October 3rd, 2010
02:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Tackling immigration reform

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey said Sunday that he introduced immigration legislation just before Congress left town so he could get "lame-duck movement" on the bill after the November mid-term elections.

While Menendez made clear there was zero chance the bill would pass this year, he said the goal of proposing it was to get it moving through the legislative process as soon as possible.

"A lot of senators are retiring and might be willing to look at this issue," Menendez said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We need something to jump off from if we're going to go into it in the early part of the next Congress."

But Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas didn't leave the door open for a GOP compromise anytime soon.

"I hope to work with Sen. Menendez on immigration reform, but it's a much too important issue to be treated as a political football or try to jam through during a lame-duck session," Cornyn said.

Filed under: Bob Menendez • Candy Crowley • issues • John Cornyn • State of the Union
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. vic, Nashville TN

    Immigration reform wont move during lame duck by the time one or two tea party candidates will win the election they will celebrate like they are in the white house republicans won’t talk immigration

    If democrats come with a full force may be it will move

    October 3, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    The only path to citizenship for illegals should be paying a fine and joining the military for 10 years. Just like the Romans did but Rome required 20 years of service in the military for citizenship. The bottomline is the US is the only place on earth where the 1st world meets the 3rd world and we can not sustain the population explosion of illegals. The Dem's will lose if they try to set-up amnesty for all illegals. It's hypocrisy because we basically will not enforce existing laws and reward people for breaking the law.

    October 3, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. michael MN

    It is all political – try enforcing our laws instead of using the issue to gain votes
    If your here illegaly you are breaking the law PERIOD – no tax payer funded asisstance

    October 3, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. a in austin

    Does Cornyn think he deserves a paycheck to do nothing from now until the end of the year regardless of how the elections turn out?

    October 3, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Ah, immigration, the phoney non-problem that keeps the right-wing nitwits all in a hissy-fit of rage and fear. It's just a way of getting you to act as a mob, angry and unthinking, to vote their way and send them money. Rubes! Yokels! I bet not a one of you can name one incidence where you personally have suffered any loss from illegal immigration.

    Face it, somebody is exploiting you, fooling you into scapegoating and racism, keeping you in a state of fear and rage about things that usually do not affect you personally. The people exploiting you is your own party. Don't be a dupe.

    October 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. barry

    We already have a system for immigrants to enter this country. Individuals wanting to become a citizen should utilize that system. Anyone who decides to illegally enter this country should receive no amnesty. This is driving wages down for American citizens and driving up entitlement program cost. Not to mention the burden it puts on the education system. The illegals aren't even close to paying their share of taxes. No other country allows immigrants to bankrupt them like we allow illegals to do to us. It isn't a prejudice against latinos, Africans, Europeans, Asians or anything else. It is a matter of continued financial survival for the USA. If something is going to be put to a vote put it on the ballot and let the American voters decide. Now that would be fair.

    October 3, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Ray E. (Georgia)

    we already have an immigration process. We don't need anything else. If a person wants to become a citizen then go thru the process that is in place now. Absolutly no one that is not a citizen can apply for citizenship on American Soil. If you want to become an American Citizen, go back to your own country and put your application in.

    October 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |