Frankel urges House to pass Senate’s immigration reformby George Bennett | July 16th, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH — Standing in front of a banner that said “Immigration Is A Human Right,” U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, urged the House to approve the Senate’s version of immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for millions of people now in the country illegally.
She acknowledged the Senate bill faces a tough road in the Republican-controlled House, where Speaker John Boehner and others favor a series of smaller bills with more emphasis on border security. Frankel urged a few dozen supporters who attended today’s event to phone and e-mail House members.
“I will tell you that representatives do look at their e-mails, we do look at our letters, we do know about our phone calls and right now I believe that the American people have to move this U.S. House of Representatives to do the right thing,” Frankel said.
After Frankel spoke, 19-year-old Charlene Rupert of Palm Springs spoke of her experience as an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the U.S. from Venezuela when she was 11. She said the Senate’s passage of a sweeping immigration bill gave her hope.
“When I saw the news I cried so much with my parents because, one, I will be able to work, and two, I will be able to attend college,” said Rupert, who said she hopes to become an immigration lawyer.
Said Rupert: “One thing I want that many of us are trying to get everybody to know, to understand, is that we want this immigration reform, we want these 11 million people that are here, they came here to be able to have a better future for their child, for their family, to work. And many people do not understand. They’re judging by other parts o the story. They don’t know our part of the story.”