US Senate passes sweeping immigration reformPosted: June 29, 2013
In a vote hailed by US President Barack Obama, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Thursday that would help 11 million people gain citizenship, but is expected to be blocked by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Promises, promises as well as wishful thinking we believe. First is there anyone out there that can explain to us just this small itty-bitty oxymoron with us. What is so Comprehensive about this bill? What part of federal immigration law is being reformed? Ironically, there is nothing encased within this bill that remotely suggests reform.
The U.S. Senate approved a landmark immigration bill on Thursday that would provide millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens, but the leader of the House of Representatives said the measure was dead on arrival in the House. All things being equal, Representative John Boehner, who sometimes doubles as the Speaker of the House could not muster even members of his own party to stay loyal to a party platform, let alone sway a liberal’s mind.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68-32, with 14 of the Senate’s 46 Republicans joining all 52 Democrats and two independents in support of the bill.
But any air of celebration was tempered by House Speaker John Boehner, who hours before the vote emphasized that Republicans would “do our own bill,” one that “reflects the will of our majority,” many of whom oppose citizenship for immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
Any bill in the Republican-controlled House is expected to focus heavily on border security and finding immigrants who have overstayed their visas. “Immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security,” Boehner said.
Republican divisions over immigration were evident throughout the U.S. Capitol. While Boehner was putting the brakes on the Senate bill, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, delivered a passionate speech urging passage of the measure that he helped write. And yes…it was sickening pathetic at times.
After recounting his parents’ difficult lives in Cuba and their struggles after immigrating to the United States, Rubio said: “For over 200 years now, they (immigrants) have come; in search of liberty and freedom, for sure. But often simply looking for jobs to feed their kids and the chance of a better life.”
At the end of the Senate debate, a packed gallery of supporters, who have labored decades for such a moment, witnessed the vote that came after three weeks of sometimes heated discussion. More than 100 children of illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents hugged each other when the bill passed. We believe that there is nothing whatsoever wrong with this…however, the reason the law works in the USA is simply because there is a regard for the rule of laws. That alone friends, is what will bring down this nation to mediocre standards.
President Barack Obama, praising the bill, said it contained tough border security requirements and “earned citizenship” for about 11 million undocumented residents.
“Today, the Senate did its job. It’s now up to the House to do the same,” Obama said in a statement.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Senate bill “has the potential to improve the lives of millions of Mexicans living in the United States today.”
The Senate vote came after several unsuccessful attempts in the past decade or so to overhaul a U.S. immigration law enacted in 1986. The goal has been to improve an outdated visa system and help U.S. firms get easier access to foreign labor ranging from farm and construction workers to high-skilled employees.
Business and labor groups reached a deal on the new visa system, which is part of the Senate bill. But controversy raged over how much new border security was needed and how long the 11 million should wait before becoming legal residents and then citizens.
Furthermore, some outrage has not been covered by the media. Of particular issue is in the notion of “earmarks” something that every man, woman, or “it” pledged never again to perform after the 2012 election. But when one hears that it has been the special interest groups and some Senators receiving hundreds of billion of dollars for the “[Las] Vegas” projects and on and on that makes one feel like spewing.