Nov 24, 2013

McCarthy Falsely Claims Immigration Reform Will Happen

On CBS’ Face the Nation this morning, Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy said that “immigration reform is going to happen,” even though he has refused to allow a vote on bipartisan reforms. 

While Congressman McCarthy is paying lip service to immigration reform on national television, he made it very clear earlier this month when he said that immigration reform won’t happen in 2013 and didn’t provide a timetable for votes to take place.

BACKGROUND

Congressman Kevin McCarthy: “No House Votes on Immigration This Year.”“The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that lawmakers won't vote this year on the issue, confirming what many had long assumed. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, said in a meeting with immigration proponents that there weren't enough days left for the House to act and he was committed to addressing overhaul of the nation's immigration system next year.” [Associated Press, 11/08/13]  

Speaker John Boehner: Immigration Reform “Absolutely Not” Dead, But No Timetable for Vote. “House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that immigration reform is ‘absolutely not’ a dead issue, but he offered no timetable for when he might schedule a vote on legislation […]House Republicans have shown little appetite for pursuing a comprehensive overhaul of border-control laws after the Senate approved a broad bipartisan plan in June […]Even if the House were to move forward in a piecemeal fashion, the sticking point remains a path to citizenship for the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants.” [Washington Post, 11/21/13]

Immigration Activists Organized Sit-In at McCarthy’s District Office This Month.“A sit-in organized by immigration activists inside the Bakersfield office of U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy went deep into thenight Wednesday, prompting a police response and, near midnight, a personal visit from the congressman […] But the meeting does not appear to have changed McCarthy's mind on immigration legislation. A spokesman the congressman issued a statement Thursday that said the lawmaker ‘will continue to listen to his constituents -- and not the protests and threats of outside special interest groups -- as he works with his House colleagues towards a step-by-step approach.’” [Los Angeles Times, 11/07/13]


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