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Posted by: Gordon on 2/7/2014
Jesusa Rivera, among Gamaliel's most stalwart leaders of the Civil Rights of Immigrants campaign, offered this response to the news today that a deal may again be slowed down. Like many, she has been disappointed by yesterday's news dimming prospects for immigration reform this year. Here is her reaction.
Jesusa Rivera at action
Long-time ally to Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio) hit the nail on the head in the Washington Post today:
Right now, Jesus himself couldn’t be the speaker and get 218 Republicans behind something, so I think Speaker Boehner is trying his best to come up with a plan that can get close to that. Whatever we move, there will be critics everywhere, but at the end of the day we still have to govern.
Like Jesus over Jerusalem, Speaker Boehner may weep over D.C.'s disarray: “Washington, Washington, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling!” (c.f., Mt 23: 37).

While Tiberi's remarks were about raising the debt ceiling, Speaker Boehner laments that immigration reform is “difficult” because they do not “trust” the President.

It seems a poor excuse given their failure to pass much legislation since the 2012 election. Now, most legislative opportunities likely will be lost in anticipation of the 2014 election.

Two things to remember:
  1. This is not a Republican only issue. We are watching the president, our Deporter In Chief, to see if he will take action on his own over what he has authority to do, as he promised in his State of the Union speech just last week. He can stop breaking up families, right now.
  2. We call upon all current officeholders to do their duty. They were elected not because the job is easy, but because we expect them to tackle the “difficult” problems that face our nation. If they want to be popular, get a gig as a guest on television news. If they want to govern and do the difficult work, we will be there to work with them. Propose a bill, take action on the regulations in front of you, and let's make life better for our families.
Fresh from our CRI annual retreat, Gamaliel leaders will continue to work and pray for action. For those in St. Louis, former Gamaliel organizer and Fast For Families faster Rudy Lopez will be visiting with MCU on Wednesday, Feb. 12, contact info@gamaliel.org if you'd like more information about the event.
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