As an immigrant who became a citizen after President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, I know what it is like to be separated from family members and fear never being able to see them again. I know what it means to work and to contribute and to learn to love my adopted country and to be a proud citizen and promote its democracy.
So it is disappointing to see the democratic process fail on Capitol Hill; to see the school yard bullying and the lame excuses for not doing the required work. To say that Republicans won’t debate because they do not trust or like the president is worse than a kid saying, “The dog ate my homework.”
It’s time for responsible leadership to take control and silence the lame excuses for inaction. The nation needs this bill and the voters are frustrated by Congress’ fears to act.
Immigration reform with citizenship is good policy and Congress can be on the right side of history by ending the suffering of the immoral immigration system that now exists.
House passage also would be a good political move. The Latino community will never forget who stood on our side and who blocked action. If anyone doesn’t believe me, just ask Mitt Romney.
Ben Monterroso is executive director of Mi Familia Vota.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.