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

    when is the usa going to go to the root of the problem MEXICAN government or is it just a money maker like every thing else in the usa

    July 10, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    -it is the time to restrict immigration laws. Period.

    July 10, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. drake mallard

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s support for a law allowing illegal immigrants in Texas to pay in-state tuition. If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they have been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart,” Perry said.Texas law a “magnet” for illegal border-crossers, a taxpayer subsidy for lawbreakers and evidence that Perry is not the unwavering conservative he appears to be.It is a line of attack likely to continue as Perry struggles to defend his record on immigration, an issue that has grown more emotional since he signed the Texas DREAM Act in 2001

    July 10, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. rs

    It would be a nice pipe dream to have the GOP respond positively to Mr. Edelson on immigration. However, 75 % of Americans want immigration reform, and the GOP doesn't heed them (much to their peril). NEVER underestimate the power of stupidity.

    July 10, 2014 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Chris..E.al

    Good luck with the fan fair its all your money going south 4 a v0te enjoy your wasted vote and the high fives to the illegals that 0bama didnt want to SHOW Y0U on the border . Wake up my natives and that dont mean no damn color . After all the miles we have traveled and the tears we shed and the pain whats next ? what is left to come its up to you America ? ?

    July 10, 2014 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Why dose 80 % of the world want to move to Austral , America or Europe ?

    Overpopulation , Corruption , Violence . If people want a better life , will a geographic relocation for only a few on an ever shrinking planet help salve the real problems of humanity ?

    July 10, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. Vence

    Republicans will pay dearly in Nov!

    July 10, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. AdviceMF

    Amen. From their pens to Washington's ears!

    July 11, 2014 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  9. Much thunder...little rain

    So America needs to bow down to the super rich....listen to them because there so wise....sure its because the is money to be made...

    July 11, 2014 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Sheldon Adelson owns the GOP. They kiss his ring.

    July 11, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  11. @RI_Roger

    Americans deserve to live by our Constitution and our laws. Those who respect neither are not welcome. The current laws outline a process for coming to this country legally...follow them or stay home. Crossing the boarder without permission is illegal and they need to be turned back or returned.... end of discussion. That is the humane thing to do for the US Citizens already lacking resources to survive day to day now.

    July 11, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  12. Gunderson

    Eh, Well,
    Try selling that to the American People. The Hoard that are flooding he Southern Border now are going to be foisted on the U.S. Tax Payer. Amnesty will not happen but to the Bleeding Heart Liberals it won't matter. They aren't going to pay the bill.

    July 11, 2014 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  13. bill

    1. secure the border 2. secure the border 3. secure the border. If obama cannot even do this with the greatest army this world has ever seen, what CAN'T HE DO???? How? 1. troops 2. start today buiding the fence that was signed by Bush in 2006 and 3. change the law to send ALL these people home. 4. do not send one penny to mixico and the other 3 countries in central america-use that money for the problems they have created. OBAMA GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND DO THIS ONE STEP AT A TIME EVEN IF IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE NOT THE ONE IN CHARGE DOING THIS.

    July 11, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  14. tom l

    rs
    "Well that and someone who cannot grasp the difference between a natural tragedy that affected many, many Americans and a man-made one that doesn't affect Americans at all, only children from foreign nations- that the GOP already granted extended security to."
    ============

    And there you have it. The liberal mindset. "doesn't affect Americans at all". Really? So the money we have to pay to feed them, house them, transport them, process them doesn't affect us? How about where they end up? How about if they stay here where they go to school? Or how about the parents/adults that came here too (because it's not all children as the media would make you think)? Will the adults find work? How will they support themselves while they are here?

    This comment by rs is so telling. They don't look at any of the ramifications nor consequences for their actions and the only thing that matters to people like rs is who gets the blame and defend any and every action by the president. He tries to pin this all on the repubs for a stupid law enacted back in 2008. We have a president that has made changes to other laws on his own yet he won't change this law (and it's all simply due to politics). This is Congress's and Bush/Obama's failures. They don't want to solve the problem. Too much mileage right now politically speaking to change the status quo. Both sides are getting out of this situation what they want.

    July 11, 2014 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    –Florida made illegal voter areas, judge Terry Lewis issued to remove all these boundaries made by republicans. Voter reform from federal government is long overdue here.

    July 11, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Does anyone in America care about keeping America as a free country, anymore????

    If we turn our country into Latin America........it will cease to be FREE. Guaranteed.

    July 11, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. galactus

    Look out for these snake oil salesmen. They only want the cheap labor and care nothing about the American people.

    July 11, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. smith

    @rs-65% of Americans didn`t want the ACA yet the Dems still slammed thru and Obama signed it into law. Both sides are guilty of not listening to the people thats why congress and potus have such low approval numbers.

    July 11, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    bill

    1. secure the border 2. secure the border 3. secure the border. If obama cannot even do this with the greatest army this world has ever seen, what CAN'T HE DO???? How? 1. troops 2. start today buiding the fence that was signed by Bush in 2006 and 3. change the law to send ALL these people home. 4. do not send one penny to mixico and the other 3 countries in central america-use that money for the problems they have created. OBAMA GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND DO THIS ONE STEP AT A TIME EVEN IF IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE NOT THE ONE IN CHARGE DOING THIS.
    ---------------------------
    This flood of minors is not a border security problem. It's looking more and more like a refugee crisis. We could put 100,000 troops on the border and we would still have the same problem. The minors are not sneaking across the border. They are seeking out border patrol agents and surrendering.

    July 11, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Eh, Well,
    Try selling that to the American People. The Hoard that are flooding he Southern Border now are going to be foisted on the U.S. Tax Payer. Amnesty will not happen but to the Bleeding Heart Liberals it won't matter. They aren't going to pay the bill.
    ------------------------------
    If you don't want taxpayers to foot the bill, then tell Boehner to pass a bill that changes the law requiring it.

    July 11, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    I hope they will listen now

    July 11, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. Steve, New York City

    Glad to see powerful, private sector people from both sides of the political aisle trying to find common ground.
    Unfortunately, it has to be done this way, as MONEY is the only thing that Congress responds to.

    ****** To rs - I agree with you - most Americans want immigration reform, and also want to see at least some sensible strictures on the gun rights of the mentally ill. . . .unfortunately, Congress only cares about the NRA, big oil, the AIPAC and whoever pays them the most. Congress is a joke!!

    July 11, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. 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.

    July 11, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. smith

    It really just time to use the National Guard and shut down the border completely. No one in and no one out. You wanna go to Mexico or a S. American country get a plane ticket. They`ll stop massing at the border if they find they can`t get in.

    July 11, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    tom l wrote:

    "This comment by rs is so telling. They don't look at any of the ramifications nor consequences for their actions and the only thing that matters to people like rs is who gets the blame and defend any and every action by the president. He tries to pin this all on the repubs for a stupid law enacted back in 2008. ... ... ..."
    ------------------------
    The law was not enacted in 2008. It was enacted in 1998, and re-authorized a decade later in 2008. You're a liar.

    July 11, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
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