April 25th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
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GOP lawmakers seek to halt immigration reform push

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Washington (CNN) - Two key Republican lawmakers joined a growing GOP effort Sunday to halt the push for immigration reform, arguing the time is not right to take on the massive and complex issue.

"I'm not sure how you can really justify" trying to tackle immigration or energy reform this year, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, told CNN's "State of the Union."

"We've got a lot of work left on our plate between now and the end of the summer. And we're starting on financial regulatory reform. ... I'm not sure where you find the time to deal with these other major issues," Chambliss said, adding that "until you secure the border, trying to really have an overall reform package on immigration just simply can't be done."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said last week he will make passing a comprehensive immigration bill a priority once the Senate completes its work on a Wall Street reform bill. He cited a controversial new law in Arizona, requiring police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, as indicating the need for reform on a national level.

Reid's decision followed remarks by President Obama calling on both parties to pass immigration reform. The president has rejected the Arizona law, saying that "if we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, took to "FOX News Sunday" to reject the push for immigration reform.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Chris

    The GOP keeps pushing this "we can't walk and chew gum at the same time" excuse. It is just another rationale from the Party of NO! for doing nothing. They'll obstruct immigration reform, then turn around attack the Democrats for not doing anything about immigration.

    April 25, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    There they go again! wanting to stop anything resembling progress in this country. they just don't want Obama accomplishing anything so they can scream, 'see, he's a loser, he can't get anything done!' this stalling, obstructionist stragegy has to backfire on them in the fall or shame on us! we know these jerks hate government and are incapable of efffective governing. now their MO is to stop anyone else from governing. how long can this country stand up under this assault of mindless tantrum throwing. these petulent children need to be kicked out of office and replaced with people who truly care about this country and its people, ALL of its people.

    April 25, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. gary

    Of course the timing is bad for Republicans, especially after the Arizona "show me your papers" legislation. The last thing Republicans need is to stand on the floor of Congress and defend the Arizona legislation and come across opposing fair-minded comprehensive immigration reform. This would really mobilize Hispanics to vote against Republicans and for Democrats. On the other hand, Democrats don't actually need to produce legislation. They need to introduce it and watch Republican oppose whatever is introduced, not matter how just it might be.

    April 25, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Rick

    Oh, now I see Obama has called Arizona, misguided. Looks like everytime Obama doesnt get his royal way as king, he starts dissing people. Arizona is not misguided, its you Obama that is misguided and out of touch.

    April 25, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Squigman

    Note to self: Please be aware that the republican party, is filled to the brim with shameless opportunist, bigots, racists, and backroom imperialists, that believe it's their mission in life to drive wedges between people, while attempting to gain power. That is until the higher up's in the party start fearing that their political careers could be in jeopardy, then we'll back off and hope the storm blows over. You have to admit that hypocracy is their long suit.

    April 25, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    So how is this news? The GOPs don't want to work on anything of meaning, and they haven't since the election of our President.
    The GOP's only priority is working for the financial benefit of corporations and the social de-evolution of America.

    April 25, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Denna

    I wish these hillbilly legislatures would make up their minds. Do you want to reform immigration and stem the tide of illegal people here, or do you just want to gripe, moan and complain about it? Meaningful immigration reform would also be a great relief to the illegals who are working, producing and hiding here. If these people are working and collecting a salary, why not make sure they are also paying taxes? Our tax base could use the help. Please Republicans, think progressively for a change.

    April 25, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Let's use some common sense

    So now is the time to do what? Did not want to deal with health care, don't want to deal with finiancial reform, don't want to deal with climate bills, don't want to deal with immigration. So what in the world do you want to deal with, reelection campaigns, because thats about all thats left, and I would not hold my breath on that one.

    April 25, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Andi

    ummm...so, what would THEY LIKE to work on? It would be REALLY nice if they would do some WORK at all, since they just seem to want to do nothing.

    April 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. mk

    More from the party of NO. I am so sick of them and their "let them eat cake" attitude! The whole lot of them are do nothings, just sitting back and complaining and getting paid to do it.

    We need immigration reform asap before more states do what Arizona just did. Before long we will all have to carry our "papers" and when that day comes I will carry mine to Europe and stay there.

    April 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Kenney of Golden, CO

    Of course the GOP doesn't want to do anything. They seem to not want to deal with any real issues, except getting re-elected and regaining power. They say they a lot on their plate between now and end of summer but in reality simply saying 'NO' to everything is not work. Here is an idea, how about they don't go on summer break! Instead they stay and work ALL YEAR LONG just like us average Americans do.

