August: Turning up the heat for citizenship
Congressman Dave Reichert joins naturalizing citizens and immigration reform supporters with Grupo Cafe and OneAmerica in Wenatchee.
The words "August" and "recess" normally conjure up thoughts of vacation and play. Not this time. As Congress slinks home from one of its least productive sessions for the August recess, immigrant families and advocates are mobilizing for actions in every Congressional district across Washington State.
At the beginning of this month, as our Members of Congress returned home to Washington for their August recess, not one of our four Republican Representatives had taken a position on immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans. They hadn't announced Town Halls to hear their constitutents' opinions on the issues that affect their lives.
So our communities stepped up, organizing educational meetings and Town Halls across the state. In Bellevue, Burlington, Spokane, Sunnyside, Vancouver, Walla Walla, and Yakima, communities gathered to raise awareness about the need for comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, and about who's holding up progress on reform in Congress.
Finally, our Representatives are starting to listen and move. Earlier this month, Dave Reichert voiced support for an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented Americans. He's the first Republican Member of Congress in Washington to take a principled stand for citizenship, joining 22 of his Republican colleagues across the country.
Will Washington's other Republican Representatives speak out for reform and citizenship?
Town Halls for citizenship - Visit our Livestream to watch the events live!
- Yakima, August 23, 7pm
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 5 South Naches Avenue
with constituents of Rep. Doc Hastings
Contact: Ricardo Rodriguez, 262-716-3431
- Vancouver, August 23, 7pm
Public Utilities Electric Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way
with constituents of Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler
Contact: Rick Covington, 360-253-2874
- Spokane, August 28, 6pm
Liberty Park United Methodist Church, 1526 East 11th Avenue
with constituents of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Contact: Lucia Vasquez, 425-319-0242
In addition, OneAmerica staff, members, and allies will be meeting directly with Rep. Adam Smith and staff for Reps. Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck in mid-August. OneAmerica thanks these three plus Rep. Suzan DelBene for joining the New Democrat Coalition in issuing an ultimatum to Speaker John Boehner to introduce a bill with a pathway to citizenship by September 30.
Poll after poll shows that a majority of the American people – including a majority of Republicans – want our broken immigration system to be fixed and strongly support a path to citizenship. At the same time, if House leaders scheduled a vote on reform with a new roadmap to citizenship, a bipartisan majority of members in the House would vote for it.
The pro-reform movement is turning up the heat in August here in Washington State and across the country, as reported in the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Journal. The pressure appears to be working as House Republicans from California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, and New York have joined several others in support of reform that includes citizenship.
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