“It’s certainly going to pass the Senate, and it would be a bad day for our country and a bad day for the Republican Party if they continue to stand in the way of this,” he said in a pre-taped interview aired Sunday morning.
Reid’s interview with George Stephanopoulos about the hot-button issue aired on “This Week,” though Stephanopoulos did not host the show on Sunday. The Senate Majority Leader said immigration reform will pass, despite what he considers to be the Republicans’ best efforts.
“The Republicans can no longer stop this,” he said. “They’ve tried it, and it hasn’t worked. Look what they tried to do to me a couple of years ago, look what they tried to do with the President just this last time and it just didn’t work.”
Reid acknowledged that border security — one of the big sticking points for Republicans — needs to be part of the immigration reform equation, but said that Republicans — such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — could use their firm stance on “operational control of the borders” as an excuse to vote against the legislation, if they were looking for one.
Yet Rubio and three other Republicans are part of the ‘Gang of Eight,’ the bi-partisan group of Senators pushing hard for an immigration reform bill.
The Senate Majority Leader also told Stephanopoulos the LGBT protections could also be another excuse Republicans use to block the legislation.
“If they’re looking for an excuse not to support this legislation this is another one, but the American people are past excuses,” he said. “They want this legislation passed.”