Congressman Vela Urges President Obama to Use Executive Action on Immigration

Congressman Vela Urges President Obama to Use Executive Action on Immigration

Today, Congressman Filemon Vela weighed in on the debate over presidential action on immigration by releasing a statement urging the president to act now.

"The time for the President to act is now," the statement reads. "Given the political realities in Washington, it is highly unlikely that meaningful immigration reform gets passed in the next two years in Congress without conditioning a pathway to citizenship on unattainable border security measures."

Congressman Vela has been a champion for immigration reform that does not hinge citizenship on border security. He has been an ally in the fight against legislative action that would turn the border into a militarized zone.

A debate is currently taking place between Democrats in Congress on whether the president should act right away or wait until the new Congress convenes in January.

We are glad Congressman Vela, whose district runs from Brownsville to San Juan, is standing up for immediate action. Too many RGV families have suffered the consequences of the broken immigration system. For the countless families separated by deportations since comprehensive immigration reform negotiations broke down in the House of Representatives, executive action on immigration is long overdue.

Read the full statement after the flip.

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PRESS RELEASE: Congressman Vela Urges President Obama to Use Executive Action on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) urged President Obama to use his executive authority to protect millions of individuals in the U.S. who face deportation. It is estimated that more than 11 million undocumented people live in the U.S. In June, President Obama said he would take executive action by the end of summer on immigration. Subsequently, the President decided to delay action until after the midterm elections. Recently, Senate Democratic leaders sent a letter to President Obama urging the President to use his executive authority.

"The time for the President to act is now,” said Congressman Vela. “Given the political realities in Washington, it is highly unlikely that meaningful immigration reform gets passed in the next two years in Congress without conditioning a pathway to citizenship on unattainable border security measures. For far too long, our country has not provided a reasonable pathway to legalization for the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country."

Last year, Congressman Vela and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2013, a bill which provides a reasonable pathway to citizenship, invests in our ports of entry to enhance security and trade, and implements commonsense border security measures without conditioning legal residency status on border security triggers.

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