Dayton to U.S. House: Pass immigration overhaul "without delay"
July 18, 2013 — 9:57am
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday joined with 14 other governors to plead with the U.S. House to approve immigration overhaul legislation.
"Now that the Senate has done its work, the House of Representatives should act without delay to pass similar legislation so that we can begin to build an immigration system that reflects our nation’s values and strengthens our economies," the governors said in a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The group of chief executives is geographically diverse -- from states including Arkansas, New Hampshire and Washington -- but politically narrow -- all 15 are Democrats.
The letter specifically asks that the Republican House, like the Democratic Senate, look at changing immigration policy by securing the country's borders and providing a so-called "path to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants.
"We should avoid and reject any requirements that litter the pathway with (insurmountable) obstacles," the letter said.
The governors also said that they support replacing the current system of visas for farm workers, expanding visa programs for graduate students in math and sciences and increasing funding for science, technological, engineering and mathematics education.
The Senate voted on an immigration policy measure last month; the House has not scheduled a vote on a related measure.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled an immigration bill that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally and tightens border security, and they warned of political fallout if House Republicans fail to act.
As Congress debates immigration legislation, members of the House and Senate embark Thursday on a weekend tour of immigration-related sites in New York City, with stops at Ellis Island and at a naturalization ceremony.