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Reid:Democrats Are Ready To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform If Republicans Will Join Us
United States Senate Democrats ^ | June 27, 2012 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Posted on 06/27/2012 4:05:36 PM PDT by mdittmar

If Republicans Want to Reform Broken System, They Should Work with Democrats, Not Criticize from the Sidelines

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding comprehensive immigration reform. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Monday’s United State Supreme Court decision to strike most of the unconstitutional Arizona immigration law reaffirmed something most of us already knew: the onus is on Congress to repair a broken system.

No one denies the system is broken.

But in the 48 hours since the Supreme Court’s ruling, Republicans have engaged in revisionist history to explain why it’s taken so long to fix it.

Here are the facts:

When Democrats brought a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the floor in 2007, Republicans filibustered the legislation – even though Republican President Bush supported it.

And they twice filibustered the DREAM Act – which would allow children brought to the country by their parents to go to college, serve in the military and work toward citizenship.

Democrats have been ready to pass comprehensive immigration reform for years.

It’s Republicans who are divided on this issue.

And every time Democrats offer to work together on comprehensive immigration reform – even bringing to the floor bipartisan ideas originally proposed by Republicans – the other side finds an excuse not to support change.

Yet Republicans blame Democrats for inaction.

Well, they can’t have it both ways – they can’t blame Democrats for not passing a bipartisan immigration bill when they were the ones who blocked the bill.

Moving forward, Congress has two things in its favor.

Thanks to President Obama’s decisive action, the specter of deportation no longer hangs over the heads of 800,000 young people brought to the country as children.

And the Supreme Court offered yet another affirmation that a long-term fix for our broken immigration system must come from Congress and not from the states.

Now is not the time to retreat to our corners. It’s the time to work together on a reasonable solution, one that:

If my Republican colleagues truly care about changing the status quo, they should step forward now and work with Democrats, not criticize from the sidelines.

Unfortunately, Republicans who once favored a permanent resolution for America’s broken immigration system are deserting efforts to find common ground.

And the only decisive Republican voice on this issue today seems to be Mitt Romney – who has called the unconstitutional Arizona law the “model” for reform.

Mitt Romney has also promised to veto the DREAM Act.

Democrats believe the kind of institutionalized racism in the Arizona law is hardly the “model” for reform in a country that stands for liberty and justice for all.

And we believe upstanding young people who have never known any home but the United States of America should go to college, fight for their country and contribute to society – not face deportation.

But at least we know where Mitt Romney stands on these issues, even if we disagree with him.

As long as Republicans remain unwilling to vote for comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform, we remain at an impasse.

But I want my Republican colleagues to know this: as soon as they are willing to join us to craft a common-sense, legislative solution that is tough, fair and practical, we are ready to join them.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: larazarubio; rubio
Democrats believe the kind of institutionalized racism in the Arizona law is hardly the “model” for reform in a country that stands for liberty and justice for all.

"institutionalized racism"?,didn't see that coming from old harry and the dems;)

1 posted on 06/27/2012 4:05:45 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Right.


2 posted on 06/27/2012 4:07:22 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: mdittmar

We must give all the illegals voting rights before the November slaughter....


3 posted on 06/27/2012 4:09:35 PM PDT by Hogblog
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To: Reagan69

Harry: How about a comprehensive budget?


4 posted on 06/27/2012 4:10:03 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: mdittmar

..after Odungo’s scorched US policy on immigration is launched...Reid needs the GOP to sign on so it becomes a bi-partisan screw up.


5 posted on 06/27/2012 4:10:40 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Reagan69

In the words of the Late, Great, Harry Morgan
...HORSE HOCKEY!


6 posted on 06/27/2012 4:10:48 PM PDT by Shady (The undeniable truth of the Obama Administration...The numbers do not lie.)
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To: mdittmar

Harriet, ESAD.


7 posted on 06/27/2012 4:10:53 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: mdittmar

We do not want it harry and we do not want you. FOAD you old coot!

LLS


8 posted on 06/27/2012 4:11:25 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: mdittmar

Help us open the border, raise taxes, ban guns, etc.....


9 posted on 06/27/2012 4:13:01 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Reagan69

any bull ,except jobs ,Harry is holding up ,what , 20 or 30 jobs bills


10 posted on 06/27/2012 4:14:48 PM PDT by molson209
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To: mdittmar

Harry, institutionalized racism = Democratic Party, you ol’Jim Crow loving son of a bitch!


11 posted on 06/27/2012 4:15:10 PM PDT by avacado
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To: mdittmar

Just as soon as the Dems start upholding the promises they made with the last amnesty in the 1980’s, the GOP can THEN, POSSIBLY, THINK ABOUT cooperating with the Dishonest Party.


12 posted on 06/27/2012 4:15:48 PM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Yikes! Combine that FOAD with my ES&D and Dingy Harry would have no other option but to STFU! HA!

Hay Harry! You shot the wad that your clean and articulate butt boy served up to you and now you want us to work with you? Screw it, we have gone this long and November is too close to get anything done anyway.


