May 21, 2014 – House Republican leaders blocked votes on any immigration legislation, again raising doubts about the prospects for election-year action on overhauling the nation’s laws. The Committee voted early Wednesday against votes on a measure offering U.S. Citizenship to immigrants who are here illegally and serve in the military. The Committee also rejected proposed legislation that would have opened the U.S. military academies to young immigrants brought to the country illegally, known as DREAMers or beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
“I’m disappointed that expanding opportunity to all of our students to the U.S. military academies is not allowed to be part of the discussion about our nation’s defense readiness” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said in a statement.
It has now been 321 days since the U.S. Senate passed their version of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill last year. Our U.S. immigration attorneys in Los Angeles are still confident that an immigration bill will be introduced by the House of Representatives soon.