Protesters rally outside House Speaker John Boehner's West Chester office
8:23 PM, Jul 1, 2013
7:10 PM, Jul 7, 2013
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Dozens of Organizing For America protesters rallied Monday outside House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) office in West Chester to push for immigration reform.
Members of the group said they want the House to pass immigration reform similar to the bi-partisan bill passed in the Senate. In a 68-32 vote, the Senate approved a 1,200-page bill to re-vamp immigration laws.
An OFA news release says the bill would strengthen border security, crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers while strengthening the economy.
"I know that they have to go through their process which is the democratic way. But we've already seen that we have an accord recently in the senate that was bi-partisan," said Dominic Lijoi.
Lijoi says that he hopes Boehner will navigate through the House to the bill passed because it's the right thing to do.
This Tri-State protest was one of many held throughout the country Monday to garner national attention. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said lack of Republican support could backfire on them in future elections.
"We wouldn't even be where we are right now had it not been that 70 percent of Hispanics voted for President Obama, voted Democratic in the last election," Pelosi said during a meet the press interview. "That caused an epiphany in the Senate, that's for sure. So, all of a sudden now, we have already passed comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate. That's a big victory."
Republican lawmakers said they don't feel pressure to pass the bill because of the Senate and it's more important to fix the broken immigration system.
According to the Associated Press, Boehner said he's ruled out taking up the Senate's bill and the House of Representatives will create its own version of the immigration reform.