March 25, 2014
It is unlikely that they can get the votes that they need, but they will send the message (once again) that it is the Republicans who are blocking immigration reform.
Democrats will meet on the steps of the Capitol to announce the last ditch effort to force Republican leadership to bring immigration reform to a vote.
After the press conference they plan to file the discharge petition to get H.R. 15 heard on the floor. H.R. 15, which was introduced October 2, 2013 by Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL), mirrors the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last summer. It has 199 sponsors, three of them are Republicans.
The House Speaker refused to bring the immigration bill to a vote. Republicans favor piecemeal immigration reform where they can push security and enforcement over a pathway to citizenship.
The game-playing Republicans are unlikely to allow the bill to be heard despite the fact that current polls confirm that the vast majority of voters support immigration reform. One poll confirms that allowing a vote on immigration reform will not hurt Republicans; another confirms that 6 in 10 voters support a pathway to citizenship.