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April 29, 2014 - Posted by Communications Intern

"There's certainly been a broad coalition between the agriculture community, the faith-based community and the technology and other employers who need skilled workers … I'm hopeful that, over the next few months, you're going to start seeing more of these bills move through the process."

— Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), April 23

“Now, more than ever, Americans are seeing firsthand how our broken immigration system is really holding our nation back. Through commonsense policies, we have the opportunity to grow our economy, and provide security and well-paying jobs for families all across Illinois and America.”

— Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), April 22


As House Republicans Look to Summer, Constituents Look for Action
As Republican House leaders continue to point to this summer for opportunities to move ahead on immigration legislation, more and more members of the Republican conference continue to show that they are ready to proceed with commonsense reform.

And constituents are making sure their members know that they want a #VoteOnReform. Building off the successes of April recess events, leaders from across the faith, law enforcement, business and veteran communities will continue to urge their legislators to vote on immigration reform this year.

Today, more than 250 evangelical pastors are coming to Washington, D.C., for a press conference and worship service before they meet with their members of Congress to discuss the urgent need for reform rooted in biblical values. The national #Pray4Reform event follows 17 local press events with pastors in 13 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina, with two in Ohio and two in Texas.

And on Wednesday, Arizona veterans will gather to add their voices to the call for commonsense reform that offers our immigrant veterans the same dignity and protection that they have fought to give our country.

CALENDAR: Please visit our Events page to find this week's immigration-related events.

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

MUST READ: CHRISTIAN POST: Immigration Reform Not Dead, Boehner Says; Over 200 Evangelical Pastors to Push House Republicans
By Napp Nazworth
April 25, 2014
According to Thursday remarks by Speaker of the House John Boehner and an Evangelical Immigration Table spokesperson interviewed Friday by The Christian Post, immigration reform legislation could still pass Congress this year.
Galen Carey, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals, told CP that he was recently in touch with staffers from Boehner's office who said there will be opportunities to take up immigration reform in June and July.
Carey will participate in an EIT event on Tuesday. Over 200 evangelical pastors from 25 states will meet in Washington, D.C., to encourage the House to finish immigration reform this year.
On Thursday, Boehner jokingly teased some of his fellow Republican House members who are reluctant to pass immigration reform at a Middletown Rotary Club meeting in his home district.
"Here's the attitude: 'Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,'" Boehner mocked, according to (You can watch a video of the remarks here.)
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WASHINGTON POST (Editorial): Mr. Boehner comes clean on immigration reform
April 26, 2014
IN WASHINGTON, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) peddles one line on immigration reform that is transparently false. In his district in Ohio, he becomes a truth-teller.
For months, Mr. Boehner has tried to justify the intransigence of his fellow House Republicans, who have refused to consider a Senate measure to overhaul the broken immigration system. His stated reason was that they could not trust President Obama to enforce any law passed by Congress.
“There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws,” Mr. Boehner said in February. “And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”
But on Thursday, at a meeting at a rotary club lunch in southwestern Ohio, an area Mr. Boehner has represented for more than two decades, he gave it to ’em straight. Asked about immigration reform, the speaker squarely blamed his GOP caucus, with more than a hint of derision. “Here’s the attitude,” he said, scrunching up his face and delivering the real Republican excuse in a toddler’s whine: “ ‘Ohhhh, don’t make me do this! Ohhhh, this is too hard!’ ”
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