MSNBC's junior anchor Ronan Farrow is in full community organizer mode these days with an explicit push to enlist viewers to petition Speaker John Boehner on behalf of illegal immigrants.
On Tuesday's broadcast, Farrow finished an interview on immigration reform measures by asking viewers to go to his blog at MSNBC.com and answer his "Call to Action" on immigration and a path to citizenship.
Farrow: "Our call to action is to push for a solution on Capitol Hill. We need your help. We need you to join the effort and sign our letter to Speaker John Boehner. We're calling for him to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. It is on our website. you can log in and simply enter your name."
The full text of the petition as it appears at MSNBC.com:
Dear Speaker Boehner:
65% of all Americans believe that the current immigration system isn’t working; 81% support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
In 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a total of 368,444 deportations. This puts the 11 million undocumented workers still living in the U.S. at great risk.
These immigrants living “in the shadows” could be contributing members of society, paying taxes and increasing consumer spending.
You have been a leader on this issue. Members of the Republican party are now beginning to align with you – just recently, Rep. Peter T. King wrote to you making it clear that, “The reality … is that we are not going to deport 11 million immigrants.”
And all those signed below urge you to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.
By Larry O'Connor