November 20, 2013

Can women give immigration reform the boost it needs?

Burned by Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)’s dismissal of the Senate’s bipartisanimmigration reform billDemocrats have hailed his recent remarks as the nail in the immigration reform coffin. Meanwhile, Republicans have said that Democrats are dramatizing to save face over President Obama’s botched debut. Though the Senate bill lacks a clear future, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) have joined a national campaign to push it forward.

“We are facing the stalling of immigration reform in the House but our continued advocacy and external pressure can be brought in a sustainable way,” said Hirono on Tuesday.

Hirono and Roybal-Allard spoke at a news conference held Tuesday by We Belong Together, an advocacy group for women-focused immigration reform.

Hirono, a supporter of the Senate’s bill, raised concerns in June over the bill’s inadvertent exclusion of women from developing countries.

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By:  Ruth Tam
Source: The Washington Post