Unusual trio pushes for action on immigration
July 10th, 2014
08:51 PM ET
5 months 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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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. freedom

    It's IRONIC that no country in America is as welcoming as America, but this mass influx of ILLEGAL aliens (NOT REFUGEES) will make America a place where opportunities will be greatly diminished, and the hope and promise that America has always been, will be "FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED", Obama.

    July 11, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    just asking says:
    July 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am
    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    That picture disturbs me on so many levels…
    ——

    why? you don’t even know what it is a picture of and what is happening and why
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I can pretty much guess what's going on just based on, oh, I don't know, the STORY?!
    I don't know what or who you are, just asking, but I am a Latino woman.
    Your question is quite frankly incongruous and perplexing as are most all of your posts.

    July 11, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Fix the Visa problem , Fix the Tax problem , keep working to make affordable health care affordable !

    The GOP will do nothing ! They will only help take action if there owners such as Halliburton , Black Hawk and other private contractors are paid excessively with no bid contracts and fix the problems at the border at a reasonable cost to the tax payer ?

    Privat Prisons , Privat Border Patrol , Privat Politicians !

    Corporations are people too !

    July 11, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "So you are saying the USA should have completely open borders and allow anybody into the country that walks across the border and then grant them citizenship?"

    NOBODY is saying that. NOBODY AT ALL. Thanks for your hyperventilating, hyperbolic cartoon nonsense.

    July 11, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Tommy G

    yeahright
    Tommy G
    Nancy Pelosi says all of these people invading our country are citizens already. Citizens of the Americas
    =====================
    What she said is this:
    We’re all Americans in this hemisphere.
    --

    Thank you for confirming what I said. Appreciate it.

    "to be careful about the trafficking issue,"???? Now THIS one is a doozy! What is this insane woman talking about?! Very scary to think she is a leader of the Democrats and was running the House before the American people came to their senses. If a Republican woman was spewing this total nonsense the press would have been all over her. But this whack job gets a complete pass.

    July 11, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "this mass influx of ILLEGAL aliens (NOT REFUGEES)"

    Please go live in the squalor, daily violence and third-world lawlessness of a place like Honduras and experience it first hand for yourself...THEN you can talk about whether someone if a refugee or not. The fact that you focused in on it like that shows that you're already aware of what good arguments they have for being treated as such and you're trying desperately to head it off at the pass.

    July 11, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Thomas

    @Hector Slagg
    Whazzat?,
    rs
    rs says never underestimate the power of stupidity. True, ignorance abounds thru out the land. P.T. Barnum said it best, There is a Sucker born every minute. It even exists in the highest office in the land. There is no overestimating the power of the people. The Liberals have been giving away the store for over a hundred years and still the people don't catch on. Well you voted for it, now live with it, and don't complain, I don't want to hear it.

    ====

    Did you used to write a column for a far right Christian funny paper back during the 1950s ?

    July 11, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. just asking

    if the problem is with a law, why aren't the democrats and obama willing to repeal the law that allows this to happen?! why wasn't it repealed weeks or months ago?? aren't the democrats for repealing the law that is allowing this to happen???

    July 11, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Wes

    obama is a disaster.

    July 11, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Tony D

    Sniffit
    "this mass influx of ILLEGAL aliens (NOT REFUGEES)"
    ---
    Please go live in the squalor, daily violence and third-world lawlessness of a place like Honduras and experience it first hand for yourself...THEN you can talk about whether someone if a refugee or not. The fact that you focused in on it like that shows that you're already aware of what good arguments they have for being treated as such and you're trying desperately to head it off at the pass.
    --

    This very same thing could be said about most places around the globe. We can't allow everybody to come here. There are legal limits for immigration for a very good reason. The leftist Democrats just don't care as they think somebody else will always pay for their insanity. The fair left agenda of the Democrat Party must trump all logic, laws and reason.

    July 11, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    just asking says:
    July 11, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm
    if the problem is with a law, why aren’t the democrats and obama willing to repeal the law that allows this to happen?! why wasn’t it repealed weeks or months ago?? aren’t the democrats for repealing the law that is allowing this to happen???

    Ahh the red state education system at its best. Congress has to repeal the law, not President Obama. The same Congress that is simply picking their noses while collecting fat azz paychecks.

    July 11, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. kool aid man

    Just asking, very good, now go figure out why, completely ignore it, and blame Obama, its your daily bread?

    July 11, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Sala

    This deal with the children did not even start until immigrants got the idea that Obama was not interested in enforcement. The president has used children very effectively to stimulate the conversation. Its an absolute travesty and abhorrent but he has the drools here to protect and invent stuff up as we go along. He is not a good man.

