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An Immigration Bill This Year? Don't Bet on It

By Ben Pershing
With President Obama on an historic foreign trip, a Supreme Court nomination pending and massive health care and climate change bills both percolating on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) managed to make news on a completely separate front yesterday -- immigration.

At a press conference with Hispanic leaders to tout Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court candidacy, Reid said a comprehensive immigration bill is "going to happen this session, but I want it this year, if at all possible." Reid called it one of his three top priorities this year, along with health care and energy.

The Nevadan's comments certainly delivered headlines. Politico: "Harry Reid wants immigration bill this year." Dow Jones Newswire: "Reid Says Will Fight For Immigration Reform This Year." The Hill (atop the front page): "Immigration is added atop heavy agenda."

Appearing alongside a group of leaders for whom immigration is a top priority, Reid probably got exactly the coverage he wanted. But headlines aside, is immigration reform really likely to hit the Senate floor this year? No.

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"aztecchicanointifada- LOL! :-D
Are you for Real?
What? Jesus already taken?
Are you saying:
Let's play Cowboys and Indians? ;~)
Posted by: SAINT---The | June 8, 2009 2:40 PM

Yes, I'm for real alright! I am a Brown Proud Mexican American (Chicano) and Palestinian who has been fighting for both of OUR RAZA and Palestinian rights most of my life!
I am a Texas native born, but have also resided in both countries as well.
Naw menso, I don't want to "play Cowboys and Indians" either, As a matter of FACT I want to "play" Chicanos and CracKKKerheads, where WE LA RAZA would want better than to round up ALL the real EuroAmerican illegal aliens and their "Anchor Babies", thereby then proceed to deport "them" where they belong, ...Europe!
Also I would like to "play" the "chracter" who will push the right right NUKE button and send the racist criminal apartheid Zionist estate of "Israel" back to the stone age or just obliterate it from the face of the earth. Now, that's what I would like to play!
Ya wanna come out and "play" with me hea boy?!

Posted by: aztecchicanointifada | June 8, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

for jbartlebee; I never said that we get a LEGAL job with this number! I said it is the same digits so the employers never bother to investigate if it is legal or not do you know why??? because is convenient for them, as it is for the immigrant! I have worked here for almost 5 years now and I have never seen a single American working for less than 8 dollars an hour! So who is going to do these jobs? American citizens?? I don't think so! and many of you would say YES!! there are Americans that need those jobs!! But reality is that they would if they would get payed twice as much and AMERICAN EMPLOYERS cannot pay that.
And yes I know how many millions of dollars leave the country because of "immigrants" that send money to their home land, but do you Americans know all the profit that government makes off of us??? Like with traffic tickets, bank accounts, taxes, etc. Most illegals that I know don't claim taxes at the end of the year, they spend more money at the court houses for traffic tickets than with their own families, and what does the government says " oh yes you qualify for a loan for a brand new car" but they don't grant you a license for it, when driving is a PRIVILEGE not a right!
And for all the people that dare to even call our children "anchor children" that is the most racist and inhuman way of calling a child! they are as American as your selves! I don't think the native Americans use to call your ancestors "anchor children" when they had all the right to do so!
But instead you people exterminated all of them and the few left isolated like animals, and now you all claim this land like your own! funny, we are all immigrants in this country even you.

Posted by: hazen13 | June 8, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

aztecchicanointifada- LOL! :-D

Are you for Real?


What? Jesus already taken?


Are you saying:

Let's play Cowboys and Indians? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 8, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The Dems that favor amnesty know perfectly well there will be no attempt at amnesty this year: isn't it clear the nomination of Sotomayor is the bone tossed to the Hispanic community in its place?
The last attempt failed back in June 07 WITHOUT the worst economy since the Great Depression. No Democratic Congressperson wants to talk amnesty when unemployment is officially just under 10% and is probably closer to 14% in reality.
As for the "racism" charge: it's the last refuge of scoundrels. Read Alan Wolfe's "One Nation, After All" the work of a liberal sociologist who shows that bigotry is NOT WHAT DRIVES the vast majority of Americans to oppose illegal immigration. Americans revere legal immigration: for millions of us it's cherished family history. But Americans draw a very bright line between the legal immigration and illegal immigration. We believe deeply in the rule of law and not jumping the line. I'm not even sure the word "immigration" or "immigrant" should be used especially for those coming and going from Mexico. They are transnational migrant workers who live simultaneously in two societies. They are not interested in becoming Americans; fewer than 17% have chosen to naturalize. They only want public benefits to which they're not entitled. Americans aren't "racists." We're dealing with a demographic that sees this country as a milk cow and nothing more.

