Have you seen this? The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been pushing new immigration advertisements in key districts across the country.
Earlier this year the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill with bi-partisan, support yet the Speaker of the House John Boehner, wants nothing to do with it. This has prompted new personalized advertisements from the SEIU and the AFL-CIO. (Click here for post on AFL-CIO immigration ads.)
“Our message to these House Republicans is clear,” said SEIU Executive Vice President Rocio Saenz. “Enough talk – it is time for action. If Republican members support commonsense immigration reform, they must tell Speaker Boehner that that time is now to bring a bill to the floor for a vote that includes a pathway to citizenship.”
The SEIU is calling out Congressional Representatives by names that are obstructing the pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. The cable and broadcast television ads which started running last week in the districts of GOP Representatives Gary Miller (CA-31), Joe Heck (NV-3), Mike Coffman (CO-6), Rodney Davis (IL-13), David Joyce (OH-14), John Kline (MN-2) and Michael Grimm (NY-11). In addition, an ad directed at Speaker Boehner (OH-8) will run in the Washington, DC market.
The SEIU is not holding anything back in their drive to pass immigration reform. The ad buy, in excess of $500,000, is in addition to the $2.5 million SEIU has already dedicated this year to paid media in a multi-pronged field and legislative campaign to pass commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.
Immigration reform is not an issue that Republicans in swing districts can ignore. Recent polling of eight Republican congressional districts, commissioned by SEIU, shows that voters in swing districts are angry with their House members about the government shutdown. Further alienating their constituents is their inaction on immigration reform, something that is extremely popular across party lines. Polling also found that voters are more inclined to vote for their representatives in 2014 if they vote for commonsense immigration reform.
“One year out from the mid-term elections, Speaker Boehner is putting members of his caucus at risk. Commonsense immigration reform is smart politics, good policy and the right thing to do,” said Saenz
“The time for acting on immigration reform is now, and the labor movement has decided to throw down in a big way to make it happen,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Every day, over 1,000 people are deported, while House Republicans refuse to act on immigration reform with a roadmap to citizenship and workers’ rights. We won’t stop until the deportation crisis ends and aspiring Americans have the roadmap to citizenship they deserve.”
When will the obstructionism in the House end? Will this do-nothing Congress get off their asses and pass immigration reforms that are supported by the majority of Americans?
“About 71 percent of voters surveyed nationwide said they would back an immigration bill that contains the following provisions: border security, an expanded visa program for high-skilled workers and agricultural workers, an employment verification system, a pathway to citizenship for undocumented children and legal status for immigrants in the United States illegally.” (Politico)
Only time will tell if the House Republicans will do what is good for our country and our economy, or just do what they are good at — absolutely nothing.