House Democrats have unveiled an immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally and tightens border security.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and more than a dozen Democrats told reporters Wednesday that they were ready to move on the legislation.
Prospects are highly uncertain for anything as contentious as immigration amid the budget standoff that has paralyzed Congress.
Make the Road New York co-Executive Director Javier H. Valdes expressed that the Democrat’s efforts will mean little unless Democrats and Republicans can work together and agree on a bi-partisan solution.
He added that his organization, which represents Latinos and low wage workers in New York City, will push for a shorter road to citizenship than the current proposal, and resist efforts to further militarize the nation’s borders.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, immigrants in New York City and 130 other places around the country are expected to mobilize to demand action on immigration reform.
Democrats said they were hopeful that despite the partisan dysfunction, Republicans and Democrats could come together on immigration. The Senate passed a comprehensive bill in June, but the House has not acted on a handful of smaller bills from the judiciary committee.
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