Locals react to Immigration Reform delay

By: Gina Esposito Email
By: Gina Esposito Email

After years of pushing for comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, it's now on hold.

In June, the U.S. Senate passed a bi-partisan bill that provided a smoother path for citizenship and placed stronger measures on border security.

However, this week, House Speaker John Boehner said that the bill isn't moving forward this year in the U.S. House of Representatives. Boehner said he doesn't want to compromise on the Senate's bill, which could have helped 11 million undocumented residents currently living in the United States.

Grand Junction resident David Medina said his mother is an undocumented resident who hasn't been able to see her family that lives out of the country in 19 years. Immigration Reform could have allowed them to be reunited with their family. Medina said, "It's something that touches my heart. To see my mom working so hard everyday to support me, to support her family. I really want her to have an equal chance just like everybody else."

Medina said it's unfair that the House decided to stall the bill. Especially since, his local group, the Hispanic Affairs Project has worked hard to gain support. The group has held rallies and urged Representative Scott Tipton and Senator Michael Bennet to pass the legislation.

The Hispanic Affairs Project isn't backing down. In response to the House's decision about the Immigration Reform Bill, they are holding a walk on Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m at the Botanical Gardens. Everyone is invited to participate.

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