LatinaLista — Politico is reporting that Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s architect on the latest Senate version of immigration reform, is feeling “optimistic” about producing immigration legislation this year.
He and his congressional colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham, are scheduled to meet with the President tomorrow after a series of scheduled meetings had been cancelled.
Advocates for immigration reform were beginning to think that there was nothing to feel optimistic about with each meeting cancellation, but, as we are learning, a meeting doesn’t signify passage or introduction of the legislation.
Schumer and Graham admit they still have some big hurdles to overcome — namely, finding another Republican to sponsor the bill.
… Graham has long insisted on having another GOP co-sponsor and while Schumer said there are four or five senators in play, no one has agreed yet to get on board.
“We will not pass an immigration bill unless it’s bipartisan. I think everyone agrees with that. Everyone agrees to put a bill on the floor of the Senate and not have it pass, as happened a few years ago, is a bad idea,” Schumer said.
What’s a worst idea is to have different rules for passing immigration reform as opposed to the healthcare bill.
It’s known among everyone on Capitol Hill, from freshman to senior congressional members, along with their staff, that supporting immigration reform is as volatile and scary for political reputations as is supporting healthcare reform — only ten times worse.
The idea that a Republican will sign off and co-sponsor the bill is as hopeful or delusional as to think Republicans will finally come on board and support the healthcare bill. It’s not going to happen. Republican leaders said it wasn’t going to happen and, now, we know it’s not going to happen.
The same will be true for the immigration reform bill.
It wouldn’t be surprising to hear from the GOP wing that in order for them to support any immigration reform bill the process needs to be started all over again. By now, the American people have deciphered those words to mean “stall at all costs.”
The President didn’t buy the GOP’s underhanded tactic and has been pushing his party to deliver before the Easter Break. This time around, it’s the Latino community not buying the supposition that the only way an immigration reform bill can be introduced is in a bipartisan manner.
This is a bill, that if it’s truly reforming our current immigration policies and acknowledging the realities of what exists in Latino communities across the nation, won’t garner bi-partisan support — plain, simple and honest.
It will have to be the Democrats that champion this issue for Latinos.
Yet, it doesn’t sound too hopeful when the one Senate leader in charge of crafting the bill had to consult with Lou Dobbs and goes on record saying he won’t proceed without bipartisan support.
From this perspective, “optimism” doesn’t come close to its definition.