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May 13, 2014 - Posted by Communications Intern

“Immigration has been good for our country; we’re a nation of immigrants. The whole process, our entire immigration process, is broken. Whether it’s all the visa programs and the hurdles we put people through, whether it’s those who are here without documents — it all needs to be addressed.”

— House Speaker John Boehner, May 12


As Leaders Continue to Speak Out for Reform, Constituents Show that Immigration is a Winning Issue
As this summer’s key legislative window approaches, leaders from across the faith, technology, business, law enforcement and agriculture communities continue to urge congressional action on reform.

This morning, House Speaker John Boehner (OH-08) held a luncheon with business, faith and other Texas leaders to discuss immigration. “I feel strongly about the need to deal with immigration reform,” Boehner said. “I do believe that the vast majority of the members of our party want to address it.” Texas faith and business leaders responded with support and a message of urgency for votes on reform.

Earlier, at an event in D.C. this morning, Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told Republicans not even to “bother to run a candidate in 2016” if they don’t address reform this year.

On Tuesday, local law enforcement leaders in Washington for Police Week will speak on a 1:30 p.m. Bibles, Badges and Business press call about how immigration reform can improve community safety — while across the Mountain West, local leaders are hosting press conferences in Boise, Denver, Phoenix and Salt Lake City to release a joint letter to Congress, calling on their legislators to take action this year on meaningful immigration reform.

While the number of House Republicans speaking out for reform continues to grow, including both leadership and rank-and-file members, constituents are showing them that immigration is a winning issue and that they want a #VoteOnReform this year.

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: POLITICO: Chamber to GOP: Don’t bother with 2016 without immigration reform
By Kevin Robillard
May 12, 2014
Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the GOP shouldn’t even field a presidential candidate in 2016 unless Congress passes immigration reform this year.
“If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016,” Donohue joked at an event on infrastructure investment in D.C. “Think about that. Think about who the voters are. I just did that to get everybody’s attention.”
Republicans have focused on immigration reform as a way to woo Hispanic voters, who have increasingly drifted to Democrats over the past two election cycles. Growing Hispanic populations in Nevada, Texas and elsewhere could make those states more amenable to Democrats in the future.
Donohue, whose group has spent months pushing House Republicans to support immigration reform, was speaking about what he thought a dysfunctional Congress could still get done in 2014.
“You think Congress can get immigration reform done this year, in an election year?” moderator Eamon Javers asked Donohue.
“Yes, yes,” Donohue replied.
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SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: House Speaker Boehner to visit S.A.
By Eva Ruth Moravec
May 11, 2014
SAN ANTONIO — As House Speaker John Boehner prepares for a fundraising tour through Texas — including a stop here Monday — groups pushing for comprehensive immigration reform are readying to apply the pressure.
Boehner, R-Ohio, will attend fundraisers in Laredo, San Antonio, Houston and Midland.
After his San Antonio fundraiser, Boehner will speak to local business leaders during a luncheon at the Marriott Rivercenter sponsored by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Business leaders expect that immigration will be among the topics at the event.
Eddie Aldrete, senior vice president of IBC Bank, said the luncheon is meant to help key lawmakers better understand the San Antonio community, one that cares deeply about immigration issues. Both chambers have endorsed comprehensive immigration reform.
“There's a pretty strong consensus among the chambers that the current system isn't working, and it's only going to get worse if we don't fix it,” Aldrete said.
Overhauling the country's immigration laws has been a priority of President Barack Obama. Earlier this year, Boehner chastised his House GOP colleagues for blocking reform.
A week later, Boehner backpedaled, saying his party didn't trust Obama as a partner in the matter and doubted that he would enforce any new laws.
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