Unusual trio pushes for action on immigration
July 10th, 2014
08:51 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Unusual trio pushes for action on immigration

(CNN) - An unlikely trio is pushing for an end to the deadlock in Washington over immigration reform.

Sheldon Adelson, a casino mogul and major Republican donor, teamed up with tech billionaire Bill Gates and investor icon Warren Buffett, both supporters of President Barak Obama, to urge Congress and the White House to find common ground on immigration reform.

"Americans deserve better than this," they wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times published Thursday.

“The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill. But we could without doubt come together to draft a bill acceptable to each of us," they wrote.

"We hope that fact holds a lesson: You don’t have to agree on everything in order to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement. It’s time that this brand of thinking finds its way to Washington."

Obama and Republicans have come to a stalemate on immigration reform legislation just as a surge of Central American immigrant minors illegally crossing the southern border has sparked national controversy.

Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion for a border solution but Republicans immediately raised concerns, especially over the cost of the measure. And the fact that midterm elections are less than four months away doesn’t ease prospects for passage.

The op-ed concludes: “It’s time for 535 of America’s citizens to remember what they owe to the 318 million who employ them.”


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  1. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    why isn't obama taking action against mexico, the major facilitator of this invasion of our country? they obviously have a major part in letting these people ride through mexico on busses to get to our border. why are we still treating them as friends? stop all trade and tourism in both directions until they stop these bus caravans to our border. you'll see this problem disappear in a few days.
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    Good grief. There you go again. Hasn't it ever occurred to you that if we shutdown the border as you suggest that it would put thousands of Americans out of work? There are people who commute back and forth to work as managers and supervisors in Mexican manufacturing plants. Thousands of people who live in the U.S., but work for a living in Mexico.

    Why isn't Mexico doing more to stem the tide? Haven't you heard that many of local police and government officials are corrupt, and frequently not by choice? It would take coordinated action at the local level along the entire length of the country, and that's not likely to happen. Sorry, Mexico. There are just too many gangs and cartels to make that possible. At $7000 per head, on average, this smuggling operation is a cash cow for them.

    July 11, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "This is the problem with the irrational Right. The immigration bill passed in the Senate specifically does not contain Amnesty,"'

    They would beg to differ. It's certainly true that, by any rational definition of "amnesty," the Senate bill, which includes all sorts of punishments and prerequisites before citizenship is granted after about THIRTEEN YEARS, is in no way "amnesty." However, let's consult our Teatroll Rosetta Stone for a second:

    "amnesty" = "ANYTHING that results EVER in millions of brown people who tend to vote for Democrats becoming citizens and acquiring the right to vote"

    July 11, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "I' guess you're advocating sending the Statue of Liberty back to France next?"

    Nah...they just want to etch a few caveats on the plaque that displays that poem, starting with "except if you're brown and/or will likely vote for Democrats."

    July 11, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. kool aid man

    JA, what, he's not cleaning up your mess quick enough for you, repeat, your mess, again!

    July 11, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    " Democrats refusal to enforce our laws and our borders with large amnesties ever"

    Democrats refusal to enforce our laws and our borders is a giant demonstrable lie disproven by the facts, data and numbers.

    FIFY

    July 11, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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