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THE HILL: DEMS CLOSE TO FILIBUSTER-PROOF MAJORITY ON DREAM ACT

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Senator Durbin says the votes are there, but that a vote on DREAM is not likely right now. Instead, the legislation is seen as an attractive item to include in a comprehensive reform bill.

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  1. Nitin's Avatar
    This report points out that the Sotomayor nomination might buy Obama some time on immigration. Any thoughts? Currently, whatever is being done on immigration is inadequate and a bunch of half-measures to keep everybody interested and "tuned-in". I don't think anything will be done this year or the next.

    http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/sotomayor_immigration/2009/05/27/218519.html

  2. AD's Avatar
    Durbin Says,

    "I've got so many young people who are counting on me for the eight years I've been working on this, and I feel morally bound to do my best to get this done as quickly as possible,"

    Wow! What about those young people who are legal and have been looking for help? The problem with Durbin's office is that it considers any thing other than what it wants to get done fraud or unnecessary. Its unfortunate that Durbin is the majority whip and refuses to see the issue through the eyes of others and only through his staff members
  3. AD's Avatar
    Nitin,

    Thats what I have been telling all along. I havent read the link you quoted. Wall street is currently operating on " These numbers are as bad as they are supposed to be ". I feel that we are braced for a major correction and god forbid if that happens in the next week or two ( along with GM bankruptcy ) CIR gets wrapped for sure. Call me a cynic about the market but Wall street numbers now are fluff
  4. Jim's Avatar
    "This report points out that the Sotomayor nomination might buy Obama some time on immigration. Any thoughts? Currently, whatever is being done on immigration is inadequate and a bunch of half-measures to keep everybody interested and "tuned-in". I don't think anything will be done this year or the next."

    - I'm getting almost the same gut feeling as yours. The different piece-meal immigration bills introduced the past 1-2 months seems also to be pointing to a possible back-up or insurance just in case there won't be a comprehensive immigration reform done this year.

    Not sure, if it's good or bad either,
  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    If Rush Dumbaugh keeps calling Sotomayor rasist, it would undoubtedly drive more Hispanics away from Republicans and solidify the decision of those who already switched to the Dems. However, I don't think that Hispanic support of Democrats is what drives Obama, at least, that's not the main driver. I have feeling that Obama considers immigration reform an easy one - not easy in a political sense of pushing it through, but easy in terms of knowing what to fix and how. That is probably what will be the final straw - regardless of how much critisism he endures in the process, he knows that it is going to work out pretty well at the end. Compared to immigration health care and education require much more complicated solutions - and more time to come up with them.
  6. Legal-immigrant's Avatar

    Oh, no. Another important issue bundled with CIR...
  7. Nitin's Avatar
    "I'm getting almost the same gut feeling as yours. The different piece-meal immigration bills introduced the past 1-2 months seems also to be pointing to a possible back-up or insurance just in case there won't be a comprehensive immigration reform done this year.

    Not sure, if it's good or bad either, "

    I think this is mostly bad. Even immigration supporters are reluctant to consider piece-meal immigration bills. Plus the growing anti-business sentiment is making EB green card measures harder to pass. The ambitious agenda of expansion in EB green-cards has now been reduced to visa recapture alone. I think things will get a lot worse before they get better for employment based green cards.
  8. Dan's Avatar
    I believe that CIR will NOT pass during the Senate presidency of Harry Reid. There must be a change in the Senate leadership before CIR can pass.

    Harry Reid is a conservative democrat, who gives in to the wishes of some Republicans.
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