WASHINGTON, January 25, 2014 – According to a report in USA Today, illegal immigrants will attend tonight’s State of the Union Address for the second year in a row.
As Congress struggles to reach an agreement on a way to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, immigration advocates are increasingly pressuring the president to act on his own to stop the deportations of some of the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
Several of those advocates, and at least two undocumented immigrants, will be able to hear the president firsthand when he is likely to urge the Republican-led House of Representatives to get moving on an immigration overhaul.
The group will be hosted by Illinois Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Schneider and Bill Foster, all of whom have been pushing for the House to take up a Senate-passed immigration bill that would allow most of the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship.
“This year, we joined together to invite people whose stories illustrate the importance of immigration reform and to make clear that passing comprehensive immigration reform should be at the top of the to-do list,” the members said in a joint statement.
Regardless of which pretty title you give immigrants who have crossed our border without permission, or stuck around past the time they are legally allowed to do so, allowing illegals to attend as guests of the President in the United States Capitol is not only offensive, it’s a blatant violation of U.S. immigration law.
“It reinforces the one message that for this president is unambiguous: violating immigration laws is just entirely inconsequential,” said Bob Dane of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that wants to limit the number of legal and undocumented immigrants entering the country. “The laws aren’t being enforced, and here you go, the public needs to get used to it. They can sit and stand anywhere they want, including next to me in the U.S. Capitol.”
House Republicans are not expected to take the advice President Obama will no doubt give them in tonight’s State of the Union address. Rather than voting on the Senate-passed bill, they will be presenting their own version in the coming days.