http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/us/politics/unveiling-immigration-bill-senators-seek-distance-from-guns.html?_r=0Unveiling Immigration Measure, Senators Seek Distance From Effort on Guns
By ASHLEY PARKER
Published: April 18, 2013
WASHINGTON — It was drafted by a bipartisan Senate coalition, has the strong backing of the White House and activist groups, and draws on deep public support from those who see it as helping to solve one of the nation’s most difficult problems.
But advocates of the Senate’s new immigration proposal say it differs in many respects from the gun control legislation defeated this week, despite surface similarities that illustrate how a measure with substantial advantages and widespread backing can still founder on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, they formally began seeking support for the proposal from the public and Congressional colleagues
Asked why the group expected it to fare better, one member, Senator John McCain
, Republican of Arizona, turned and pointed to what he called “one compelling reason” — the assembled crowd of nearly two dozen supporters behind him. “When you look at the representatives of business, labor, the religious community, Hispanic community — across the board — this is a coalition,” he said. “This is why we will succeed, because of this broad-based, dedicated support for this legislation.” Mr. McCain joked, “I never thought I’d be standing with Richard Trumka,” referring to the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s largest federation of unions
In some ways, the failure of gun legislation could ultimately work in the favor of an immigration overhaul
. On Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told gun control advocates that several senators had told him they could not vote to support both gun control and immigration
: they had the political bandwidth for only one tough vote. http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/18/immigration-bill-contains-400-waivers-exceptions-and-exemptions/
Immigration bill contains 400 waivers, exceptions and exemptions
...The complexity has already sparked GOP objections from Sen. Jeff Sessions and other Republicans who say they should be given more time to study and then explain the bill’s myriad complexities and loopholes to the public
...http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/04/18/177780665/bipartisan-senate-gang-prepares-to-sell-immigration-planGang Of 8 Champion Plan, Declare 'Year Of Immigration Reform'
by Liz Halloran
April 18, 2013 2:47 PM
Bipartisan bonhomie broke out Thursday afternoon when four Democratic and four Republican senators made a case for their comprehensive immigration overhaul proposal.
The scene at the Dirksen Senate Office Building stood in marked contrast to the ugly end Wednesday of a smaller cross-party effort to fashion gun legislation that would have expanded background checks and banned assault-style weapons.
"I think 2013 is the year of immigration reform," said GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
, who, with the other senators, stood in front of representatives of a diverse coalition — from the AFL-CIO to the Chamber of Commerce — that has gotten behind overhaul efforts."America is an idea; nobody owns it," Graham said. "We've got to create order out of chaos."or is it "We've got to create chaos out of order ."The "Gang of Eight" senators
hold a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss their immigration overhaul bill. The senators, from left, are Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., John McCain, R-Ariz., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_affiliation_in_the_United_States_Senate
Marco Rubio, R-Fla Roman Catholic
Richard Durbin, D-Ill Roman Catholic
Robert Menendez, D-N.J Roman Catholic
John McCain, R-Ariz Baptist
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C Baptist
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz Mormon
Charles Schumer, D-N.Y Judaism
Michael Bennet, D-Colo Raised Jewishhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/immigration-bill-opposition_n_3109770.htmlImmigration Bill Opposition Building Among Conservatives
Posted: 04/18/2013 12:03 pm EDT | Updated: 04/19/2013 11:32 am EDTRubio, the Republican Florida senator who is spearheading outreach to the Republican base and to conservative talk radio hosts, was unable to persuade
one of the top radio figures on the right to support the Senate's immigration reform effort when he appeared on The Mark Levin Show Wednesday night
. Levin, a former Reagan administration official, was pleasant and polite with Rubio during his 17-minute interview with the senator
. But his skepticism was clear, and he referred to undocumented immigrants as "illegal aliens."
On Thursday morning, he made his opposition to the Senate effort official. Levin posted a note on his Facebook page that said, "Count me out: the border is NOT secured and Obama cannot be trusted, period."
Levin linked to a site that referred to Rubio as a "slick used car salesman." Levin said later Thursday morning that he wished he had not linked to the site criticizing Rubio.
"While I oppose the immigration bill, given the border-security issue and Obama's record of non-enforcement, among other things, I regret linking to a post that refers to Senator Rubio as a slick used car salesman," Levin wrote. "He is earnest and thoughtful and deserves much better. He loves his country and means well, unlike too many politicians. There are slick used car salesmen on Capitol Hill, many come to mind, but Rubio is certainly not one of them."
But he's not the only one. Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, a former South Carolina senator
who is a friend of Rubio's and was instrumental in helping Rubio get elected in 2010, posted an op-ed Thursday explaining why he thinks the Senate bill that Rubio is pushing is "flawed."DeMint foisted the term "amnesty" -- the one-word wrecking ball that killed the 2007 immigration reform effort
-- on the immigration reform legislation introduced by the Senate's "gang of eight" this week.
"After decades of empty promises on immigration enforcement, Congress simply lacks credibility
to keep its promises," DeMint said, describing the Senate bill as "immediate amnesty in the form of provisional status within months and lofty promises of 'strategies' and 'plans' for enforcement years later."DeMint
decried the creation of a comprehensive bill, and said Congress should "debate and develop understandable reforms in a transparent step-by-step process that addresses all of the immigration issues."
With that language, DeMint appears to have given himself some wiggle room to support a bill in Congress this year, but not a lot.
Many Republicans see passing an immigration reform bill as crucial to the party's electoral future
, given the horrid state of their relationship with Latino voters. But conservatives like DeMint and Levin are not persuaded by that argument