House Immigration vote may wait until October. Seung Min Kim reports in Politico that there may be no floor action on immigration in the House until October.
Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told folks at a Racine, Wisconsin town hall meeting that the House could start voting on such bills in October. He indicated that the House could begin voting on the border security bill, an interior enforcement bill, and a bill for legal immigration. Further, he said the Republican led House will also move forward on legislation for "people who are undocumented."
According to the Journal Sentinel, Ryan outlined a 15-year pathway to citizenship that would provide undocumented immigrants with a "probationary visa" in the interim. That reflects the pathway to citizenship being crafted by a bipartisan group of seven House lawmakers in its comprehensive bill. The bipartisan group, informally called the House Gang of Seven, isn't planning on releasing its bill until at least September. Sadly, the House will only be in session for nine days in September with a really full agenda to fund the federal government and extend the farm bill before the end of the month.
It is particularly frustrating that the House has chosen to not only delay this crucial issue, but to approach it in a piecemeal fashion rather than a comprehensive bill such as S.744 voted out of the Senate June 27, 2013 by a 68 to 32 vote. Although the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act." is not perfect, it represents our best hope for comprehensive reform. We, at Miley & Brown, P.C., continue to remain hopeful and continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. You can also be an advocate by visiting Miley & Brown, P.C. at www.mileybrown.com and clicking on "Contact Congress".