13 posted on 06/27/2012 4:18:25 PM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: mdittmar

Who let this insane old fool out of his cell......


14 posted on 06/27/2012 4:19:05 PM PDT by lgjhn23
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To: mdittmar

...ye shall not surely die...


15 posted on 06/27/2012 4:19:21 PM PDT by madison10
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To: mdittmar

Even many Dens are against Illegal Alien Amnesty...which is why you will see Reid talk, but not go further....of course, unless, someone like La Raza Rubio joins in


16 posted on 06/27/2012 4:22:58 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (When I said "close the borders", I did not mean the bookstore chain)
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To: Mashood

Harry: How about a comprehensive budget?
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!!!!!!!!!!Amen!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 06/27/2012 4:24:03 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: mdittmar

No Harry, I think we’ll let Dems sink all by themselves in November.


18 posted on 06/27/2012 4:25:19 PM PDT by Huskrrrr ( the will)
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To: Doogle

If Bolshecrats are for it, it is bad us and US.


19 posted on 06/27/2012 4:30:54 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

‘La Raza Rubio’ to go along with Obama lovin’ Condoleeeezzza.


20 posted on 06/27/2012 4:32:08 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: mdittmar

Join “Mr Cleanface” in the legislation. He’ll make you a deal you can’t refuse.


21 posted on 06/27/2012 4:34:39 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: madison10

“Will you walk into my parlor?”


22 posted on 06/27/2012 4:34:39 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
Reid: Democrats Are Ready To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform AMNESTY If Republicans Will Join Us
23 posted on 06/27/2012 4:36:56 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: mdittmar

You people are all cynics. Harry has a plan to legalize all 20 million people that are here illegally and he is going to get them all “Green” jobs but the racist elephants are holding things up.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 4:37:00 PM PDT by 12chachacha
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To: mdittmar

I’d only vote for it if it contains an amendment throwing that creepy old bastard Reid off of this planet. What a creepy freak! Stuff it Harry! We don’t need “reform”. We need the lazy, freeloading bastards we’ve got working for the government to enforce the laws we’ve got on the books now!


25 posted on 06/27/2012 4:40:04 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America! The big pinata!)
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To: mdittmar

This e-mail story is worth repeating, I think:

Nancy Pelosi called Harry Reid into her office one day and said, “Harry, I have a plan to win back Middle America in 2012!”

“Great Nancy, but how?” asked Dingy Harry.

“We’ll get some cheesy clothes and shoes, like they wear in those flyover states, then we’ll stop at the dog pound and pick up a Labrador retriever.

“Then, we’ll go to a nice old country bar in Montana and show them how much admiration and respect we have for the hard working people living there.”

So they did, and found just the place they were looking for in Bozeman, Montana. With the dog in tow, they walked inside and stepped up to the bar.

The Bartender took a step back and said, “Hey! Aren’t you Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?”

“Yes we are!” said Damascus Nan. “And what a lovely town you have here! We were passing through and Harry suggested we stop and take in some local color.”

They ordered a round of bourbon for the whole bar, and started chatting up a storm with anyone who would listen.

A few minutes later, a grizzled old rancher came in, walked up to the Labrador, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, shrugged his shoulders and walked out.
A few moments later, in came another old rancher. He walked up to the dog, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, scratched his head and left the bar.

For the next hour, another dozen ranchers came in, lifted the dog’s tail, and left shaking their heads.

Finally, Dingy Harry asked, “Why did all those old ranchers come in and look under the dog’s tail?”
“You know, I’m from a western ranching state, we use working dogs and I’m familiar with your ways.”
“Can we work together to figure this out? Is it some sort of custom?”

“Lord no,” said the bartender. “Someone’s out there running around town, claiming there’s a Labrador Retriever in here with two assholes.”


26 posted on 06/27/2012 4:40:15 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: mdittmar

“Institutionalized racism” = state and corporate sponsored quotas, preferences, “affirmative action”


27 posted on 06/27/2012 4:40:34 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Free the Zimmermans. . . end this political, racist travesty of a "prosecution")
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To: mdittmar

Hasn’t Harry ever heard that you catch more flys with honey than with vinegar?


28 posted on 06/27/2012 4:41:22 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: 12chachacha

Ok Harry, the border wall gets built first. When it is 100% complete(and that includes Canada) we will talk about every tie on your agenda.

End it right now.


29 posted on 06/27/2012 4:42:01 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: mdittmar
Don't go in there fools.


30 posted on 06/27/2012 4:42:21 PM PDT by itsahoot (About that Coup d'├ętat we had in 08, anyone worried yet?)
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To: mdittmar
“Will you walk into my parlor?”

That's funny...'cause that was the OTHER quote running through my mind. :)

Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;

The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,

And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there."

Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,

For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again." ~~Mary Howitt

31 posted on 06/27/2012 4:43:38 PM PDT by madison10
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To: mdittmar

Frankly, I’d like an immigration reform law that we ram down the Dhimms throats, sorta like they did Obamacare.

