Op Ed: House GOP Needs to Put up or Shut up on Immigration Reform

The Huffington Post, 11/12/13

By David Leopold

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006There is a reason the twitter hashtag #TimeIsNow caught on. The time really is now for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and the House Republican leadership to allow a vote on a bipartisan immigration reform bill.  It’s been 5 long months since the Senate passed such a bill, and sent it over to the House for consideration.

But it’s been one excuse after another from the House GOP leadership.  First it was the Tea Party-manufactured fiscal crisis which consumed most of September and closed the government for the first two weeks of October.  Now the House GOP leadership — including even some like Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) who has worked to draft a bipartisan immigration bill — claim that time has run out this year on immigration reform; that the GOP leadership cannot possibly schedule a vote on a bipartisan bill because there are not enough days in the legislative calendar.

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