April 24th, 2010
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Sources: Votes lacking for immigration push

Immigration reform is unlikely to have enough votes to pass, according to sources.
Immigration reform is unlikely to have enough votes to pass, according to sources.

Washington (CNN) - The push for immigration reform may be on the front burner for congressional Democrats, but sources say that ultimately, they believe the issue is unlikely to have enough votes to pass.

Democrats say the goal is to try to take it up in the Senate before discussing the Supreme Court nomination this summer and spend the rest of the session before the midterm election on the politically potent issue of jobs.

One big reason for the immigration reform push, sources say, is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in a brutal battle to win re-election in Nevada, where a quarter of the population is Hispanic and he has promised to try.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. jp,michigan

    Well, let set our piorities Democrats. Help Obama put another liberal on the Supreme Court and then focus on the elections in November.

    April 24, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Jim,Virginia

    Another piece of legislation that O'bama wants that no one else does,except illegals,that will be forced on the American people.This in order to try to get potential future voters for dems.

    April 24, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    How hard is it to punish companies that hire slave labor? Seriously? Corporate America is the source of this problem, so instead of attacking these people, who just like the rest of us want to be able to feed themselves and their families, attack the source. Racial profiling is being legislated across this land and we're all going to suffer. So come on Congress. We pay y'all a lot of money to work, so work.

    April 24, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    The governor of Arizona is a true leader because she did what the MEN in congress have ran away from for years because they wanted the votes. Now that Barry is upset the democrats want to do something like giving all the illegal aliens a free ride. Natural born Americans applaud the Governor of Arizona. I only wish the MEN in Congress had half the onions she has and stand with us not aganist us.

    April 24, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Illegals will be picked up in emergency rooms and in food stamp outlets and schools with little effort from law enforcement .

    April 24, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Luther Boyd

    Arizona is finally taken steps that Washington DC should have. Washington will not push immigration for fear of loosing Obama. There is no other country that has an open door policy illigals, terrorists, or just looking for free support. If you are here illigally you should be given 6 months to get out and make application from your home country to enter legally. In 6 months you will have to show proof of being legal to receive any help such as food, medical, or housing. All recipients of assistance and elected or appointed officials shall be drug tested randomly every 12 months. If tested positive you are deported or removed from office. This would cure 50% of our problems. If you want to fix the drug abuse problems use the 3 strikes and youe out. If you are dealing drugs on the 3rd conviction you are executed. This policy allows you two free mistakes.

    April 24, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. chatmandu002

    This is a deception move by the democrats to hide it's intentions to shove immigration reform down our throats like they did the healthcare bill. Reid will bring the immigration bill up for a vote before the November elections. Reid is hoping to build a wedge between the tea party and republicans and get all the Hispanic votes in NV for his reelected bid.

    April 24, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. j

    Make illegal immigrants de facto citizens, help them get the proper papers to be here legally, and tax them. If they've committed a crime, treat them like any other criminal and if their government of origin wants them back, send them back.

    April 24, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Enforecment not Reform

    We don't need immigration reform. We need immigration enforcement.

    All illegals should be deported. Those hiring or harboring illegals should be prosecuted. Laws should be rewritten so that childern born to illegals are not granted citizenship.

    All persons have human rights but that do not mean that they have to the right to invade our country.

    April 24, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Mark from Louisiana

    Just stop giving the illegals
    1 food stamps
    2 welfare checks
    3 free healthcare in our emergency rooms
    4 free schooling for their kids
    5 a free pass when it comes to auto insurance, they just drive without it
    6 government documents printed in spanish
    7 free HUD housing

    They will deport themselves and it won't cost us a penny

    Now some will say who will do those jobs?
    Make every able bodied welfare, food stamp, HUD housing receipient WORK for those benefits.

    April 24, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Scott

    Immigration reform is important and AZ has taken the first step in the right direction.
    What Washington DC needs to do is remove the law that makes someone a citizen by just being born on US soil. Change it to being born of a legal citizen (either parent) and you take away the incentives such as free medical care, free public educaton, etc. The cost to taxpauers and legal citizens ofthe US to support illegals is considerable, espcially where I live in CA.

    April 24, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    The federal government has failed to safeguard our boarders for years. It's now up to the states to take this matter into their own hands. Thank you Arizona Governor for stepping up and doing the right thing for your state and our country.

