Harry Reid says immigration reform will pass, despite Republican efforts

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) thinks immigration reform will pass in both the House and Senate because it would be “a bad day for the Republican Party” if the legislation didn’t pass.

“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.”

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  1. Dave Francis says:

    THE LINE MUST BE DRAWN IN THE SAND SOMEWHERE…?

    Americans keep getting the erroneous signal from the polls, and only hear from the 8 senators who are expressing a need to pass immigration reform. Polls for instance are carefully worded to accrue positive advantage for the left, and other legislative voices never get to speak out? But there is more to a Path to citizenship, the outrageous costs, and even overpopulation, further arrivals; everybody who troubled and disturbed about working to support the 11 million illegal aliens already squatting here (Well underestimated by the Census, and other government offices). Without contradiction there will be new waves of foreign national migrants and immigrants that will surely come, if we don’t defend our borders to the maximum of our resources, or stop the hundreds of overstaying airline passengers who arrive, but never depart? What constantly vestiges are concealed is the adverse statements of other members of Congress who remain tough opponents to rewarding the illegal aliens, who stole into our sovereign country, never able to speak out.

    If Americans are paying attention to this massive contentious problem, they should view the comments and articles in the blogs and other E-Media. In some instances Liberal progressive webmasters either delete or apply some reason as “spam use to rid comments. But in smaller newspapers, bulletins and other press commentary doesn’t not get erased. It shows a reactionary preoccupation by avid readers that illegal aliens should not gain any award and should be deported, not the misleading rhetoric as determined by the national press? Statements of lesser lawmakers are confined to the Chambers of Congress, not to be found in the majority of news media. On the front page of the NumbersUSA website, under the headline “Members of Congress speak out against Amnesty” is a list of Senators and Congressional Representatives who have something to say:

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL): “Americans overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration. They have pleaded with Congress to end the mass illegality for decades to little avail. All the while, millions have been added to the total of those illegally here.”

    Sen. David Vitter (LA): “There was a so-called immigration reform proposal that passed into law, and the model was, very simple. We’re going to get serious about enforcement. We really, really are. We’re going to have a one-time leniency. Or amnesty and it will fix the problem once and for all. ..Well, as we know from bitter experience, since then, it didn’t quite turn out that way. The promised enforcement never fully materialized.”

    Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5): Our country’s immigration system is broken and badly burdening taxpayers. The first step to reform has to be securing our porous borders once and for all. Until actual legislation is made available, I cannot pass judgment on fluid, on-going deliberations among Senators. But it is my hope to see common-sense immigration reform accomplished through bipartisan collaboration that rewards those who, for years, have been obeying the rule of law as they wait for a shot at the American Dream.

    Go to NumbersUSA to read other political statements along with video floor speeches. Also tell your Members that an amnesty is premature before E-Verify is mandated, an entry-exit system to track non-immigrant visa holders is complete, and chain migration and the visa lottery have been eliminated.

    There have been a few new developments over the last 24 hours. Gang of Eight Members, Sen. Chuck Schumer, said that securing the border will not block a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. Also, Heritage policy expert, Robert Rector, said the amnesty proposals released earlier this week will cost taxpayers at least $2.5 trillion. Help get this message to Congress. Call your Three Members TODAY at (202) 224-3121. Let Congress know that the new proposals offered by both the Senate Gang of Eight and Pres. Obama are nothing but a rehash of the failed 2007 amnesty bills.

    Sen. Grassley Introduces Mandatory E-Verify Bill on Friday, February 1, 2013, 9:36 AM EST.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has introduced new legislation (S.202) in the U.S. Senate that would require all employers in the United States to use E-Verify. Sen. Grassley serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration policy in the Senate. He also sits on the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. The Accountability through Electronic Verification Act of 2013 would make the E-Verify program permanent and would require all employers to use the system within 12 months of enactment. “With employers using the program on a voluntary basis, E-Verify has already proven its value in helping to enforce immigration laws by giving employers a tool to determine if individuals are eligible to work in the United States. And, if we can help stop employers from hiring people here illegally, we can help stem the flow of individuals crossing the border for jobs,” Sen. Grassley said. “E-Verify will safeguard opportunities for legal workers and give employers a reliable tool to have a legal workforce.”

    As of Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:11 PM EST, there are more cosponsored H.R.140, the Birthright Citizenship Act. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steve King and is part of NumbersUSA’s 5 Great Immigration-Reduction Solutions. If passed, the bill would end the practice of granting automatic citizenship to all children born in the United States. The Birthright Citizenship Act, H.R. 140, would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act – not the constitution – to consider a person born in the United States “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national; (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

    A Rasmussen poll Reports: 65% of Likely U.S. Voters Oppose Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens.

  2. Vincent Calhoun, Veteran says:

    “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) thinks immigration reform will pass in both the House and Senate because it would be “a bad day for the Republican Party” if the legislation didn’t pass.”
    I say, and milions more Americans think it will be a disaster if immigration reform passes! This man, Reid, and the Obama Administration, are a dangerous fascist-like reform group, who work overtime to destroy everything so many of us fought and died for in preserving and defending our American nation. There must be no Amnesty! Illegal aliens need deportation. Illegals must repect our laws! We do not need any so-called immigration reform! We need to ENFORCE our existiing Title 8.0 USC Immigration law. We do desperately need to close our borders and control them to prevent the hordes of illegal aliens pouring into the country! Rewarding illegal immigration is just plain wrong!
    Why does our own government do such stupid things? American citizens jobs and livelihood is threatened with What Obama is doing!

  3. Jimmy says:

    “The American people want this passed?” WTF is he talking too? Majority of American don’t want an amnesty like they did in 1986…Harry Reid is smoking crack. The only groups that want to pass this are business groups for cheap labor and of course the ILLEGAL ALIENS and their sympathizers.

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