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Minority Democrats try to bring House to immigration vote

An Illinois newspaper and other media outlets recently reported that as part of their ongoing efforts to bring immigration reform to a vote, a majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives signed a petition requiring that the measure be brought before the entire House.

Typically, bills filed in the House of Representatives, including immigration reform, must clear several procedural hurdles before the entire assembly will even consider them, and many such bills fail even to get out of committee and before the floor for a final vote.

As our Illinois readers may know from previous posts, the U.S. Senate already has passed an extensive immigration overhaul measure. However, this proposal is stalled in the House of Representatives, with some legislators having issues with some of the measure's provisions. Moreover, many Republicans do not want to take up immigration in an election year.

The Democrats' procedural move is largely symbolic; they do not have the votes necessary to force a decision on the merits of the Senate's bill. However, the goal is to bring the issue to the forefront of the public's attention. In this respect, some may say that they have succeeded already.

Illinois residents should recognize that immigration is a federal question subject to federal law, meaning that states can only do so much to aid or to worsen the plight of this country's immigrants. When and if an immigration reform bill does make it through the halls of Congress and onto the President's desk, it will have national implications. Illinois residents, particularly immigrants and their families, should follow the progress of this reform effort closely and make their voices heard as they are able.

In the meantime, dedicated immigration law attorneys in Illinois and elsewhere will no doubt continue to do what they can to help immigrants, whether those immigrants are fighting deportation proceedings or are seeking U.S. citizenship.

Source: Quincy Herald-Whig, "House Dems try to force vote on immigration," Donna Cassata, March 26, 2014.

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