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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Speaker Boehner: Stop ignoring immigration reform!

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Millions of immigrants are suffering while Congress fails to act

Tell the House to vote on immigration reform

Dear Friend,

How much longer must we wait? For months, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have refused to even allow an up or down vote on immigration reform, squandering the summer’s momentum towards providing real relief for as many as 11 million immigrants.

Now, issues like the federal budget and the debt ceiling threaten to entirely consume the attention of Congress. If we don’t draw a line in the sand now, there’s nothing to prevent Congress from once again failing to reform unjust laws that are choking the life out of Latino and other immigrant communities.

No more waiting: Tell the House to vote on immigration reform within two weeks of raising the debt ceiling.

Congress must vote on a federal budget by Monday or risk a politically costly government shutdown. And if they don’t vote to increase the debt ceiling by October 17, the US will start defaulting on its debts. It’s unlikely that Congress will deal with other important policy decisions until those issues are resolved. But once the government is funded and the borrowing limit is raised, Congress must swiftly refocus on immigration.

We’ll give them plenty of incentive to do so: if House Republican leaders fail to vote on comprehensive immigration reform within two weeks of raising the debt ceiling, we’ll fight tooth and nail for the outcome they want least -- we’ll push President Obama to use the powers of the Executive Branch to further limit deportations without Congress’ participation. It has worked before: pressure from Presente, DREAMers and other groups led President Obama to announce Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and it can work again.

Since the Senate passed an immigration bill in June, it seems the House of Representatives has put immigration on the back burner. It’s up to us and our allies to remind elected leaders of the millions of students, families and other immigrants unable to pursue their dreams; of the children forcibly separated from their families; of the hundreds of thousands of innocent people languishing in decrepit immigrant prisons; of the fierce urgency of now.

This deadline can reinvigorate the conversation and elevate the harsh realities that 11 million immigrants face every single day, but only if enough of us sign the petition. Please join us in calling on Congress to vote on immigration reform within two weeks of raising the debt ceiling.

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Arturo, Jesús, Erick, and the rest of the Presente.org Team