Law and Politics

Congress Needs to Vote on Immigration Reform

March 28, 2014
By President of UNITEHERE D. Taylor

New York, NY – Nine months have come and gone since the U.S. Senate passed historic immigration reform legislation with a large bipartisan majority. Since that time the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has sat on its hands except to cast one immigration-related vote – namely to eliminate funding for the DACA program, which would doom hundreds of thousands of deserving young people to detention and deportation. 

We want a vote now and believe that a majority exists in the House if only the Speaker would allow a vote to take place.

The immigration crisis is ripping apart families and communities, and up until now, all we have gotten are pathetic excuses from John Boehner. If Republicans are serious about resolving this immigration crisis, they must stop hiding behind excuses, introduce bipartisan legislation, and finally give us a vote this year.

While we work to end Republican stalling, we call on the Obama Administration to stop deporting those who will achieve legal status once reform is passed.

*UNITE HERE represents more than 270,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry, and airport industries. For more information, visit

March 28, 2014

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