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GOP, Dem Senators Seek Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Key Republican and Democratic senators say U.S. immigration reform could be passed yet this year, including citizenship paths for undocumented immigrants.

“I think we have a darn good chance … to get something done this year,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The Republican Party has learned that being anti-immigrant doesn’t work for them politically and they know it.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., agreed the Republican Party took a political shellacking from Latinos last week — more than 70 percent of the fast-growing group voted Democratic, exit polls indicated.

He told CBS’ “Face the Nation” the GOP has created a wall between itself and Hispanics, causing Republicans “to lose votes every election cycle — and it has to stop.

“It’s one thing to shoot yourself in the foot — just don’t reload the gun,” he said. “So I intend not to reload this gun when it comes to Hispanics. I intend to tear this wall down and pass an immigration reform bill that’s an American solution to [an] American problem.”

He said Republicans had “nobody to blame but ourselves when it comes to losing Hispanics.”

Schumer and Graham both said the key first part to immigration reform would be ensuring U.S. borders are secure.

“Second, make sure that there is a non-forgeable document so that employers can tell who was legal and who was illegal,” Schumer said. “And once they hire someone illegally, throw the book at them — that will stop illegal immigration in its tracks.

“Third, on legal immigration, let in the people we need, whether they be engineers from our universities … or people to pick the crops,” Schumer said.

“And fourth, a path to citizenship that’s fair, which says you have to learn English, you have to go to the back of the line, you’ve got to have a job and you can’t commit crimes.”

Graham spoke of the same blueprint on “Face the Nation,” pointing out, “65 percent of the people in the exit poll this election supported a pathway to citizenship.”

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    SO, THE MEDIA IS CONTROLLING POLITICS. SINCE POLLS INDICATE HISPANICS VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY FOR THE KENYAN, CONGRESS WANTS TO HAND HISPANICS “A BONE.”

    AS A NEGRO, THIS EMPHASIS CAUCASIANS ARE PLACING ON HISPANICS IS INTERESTING; BUT, NOTHING NEW.

    OF COURSE, WE SEE “White – Hispanic Origin” ON DOCUMENTS. WE ALSO SEE FAST-FOOD MEXICAN RESTAURANTS [LIKE, Pancho's AND Taco Bell] ON MANY CORNER-INTERSECTIONS IN CITIES, AS WELL AS, UPSCALE MEXICAN RESTAURANTS.

    BUT – CURIOUSLY – WE DO NOT SEE “Greasy Spoon” SOUL-FOOD RESTAURANTS ON EVERY STREET CORNER. DURING SLAVERY AND “Jim Crow,” MANY CAUCASIANS HAD NEGRO-FEMALE COOKS.

    MY POINT IS, CAUCASIANS AND HISPANICS HAVE A SHARED HISTORY. REMEMBER, THE “PURE” DEFINITION OF A HISPANIC IS THE OFFSPRING OF A MALE EUROPEAN EXPLORER WITH A FEMALE NATIVE ["Indian"] OF NORTH- AND SOUTH AMERICA. HISPANICS SPEAK SPANISH – THE LANGUAGE OF THE EUROPEAN COUNTRY, SPAIN. MANY HISPANICS ARE CATHOLIC – A PRIMARY RELIGION OF WESTERN EUROPEANS.

    IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – HOWEVER – CAUCASIANS SHARE AN “UNBREAKABLE” BOND WITH NEGROES BECAUSE OF SLAVERY AND “Jim Crow.” HISPANICS CAN NOT COMPETE WITH THAT.

    WHEN THE KENYAN IS FINALLY GONE IN JANUARY 2017, IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT TYPES OF DEMANDS NEGROES WILL MAKE TO CAUCASIANS, EVEN THOUGH, HISPANICS ARE THE MOST POPULOUS MINORITY GROUP. I GUARANTEE CAUCASIANS, IN 2017, NEGROES WILL RE-START WHINING.

    • Kinetic1

      CAH,
      Sounds like at least one has already started.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        I HEAR YA, “Kinetic1.”

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