Target: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Accept input from liberals on border security and immigration bills
No man is an island, but United States Speaker of the House John Boehner is trying to prove that a political party can be. In the wake of the recent border crisis, President Obama proposed a $3.7 billion emergency funding package to beef up border security and add people and infrastructure to deal with the issue, according to the Washington Post. Conservatives in the House, however, aren’t interested in this measure and have come up with a $659 million spending bill instead, according to Roll Call. While liberals are disappointed with the comparatively small amount of money conservatives are willing to spend on the issue, it looked as though there might be a silver lining; according to The Hill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid floated the idea of attaching comprehensive immigration reform to the House’s bill. However, Speaker Boehner came out against this plan in no uncertain terms, Roll Call reported. It seems that conservatives will accept no input but their own, and in the process they may be slowing progress on important border issues.
The money that House conservatives are willing to spend on the border crisis is almost certainly not sufficient to make a dent. Two-thirds of the money is allotted to border security, according to The Rachel Maddow Show, and considering that the current influx of immigrants is composed of children who seek out border officials as soon as they arrive, border security is not the most pressing concern. Perhaps the greater issue, however, is the refusal to consider comprehensive immigration reform. This reform was passed in 2013 by the Senate, and is intended to fix broken elements of the U.S.’s immigration system and make it easier for undocumented immigrants to become full citizens. The House has never voted on the bill, as House leadership will not let it come to a vote. This refusal to act on reform continues today.
Speaker Boehner has a responsibility to everyone, not just to his party members. Constant rejection of liberal input isn’t good for the border or for anything else. By signing this petition, you will urge the Speaker to stop stonewalling.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
The current crisis at the border is crying out for a meaningful solution. Unfortunately, your refusal to work together with liberals isn’t helping matters. It is bad enough that the House has rejected the president’s emergency spending bill and substituted a much smaller one, but your recent refusal to allow comprehensive immigration reform to be added to the House’s bill via amendment is much worse. Such reform has the potential to improve the U.S.’s immigration system and help more people become full citizens, and your refusal to even let it come to a vote is simply wrong.
There is no reason to only work with your fellow conservatives on important issues. The U.S. is based on bipartisan governance, and the best work is always attained when people work together, across the aisle. I urge you to put the good of the border and the nation above partisan politics.
[Your Name Here]
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