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Immigration Reform: Will it Happen in 2013?


President Obama and Senator McCain met last Thursday to continue talks on the issue of immigration and what should be done regarding undocumented workers in the U.S.    The prospect for getting anything done this year is not good: with very few days left in the legislative year, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., a member of the now defunct immigration working group in the House, told the Washington Post with the time crunch it was very unlikely the lower house would act on the bill this year.  


With more pressing matters taking the attention of the White House over the last few months, the Immigration Reform Bill was pushed to the wings on the political stage.   Without a new source of momentum, it appears unlikely that this issue will be resolved by the end of this year.  


But, the President remains optimistic: 

"What's been encouraging is, is that there are a number of House Republicans who have said, we think this is the right thing to do, as well. And it's my estimation that we actually have votes to get comprehensive immigration reform done in the House right now." 


Activists say the fight is not over yet, as there is significant support across party lines for reform.  A recent poll conducted by Basswood Research and Republican pollster Jon Lerner has found that a majority of likely voters in 20 Republican-represented swing congressional districts support comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship. USAction continues its push to keep pressure on GOP leadership to hold a vote on immigration reform. Immigrant rights, faith, labor and community leaders have begun to fast on the Capitol's doorstep to send a clear message to Congress that the time is now.  


In June, the Senate passed, with a vote of 68-32, the bill that would overhaul U.S. immigration laws in a generation. The overhaul would clear the way for undocumented residents to obtain citizenship. 


Advocate for Immigration Reform:

Learn more about this year's Florida Immigration Coalition Annual Congress 2013 and the National Immigration Integration Conference (NIIC) 2013. Stand in solidarity with "Fast for Families" to call on the conscience of Congress to end the moral crisis facing 11 million aspiring Americans. More suggestions in our Take Action Gallery below.