Three House Republicans have now expressed their support of the Democrat-led Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, suggesting that Congress may act before the year ends. This past weekend, Rep. Denham from California announced his support for the House bill in an interview on Univision. On Tuesday, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen from Florida became the second Republican to publically advocate for the bill, and yesterday Rep. Valadao from California joined them and became the third member of the GOP to express his support. Rep. Valadao is himself the child of Portuguese immigrants. Despite growing support, the bill is still lacking nearly 30 votes before it could be passed by the House.
The proposed bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, would restructure the immigration system for family based and employment based applications, increase border security, and provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11-12 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. Despite clear indications of increased support, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives still maintains that they will not allow the bill to go to the floor for a vote, though House Speaker Boehner states that he is “hopeful” a vote may happen before yearend.