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. Lily

    I can't understand why republicans can't do any MATHS. Holding the Immigration Bill won't help anything. One day the Bill will be passed. They should forget everything and work hard on Texas to turn blue. Once this State turns blue, republicans will never ever have a President from their side sitting in the White House. AMEN!

    July 11, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. willard

    Us untied state need keep out of immgration and us citziens cause immgration and us citzens are keep tryning hide with terroist in untied states

    July 11, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Lizzie

    Tom I, back when that stupid law was signed everyone one the left hailed Pres.Bush for being compassionate and signing it, now that we see the consequences of it, the blame him.

    July 11, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I wonder what Addelson stands to gain from this?
    And nope, I don't wonder what Bill Gates and Buffet stand to gain.

    July 11, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Lizzie

    Iamnotfooled
    People need to wake up and realize the only way to get immigration reform is to vote Republicans out and Democrats in. Period.
    -- of course, no more borders, everyone can come and go as the want, everyone ILLEGAL gets a green card.

    July 11, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. g

    looks like the republican flyers dropped in central America ,telling people to send their kids to America is working .the fence is a big money maker in texas

    July 11, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. RandyIA

    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.

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    Of course if you use a blanket term like "immigration reform" you'll get a high percentage like that. It's the same as saying 99% of people like the use of electricity. However if you add specific like "electricity to power chairs used for executions" your % changes dramatically. If you starting adding specifics like amenesty, paying fines, stronger/better fence...... your % is guaranteed to drop. Someone's idea of immigration reform may be to put a 100 yard DMZ at the border, if you enter it you are are considered hostile and shot. How would that % fare. Effective as it would be, public opinion of that solution is nott 75%, but it is a reform none the less. Polls with talking points like "immigraion reform" are worthless.

    July 11, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Logic_Is_Not_Common_Sense

    From the NYT article...

    "We believe it borders on insanity to train intelligent and motivated people in our universities — often subsidizing their education — and then to deport them when they graduate. Many of these people, of course, want to return to their home country — and that’s fine. But for those who wish to stay and work in computer science or technology, fields badly in need of their services, let’s roll out the welcome mat."

    These guys make it sound like all of these illegals are going to college and are highly sought after. Baloney!

    Why are we subsidizing a college education for an illegal? Again, no exercise of common sense from a bunch of rich guys.

    They are wealthy business people, so what do they know and understand. Hmmmmmm, let's consider that for a moment. How about cheap labor?

    Here's a couple of simple solutions.
    Put the Reserves on the border and stop the flow.
    Deport all of these illegals in short order... not a long drawn out process of months and years. They got here without our help, they can go to there home country with a very little of our help.

    I do agree that congress and our stubborn president (mostly the president and his "dreamer" executive action) are responsible for this mess and to clean up the mess, but if they don't come to some kind of agreement in short or long order, ENFORCE OUR CURRENT LAWS AND BORDER. There are already plenty of laws in place for this, and the thought of "new laws" doesn't means the current ones are null and void.

    July 11, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Longtimer

    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 ? ?
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    Obama- photographed at the Texas border in 2011 and 2012. In Arizona in 2012. What's your problem? If he's there, it's a photo op, if he isn't he isn't doing his job. Do you realize how irrational that sounds?

    July 11, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @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.
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    The GOP is now out of touch and the TP is totally out of touch with the People.
    Besides immigration reform, the majority of ACA enrollees (Commonwealth survey) are satisfied and even self identified GOP folks! But the GOP wants to sue over the ACA and Obama doing what they asked him to do???? WTF?
    GOP says it is for the People but it ignores their wishes.
    GOP says it is the party of morality but we see this is changeable and based on greed and power.

    July 11, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. rs

    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?
    _____________________
    And there is the Conservative mindset- as long as it is welfare to the rich, "incentives" to big oil, or war, or "deficits don't matter"- it doesn't affect Americans.

    Tom, I just don't get your simpleton's approach to government. All government activities cost money. But you can't possibly tabulate the cost of Mr. Bush's bill to each and every taxpayer- yet you ignore that his tax cuts to the 1% cost each taxpayer nearly $18 k.
    Government isn't free and actions (like Bush's law) have consequences. I'll stand by my statement though- You have zero measureable impact on your narrow little life because of these kids being in the care of the US. Your life has not changed one iota from last month or the month before.

    July 11, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. O'drama ya Mama

    Will the Tea Party faction chastise Adelson for wanting "compromise" or do they need his money too much?

    July 11, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Sniffit

    " Amnesty will not happen but to the Bleeding Heart Liberals it won't matter. "

    Please define "amnesty" ....I guarantee you're not using the correct definition but rather a gross exaggeration.

    July 11, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Silence DoGood

    For all the conservatives whining about the money Obama is asking for: This is 5 days worth of the Bush War.
    $3.7b / $720m/d
    Do you see why conservatives want science dumb-ed down in school and deny science?
    Who would check out their facts and put it in perspective if not for smart progressives?

    July 11, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That picture disturbs me on so many levels...

    July 11, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    The Gazillionaires Have Spoken!!

    It is now time for Congress to do something!

    July 11, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. freedom

    It's time for this president to remember who HE works for – the American people!

    July 11, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Linc

    I love how their original article seems to focus on investment and those with something to offer like higher education being more important. That sounds smart but I doubt it goes over well with others. They mentioned enforcement of immigrants and employers – the question is can we really trust there will be real enforcement and not blind ignorance to laws. Amnesty has been given before with conditions and it was not a good deal. Reform is needed and I know the media and unfortunately these gentleman want to throw it all on congress but Obama has to be reasonable too. At his point like most Americans I have no idea what Obama's position is other than $4B to pay for the hundreds of illegals let loose on our streets daily.

    July 11, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. sonny chapman

    "I was a stranger & you did/did not welcome me"-Jesus Christ, Matthew 25,35. I find it encouraging that some Conservative Christians are starting to act "Christ-Like" on this issue.

    July 11, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    Putting aside the Dem-majority Senate, the House Democrats have said that they won't support any major immigration overhaul that does not include a pathway to citizenship.

    Conservatives, and many other Americans who respect the rule of law, take offense at the idea of moving law-breaking immigrants ahead of those who are trying to get into our country legally.

    It should now be obvious to the most dense liberal that rewarding those who came here illegally WILL create an endless stream of more coming here illegally.

    July 11, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. rs

    Tom I
    " 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). "
    _______________________
    Really- YOU don't know the difference between the contents of the Code of Federal Regulations (Executive Branch) and eh U.S. Code (Congress)?

    July 11, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Bill from GA

    bill – " start today buiding the fence that was signed by Bush in 2006 "

    Bush also declared that NASA will go to the moon by 2020, and soon after to Mars. He was to pay for it with more tax cuts for the rich.

    Point being: You got the money? Cause Uncle Sam don't.

    July 11, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. kool aid man

    Tom l.,you should be president, you have all the answers and you call yourself a independent, who did you vote for, kittens of course, that'd be a Republican vote and with all do respect, your not in their club but they oh so enjoy your nativities, you honestly don't think they represent only the rich, wish it were true but its simply not.

    July 11, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Tom l

    Tom l.,you should be president, you have all the answers and you call yourself a independent, who did you vote for, kittens of course, that’d be a Republican vote and with all do respect, your not in their club but they oh so enjoy your nativities, you honestly don’t think they represent only the rich, wish it were true but its simply not.

    --–

    I voted for Ron Paul and did not vote for president in the general election. Keep voting for your gang, though. It's really working out well....

    July 11, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. just asking

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    That picture disturbs me on so many levels...
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    why? you don't even know what it is a picture of and what is happening and why. it was meant to provoke emotions which is why cnn has used it. one usually gets put in a hold like that when they are resisting arrest.

    July 11, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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