Ruiz to Boehner: Allow Vote for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In a letter sent to the Speaker of the House on Friday, our local congressman urged John Boehner to "do what is right, end the partisan bickering, and allow the House of Representatives to vote on comprehensive immigration reform..."

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.

[RELATED ON PATCH: Border Patrol Cancels Flights from Texas to California For Now]

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. 


Steve Mehlman July 13, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Question for y'all: Why is it that a Cuban immigrant can hop on a boat, sail to Miami, and be welcome with open arms, no questions asked? Send some Cubans back, then we'll talk about these kids from Central America.
Steve Mehlman July 13, 2014 at 08:30 PM
BTW, Dr. Ruiz is one of millions who did not ask you to pay subsistence, medical bills, SNAP, maternity care. He is a prime example of what the American dream is REALLY all about. If y'all had your way, we'd have to rebuild the Statue of Liberty. Instead of saying "give me your tired and your poor" and holding high her torch, Lady Liberty would be giving the rest of the world the finger.
Kathleen Beu July 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM
Charity begins at home. In case yu have not noticed the unemployment rate is very high now, the taxable income severely reduced, the government must curb the amount of money they are handing out in the way of freebys, because there is no money to pay for them. What is so hard to understand, you don't continue putting out money, when there is no chance to recover what you have spent. This is just one more issue caused by the Government, to bankrupt and destroy this country. Just like the Palestinians, they are using human shields to get their own way. This is crazy. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie. 2 Thess. 2:11 The judge is right on.
Steve Mehlman July 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM
The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in eight years....."God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie." He has. Examples include: Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin....Raul Ruiz and many other undocumented immigrants and their families have become productive, hard-working, God-fearing members of our society.
Alexander Cuttleworth July 15, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Call them what they really are, Steve....illegals. Undocumented immigrants; baloney! And I can't stand to listen to Palin, Fox news, or heaven forbid, that idiot Limbaugh. Don't assume that all of those who don't agree with you are Republicans. Some of us can think for ourselves instead of following the 'party' line. Ever consider what one might step in while following a donkey or an elephant.


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