Immigration plan: A new era of bipartisanship or a political necessity?
January 29th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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Immigration plan: A new era of bipartisanship or a political necessity?

Washington (CNN) - An immigration proposal crafted for months in secret by a high-profile, bipartisan cadre of senators is both a rare moment of simpatico in politics and a matter of political practicality.

President Barack Obama, who won re-election with strong support from Latinos, the fastest-growing demographic, has called an overhaul of immigration a second-term priority. Meanwhile, Republicans who lost the Latino vote by large numbers, have signaled that mainstream members might be willing to compromise on thorny immigration issues.

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  1. RAC

    No amnesty of any type for illegal immigrants. How can you give someone who committed a "Federal Crime" a break? If a US citizen violated a Federal law they would be prosecuted to the ninth degree. Why would you even think about giving a illegal who has committed a Federal crime a path to citizenship? I do not want someone in my country who intentionally violated our countries laws to gain entry. They have violated our laws before even being admitted legally. I don't want illegals to stay for any reason. They deserve to be prosecuted and deported. I don't believe we elected our representatives in DC to just give up and let the illegals stay. You all in DC need to retire and let us Baby Boomers take over. You all in DC have lost touch with reality since you have been in DC so long. You were all elected to perform the "Peoples" business and you are not doing that at all. Please retire so we can get on with the recovery of our country. God knows you all have screwed up everything from immigration to employment. Please go home. We need real change not smoke and mirrors so you can continue to get rich on the tax payers dime!

    January 29, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    the GOP (at least some) is desperate to make themselves look better with minority voters so this is a hail-mary for them. Too bad that it will go nowhere with the T-Billy crowd and they will be again shooting themselves in the foot. And I guess Marco is NOT going to run in 2016 because this idea is strictly non-GOP according to the purity plan they espouse

    January 29, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Rubio was working on this program, along with a Democrat co-sponser, prior to Obama enacting the "Dream" act on his own .Something needs to be done, maybe this is the start of an answer.

    January 29, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. confused

    Illegal is Illegal, is Illegal. Aiding and abetting these fugitives is also a crime. Before we try "reform", lets try enforcement. its hard to say laws dont work if they are "forgotten" and not enforced.

    January 29, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    Rubio was working on this program, along with a Democrat co-sponser, prior to Obama enacting the "Dream" act on his own .Something needs to be done, maybe this is the start of an answer.
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    Really? Well how come we've never heard about the Rubio Dream Act until *after* Obama announces his latest push? I want to see pictures of Rubio doing this. How come we've never seen pictures of him talking about this before?

    How could Rubio have been "working on this program, .. , prior to Obama enacting the "Dream" act ..." when no one ever heard of Rubio prior to 2010? Say that again, when did Pres. Obama "enact the Dream act"?

    January 29, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. rs

    This is niether. The GOP/TEA creatures in the House will have a hissy, and that will end it. Until the GOP embraces immigration reform for the right reasons (i.e. NOT: "minorities don't vote for us"), the rest of us will have to accept that they really aren't serious about this in any way.

    Meanwhile observing the comments by Confused, Ancient,and RAC- the GOP isn't going to be able to change directions on this, (or any other issue) quickly. There is just too much FOX KoolAid out there to overcome.

    January 29, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Rubio was working on this program, along with a Democrat co-sponser, prior to Obama enacting the "Dream" act on his own .Something needs to be done, maybe this is the start of an answer."

    "Rubio's plan" largely mimics everything Obama's been talking about and demanding for the past 4+ years with some minor changes the GOP/Teatrolls have thrown in that they hope will create somewhat slower population growth of minority voters in states like TX, AZ and other border states. Overall, however, it's primarily Rubio and the GOP/Teatrolls taking what Obama's been demanding, reworking it slightly, slapping their names on it and then ramping up the PR machine to claim all the credit.

    January 29, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Rudy NYC
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    Really? Well how come we've never heard about the Rubio Dream Act until *after* Obama announces his latest push? I want to see pictures of Rubio doing this. How come we've never seen pictures of him talking about this before?

    How could Rubio have been "working on this program, .. , prior to Obama enacting the "Dream" act ..." when no one ever heard of Rubio prior to 2010? Say that again, when did Pres. Obama "enact the Dream act"?
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    uh oh Rudy.....it's a case of "Let's see your birth certificate/college transcripts/skeet-shooting pics" but the shoe is on the other foot. Texan believes Marco without a doubt but would gladly join the "anything Obama says is a lie" crowd.

    January 29, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Shorter GOP/Teatrolls: "Hey, guys, we swear, we were only kidding for the past 60+ years." Yawn.

    January 29, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. MTATL67

    Make no mistake about it. For Republicans its a necessity.

    January 29, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. ST

    My friends Latinos, just sit wherever you are and relax. Watch these people whatever they are cooking, while you are keeping in mind what you believe in and where you belong.

    January 29, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    The GOP loses over 70% of the Latino vote .... and decide that they should reach out to Latinos.
    The GOP loses over 90% of the African American vote ... and decides to do nothing about it.
    The GOP lose their common horse senses and think that no one has noticed.

    January 29, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. GOP Fails Arithmetic & Integrity Tests All The Time

    "Secure" the border first? What PRECISELY does that mean? Sounds like a loophole for Republicans to weasel out of after the undocumented identify themselves.

    Remember, this is the party that cheered "self-deportation" just a FEW MONTHS ago.

    Mr. Obama has already enforced the rule of law, deporting criminals and other illegals. HE has ALREADY put the teeth in this years ago with border security guards and UAVs. What does McCain want . . . the "Dang [costly] Fence"?

    I wouldn`t mind seing Holder`s people [marshalls] track down people overstaying their Visas to send a message but there is no reason to delay the process to legitamize the other productive contributors.

    Never trust the GOP; at least not for the next 10 years.

    January 29, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    An attempt to prevent Obama from executive orders, declaring all illegals to become citizens, without any conditions, bypassing the Congress entirely.

    Obama loves to trample on the Constitution and dictate to the country, every little detail of their lives.

    January 29, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |