The three Democratic members of Congress representing San Diego County have signed a “demand a vote” petition asking for action on bi-partisan immigration reform.

Reps. Susan Davis (CA-53), Scott Peters (CA-52) and Juan Vargas (CA-51) signed the petition on Wednesday. As of Thursday, a total of 170 members of Congress had signed the petition.

Signers hope to force a vote on the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which supporters say would help secure the borders, protect workers, unite families, create jobs, and provide a pathway to citizenship for those who qualify.

“House majority leadership must stop blocking this commonsense reform, and allow a vote to create jobs, encourage innovation, reduce the deficit, grow our small businesses, and boost the economy,” Vargas said.

Peters said passing immigration reform is a top priority for San Diego businesses now that construction is underway to expand the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

“If our country is going to remain the go-to place for entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world, we’ve got to make these reforms,” Peters said. “This is a rare instance where the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor groups, faith leaders, farmers, and farm workers all agree on the right way forward. “

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.