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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Speaker Boehner Turns His Back on Immigration Crisis

Speaker Boehner Turns His Back on Our Immigration Crisis 

Latino, Immigrant Families Can’t Afford the Same Luxury as Speaker Boehner and House Republicans

Salem, Ore. -- Yesterday, Speaker Boehner said during a press conference that he is unwilling to work with the US Senate to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. Pro-immigrant rights groups, faith, union and community groups across the country are outraged by the Speaker’s overt refusal to do what’s necessary to pass immigration reform, and we are committed to keep piling on the pressure on House Republicans to give us a vote on citizenship.

The following is a statement from Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa Oregon:

“It’s outrageous that Speaker John Boehner would refuse to work with the Senate to solve our immigration crisis. This year, he has had the opportunity to get his party back on track with Latino, Asian American, and immigrant voters, but instead has chosen to listen to a far-right small minority in his party and fail the American people. He and the House leadership should be working non-stop and doing everything they can to end this moral crisis and stop the millions of families that are being torn apart.”

“The House Republican leadership has more than enough time to pass immigration reform this year—and the upcoming holidays should not be an excuse for stalling and blocking reform from happening this year. It’s during the holidays, particularly, when members of Congress should recognize what our broken immigration system is doing to immigrant families and motivate them to act immediately.”

“American voters remain steadfast in their support for immigration reform with a path to citizenship, with more than 70 percent who want to see reform passed this year.”

“We will hold Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans responsible if they choose to fail America and not bring immigration reform to a vote. The pro-immigration reform movement is growing more diverse and stronger every day, and if House leaders choose not to bring citizenship up for a vote this year, our movement will be relentless in punishing those who block reform.”


Causa, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization is the largest Latina and Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit


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