Posted by: svetistephen | June 8, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is a traitor to AMERICAN citizens! He's too busy representing foreign nationals (ILLEGALS) to represent AMERICANS! He and his AMNESTY CONSPIRATORS want immigration reform (code for amnesty) because they believe that amnesty for 20 million illegals is the key to keeping them in power forever. Remember, every one of these illegals has the potential to bring in 84 "family" members!
Reid, Pelosi, Schumer are looking at that as votes for them and are willing to sell out the future of this country for their own short term political gains.

Posted by: TexRancher | June 8, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey jbartlebee!

The big difference between US Brown RAZA and other immigrants from Europe, China, etc., is that WE were NEVER "foreigners" in OUR own land to begin with!
WE LA RAZA were already an established entity of INDIGENOUS peoples long before your heathen barbarian savage European ancestors ever invaded this continent by the force of arms and exported contaminated lethal diseases that almost wiped out the Native American population.
WE LA RAZA can say candidly that WE DO NOT want to "assimilate" into your EuroAmerican foreign "culture" that has NEVER been part of us, least I do not!
WE LA RAZA have a culture of OUR own! "Assimilating" us Brown people into your centric white EuroAmerican "culture" is part of your centuries old MANIFEST DESTINY sinister plot to rid anything that does not look like you and is NOT white European ala; "SPEAK ENGLISH ONLY" or "BE (WHITE) AMERICAN!"
Well, I hate to burst your white supremacist bubble Goober, ...but WE are no longer subscribing to your white lies anymore, Bubba!



E.F. Mohammed Martinez

Posted by: aztecchicanointifada | June 8, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

hazen13 said:
"I can tell you for most of you that don't know that an illegal alien doesn't need to use anybody's SSN we get a tax number from IRS which is still the same amount of digits, i know is still breaking the law, but not STEALING anybody's identity"

The tax number you're referring to, an ITIN, can't legally be used to apply for a job. It can only be used to file a tax return with the IRS. An illegal alien would need to use either a stolen ID and SSN, or a fraudulent ID and SSN to apply for a job. Either way, the illegal alien would be committing a crime which, if caught doing so, would hopefully get him or her arrested and eventually deported.

Posted by: jbartlebee | June 7, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

To aztecchicanointifada,
As the United States becomes more and more "brown", it is becoming more and more like a third world country because Hispanics are not assimilating like previous generations of foreigners have done over the decades. There is nothing special or magic about the land here. It's the people that make this country special. If the countries of Mexico and the United States switched populations, with all Americans moving to Mexico and all Mexicans moving to the United States, within 20 years Mexico would be a prosperous country with a strong economy and a high standard of living, whereas the United States would be marked by corruption, lawlessness, lack of a middle class, a high illiteracy rate, a lack of decent paying jobs, etc. There's an old saying, "Be careful what you wish for". Why somebody would want to destroy what makes the United States great is beyond me. Over many decades foreigners have come here to pursue the American dream, assimilate, and become part of our "melting pot". I doubt that the Irish, Italians, Poles, Chinese, Germans, Vietnamese, Russians, Japanese, Indians, Pakistanis, or others ever had the thought of trying to "take over" the United States in order to make it reflect the country they had just left. I really feel sorry for people like you who are so driven by racist hatred of others that it has clouded your thinking and led you to believe that destroying what makes this country great is a worthy goal to try to accomplish.

