House Democrats Introduce New Immigration Bill Amid Government Shutdown

The new immigration bill seems as unlikely to pass as the Senate-backed bill, but House Democrats are still trying.

By Von Diaz Oct 02, 2013

On day two of the U.S. government shutdown–which is costing American taxpayers about $200 million daily, not to mention the disproportionate effects it has on communities of color and how it’s paralyzed the EPA and other agencies–House Democrats have announced a new immigration reform bill that some say is almost identical to the one already introduced.

Headed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the bill was introduced at a press conference today by Reps. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) and Steven Horsford (D-Nev.). Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is expected to sign on as well.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the government shutdown may not affect the bill’s chances. "[The bill] has strong support from the American public. It has a probability of moving forward," he said during the press conference.

Despite Rep. Hoyer’s optimism, it seems unlikely any immigration bill could move forward considering current budget disputes in Congress and with such few legislative days left in the calendar.