    April 24, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Weepy

    RACIAL PROFILING!!! Absolutely! IT IS ABOUT TIME! It is time to resist using that term just because the ILLEGALS think it is unfair! AMERICA–we have a problem! ENOUGH of this always looking out for the illegals. ILLEGAL means exactly what it says. There are more than plenty of the really sad situations that our LEGAL citizens face everyday. Even the strong shoulders of the U.S. cannot bear the load for many of our own people. IT IS TIME for those who break the law everyday by their entering and staying in this country illegally to either GET OUT OR BE PUT OUT. They are not welcome anymore. Of course, that prospect would upset the voting demographics of the Democrat Party.

    April 24, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. jeff jackson, alabama

    And these same lame representatives are
    slamming the Arizona House for actually
    DOING SOMETHING about the illegal
    immigration problem ?

    April 24, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. darko

    Votes? Nancy doesn't need votes... Let's see what Obama and his crew comes up with to bypass the will of the people once again.

    Remember, the liberal agenda dies quickly if they can't pass amnesty and increase their voting block by 20 million.

    April 24, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. darko

    If Obama tries to usurp the authority of Arizona, it will only further prove that he despises the Constitution and the limits it places on his precious federal govt.

    April 24, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. KillerNativeChick

    Im Navajo so I guess this means I 2 will be profiled for black hair and brown skin Its clearly a way to search and siezure with no real cause.How many citizens native and chicano will probly get pulled over and searched and tooken to jail for weed or no insurance petty crimes. The officer can clearly state oh i was doing a citizen check and found this found that.White man is illegal here in my lands now you just want to round people up like animals dont come to the rez no more.

    April 24, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Tim

    On the one hand, I agree that illegals should not be given special treatment. That's just plain a slap in the face to all of the people who have busted their behinds to become legal through proper, established legal processes. Everyone should wait their turn. On the other hand, I also agree that our anger should be more against employers than illegals per se. But we are collectively also part of the problem. Until the illegal population rose to a point where people noticed, very few Americans raised a stink about "this whole illegal thing." We enjoyed our cheaper produce and whatnot, and we collectively turned a blind eye to what was and still often is worker exploitation. So, when it served our purposes and didn't seem to be a threat, there was no "problem." It's a bit two-faced on our part to suddenly go, "well, we certainly liked the benefits of it, but now we want it to stop because it's become too costly." I think we should at least be a bit more honest about the bigger picture in these discussions.

    April 24, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    W hat this country would look like if all illegal immigration and there decendancy were sent back to there home country from the birth of this country.or 1776. Be careful what one wish there may be a group waiting out there for such a movement.

    April 24, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Hammerer

    The illegals and their backers are screaming that it is profiling to ask for ID. I can be required to produce any time at the request of an officer of the law and face arrest if I refuse and I am a citizen. People with nothing to hid should not care to be IDed.
    Now the illegals are demanding that they be protected by the very laws that they are violating. They will use the courts to demand that they be allowed to continue to break all US laws and be immune from prosecution.
    The time has come to enforce the law and sent all illegals home.

    April 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Bob in PA

    All we need is a "Push" back to the border and enforcment of our current laws. You want to come back in ? Fine – register at the border.

    April 24, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. W L Jones

    Well well Maybe there another group waiting out there some place starting a movement that to send all Illegal immigration and there decendancy back to there home country from the birth of this country.

    April 24, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. MWLV

    I applaud Arizona. What part of "illegal" don't people understand? All illegal aliens need to leave the United States of America. Why do we keep catering to illegal persons in this country when they aren't suppose to be here in the first place? Deposit slips at our banks are now in English and Spanish. Grocery store products are printed in English and Spanish. You are in America learn English!! We don't print everything in other languages like German, French or Italian for those illegal aliens! Why should the mexicans get special treatment for breaking the law?!? Those of us Americans who are still employed don't want our hard earned money paying for illegal aliens to get welfare, medical attention, food or anything else!!

    April 24, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Steve from California

    We don't need immigration reform– we need to enforce current immigration law. Deport illegal aliens!

    April 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. jules sand-perkins

    One comment asked about punishing "companies that hire slave labor."
    One does not hire slaves.
    One kidnaps slaves and forces them to work until they escape or die.
    One hires workers at a price that the market will bear.
    If our citizens are unwilling to work for a price that the market will bear, a lot of other people need to eat and will gladly provide an honest day's work for an honest day's pay.
    Sometimes those willing workers are found in other countries, as well as here. That's life.
    Slavery was abolished a while back: see Lincoln, Abraham, Civil War, and War Between the States.

    April 24, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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