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The Week Ahead: October 8-11

October 07, 2013 - Posted by Communications Intern

“[Speaker John Boehner] over the last few weeks has continued to talk about the importance of the House moving forward on immigration reform. I believe that we have a window here between now and the end of the year and that this is a priority.”

— Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, in a Univision interview


Immigration Still Next on the Docket for Congress:
Even with a full plate and a government shutdown, members of House leadership have made it clear that immigration reform is still on the top of the list for this fall. Over the weekend, Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) reaffirmed that immigration reform is a priority before the end of the year and that the House intends to take it up.

And last week, Republican Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10) reiterated his support for reform in an op-ed he penned for the Modesto Bee, citing his meetings with members of the business and faith communities in his district as particularly influential.

The window for immigration reform that was always expected later this fall is still open, and the House shows promising signs of working toward a long overdue solution.

Nationwide Push for Immigration Reform Continues:
Across the country, members of the faith, law enforcement, business and advocacy communities continue to press their legislators on the need for immigration reform — successfully. More and more members are realizing the power of this ever-growing chorus of voices from across the political and vocational spectrum.

Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform continues its steady stream of events as well. Events across the country are reminding lawmakers that immigration reform is still a top priority for their constituents. As just one example, on Oct. 14, leaders from the faith, law enforcement and business communities of the Mountain West will meet in Las Vegas for a panel discussion and prayer gathering to underscore the importance of immigration and the urgent need for reform. As the month progresses, follow the conversation on Twitter at #Ready4Reform.

Meanwhile, the Evangelical Immigration Table is planning a week of prayer events across the country for immigration reform, as part of its ongoing Pray for Reform efforts. Dozens of events are taking place Oct. 12-20 in all parts of the country. A press call with local leaders of these efforts is in the works for Wednesday.

Last but not least, the Catholic community also is mobilizing this fall, with pilgrimages across the country to call for immigration reform. A 150-mile pilgrimage this week began today near Orlando and ends Oct. 14 in Tampa.

Members of Congress are hearing the message loud that clear that across the board, Americans want comprehensive immigration reform, and Congress must act soon.

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:MODESTO BEE (Denham Op-Ed): U.S. must provide a ‘pathway to citizenship’
By Jeff Denham
October 4, 2013
I have met with community groups, business owners, faith-based leaders and individual constituents throughout our district to discuss our broken immigration system. One of the most contentious issues regards a so-called pathway to citizenship.
It is a difficult topic, because everyone I meet has a different understanding of what a “pathway” means. I want to outline my vision of what such a pathway should look like.
Like many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I am committed to finding a way for individuals to earn a legal status in our country and get right with the law without creating a “special” pathway that is not available to others who have followed the legal process toward citizenship.
Providing an opportunity for many of the 11 million undocumented people living here to earn legal status is the only way to create a long-term solution to our broken system. The solution we design in the House must also secure our border and ensure enforcement of our laws. Without a secure border and the rule of law, we will repeat the same mistakes of the past.
I support a pathway to earned citizenship that starts by requiring those applying to learn English, pay fines and back taxes, and wait in line behind those who have already applied for citizenship legally.
The Senate’s proposal establishes a three-step process to earned citizenship, following current law for achieving both a green card and ultimately citizenship, if desired.
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POLITICO: Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Immigration a ‘priority’ for this year
By Seung Min Kim
October 5, 2013
A top House Republican says in an upcoming interview that the chamber will take up immigration reform in 2013, insisting that “there’s still time” for a comprehensive rewrite despite the rapidly dwindling time left on this year’s calendar.
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, said during an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto” that top leaders are still discussing when to bring immigration bills to the House floor.
Speaker John Boehner “over the last few weeks has continued to talk about the importance of the House moving forward on immigration reform,” McMorris Rodgers said, according to a transcript provided by Univision. “I believe that we have a window here between now and the end of the year and that this is a priority.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, the House Republicans’ point man on immigration reform, has said the House needs to take up bills “the sooner the better” on the House floor. And House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas — whose panel has passed a border-security bill and is poised to take up a biometric exit system bill on Wednesday – has said he believes the House will take up immigration bills near the end of October.
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