By SEUNG MIN KIM
Immigration activists and Democratic lawmakers made a last-ditch effort Thursday to pressure the GOP-led House to move on reform — vowing that their lobbying will only intensify next year.
More than 1,500 immigration activists descended into the offices of 200 House lawmakers Thursday afternoon to protest the House’s inaction on the issue. The vast majority of their targets were House Republicans, but they also singled out four Democrats who activists said had not thrown their support for immigration reform.
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led more than 40 House Democrats in an event on the front steps of the Capitol, demanding that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bring
immigration reform to the floor and calling attention to the issue.
“We have the time before we leave here [on Friday] to bring H.R. 15 to the floor for a vote,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said, referring to a Democratic comprehensive immigration reform bill. “Mr. Speaker, as a nation and as a compassionate people, we can do better. We must do better.”
In the final days of this year’s session, pro-reform activists wanted to highlight that the Republican-led House had not moved on immigration reform — nearly six months after the Democratic-led Senate passed a comprehensive overhaul.