House Representatives Urge Congress to Take on Immigration Reform

September 12, 2013chli

Today Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) held a press conference with some of its Congressional Board members to urge congress to take on the issue of immigration reform. There are many questions regarding the likelihood of the House discussing immigration legislation in the midst of debates over a Continuing Resolution and the looming debt ceiling negotiations.

The CHLI Congressional Board members who spoke included Ileana Ross-Lehtinen (FL-18), David Valadao (CA-21), Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-13), Rep. and Pedro Pierluisi (PR). All of them spoke of the urgent need for reform both for the sake of the families effected and for the U.S. economy. “With everything that is going on in the world… it seems that immigration is starting to get pushed back and we are here to say we do not want that” said Congressman Valadao in his statement, “we need to get involved and we need to make sure that the leadership does not forget about the importance of this issue.”

Immigration reform is very important to FIU considering that we are one of the largest Hispanic serving institutions in the country. FIU is number 1 in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, number 1 in awarding degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to minorities, and number 9 nationally in granting master’s degrees to minorities.

We look forward to following this issue closely in the upcoming months.