Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner Friday asking him to allow a vote on an immigration reform bill, as controversy swirled in Southern California over recent waves of immigrants from Central America.
In the letter, Ruiz alleges that Boehner is blocking a vote on the bill, and by doing so "you're blocking comprehensive immigration reform and a real, long-term solution that will secure our borders, reduce our deficit, improve our economy and allow hard-working immigrants to earn their citizenship."
"In the midst of our current humanitarian immigration crisis, you have a historic opportunity to help fix our broken immigration system by allowing a vote for comprehensive immigration reform ... Passing comprehensive immigration reform is our solution and we need it now more than ever," the letter states.
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On Monday, Boehner said the House won't vote on bill, which was previously passed by the Senate. He told reporters the House would "do its own job in developing an immigration bill."
President Barack Obama has also requested congressional approval for a $3.7 billion aid package to be used to deal with the immigration crisis. Boehner Thursday that "we're not giving the president a blank check."
Last week, attempts to bring migrants from Texas to the Border Patrol's Murrieta station was met with protests, and buses carrying the migrants were diverted to the Border Patrol's San Ysidro facility. On Thursday, authorities said there were no immediate plans to transfer more migrants from Texas to Southern California, leaving little chance of asylum-seekers being bused to Murrieta.
– City News Service.