Dear Inwood MoveOn member,
Comprehensive immigration reform is dying a slow death in Congress because House Speaker Boehner—who has the power to demand an up-or-down vote on the reform bill—refuses to get out of the way.
But there is a simple way that Democrats can bypass Boehner and save immigration reform. They can introduce the Senate bill, which passed with broad bipartisan support, then use a discharge petition to force an up-or-down vote in the House of Representatives.
A discharge petition is the most viable option to pass comprehensive immigration reform this fall. It only takes 218 votes to file a discharge petition—that's every Democrat in Congress and 17 Republicans. Support for the discharge petition is growing in the media and among members of Congress.1
Will you start a petition asking Representative Gregory Meeks to support a discharge petition for comprehensive immigration reform?
Members of Congress are home for the August recess, and MoveOn members and allies across the country are heading to their offices to demand that they fix our broken immigration system.
We need to make sure that Democrats hear loud and clear that we expect them to do everything they can to make sure that comprehensive immigration reform passes the House this September. Reform is good for the economy, will ensure that nearly 11 million people have a clear roadmap to citizenship, and will keep families together.
Thanks for all you do.
–Steven, Mariana, Alejandro, Eric, and the rest of the team
P.S. If you want to create a petition about some other issue, click here.
1. "Democrats divided over immigration strategy," The Washington Post, August 5, 2013
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