Senators Publish Their Immigration Reform Plan

US Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet and Flake all convened before the press yesterday and announced and then published their "four pillars" for immigration reform as a guidline for legislation to be enancted this year. You will note the very first "pillar" is to "create a tough but fair path to citizenship". That's the big change. These are some of the biggest names in the Republican Party and they are now advocating a pathway to citizenship. It's not going to be easy but it is going to be. Up through the last presidential election the Republican policy was no pathway.

The 1986 "amnesty" is going to turn out to be far narrower than this proposal. Of course the House of Representatives is going to have to get involved. Word is they too have a bipartisan group of representatives working on their own outline. Of course getting legislation through the Senate is going to be much easier than through the House. First off, the Senate is controlled by the Democrats, who are solidly behind reform and elected Obama twice in part on that platform. Furthermore, US senators represent entire states wherein the impact of undocumented immigration is spread far and wide.

The House, on the other hand, is controlled by the Republicans. Each representative only has to answer to their narrowly tailored district. Any one district could be entirely devoid of undocumented immigration problems and, as such, could lead to that representative voting against it. Also, there is an unwritten rule that the leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, Speaker of the House John Boehner, will not bring a bill to a vote unless he is sure there are at least a majority of Republicans who will vote for it. So while there may be enough votes to pass immigration reform, there may not be a majority of Republicans in the House willing to vote for it. Boener will then have to decide if he will nevertheless bring the bill to the floor for an up or down vote like he did with the recent tax reform bill. TLF predicts he will because, as we wrote about here, the Republican party as whole is simply doomed on the national stage unless and until they can say they helped champion immigration reform.

Immigration reform is coming in 2013. Be prepared. Call TLF today for a free consultation.