Costa Responds to Speaker Boehner’s Refusal to Address Immigration Reform

Fresno, CA — Today, Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) issued the following statement after President Obama pledged to take administrative action to address immigration.  The President acknowledged that Speaker Boehner will not allow the House to vote on immigration reform legislation this year.   
“It is the job of Congress to face and resolve challenging issues, like our broken immigration,” said Rep. Jim Costa.  “Instead of allowing the House to vote on the bipartisan Senate-passed reform legislation or presenting an alternate bill, Speaker Boehner has decided to completely ignore immigration reform.  He has turned a blind eye to one of the most pressing issues of our time. By denying Congress a vote, the Speaker has taken away our ability to represent our districts.  
“Now, in the face of Congressional inaction, the President must consider taking administrative action.  He has been left no alternative. Each day that our immigration system remains broken jobs are lost and our economy struggles.  Now is the time for decisive action. ”