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Senators Divided On How Close They Are To Immigration Deal

Danny Lee |
March 31, 2013 | 7:37 p.m. PDT

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Sen. Marco Rubio doesn't appear to be as optimistic as other Gang of Eight members on the progress of immigration reform. (Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons)
Sen. Marco Rubio doesn't appear to be as optimistic as other Gang of Eight members on the progress of immigration reform. (Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons)
Key lawmakers said a bipartisan group of senators has resolved all major issues in ironing out a deal to reform the U.S. immigration system and plans to unveil it after Congress reconvenes in the second week of April, Reuters reported.

Although no final deal has been reached, lawmakers said they expect to see one soon once the measure is put into legislative language for all eight senators to review. The bill will include an earned pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, tougher border security and ways for employers to meet the need for both high-skilled and low-skilled workers.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO reached an agreement on a guest-worker program on Friday, paving the way for a full bill to be written.

"With the agreement between business and labor, every major policy issue has been resolved," said Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight given the task of rewriting the nation's immigration laws. "We've all agreed that we're not going to come to a final agreement until we see draft legislative language and we agree on that."

But as momentum builds toward a comprehensive immigration reform bill, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida appears to be taking a cautious stance, according to the Washington Post.

"Reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature," Rubio said in a statement. "He added that "this process cannot be rushed or done in secret."

More from the Washington Post:

Democrats and immigration advocates say Rubio is crucial to the process of overhauling the nation’s laws in a way that offers a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, and they are enthused by his participation in the Senate working group. They recognize the need for Rubio to move deliberately as he attempts to pull more conservative factions into the fold on immigration.

But at the same time, many liberals are concerned about the mixed signals Rubio, whose parents immigrated from Cuba, has offered in public pronouncements and wonder if he is looking for a potential escape hatch if the political heat becomes too great

Rubio, a rising star in the GOP, faces the challenge of being a conservative tea party hero, while also trying to position himself as a 2016 presidential candidate who can help the party build support among Latino voters. Immigration activists say the Florida senator will be involved in talks for the long haul since a breakdown in immigration negotiations would likely result in blame directed toward Republicans and not President Obama.

"The crosscurrents are wicked," said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, a leading immigration advocacy group. "But he's going to have to stand his ground and take some incoming fire and then be able to say, 'I procured a victory.'"


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Dave Francis (not verified) on April 1, 2013 4:53 PM


What can we expect from the oncoming illegal immigration mass Amnesty, this time? After the 1986 fiasco, I don’t trust either party involved, as the only people who collected on this massive elicit gift, was the 3.5 illegal aliens that expanded to 5 million and the business community. All the American people got out of it, was more extorted taxes, even more hordes of illegal immigration encouraged because the strict laws that were never enacted. Where the corporations are concerned their lobbyists were successful with their brown paper packages hidden in fridges, beautiful vacations around the world for the whole family and with certain politicians a second summer home, brought and paid for, hidden away from the prying eyes of federal and state government ethics committees. If anybody thinks that anything has ever changed in Washington, forget it, because the special interest organization, with their PAC money, has already been offered the United States legislators a nice expensive deal? A few new faces have not been contaminated yet, as they haven’t smelt the rich aroma of currency; promise of even more dollars to pile in their progressive campaign chests. It’s very sad that the Washington scene has become as corrupt as the governments of many foreign countries. These Special interest groups led by Mark Zuckerberg and his billionaire lifestyle don’t live in same environment as normal people, he and his traitorous henchman of Washington political elites, are not looking for a job or enough cash to pay a mortgage, put gas in the car.

When this nation is facing a 17 Trillion dollar deficit, President Obama and his minions, including the secret access of diehard Communists slipping into the Oval office are determined to press for some kind of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, no matter the predicament to the wide spectrum of unemployed U.S. citizens and permanent residents. It’s very strange to me that there is a minimal response to circumstances from more people, of an assortment of lawmakers forcing a mass illegal immigration law towards a vote, without any public attendance, committees that are relevant to such a binding issue. There has been hardly any conversation about securing the border first, for as I see it and millions more these brainless idiots in Congress display not caring attitude. A few serious minded lawmakers do care, but the numbers are so few that they are overwhelmed by the ranks of the elites, and really ignored about the consequences for the main populace.

If Washington was by the people, for the people, then illegal immigration would be next to zero. But the last two, three decades has been a massive onslaught, far more than the Liberal media or this administration has admitted. Anybody who really believes there are only 11 million illegal aliens in the country must have been given a lobotomy at an early age? It will be a pox on both houses, as we all know that American workers are not going come out of this unscathed. After the series of illegal immigration bills, beginning with 1986, illegal aliens have been pouring across the mostly open border, or overstayed their visiting visas. Since accepting their first jobs Americans, legal migrants and immigrants have paid into Social Security and pensions for their future retirement, whereas illegal aliens turn up here and get everything for free. Unlike the average individual who has earned their retirement, illegal aliens can collect welfare money for their thousands of offspring annually, never having paid a cent into Social Security or anything else. Today very few illegal aliens pay taxes, although they have no choice but spend money for gas or any other mandatory taxes. But it’s a well known fact that low income people can apply for all types of welfare, compliment of the working taxpayer and that includes illegal aliens with all their children. Whether after arriving here with their brood or start a rapid succession of conceiving babies once here, it’s a huge burden on the taxpayer for the instant citizenship entitlements. They march into the nearest emergency room, then after the birth walk out with no payment involved. Each child gets an EBT (food Stamps) card from the Obama administration, then cash payments in the name of the child and all the progeny. The more children illegal alien mothers have the less chance of being deported.


Before the financial calamity of immigration reform, we THE PEOPLE must demand full enforcement at the borders, with the double layer fence as designed under the order of President Bush. The 2006 Secure Fence act, was to me deliberately sabotaged by the Republicans. Both parties should agree to enact mandatory E-Verify, with all its provisions, along with rewriting the section in the 14th Amendment, to halt this atrocious cost of illegal alien Mothers claiming immediate citizenship for their children, which ONLY parents of U.S. citizens should be allowed to apply. This will dampen down the continuous financial expenditure of family chain migration, which of course removes the Dream Act that has also become an expensive proposition on taxpayers. Then overall, we must rescind the lees then safe Social Security Number and all the fraud and abuse that have propagated along with its usage. In its stead, every American and legal resident must be issued with a NATIONAL PICTURE ID CARD, complete with thumbprint and retinal scan. Such a card will stop voter fraud, credit card theft and improve our safety. Further it could be used to verify a weapons buyer, and even more of society’s troubles? It is the perfect answer to the major problems that are a quandary for every honest American, but the legislator’s state it would cost too much? To say that is sheer incompetence, when the countries is hemorrhaging money under Obama. This is outrageous when hundreds of billions of dollars is spent on pandering to illegal aliens instead of Americans.The only reason it’s so expensive to these drooling idiots in Washington, is that it doesn’t conform to the demands of the special interests and all the corporations, otherwise cheap labor would have already been severed? You will find a petition at NumbersUSA to stop this travesty of the illegal alien invasion. Read more about the undeveloped border fence at AmericanPatrol and a surprising sensor called the“Sonic Barrier” that is far superior to the regular units they have on the border. AmericanPatrol can also illustrate to you the incompetence and intentional ignorance of the risks at the border, plus daily news and views that the Liberal press is keeping concealed?

Anonymous (not verified) on March 31, 2013 9:05 PM

forget about it! the country does not need what the politicians do!