LatinaLista — With only a five vote difference against cloture in today’s final vote, the Senate has failed in not only coming together to reach a consensus to stop the grandstanding and roadblocking of what has been called The Grand Compromise, better known as the immigration reform bill, but they have prolonged the tremors rippling across this nation, to the point that it’s only a matter of time before the fissures that have already developed will run so deep and so wide that there won’t be any way to bridge the opposing sides.
Because of this evening’s vote, the Senate Majority Leader has pulled the immigration bill from the floor.
What does that mean?
It means that for all the families who are hoping they can stop looking over their shoulders or nervously wondering if today is the day mami or papi or their son or daughter won’t return home from work or waiting to finally tell mijo or mija that they can fill out the paperwork to go to college â€” the wait and wondering, the anxiety and the frustration, the desperation and the anger â€” will continue.
The Senate Majority Leader doesn’t know when he’ll bring the bill back to the floor. Probably after enough time has gone by when hurt feelings are forgotten and everyone is in a better mood to see things in a more rational manner.
Yet, he didn’t mince words when he blamed a core group of Republican Senators who no matter what Democrats tried to do to appease themâ€” they were determined to see the bill fail.
And it is disappointing that there exists within the chambers of this country’s government such juvenile behavior that not even an attempt to reach a compromise was made.
If there was one Congressional chamber that gave us any hope that SOMETHING could have been passed it would have been the Senate.
In honesty, nobody is holding their breath that the House can pass something on their own. At the very least, some probably hoped that they would feel shamed by the Senate’s swift action to come up with something in a timely manner.
Now, they won’t have to.
After tonight’s vote, one senate leader after another spoke at the microphone to express their disappointment and vow that the bill is not dead.
It can’t be dead because too many real lives are at stake â€” and they don’t have the luxury of putting aside their worries until everybody (the landlord, ICE, the police) is in a better mood to discuss their future.