Senator: Immigration to pass by July 4
by Philip Elliott, Associated Press
June 02, 2013 10:26 PM | 948 views | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WASHINGTON — A lawmaker who helped negotiate a bipartisan bill to overhaul immigration predicted Sunday that comprehensive legislation would overwhelmingly pass the Senate by July 4, while House Republicans cautioned that they would write their own version, one piece at a time.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he anticipates as many as 70 of the 100 senators will vote for the measure heading to the full Senate on June 10. Even if it passes there, the proposal faces tough prospects in the Republican-led House, where lawmakers are at work on their own piecemeal approach that could stall a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.

“We are moving forward because we believe in a bipartisan way this is so vital for America, and we’ll have a good bill,” Schumer said, pledging to allow colleagues to amend the legislation.

Not so fast, House lawmakers cautioned.

“That Senate bill is not going to move in the House,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

For months, four Democratic senators met with four Republican colleagues behind closed doors and developed a proposal that would enact new border controls and enforcement mechanisms in the workplace, allow tens of thousands of workers into the country legally for high- and low-skilled jobs and create a 13-year path to citizenship for those already living in the country illegally.

It passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee in May by a vote of 13 to 5; three Republicans joined the Democratic majority.

House lawmakers, though, have pledged to put together their own measure — likely taking components of the comprehensive Senate plan one at a time and adding their own priorities.

“We think it’s better to do it with a step-by-step approach,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

“We’ll continue down that path, but the final outcome in terms of the form of the legislation is not yet known,” he added.

Democrats and Republicans alike recognized the political potency of the issue. The Senate, led by Democrats, is putting added pressure on the House, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

“Congressman Boehner is in a box. There are about 60 or 70 of his people who are against any immigration reform. But at the same time, he knows that the Republican Party will be consigned to a minority party for a generation if they’re anti-immigration,” Schumer said.

In 2012, President Barack Obama won re-election with 71 percent of Hispanic voters and 73 percent of Asian voters backing him. A thwarted immigration overhaul could send those voting blocs more solidly to Democrats’ side.

“We are hard at work on this problem. We have a broken immigration system in the country, it needs to be fixed, our legal immigration, our enforcement and figuring out the appropriate legal status for people who are not lawfully present in the United States all need to be addressed,” Goodlatte said.

But it is unlikely to be a sweeping answer in the House, lawmakers said.

“I don’t know if we’ll have comprehensive reform or we will have it piece-by-piece. But that Senate bill may not even pass the Senate itself,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

Schumer spoke to NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Ros-Lehtinen was interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Goodlatte was on “Fox News Sunday.”
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Has to be done
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June 03, 2013
I am a republican but very disappointed in their stance on immigration reform and not happy with this bill either. It is not fair to those people who have come to the US legally, paid THOUSANDS of dollars and had to wait and endure a lot of paperwork. This reform encourages illegals to continue streaming into the country and draining our resources. First an amendment to the constitution HAS to be added to state that you are only legal if one parent is a US citizen. Second illegals should not be able to register for any schooling. Then they should have to pay the same amount and fill out the same paperwork as any other person coming in to this country!
anonymous
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June 03, 2013
Of course Obama won Hispanic voters. Stand in line at a supermarket and take a tally of who pays with a Peach card and food stamps, and figure that one out. Duh.
anonymous
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June 03, 2013
All I care about is the total arrogance of Mexicans. Yes, Mexicans. You can come and watch in my small community and witness the arrogance of Mexican children being taught by their parents that it is okay for them to play a game of soccer in the middle of the street at 1:00 a.m., while the parents are in the backyard partying hardy loudly. I have to give kudos to Cobb County Police. I am the bitch from Hades to live around if you are noisy at 1:00 a.m. from my bedroom window and there is NOTHING wrong with that. That is, I expect people to abide with the law, and I will be your worst nightmare if you don't. We need more of me. We need more people just like me in neighborhoods that risk being taken over by non law abiding citizens. I don't care if you are pink, blue, or purple, the law is the law is the law. Never mind the trash we pick up in my neighborhood from Mexican bambinos; quality of life does not include children in the street playing soccer at 1:00 a.m., while the parents are falling down drunk while gibbering Spanish in the back yard to salsa music. I will fight this to the end. Cobb County has noise ordinances and each and every time these menaces to my neighborhood break the ordinances, I will report it and I will not only report it, I will expect to receive a call of resolution from Cobb police. You see, that is the way to avoid a takeover from criminals breaking our laws. When they break the law, you arrest them. One police officer actually said, "It is the neighborhood you are living in." Pardon me, officer, but there is one Mexican family causing the problem out of 16 houses, so I just don't get that remark at all. Not at all.
anonymousalso
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June 03, 2013
I don't know who you are...but I am 100% behind you. This neighborhood over here is full of Mexicans who are tired of getting visits from the police for noise complaints. I'm not going to roll over and give up my own neighborhood to illegal criminals who create nuisances and other problems. If the cops aren't allowed to throw them out of the country, they can at least keep them quiet while they're here! And they can bet on hearing from me if the arrogant Spanish-speakers next door are keeping me up at night.
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