democratic Party. Biden met with Sen. Mark Udall and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock during his visit to discuss how communities can create more welcoming environments for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. According to the vice president, the majority of American people want immigration reform to happen this year.
“Now is the time to act. The one request I have is keep up the drum beat on these guys,” Biden told press while at Common Grounds Coffee in the town of Sunnyside.
While Biden spoke with Denver residents, President Barack Obama addressed Congress and the entire nation through a White House statement concerning the immigration reform deadline. White House representatives said in a statement that the president requested Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delay the completion of his review of U.S. deportation policies. The president hopes that this delay will encourage House Speaker John Boehner to call for a vote on immigration reform before the end of the summer.
“The president’s priority is to enact a permanent solution for people currently living in the shadows and that can only come with immigration reform,” a White House official said in statement.