Sens. Schumer, Graham Back With Amnesty Plan

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Sens. Schumer, Graham Back With Amnesty Plan

“Two senators on opposite sides of the aisle are proposing comprehensive changes to the immigration laws that would include a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the United States,” the AP reports.

“Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who promoted similar proposals on separate Sunday news shows said that no path to citizenship would be available until the country’s borders were secure.”

Compromise Discussions Met With Concern

“Anxiety is rising in the bases of both political parties about the deals their leaders might strike on fiscal policy and immigration in the months after the election,” The Hill reports.

“President Obama and Republican leaders in Congress have struck a conciliatory tone since Election Day, pledging to work together on issues like the “fiscal cliff” and immigration reform.”

Border Patrol Director Says More Infrastructure Needed at Crossings

Pete Flores, director of the San Diego Field Office for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says more investment is needed at border crossings with Mexico.

“We are locked in facilities built 15, 20 years ago. In this last fiscal year (2012), we processed over 64 million people in this field office, and these ports of entry just weren’t built to handle that traffic. At San Ysidro, we see about 35,000 to 40,000 vehicles a day coming through and an additional 24,000 to 27,000 pedestrians.”

Economics Trumps Immigration or Social Issues for Hispanic Voters

“For right-wing Beltway pundits, many of whom were already more pro-immigration than their party’s grassroots, the answer is obvious: cut a deal that gives illegal immigrants a path to citizenship; eliminate immigration as a wedge issue and watch Hispanics embrace the GOP,” says Peter Beinart at The Daily Beast.

“So what’s the real reason Hispanics aren’t voting Republican? Economics. And some conservatives know it.”

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar
    Mass Immigration Is Not Sustainable on

    “If the GOP passes an amnesty, the majority of any new citizens they sign up with vote Democrat, making the GOP’s situation worse.”

    No kidding. Whatever small % you might pick up will be more than offset by the addition of the new voters.

  2. avatar
    Concerned Citizen on

    Another amnesty battle. Too bad the GOP isn’t looking at the whole picture.

    The bump in Latino votes didn’t swing the election against Romney, who ran a good campaign and made no major mistakes. The economy simply hasn’t hurt enough people yet–but it will. Two bigger, and more decisive, reasons why Romney lost were a lackluster turnout among white seniors and swing voter complacency.

    If the GOP passes an amnesty, the majority of any new citizens they sign up with vote Democrat, making the GOP’s situation worse. A better path for this country would be for the GOP to continue elevating individual Latinos and, if Latinos still refuse to vote Republican, start to think about how to change the map of the United States.

    I don’t think Latinos are as pro-amnesty as the MSM dictates to us. If it turns out I’m wrong and they are, on the whole, then a lot of folks will say this is a dysfunctional, abusive relationship and it’s time for national divorce proceedings. I don’t want to live in a country where a one-party system is in place, dictating policy by sheer force.

    • avatar
      softwarengineer on

      I Saw on CNN

      Where almost all the states in the union got 1000s of signatures to concede from the union. Yes, this country does not feel represented by government anymore….the 12th man [the majority of Americans] screams holy hades [check almost all the blogger comments against amnesty polled everytime the Republicans want to cave in to amnesty in a news story]….but somehow they have that this same 12th man is for amnesty?

      Its time for the Fascist [its neither liberal or conservative] runned Dem/Rep politicians, that were suppose to represent the 12th man against overpopulation/amnesty, to just do it! They defy us in the name of Confederate Flag Waving Foreign/Corporate interests that fund our elections and in essense then, pick these same turncoat candidates out, then pretend since we voted for them, we agree with them.

      Its a circus that breeds division of our country.