The path to citizenship became the Achilles heel of immigration reform.
The legalization of the 11 million undocumented Democrats and Republicans put their backs against the wall.
Democrats in the House of Representatives continue forcing a vote for immigration reform in 2014, said Wednesday the Political site. He added that a “discharge petition”, said in mid-February by Senator Charles Schumer (New York), it remains in force as a solution to unlock the debate.
Citing statements from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said the opposition leadership will take a decision in the coming days on whether to go ahead with the “discharge petition”, a move designed to force a vote in the House of Representatives.
Political sources consulted by Democratic leaders said they await the right moment to drive strategy, but warned that “tighten the trigger” when the key players are aligned process.
To force a vote and run the download request, Democrats need 201 votes in the caucus are willing to vote for immigration reform more than 17 Republican votes, for a total of 218, the minimum number needed to pass a law.
In theory several Republicans support immigration reform, but it is unclear whether the number required for a favorable vote.
So far both the White House and Democrats have said that 30 to 40 Republicans would be willing to vote for immigration reform plan as approved by the Senate on June 27 last year, but Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said “there are no votes in the House of Representatives to pass what happened in the Senate. There are two or three Republicans to vote for it. ”
Despite the complex scenario, Politician said Democrats will continue over the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives, pressure at the same time allows them to remain united on the issue and deflect criticism.
In 2010, shortly before the mid-term elections, not all Democrats support immigration reform, a decision that caused them political harm. This time think differently and are less divided than in the past, said Frank Sharry, executive director of America‚Äôs Voice.
But if Republicans do not act and do not vote on immigration reform could result in increased pressure on Obama leftist groups that the president use his executive authority and stop the deportations.
During the first Obama Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported an average of 400 thousand undocumented immigrants per year, about 1,220 a day.
Political asked if the sectors that support immigration reform, including religious, businessmen, farmers and politicians will be able to push enough Republicans to act and vote on a bill during 2014.