April 24th, 2010
10:46 AM ET
13 years ago

Sources: Votes lacking for immigration push

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/14/art.dc.gi.jpg caption="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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  1. Pragmatic

    Anyone asking what the Bush administration did on Immigration in the past 8 years? I think the answer is "nothing'.

    Isn't AZ almost totally republican? I thought republicans don't want the big, old, mean federal government to butt in? For the tea-party people – lower taxes & smaller government mean less services ... you OK with that? No money for border patrol, fences or federal enforcement ... or do you also want to decide where the few tax dollars you feel you should pay go???

    April 24, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Discernment


    President Obama did not create the illegal immigration mess. This issue has been ongoing since World War II. Republican President Ronald Reagan exacerbated the problem when he bowled to corporate industry pressure and gave amnesty to illegal immigrants so cheap labor hired by corporations can use state services.

    Immediately after Reagan gave amnesty to illegal immigrants, the mad rush from China, India, Mexico and other countries in South America escalated out of control.

    The illegal immigration problem was created by Republicans and greedy corporations looking for cheap slave labor. Those are the facts.

    April 24, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. D. Bunker

    This is a subject that both parties should be able to find common ground on. Yet the GOPbaggers instead seem to insist a more fascist "are your papers in order?" approach that is both unconstitutional and an open invitation to illegal profiling and harassment. Yet they are so clueless they'll act all shocked when saner people point out the AZ approach is inherently racist.

    April 24, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Wally

    The Republicans are against any Immigration Reform...just like everything else that we need to fix in our country. Continue to drink the Koolaid, and our country will fail.

    April 24, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Discernment


    (1.) – National Economic Disaster:
    [Check – President Obama and mostly Democrats passed bill with solution].

    (2.) – 35-million workers without healthcare:
    [Check – President Obama and Democrats pass healthcare so millions can have coverage].

    (3.) – Too-Big-To-Fail-Banks:
    [Check – President Obama and Democrat-led Congress set to pass Wall Street & Bank Financial Reforms to block bank bailouts].

    (4.) – 8-year war in Afghanistan:
    [Check – President Obama takes solid steps to pull Americans out by 2011].

    (5.) – 7-year war in Iraq:
    [Check – President Obama takes solid steps to pull Americans out by 2011].

    (6.) – 65+ Years of broken immigration:
    [Soon-to-be-checked off by President Obama and Democrats].

    April 24, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Michael

    Racial profiling is going to be the other of the day and ll give the cops every right to infringe upon the fundamental human right of people. Now how does illegal immigrants look like? his is clearly a reaction of the GOP against the obamas admin. America is no mans land,everybody is an immigrant and that has made america the wealthiest nation on earth coverging different people from different background all over the wold. Immigration reform will eventually make the american economy stronger. We need a comprehensive immigration,reform and not racial profiling.

    April 24, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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