One day after the Supreme Court's landmark rulings on gay marriage, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that overhauls the country's immigration laws by creating a path of citizenship for undocumented immigrants and tightening border security.
Some politicians are pessimistic about the bill's chances in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where conservatives who oppose the bill say the proposed security and border control provisions are inadequate, the Los Angeles Times reports. But Congresswoman Judy Chu — who represents Alhambra and much of the San Gabriel Valley — urged her fellow representatives Friday to vote for what she feels is much-needed immigration reform.
“So far, the House Republicans’ strategy for immigration reform has been to slow-walk and cherry pick," Chu said in a statement. “This overt partisanship cannot last if the House is going to rise to the occasion. I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to join us in good faith to solve our immigration problems, and to stop undercutting the sincere efforts that Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have put forth. The time for immigration reform is undoubtedly now, and the time for the political games to end has long passed. We must get this done.”