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El Paso representatives will continue fight for undocumented immigrants

Boehner: Comprehensive immigration reform will not pass this year

By: Ruben Veloz, Newspaper Tree

EL PASO, Texas--El Paso representatives say they will continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform despite some drawbacks.

This comes after House Speaker John Boehner said there was no time to look at a bill senators have been trying to pass, ending hopes for immigration advocates.

"There is no reason for us not to do immigration reform," said President Barack Obama.

Obama addressed the nation on Thursday, saying he will do what he can to put comprehensive immigration reform back on the table next year.

"When you got a law that makes sense you shouldn't be looking for an excuse not to do it," said Obama.

Many immigration advocates hoped it would finally pass this year.

"This country is founded on immigration in a sense and a lot of people see United States as an option to build down careers and their life expectancy," said east El Pasoan Albert Guerrera.

Northeast El Pasoan Robert Guerrera also agreed.

"It seems like this term, is probably not the term that this issue is going to be addressed," said Robert, "Right now we got that Obama care going on."

The bill known as S.744 was passed by the Senate earlier in June.

It would have granted nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, but it has been tough to pass in the Republican-led house.

"The idea that we are going to take up a thirteen hundred page bill that no one had ever read which is what the senate did is not going to happen in the house," said Boehner on Wednesday.

Even El Paso U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke has his doubts.

The Democratic congressman has been fighting to pass immigration reform, but on Thursday he told if comprehensive immigration reform doesn't pass this year, it would be hard to address it again next year, an election year.

However he said he will continue fighting for it for millions of undocumented people.

"I'm going to continue to what I can do with the members who have shown some willingness," O'Rourke said, "I'm not about to give up.

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego criticized the partisanship that's stalled the bill, saying many immigrants served the United States in the Armed Forces.

"The list of stories of non-citizens who have served in the U.S military is a long list" said Gallego, "In the years since 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have in fact, relied on immigrants in our military."

Gallego's district stretches from El Paso to San Antonio criticized the partisanship

El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar told she wasn't surprised to learn that the house didnt pass the bill.

This is coming from the same house leadership that cost our economy millions and millions shutdown, Escobar told Newspapertree.

El Pasoans say not passing it would be bad for the country's economy.

"If you are denying a person's right to work here, I think it's denying many benefits," said Albert.



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