McConnell Smashes New Dreamers Bill
When it comes to immigration reform there are a number of things that have to be considered before passing any bill or law that will end up affecting thousands of people.
This past week the House of Representatives worked on and passed a bill that would give over 2.5 million illegal immigrants a clear path to becoming citizens of the United States.
The vote was 237 in favor of the bill to 187 against the bill. There were seven Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill that passed is being called the DREAM and Promise Act.
The bill sets out to protect people that were brought illegally to the United States as kids.
It is an attempt to solve a long-standing problem that will affect millions of people if the bill does not pass the next two hurdles before it can become law.
The President has already stated that should the bill pass the Senate he plans on vetoing it. The vote was staged to happen after the President revealed his plans to change the immigration system at the border.
Jared Kushner, who is the White House Senior Advisor, has also been working on a plan for some time. It is possible that his plan will be coming to light soon.
As the bill moves to the Senate floor for discussion and debate there are a lot of people hope that it will be brought up in a session. However, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has alluded to the point that it may not be brought up for a vote at this time.
There are some people that are claiming that the Republican-controlled Senate is keeping the House from getting anything passed that is highly important. The Senate has rejected several bills that have come up from the House for a variety of reasons.
Mitch McConnell has stated that he would like to see a bill on immigration have a broad approach to the issue before the Senate will consider it. This means that the bill would have to deal with more issues that the current version is addressing.
The bill that the House passed with a strong vote is the biggest thing they have done so far.
They have struggled to come together and produce anything of substance so far. Mitch McConnell has stated, “The Dreamers have a sympathetic case. There are circumstances under which I and others would be happy to support that.
But we need to do more than that. You know there are some genuine fixes on the legal immigration side and on the illegal immigration side that need to be addressed.”
He has also stated that “There is a perfectly legitimate case for the Dreamers … but I think we need to do more than just that. And that’s the context in which I would deal with that issue in the Senate.” The Senate wants to see a bill that is more encompassing than a bill that just deals with a small portion of a larger problem.
This past year the Senate did not pass the last immigration bill that came up for a vote. The majority of the people did not think it dealt with fairly with issues at hand. Not to mention that it only provided a small fraction of the support needed for border control and enhanced security at the southern border.
The President asked for a lot of money to help build the fence in areas that need one badly and money to help with growing housing problem of those being detained until they can face trial and be sent home.
There are many in the Senate and House that are blaming the Democrats for not acting enough back in 2009 and 2010 when they had control of the Senate and the House. So far, they are following that same pattern in the House and showing that the Democratic Party cannot get anything accomplished because they are fractured as a party.
The President will have to continue to make decisions regarding the southern border until the Senate and House start working together.
The southern border is a large security risk for the United States.
There needs to be a big change soon or things will be completely out of control.