Congressman Crowley Welcomes Newest Support for Immigration Reform, Urges Speaker Boehner to Act
(Queens, N.Y.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the statement below in response to yet another House Republican coming forward in support of immigration reform. Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) letter urging Speaker Boehner to bring up immigration reform comes on the heels of Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) issuing public statements this week, and after over 30 Republican members have in some way expressed support for a comprehensive solution.
“I'm glad to see that my colleague from New York has joined the drive for immigration reform, and I invite Congressman Peter King to take the next step of signing the discharge petition to have a vote on the bipartisan bill to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.
“The American people are calling for action, the business community is calling for action, and now, more and more House Republicans are calling for action. Speaker Boehner must stop listening to only the fringe elements of his party, and bring this bill up for a vote. We can’t wait another day.”
Crowley has been an outspoken advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. Last fall, Crowley, along with Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), John Lewis (D-GA), other House colleagues, and 200 immigration reform advocates, was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police in an act of civil disobedience calling on Congress to address immigration reform. In December, Crowley fasted in support of Fast for Families, a group of advocates who fasted to call attention to Republican leaders’ refusal to address comprehensive immigration reform.
Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.