Immigration Reform Bill: Languishing in the Senate, Unlikely in the House

25 May

The running joke has been that the Senate is where all bills go to die.  In this instance, the Senate’s Gang of Eight has come up with a bill that has already passed the Judiciary Committee and is now on the floor.  No one likes the bill, including me.  Does that mean it’s a good compromise?  I’m not really sure.  There are so many pros and cons that I’m not sure whether something is good or not.  No matter what, the bill has a long ways to go.  With the Senate, the proponents need 60 votes which is just a minimum.  The goal was supposed to be at least 2/3 so that it would shame the House Republicans into voting for it.  In the media, though, it seems a great number of people on both sides of the aisle want something to happen, no matter how flawed it is, because something has to be done.  I’ll end this post with a few quotes on the process thus far:

  • “Must have sweeping, generous immigration reform,make existing law-abiding Hispanics welcome. Most are hard-working family people.” – Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch
(Photo: AP Photo)

  • This issue has been around far too long. A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.” – House Speaker John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner
(Photo: AP Photo)

  • The best thing about Republicans losing is that it will likely force them to cut an immigration deal.” – Former Bush aide Mark McKinnon

Former Bush aide Mark McKinnon
(Photo: AP Photo)

  • It’s clear to me, if Republicans are going to have the opportunity to be in the majority, we clearly have to determine how we deal with minority and Latino voters.” – Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)
(Photo: AP Photo)

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3 Responses to “Immigration Reform Bill: Languishing in the Senate, Unlikely in the House”

  1. Robert A. Vella May 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    If “immigration reform” doesn’t pass, considering that it has the support of big business Republicans and almost the entirety of the Democratic Party, then what will that say about our democracy?

    • ronarruejo May 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

      If it doesn’t pass, then that says that it isn’t yet time and/or the political divide is too wide to pass something. Healthcare reform was tried in the 1990s and failed until Obama’s 1st term. Hopefully ‘immigration reform’ doesn’t have to wait that long, but unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of hope.

  2. realtalkrealdebate May 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Mostly agree with you. In the end something has to be done. It’s long overdue.

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