    April 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Agnim

    Why Americans continue to elect lazy power gluttons, who are only intent on destroying America, can only be attributed to low educational standards.

    So since It is obvious that the lazy arse Republicons aren't interested in helping to lead the nation, the Democrats will have to ignore the lazy bones, and use the MAJORITY that the Americans gave them: 51 one votes are all that is needed.

    April 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Chas

    Just remember folks – VOTE "NO" for Republicans in the next election. Let's be sure to give them a taste of their own medicine.

    April 25, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. D. Bunker

    It sure looks like the GOP and its GOPbagger supporters are embracing a philosophy of "do nothing," Voters need to remember in November that when America faced great challenges, one party sat on its hands and tried to bring government to a halt.

    April 25, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Christopher

    I am a lifelong Georgia resident who DID NOT vote for Saxby Chambliss. He ran the dirtiest campaign in U.S. history in concert with Karl "Goebbels" Rove, in which he vilified the Hon. Max Cleland, A REAL PATRIOT, by morphing his image into Osama Bin Laden. Max Cleland is a triple-amputee who volunteered and served his country while the likes of Saxby Chambliss is a draft-dodger who received a deferment for a "football knee injury" that precluded his being draft-eligible; he seems to be walking fine now, though. Nothing that comes out of Saxby Chambliss' mouth should be given any serious weight; he is a shill for the GOP and is incapable of being truthful.

    April 25, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. jbakaregit

    These are the very people screaming the loudest about "illegals taking over our jobs" and here is theirchance to do about it (i.e. get them out of the shadows, pay a fine, get in the back of the nationalization line, and then pay taxes).

    But maybe, what has got them saying "No" louder is the fact that Arizona just messed up big time, and this legislation will mobilize Latinos (and everybody else who knows this recently-passed racial profiling law is bunk) to vote against them this November and beyond.

    April 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    You wouldn't have all that work on your plates if you had done your job over this last year, Senator Chambliss, like we pay you to do. Can we ask for a refund?

    April 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Brian from NJ

    @ gary

    So it has nothing to do with progress and only with getting new voting blocs and making the GOP look bad... your post is the most honest analysis of the Democrats from a Democrat I've seen here in a long time, though I know you didn't intend it to be... So in the end, it doesn't matter what the Democrats pass as long as it makes the GOP look bad and the Democrats, by any menas, get more votes. Hmmmmm...

    April 25, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. JIM S

    the repubs only want there views heard they scream about immigration reform and when asked to participate in reform they say NO
    but they say NO to any reform from a to z
    why dont they just stay home and pine for the days of GWB when nothing was done for the midle class and no millionair was left behid

    April 25, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Katie B in NC

    The Repubs are running scared. They don't want to take any more hits before the mid-term elections. Every Democratic accomplishment highlights the obstructionism of the GOP and their pathetic just-say-no strategy.

    April 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. TM

    When are Republicans going to get off their collective lazy behinds and DO something? Or are they just too tired from saying NO to EVERYTHING. We had a party in this country called the "Know Nothings" and now we are seeing the Republicans become the party of "Do Nothings". Quick question – how to they expect to run effectively in November by saying "we didn't do anything for the last two years, so vote for us so we can keep doing nothing for the next two"?

    April 25, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Tony Fremont, Ca.

    You people in the GOP are a joke!!! When president Bush was in office....all of you wanted tough Immigration reform, but couldn't get it done without Coporate America's permission without profits....and so you failed.
    After President Obama was elected and it became evident he could get things DONE....including upcoming Immigration reform....all of you now want it done, but now need to halt any reform to preventing looking like the party who couldn't get things done historically by conspiring to prevent Obama from completing any Immigration reform.
    America is going to vote all of yuu Republican Bums out in 2010..............

    April 25, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Danger, danger, do not cross the line. Does anyone really know how many illegal immigrants are in this country because personally I don't think so. There are far more legal immigrants in the U.S. than illegal and of those legal immigrants they are reaching voting age calendar day. Immigration has to be reformed but I'm afraid Arizona as well as the GOP will reap what they sow.

    April 25, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Michael, Phoenix AZ

    Well, why not? McCain can't make up his mind what to do, especially now that he has backed the AZ Anti-immigration bill. One must be wary which way the wind blows when McCain makes a "choice."

    April 25, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |