On Wednesday, House Democrats introduced an immigration reform bill (HR 15) that largely mirrors the immigration bill that was passed in the Senate earlier this year. The bill has pathway to citizenship for the undocumented and border enforcement provisions. However, this bill does not include funding for an additional 700 miles of border fence.
The bill has little chance of passing because there is no indication that the Republican leadership would put the bill up for consideration. Introducing this bill is an attempt by Democrats to say that they are “doing something” about immigration while the feud over the government shutdown continues.
Immigration advocates continue their push for reform despite the lack of bipartisan support for a bill coming out of the House. On October 5, there will be rallies for immigration reform in over 160 cities.
Yesterday, Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) gave a speech expressing his support for the new House bill: