Letter: Time for Congress to get working on immigration

From: Michael Greven


None other than former President George W. Bush tried to resolve the immigration issues when he was president and was unable to do so due to a lack of cooperative spirit within his own party. I applaud President Barack Obama for bringing this discussion front and center. The nation can no longer have immigration policies that simply do not address the situation we find ourselves in.

House Speaker John Boehner should be ashamed of his inability to move the discussion forward within the U.S. House of Representatives. The American people should be furious with Boehner and his unbelievable inability to lead the House.

A bipartisan bill was provided by the Senate more than a year ago, and the House speaker has chosen not to move this debate forward. There is no acceptable reason for this lack of diligence on the part of the Republican leadership.

The simple truth is the Republicans do not want this debate to reach the floor of the House due to the divisions within their own party concerning immigration. There are those in the Republican Party who recognize the need for reform, and there are those who simply want all undocumented immigrants out of the country.

Presently the Republican leadership is providing nothing but sound bites laced with disparaging remarks about Obama. They are succeeding at that as the press seems eager to display their mean-spirited and destructive language in its full glory whenever they can.

How much longer are the American people going to allow themselves to be talked down to by Boehner and Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell? Instead of working on the issue that needs to be addressed, they chose to deflect attention on themselves by attacking others. Is that leadership? Frankly, that is the furthest thing from leadership that I can imagine.

Let the Republicans bring a bill to the floor of the House and debate it. We need immigration reform, not sound bites and not insane vitriolic tirades that do nothing to forward the interests of the American people.

The very simple alternative to the president making controversial efforts with executive powers is for the U.S. Congress to do its job. That should be the message to the U.S. Congress from the American people on immigration reform: Get busy and do your job or go home! Contact Boehner at speaker.gov and let him know that it is time for the House to do its job.