National Hispanic groups, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as labor leaders and faith leaders have announced an unprecedented partnership and initiative of civic participation, beginning with the launch of its’ 2014 National Score Card on Immigration. The score card showing how Congress has failed on the issue of immigration reform. (Click here for the Scorecard)
Republican Congressman Steve Pearce of New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District earned 0% on the Scorecard, while Democratic colleagues Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-CD1) and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (NM-CD3) each earned a 91% score. (Click here for the scores.)
“After the 2012 elections, Congress made several promises to enact immigration reform. However, opposition from anti-immigrant extremists turned these into fists hitting pointedly attempts to immigration reform and immigrant families, “said in a statement the 10 EU national leaders, civil rights and faith together Monday. “Congress can try to ignore us and the immigration issue, but we will not.”
Amid a national immigration crisis and a shameful lack of leadership in the U.S. Capitol, “Nowhere is anger and disappointment toward Congress is more palpable than in Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islanders communities, and immigrants who suffer daily the consequences of the failure of Congress to remedy the dysfunctional and immoral immigration system” said the advocates of immigration reform.
In response, national leaders have undertaken extensive civic engagement initiative that includes the national distribution of the very first score card on Immigration 2014 showing how Congress failed on issues of immigration reform by refusing to submit to the full House of Representatives a comprehensive draft law, and to appeal to anti-immigrant voting, such as the immediate termination of the DACA program and deportation of dREAMERS. Scores are based on tabulations of votes and actions related to immigration, including the co-sponsorship of bills that include a path to citizenship and family reunification through a visa reform.
The report also shows how the ratings of several members were knocked down by the refusal of leaders to present the full immigration legislation could have been passed in the House of Representatives.
“The National Assessment Card Immigration 2014 leaves no doubt about who supported immigration reform and who worked against us,” according to the joint statement. “The American people support immigration reform and join us to send a clear and unambiguous signal to Washington: Congress inaction fuels our action. The time for our communities to be involved is now. “