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Press Release: NETWORK’s Sister Simone Campbell Responds to Today’s Immigration Statement from President Obama

FOR RELEASE: June 30, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

Washington DC: Today, President Obama announced that Speaker Boehner’s refusal to bring an immigration bill to the floor of the House of Representatives has rendered immigration reform effectively dead because of GOP intransigence. The president will now pursue every possible action that his administration can take within existing law to address the pain of our severely broken immigration system.

NETWORK Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell, responding to this afternoon’s announcement, said:

Republicans in the House of Representatives have used every conceivable excuse to avoid passing immigration reform, and they must be held accountable for their willful refusal to govern. The fact that immigration reform will not be addressed in the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress is a national tragedy. House Republicans are persistently refusing to address the harsh immigration realities and fix broken systems. The GOP chooses to place politics over people.

Speaker Boehner, a Catholic, and all other Catholic Republicans should listen to Pope Francis’s call to remember who our brothers and sisters are and not remain indifferent to the social sin of our broken policies. He calls on politicians to be ‘genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders…take heed and broaden their horizons.’

Our members of Congress are elected to serve the common good of our nation and those who live here, and their failure to fix our bro