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Together Colorado and PICO National Network on Discharge Petition: Last, Best Chance for House Republicans to Show They’re Serious About Moving Immigration Reform Forward

Human Dignity & Just Immigration Reform

March 26, 2014


Stephanie Gustafson



Together Colorado and PICO National Network on Discharge Petition: Last, Best Chance for House Republicans to Show They’re Serious About Moving Immigration Reform Forward


Washington, DC – Today, House Democrats will introduce a discharge petition to “demand a vote” from Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) on HR 15, the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the House. PICO National Network is asking all House Republicans who support a path to citizenship to either sign on to the petition or introduce a serious piece of legislation that can be brought to the floor for an up or down vote as soon as possible.


The statement is from Frank Tapy, leader with Together Colorado:


"We hope—and expect—all supporters of a path to citizenship to sign on to the “Demand a Vote” petition immediately


"This discharge petition is the last, best chance for our Members of Congress, who claim to support immigration reform, to show they’re serious about moving immigration reform. It’s time for those in the Congress who claim to support a path to citizenship to put their words into action.


"The need for comprehensive immigration reform is not about politics. It is about our values as a nation and moral commitment to families as the core of our society.


"We won’t accept any excuses from Members of Congress who say they disagree with components of the bipartisan bill that is being discharged. If that is the case, then they should introduce their own bipartisan legislation that offers a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans, and give us a vote on that. Doing nothing is not an option"




The following is a statement from Eddie Carmona, Campaign Manager for PICO National Network’s Campaign for Citizenship:


“This is certainly welcome news from House Democrats, but more importantly, we hope House Republicans who claim to be champions of immigration reform-- like Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) who have already signed on to HR 15 and others who have talked about moving reform forward but have done little in the way of action-- to show our movement that they are serious about finding a real solution to our broken system.  This ‘demand a vote’ petition is their ultimate test: either they sign on to the petition, or introduce another serious piece of legislation that has a chance of moving to the floor, and share credit for enacting historic immigration reform legislation this year. If they fail to act, and ignore the will of the American people, they will share the blame for blocking one of the best chances for immigration reform in decades.


“So far the only action House Republicans have taken this year was to vote on a bill that would effectively deport DREAMers. These Republicans have done nothing that shows that they care about the devastating deportations under the Obama Administration. If they care about keeping American families together, if they care about the millions of U.S. citizen children and spouses left behind when their loved ones are ripped away then they should act. If they care about the American economy, or more cynically, if they care about their Party’s political future, they should act. Signing this petition would be a step in the right direction.  It’s just that simple. 


“But if they block reform yet again, the fight is not over.  PICO will continue to apply relentless pressure and put all of the resources of the Campaign for Citizenship to ending the egregious and senseless practice of deportations and family separations under the Obama administration. We will not stand to allow our President to continue to rip father's from the children, breadwinners from their households, or faithful followers from their congregations. The longer House Republicans refuse to act, the harder we will fight to ensure the Administration will. We will not stand for excuses coming from the Capitol, nor from the White House.”



 Together Colorado was founded in 1979 (as Metro Organizations for People) with the mission of empowering people to strengthen and transform their communities through community organizing. Comprised of over 60 member congregations, schools, clergy and faith leaders from Pueblo to Fort Collins, we are building a state-wide non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization.  Learn more at


PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at