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Immigration?…..does it have any chance in Democratic Senate without 60 votes?

In a conference call with reporters this week, representatives of a range of religious groups were joined by two members of Congress to unveil a month-long campaign that will begin by delivering thousands of postcards to Capitol Hill offices, continue with some 100 events across the country during the President’s Day recess and into early March, and culminate with a large immigration reform rally in Washington on Sunday, March 21.

The goal is to use both moral suasion and practical arguments — that immigrants bring value to the American economy and are not competition for scarce jobs — to change a legislative dynamic that seems even more daunting than in 2007, when a promising bill co-sponsored by John McCain and Ted Kennedy and supported by President Bush died in the Senate in the face of Republican opposition. 

Now Kennedy is dead, McCain is tacking right to save his political life, and the economy has tanked while Tea Party rage is on the rise. So what makes faith leaders think they can move the mountain now? They are taking a two-pronged approach: to change hearts and minds by framing the debate as a “moral imperative,” and to deploy some old-fashioned political organizing and lobbying. 

“What’s different about this campaign is that we are really reaching out to voters and to non-immigrant communities and forming coalitions on the ground with people who are not our traditional allies,” said Father Jon Pedigo, pastor of a Catholic parish in San Jose, California. “We feel that through very targeted local work we will be able to go about this” — campaigning for immigration reform — “in a much more determined way.” 

“We should not be wasting time with friends who don’t need to be converted,” echoed Rep. Mike Honda, a Democrat who represents California’s Silicon Valley. 

The interfaith coalition, which represents mainline and evangelical Protestants, Jewish groups, and the Catholic hierarchy, knows it has an uphill battle. For religious leaders, the Judeo-Christian ethic, as based in scripture, is clear: welcome the stranger, strengthen families, care for the needy, do justice to one’s neighbor. And in legislative terms, that means supporting immigration reform that allows both legal and undocumented people a path to citizenship, that focuses on keeping immigrant families united, and that brings security and consistency to border enforcement. 

But polls consistently show immigration reform is a relatively low priority for most Americans, and according to a survey from the Pew Hispanic Center last year, just 31 percent of Latinos said it was an “extremely important” issue for President Obama to resolve.

Jobs, education and, yes, health care reform, are higher priorities, and immigrants — especially the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States — are increasingly seen as threats to the economic well-being of native-born Americans, even while the number of illegal immigrants has fallen significantly in the last year.


The Dog is not sure that Immigration is going to get to the table this spring…..With the pipeline clogged as is with Healthcare, Jobs and the Economy…ther isn’t much room for Immigration…also the fact that the Republicans will surely put up a fight on the issue means that President Obama will not have the stomach to push the issue…..Like Healthcare…this issue needs to be addressed…but will in all likelihood be put on the shelf……..Like it or not the GOP now is a factor…..

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  1. Of course it could pass. It passed the GOP controlled Senate in 2006 with 62 votes (24 were Republicans). Forty-four of the 62 votes are still in the Senate, with several new Senators elected largely or partially on the strength of the Latino vote (Colo. NM, VA, NC and many others). So yes, 60 plus votes are available in Senate and Speaker Pelosi said this week she had the votes in the House. We need Obama and we need courage and we need leadership.

    Comment by GrayRiv | February 13, 2010 | Reply

    • The 2006 vote wasn’t when the GOP was in power struggle with rookie Democratic President that they wanted to give a beatdown to…….

      George Bush was from Texas…..He knew that immigration was important……I believe it’s just not in the cards right now….We both agree that the President of the United States will have to show interest in the issue…..That might be too big of a stretch…..and that would be sad……

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. President Obama

    Immigration is best dealt with as a non enforced law like mattress sales on Sunday.

    Which is basically how it is NOW

    Keep letting all my Spanish hombres STAY here and dont piss off the RACIST f*ckbags that want to get rid of guaranteed citizenship to all that born here.

    Unit 3 ( Timothy Peter Leal)

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | February 14, 2010 | Reply

    • ***Xenophobic f*ckbags

      For some strange reason they have trouble understanding Mexicans are members of the Caucasian race

      Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | February 14, 2010 | Reply

      • Who?

        Comment by jamesb101 | February 14, 2010

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  4. This was posted in the middle of the night, huh TPL?

    Comment by jamesb101 | February 14, 2010 | Reply

    • I will be honest I just type for the most part and dont put together any thought behind what I write

      Sometimes I can’t even see clearly cause I dont have my glasses on

      My PC is always on.. if I wake up I check out the Dog

      at work I sing when I am stocking items I sing songs about Roger Stone,Corey Gross, Ron Gunzburger, and think about Jack, CD, Godless, you, and EVEN Pretorian

      and have plans about radio shows with Kyle & Corey and sports commentary by Illinois Jim

      The P1 crew has really consumed so much of my ESCAPE time from the hellish hand I have been dealt in life

      Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | February 14, 2010 | Reply

  5. well I have to think when I type…that’s the way it is……I sing when I’m happy…..

    I’m thankful for Ron and P1 …they started me on my way…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | February 14, 2010 | Reply

  6. Coming from the religious stand point it will be hard to make a movement that the senate will openly recognize, unless it comes from the stand point of costing the American people lower amounts of money. First because the senate is mostly mad up of a Democrats, and Republicans typically take more to issues that are back by the church, such as abortion. Second there are a number of “priority bills” up for hot debate which will take the focus off of immigration at least for the american people.

    Comment by Lawrence West | February 15, 2010 | Reply

    • I think that was my argument….right?

      The abortion issue is NOT about money in anyway…..You’re right…. the church is against abortion….

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 15, 2010 | Reply

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