Two Republican U.S. senators said Sunday they’ll join other GOP lawmakers to block Democrats’ efforts to push ahead with immigration reform.
“I just don’t think this is the right time to take up this issue, with the border security problems, the drug wars going on across the border, 10 percent unemployment,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on “Fox News Sunday.”
The push for immigration reform by the White House and congressional Democrats comes amid widespread protests and threatened legal challenges over the nation’s toughest law targeting illegal immigrants, signed Friday by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said on CNN’s “State of the Union” other issues pending in Congress must take precedence over immigration reform…
The nation would be months ahead on every issue if the Republican Party hadn’t decided to make stalling their sole political position on every issue.
Referring to the Arizona law, he said, “This is one situation where the state of Arizona has decided to take matters into their own hands. And if that’s what the people of Arizona want to do, then certainly they have that right…”
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee…said the Arizona law demonstrates the need for immigration reform.
“It is fundamentally wrong to be a second-class citizen just because you have a certain accent or you look a certain way,” he said. “That’s what Arizona is pursuing.”
Reform should secure the borders and provide a pathway to permanent residence – to paraphrase Menendez.
The silliness reaches natural extremes when you confront my Libertarian friends on the issue. They’re all in favor of having people identified as Americans or not, legal or illegal. But, will oppose to the death any way of doing it – that includes them.