I don’t know if House Democrats have introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill today or not, but they were planning on it. It will be similar to the Gang of 8 mess passed by the Senate.
On the second day of the federal government shutdown on Wednesday, Democrats in the House will introduce comprehensive immigration legislation to re-ignite the push for an immigration bill that President Barack Obama called his “number-one priority.”
According to Politico, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, “have been working on a comprehensive piece of legislation in recent weeks.”
House Democrats reportedly want the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, which Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) spearheaded along with six other senators, without the border-security provisions that the Senate enacted. Critics assertedthat bill did not even have much teeth because the funding and enforcement provisions would not be guaranteed.
Politico reported that Democrats like Reps. Joe Garcia (FL), Suzan DelBene (WA), Joaquin Castro (TX) and Jared Polis (CO) will join Pelosi in leading the charge on immigration reform.
They love to do these things while people’s attentions are focused on other things. I don’t expect much of a fight from the GOP, but who knows, maybe if they get an earful from constituents they’ll listen.
Update: As expected, Pelosi unveiled the plan today.