Unusual trio pushes for action on immigration
July 10th, 2014
08:51 PM ET
9 years 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.

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"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. 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 |
  2. 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 |
  3. 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 |
  4. 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.


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