With Immigration Reform is a Discharge Petition in the works? A recent survey conducted by Global Strategy Group and Brasswood Research revealed that 71% of voters support an earned pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. Although Republicans in the House of Representatives claim to be in favor of such legislation, they do not appear to be willing to move forward even on their "piecemeal" approach to reform. We are all wondering what America is waiting for. If 71% of voters want reform to happen and to provide a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented, why can't we get the job done?
Bring in the Discharge Petition. A discharge petition is a means of bringing a bill out of committee and to the floor for consideration without a report from the committee and usually without cooperation of the leadership by "discharging" the committee from further consideration of a bill or resolution. There is chatter on the hill that the Democrats may soon be looking at a discharge petition as a means to bring immigration reform to the floor of the House. There are many Republicans in the House that would support immigration legislation but are not willing to betray House leadership. Despite this, if a measure can be brought to the floor for a vote, it is generally believed that there may be enough support to get to the magic of 218 in favor.
We, at Miley & Brown, P.C., applaud any efforts by the House Republicans to engage in bi-partisan efforts to move immigration reform forward. You can help make this happen by visit us at www.mileybrown.com where you can contact Congress to tell them you want immigration reform now.