It would eliminate birthright citizeenship, take funds from sanctuary cities and sother such nonsensicaol liberal resistance, erect a physical barrier along the border with our “friends” to the south, deport within 10 days any illegal caught, and forever deny them the right to return to the United States or obtain citizenship, end family reunification programs, crack down on employers who hire illegals, including Hollywooders that don’t want to pay for Americans, gradually phase out welfare so as to remove an attractant, and ensure that employers cannot hire an American engineer before allowing them to import one from Asia. The fact that they want to hire engineers at coolie wages is somewhat offensive.

LEGAL immigration should be severely limited for at least 25 years,

This won’t solve all the problems, but it’s a small and reasonble start. It could be bipartisan, too, if the Dims were willing to busdge.


32 posted on 06/27/2012 4:52:03 PM PDT by chesley (God's chosen instrument - the trumpet)
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To: mdittmar
Senator Geary Reid
33 posted on 06/27/2012 4:52:26 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco)
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To: mdittmar

Oh, we do want immigration reform. What we *don’t* want is Democrats giving huge rewards for illegally immigrating and calling it “reform.”


34 posted on 06/27/2012 4:55:33 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: mdittmar

The problem is not that there is no law. There are laws, it is just that no one enforces them. All these illogical “...therefore we need immigration reform...” statements completely fall apart. If they don’t enforce the laws we have now, why would new laws be enforced?


35 posted on 06/27/2012 4:55:53 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: mdittmar

ALTERNATE HEADLINE: Reid Seeks GOP Help In Registering Thousands More Democrat Voters


36 posted on 06/27/2012 4:59:32 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Principles aren't worth a bucket of warm spit. I'm voting Romney. God help me.)
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To: mdittmar
And requires the 11 million people who are undocumented to register with the government, pay fines and taxes, learn English and get in the back of the line to obtain legal status.

Umm, hey Harry. Dumbass. I think your boy Bammy and the rest of you Democrats just gave them all "legal status".

37 posted on 06/27/2012 5:04:16 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: mdittmar
Harry and Barry's "comprehensive reform".
38 posted on 06/27/2012 5:13:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America! The big pinata!)
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To: Teacher317

“Just as soon as the Dems start upholding the promises they made with the last amnesty in the 1980’s, the GOP can THEN, POSSIBLY, THINK ABOUT cooperating with the Dishonest Party.”

2nd


39 posted on 06/27/2012 5:22:44 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: All

40 posted on 06/27/2012 5:23:47 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: mdittmar

Congratulations, Sen Reid. I had no idea that you so fully understood the concept of the best methods for convincing others to agree with you and join you in passing your legislation.

Yup, just accuse them of crimes and stupidity and they’ll glide right on over to you and tell you thanks.

Sheesh, idiot.


41 posted on 06/27/2012 5:26:05 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: savedbygrace

Well, let’s be honest...Juan McLame will. I’m sure his hairy little arms are fully extended across the aisle as we speak. (Along with his steam room buddy Lindsay McShamnesty.)


42 posted on 06/27/2012 5:31:39 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Principles aren't worth a bucket of warm spit. I'm voting Romney. God help me.)
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To: mdittmar

Reid is delusional.


43 posted on 06/27/2012 5:37:08 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: savedbygrace

Oh, and don’t forget Mittens...I’m sure that on January 21 (presuming he wins) he’ll be doing some “reaching across the aisle”, too.)


44 posted on 06/27/2012 5:37:27 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Principles aren't worth a bucket of warm spit. I'm voting Romney. God help me.)
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To: mdittmar

Now is not the time to retreat to our corners. It’s the time to work together on a reasonable solution, one that:

Continues to secure the borders,


Sorry, Harry. You had to have BEGUN something in order to CONTINUE it.


45 posted on 06/27/2012 5:51:06 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: mdittmar
Sorry Harry. Dubya tried his best to help you when he had the chance.


46 posted on 06/27/2012 5:59:08 PM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: Hogblog

“We must give all the illegals voting rights before the November slaughter...”

They already vote here in SoCal. No one ever gets prosecuted for vote fraud in this state.

When Bob Dornan lost to Loretta Sanchez there was hard evidence of vote fraud by illegals. But the GOP elite wasn’t about to help Dornan and contest the election.

That would have violated their policy of grovelling before their newest love, the latino voter. In the elite’s eyes you can’t expect latinos to, oh, obey laws and stuff.


47 posted on 06/27/2012 6:27:33 PM PDT by Pelham (Amnesty for Illegals, a bipartisan goal of the Stupid Party and the Evil Party)
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To: avacado

Dear Harry, Nancy, DiFi, Babs, et al.

STIFFLE YOURSELVES!


48 posted on 06/27/2012 7:47:09 PM PDT by jayrunner
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To: madison10

great minds


49 posted on 06/27/2012 8:30:22 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mazda77

COMPROMISE TO A RAT IS, “OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY”... WELL harry...TAKE THE HIGHWAY TO HELL YOU BASTID!

LLS


50 posted on 06/28/2012 4:49:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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