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Congressman Steny Hoyer participated in a CASA community roundtable on immigration reform. Courtesy Photo
Published on: Thursday, December 05, 2013
Alexis A. Goring, Special to The Sentinel
On Friday, Nov. 22, Congressman Steny Hoyer and Latino community leaders participated in a roundtable discussion at CASA de Maryland Multicultural Center to address the need for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Congress, Hoyer believes, must contribute in helping the American dream come true for immigrant families and Hoyer believes that “passing comprehensive immigration reform to fix our broken immigration system and provide a pathway to citizenship” is the way to do it.
According to a release from Congressman Hoyer’s office, “In June, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill by a strong bipartisan vote of 68-32. Congressman Hoyer is a co-sponsor of the House version, H.R. 15, which has 190 co-sponsors total, including three Republicans. House Republican leaders, who control which bills come to the House Floor for a vote, have not allowed a vote on the bipartisan Senate or House bills, nor any of the Republican piecemeal bills that have passed through House committees.”
Hoyer holds on to hope that the bill will come to the floor.
“I also discussed the fact that if that bill came to the floor, I believe it would pass,” said Hoyer. “But if it didn’t come to the floor, the one option we have is to get a discharge petition signed which means 218 people signing a petition to bring the bill to the floor that would stand…We believe that the bill if it were put on the floor that it would get 218 votes.”
Hoyer thinks the roundtable discussion achieved his objectives.
“I do believe the purpose was achieved that is first of all for me, I had the opportunity to bring them up to date as to what’s happening in Washington and issues of importance to them and also for me to meet them and hear from them as to what they’re doing,” he said. “I thought it was a very, very fruitful and useful meeting.”