Monday afternoon Congressman Ruben Hinojosa visited with members of La Union Del Pueblo Entero, or L.U.P.E and Proyecto Azteca, to talk about the latest on immigration reform.
The crowd of enthusiastic volunteers filled the room at L.U.P.E. headquarters in San Juan as Hinojosa gave updates on comprehensive immigration reform. The congressman says the Senate-passed bill that is a high priority for Hispanics is closer to pass in the House than most people think.
“I spoke to the Speaker of the House John Boehner and his assistant, and with Paul Ryan who is the chairman of the budget committee, and they tell me that they wanted to come to the floor to act on it and have a final vote,” said Congressman Hinojosa.
And although when it will happen still remains to be seen, one thing is for sure– numbers don’t lie.
“We need 218 votes in the House and right now,” said John Micheal Torres, communication coordinator for L.U.P.E. “The congressman said there’s 203 solid votes, so we’ll be moving forward hopefully this summer to actually get it passed.”
Some House Republicans have made it clear however that they would not support any proposal that creates a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented residents living in the U.S. Congressman Hinojosa stated nonetheless that immigration reform is within reach, which to some is a dream of a different era.
“This is something that is not easy otherwise we would have done it that last 10 years,” said Congressman Hinojosa. “The president is going to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus after the State of the Union address; a date to be given to us very soon.”
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address is Jan. 28, where he will be discussing immigration reform as one of his key topics.