Moderate Democrats working to gather support from Republicans for comprehensive immigration reform sent an ultimatum earlier this month to Speaker John Boehner: introduce a bill by September 30 or they’ll introduce their own.
“[W]e are frustrated that there was not a bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced prior to the August recess,” reads the letter from 39 members of the New Democrat Coalition, a 53-member group, including Connecticut House Members Joe Courtney (CT-2), Jim Himes (CT-4) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5).
“Therefore, we write to inform you that if a bipartisan immigration reform package is not introduced in the House of Representatives — one that includes a pathway to citizenship, helps grow American jobs, and fixes our immigration system once and for all — by September 30th, we as New Democrats will consider introducing a comprehensive immigration reform bill,” the letter continues.
Last month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was one of 11 governors to sign a letter urging swift passage of the immigration reforms approved by the Senate, a vote that Connecticut