Posted by: jbartlebee | June 7, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

No matter how much white racist xenophobe Americans try to resist OUR overwhelming Brown RAZA numbers, ..."their" INEVITABLE FATE is already sealed and there is NOTHING "they" can do to stop US now whatsoever! The Browning Of America is a FAIT ACCOMPLI!
The IMMIGRATION BILL is already a done deal! A rabid dog can bark to the four winds, ...but it will only bark in vain as long it's chained to it's own doghouse!
As white racist xenophobe America is self obliterating itself to hell, because "they" are no longer procreating, not even among themselves, the Brown race is replacing that void on a very large unavoidable and at a historical percentile scale of great proportions!
Even if the border "NEW BERLIN WALL OF SHAME" between Mexico and the U.S. was to be erected today, it would also totally be impossible to "deport" the millions of undocumented Brown people back to their countries of origin besides Mexico.
Also let's NOT forget the other 25 MILLION, ...and growing on a daily basis, of Brown American born "Anchor Babies", as OUR adversaries refer us Mexican American
(Chicano) citizens, to contend with!
The recent election of President Barack H. Obama and his nomination of the Honorable Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court is a "pill" that white racist xenophobe America just can not swallow. So no matter what, Judge Sotomayor will eventually become the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, ...even if that "pill" will have to administered to "them" ala Preparation H style where the light don't shine, ...but IT WILL HAPPEN!



E.F. Mohammed Martinez
(East L.A.)

Posted by: aztecchicanointifada | June 7, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his thugs better learn that the American people don't want AMNESTY! NO! NO! NO!

I can't say the ILLEGAL ALIENS are completely to blame for the shape of our economy, but they are a BIG part of the problem. The ILLEGAL ALIENS send BILLIONS upon BILLIONS out of this Country every year, money we will NEVER see again. Does this help our economy?

How about the BILLIONS the American taxpayers fork out for the ILLEGAL ALIEN BABIES, the schooling of them, the medical care and the list goes on, and on, and on.

How about the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS paid to jail ILLEGAL ALIENS for the crimes, then the cost to deport them. Does this help our economy?

Then you have these activist groups, the Catholic Church and the ACLU that want AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be absolute suicide for this Country if AMNESTY were granted to the 20 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS. We have more and more people out of work everyday and they want to add another 20 million to this Country? I say, :NO"!

If AMNESTY were ever granted to these 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS, you can bet big money that 3 years from now, there would be ANOTHER 3-5 million ILLEGAL ALIENS demonstrating on our soil for AMNESTY.

An end MUST come to this illegal immigration. The perfect tool we have so far is E-Verify. It MUST be used by ALL businesses and Government Social Services. EVERY employee must be checked! If they are illegal, they are to be dismissed!

I believe it is time for all 50 States to pass a State law, like Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and a few others. It is time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to their home Country and get out of this Country. The problems they are causing will not go away until the ILLEGAL ALIENS are out of this Country.

It's time for ZERO TOLERENCE with these ILLEGAL ALIENS. Time to get them back to their own country where they belong. They don't belong here. If they truly want to be part of this Country, come in LEGALLY!

Posted by: scuncic | June 6, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Hairy needs a board planted against his thick head!

DOUBLE DIGIT Unemployment!

California is BANKRUPT!

Anchor Babies get SCHIPS and WELFARE!

Then, just why is the Issue of LABOR LAW Enforcement mixed up with Immigration?!

I am so sick of Federal Officials NOT doing their Federal Jobs!

They are the stupidest Idiots around! Legalize and give Rights to 20 Million Invaders working for their Criminal Employers;

and the Twice cursed Criminal Employers will just have to find 20,000,000 NEW Illegals!

Better to go out to the Construction Sites and Auto Service shops, CHECK ID's;


And send the Illegals and their wrongly DUAL-Naturalized Spawn;


10 Million Jobs for Legal Americans, and improved wages INSTANTLY Created!

Over 30 MILLION 18 Year long Health Care Package Costs REMOVED from our Burden!

Same for Education Costs!