    July 11, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. it must be said

    Sniffit
    --
    "So you are saying the USA should have completely open borders and allow anybody into the country that walks across the border and then grant them citizenship?"
    --
    NOBODY is saying that. NOBODY AT ALL.
    -–

    Of course none of you will come right out and say it! But it IS what you want. Democrats refusal to enforce our laws and our borders with large amnesties every 10-20 years has been the pattern. Why should we not expect it to continue like this forever? You all think it is impossible or too costly to secure the border and don't want to deport every single person here illegally.

    July 11, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Sala

    Sniffit

    "this mass influx of ILLEGAL aliens (NOT REFUGEES)"

    Please go live in the squalor, daily violence and third-world lawlessness of a place like Honduras and experience it first hand for yourself...THEN you can talk about whether someone if a refugee or not. The fact that you focused in on it like that shows that you're already aware of what good arguments they have for being treated as such and you're trying desperately to head it off at the pass.
    __________
    Who gives a rip about your politically correct labels. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

    July 11, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    if the problem is with a law, why aren't the democrats and obama willing to repeal the law that allows this to happen?! why wasn't it repealed weeks or months ago?? aren't the democrats for repealing the law that is allowing this to happen???
    -------------------------------------
    I see that you've forgotten about the comprehensive immigration reform bill that has been sitting Boehner's desk for the past 18 months or so. I see that you've completely ignored the fact that Republicans said that they preferred a piece meal approach to immigration reform, but have yet to produce the first piece.

    July 11, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. rs

    just asking

    if the problem is with a law, why aren't the democrats and obama willing to repeal the law that allows this to happen?! why wasn't it repealed weeks or months ago?? aren't the democrats for repealing the law that is allowing this to happen???
    ________________
    Just- you know perfectly well why. Boehner and the TEA Party have the House tied in knots, and McConnell will filibuster anything in the Senate. What you don't see is this: The GOP wants dysfunction. That has been their sole motivation for the past 6 years.

    July 11, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Longtimer

    freedom

    It's time for this president to remember who HE works for – the American people!
    ____________________________
    The President IS working for the American people. It's the GOP that hasn't done one damn thing for 6 years- except draw a salary.

    July 11, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. kool aid man

    Just, you've become so accustomed to him fixing all your party's failures, your upset he even takes time to let you help, nice.

    July 11, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Hector Slagg

    Humm,
    NEWS FLASH: Rumors are flying that 100,000 or more border jumpers are going to New York City. Chicago and Detroit is also in the running. Well at least they are leaving the United States, eh?

    July 11, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    Sniffit

    Please go live in the squalor, daily violence and third-world lawlessness of a place like Honduras and experience it first hand for yourself...THEN you can talk about whether someone if a refugee or not. The fact that you focused in on it like that shows that you're already aware of what good arguments they have for being treated as such and you're trying desperately to head it off at the pass.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If the reds have their way, it's just a matter of time before we ARE Honduras. What's happening now didn't happen in a vacuum. The fascist dictators the United States installed and propped up in South America beginning in the 1950s & 60s propagated the very policies – with America's blessing – that, when combined with a couple of decades of bogus "drug wars" carried out by CIA-backed right-wing death squads, created the environment that ed to the current crisis. Unless voters stop the reds, it's just a matter of time before Americans start showing up at the Canadian border seeking refuge. I wonder if the Canadians will be as hateful as some ugly Americans are, and suggest that their border patrol shoot at the feet of American children as they attempt to cross, as has been suggested by a few haters on these message threads in the last few days.

    July 11, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    Wes
    obama is a disaster.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    Takes one to know one.

    July 11, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. just asking

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....
    Ahh the red state education system at its best. Congress has to repeal the law, not President Obama. The same Congress that is simply picking their noses while collecting fat azz paychecks.
    ---

    yes, I know. but I don't hear obama calling for its repeal. harry reid could pass this in the senate in a heartbeat, but he doesn't. where is the democrat leadership on getting this law repealed? if obama came out and said he'd sign it and the reid put it to a vote in the senate, I'm sure it would pass, then the house would surely pass it.

    so again I ask, why isn't obama calling for its repeal and why isn't harry reid passing its repeal in the senate and sending to the house for a vote???

    July 11, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Hmmm,

    NEWS FLASH: Red State trash declare themselves independent of the United States. Send them there?

    July 11, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. kool aid man

    That Hector sure is a smart one, lmao, I like your Donna rants better.

    July 11, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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