Two weeks ago the U.S. Senate passed S. 744, a bill that addresses immigration reform. The historic vote has long been awaited by pro-immigrant groups. The bill cleared the Senate with a bipartisan majority of 68-32, including every Democrat and 14 Republicans.
Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has demonstrated his opposition to Immigration Reform because it provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Florida's 12th House district, which Bilirakis represents, covers most of Pasco County, an area that has seen an increase of Hispanic voters in the past years. There are 20,609 Hispanic voters, and most are registered Democrats. Many of these voters support immigration reform and they have vowed to remember Rep. Bilirakis voting history when they vote.
Our congressman has already garnered the disappointment of many because he voted in favor of defunding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, supported making staying in the country unlawfully a federal crime and giving American corporations the right to import human workers, without granting them the pathway to citizenship white immigrants have enjoyed since the founding of our nation. Rep. Bilirakis is demonstrating he represents extremists who believe in deportation of all undocumented immigrants.
Rep. Bilirakis was elected to vote for the people he represents. A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling indicates that 67 present of voters in the district support citizenship and 52 percent are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports citizenship.
New Port Richey
The writer is Hispanic outreach project manager for the Pasco County Democratic Executive Committee.
Firm in faith
I am an American-born citizen. I believe in the original Constitution. Many are trying to change it. I am a Christian. We have been persecuted for 2,000 years for our faith.
No one is saying atheists cannot be atheists, but non-believers are again persecuting us. They are more aggressive in removing our monuments, e.g. the Ten Commandments, from public places in the U.S.
Go ahead, but you will never remove my faith in God.