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 6, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

As an illegal immigrant in this country I can tell you, that all of you people are wrong about your concept with illegal immigrants.
I cannot say that all illegal aliens do or don't do what you say,but most of your ideas of the ways that we manage to survive and make a living are heard from other people and so and so... like I said it does happen sometimes but you cannot stereotype people just for what you've heard, I can tell you for most of you that don't know that an illegal alien doesn't need to use anybody's SSN we get a tax number from IRS which is still the same amount of digits, i know is still breaking the law, but not STEALING anybody's identity.
for those who say that we use fake documents to drive, many have their real driver's licenses but for the ones that came after 2001 like my self, we just don't have any because if caught by the cops with a fake license the treatment would be worst than a terrorist.
So we just pay our tickets(most of us) and keep going with our lives.
I was married to an American woman, we had a child and we divorced, i won custody of my child even though I am illegal, very strange being in my situation and over all being a male parent but it was because of my behavior compared to hers, my records are clean. And I don't pretend to be a role model or anything like that just to let you all know that we are also people, people that cannot support our American children because some of you think of us as a disease, I didn't come here by choice I was brought here and believe me this is not what I thought America would be.

Posted by: hazen13 | June 6, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Every illegal alien working in construction, manufacturing, service industries, etc. is using a fraudulent SSN and filed a fraudulent I-9, W-4, etc. In other words 8.5 million illegal aliens are committing ID fraud which is a felony.

They may be using your SSN or your child's SSN. So what harm does that do??? The IRS will come looking for you asking why you are filing two tax returns or they will want to know why you didn't report all the income you made. Don't forget that your income will now include the illegal aliens earnings, so you will be responsible for paying any taxes he owes. Many illegals file tax returns for the sole purpose of claiming Earned Income Credit (EIC), so you can expect the IRS to question that as well.

Those who come here illegally, steal our IDs and ignore our laws have already demonstrated they lack the honesty and decency to ever become American citizens.

Posted by: hunter340 | June 6, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what role Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) played in drafting the failed immigration bill of last year but I hope he does not try to bring back anything similar to it because it was unworkable on many levels.

If he played a major role in drafting it, I would not admit it if I were him.

First Reid and others should eliminate the provision in the last bill that called undocumented immigrants to come forward and pay a fine. This part of the bill seemed designed to fail because undocumented immigrants would not do this nor would you or I if we were in the same situation.

Another provisions called for undocumented workers to come forward, return to their home, and apply legally. This provision also seemed designed to fail for the same reason. Why would anyone come forward and risk the life they have made for themselves for a uncertain chance at legal status?

The process of applying for citizenship and green cards should be streamlined. A long application process makes it more tempting to just cross the border rather than go through a lengthy application process.

Some type of guest worker program is needed as well. If we could get undocumented workers on the tax rolls then it would mean more revenue and we are going to need all the revenue we can get in the future to keep deficits even remotely under control. Thank you Mr. President

Walls along the border are not a good idea either. They will just be an expensive boondoggle that people crossing the border illegally will find a way around anyway. Laws and walls can't stop economic forces. People go where the money is.

I almost hope nothing is done because legislation on a complex problem such as this makes usually makes the problem worse. Besides the problem of illegal immigration has been mitigated for now by the poor economy in the United States.

If it aint broke don't fix and if it is broke don't fix it with something that makes things worse.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 6, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

How dare Harry Reid and these open-border special interests talk about pushing "comprehensive immigration reform" a/k/a MASS AMNESTY for 12-20 million illegal aliens. How greedy and insensitive to push this when over 14 million Americans are out of work!! I thought the Democrats were supposed to care about working class Americans?! Rest assured the American people will fight hard any amnesty proposal.

Posted by: swingvoter3 | June 5, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

you r right, ried is just one of many who do not care how much the countryhurts.just look at franks,pelosi,murtha,rangel,and too many others to mention,but one thing is apparent,california deserves the mess they are in. the damn fools keep sending the same pieces of crap back,every election,and the reason is,only the loons are the blame goes around to the morons who can not even take time to vote.
sorry,this was supposed to be about immagration reform. yes i can imagine these morons probably will come up with something stupid,like legalize all.the punk for obama,holder has already told the state of georgia not to ask for proof of citizenship before they can vote.another reason california is broke.they not only support their illegals,they pay for their daycare,while they work in the country illegaly.what a screwed up country.

Posted by: silusdogood | June 5, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is so out of touch... Please support every effort to defeat this idiot in next year's election... ofr America's sake, and our children's future....

Posted by: mlimberg | June 5, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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