[Rushtalk] Que pasa? Look what Dem just did on Senate floor
John A. Quayle
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Tue Jun 11 21:19:40 MDT 2013
Democrat habla español on Senate floor
'Gang of 8' amnesty bill passes critical 1st test
Published: 11 hours ago
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Spanish, press two for English.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., made history Tuesday,
becoming the first senator of the modern era to
deliver a Senate floor speech entirely in
Spanish, as he addressed his colleagues to make the case for amnesty.
I ask unanimous consent I be able to deliver a
floor speech on immigration reform in Spanish, Kaine said.
Creo que es apropiado que tome unos pocos
minutos para explicar la legislación en español, declared Kaine.
He said he wanted to explain aspects of the bill
to the roughly 40 million Spanish speakers living in the United States.
Kaines remarks came immediately after Sen. Marco
Rubio, R-Fla., introduced an amendment to the
immigration bill that would mandate that illegal
aliens learn English before earning permanent U.S. residency.
The Senate then voted 82 to 15 to avoid a
filibuster for now and put the comprehensive
immigration reform bill up for debate.
Before the vote, Rubio apparently made a complete U-turn on amnesty.
Rubio, a member of the so-called Gang of Eight
sponsors of the bill, said in a Spanish-language
interview Sunday that legalization of the
nations estimated 11 million illegal aliens will
occur before any new border security measures are enforced.
Nobody is talking about preventing the
legalization. The legalization is going to
happen. That means the following will happen:
First comes the legalization. Then come the
measures to secure the border. And then comes the
process of permanent residence, Rubio told Univision.
The statement contradicts his previous assurances
to conservatives that border security must be
established before amnesty. In a recent
television ad, Rubio had urged Americans to stand
with him to end de facto amnesty:
The Senate will now consider amendments to the
bill on amnesty, security, back taxes and
<http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/rubio-flip-flops-on-amnesty/#>health care coverage.
The big question for Democrats will be whether
the fragile deals and dozens of compromises
already negotiated can survive first in the
Senate and then in the Republican-controlled House.
President Obama has made immigration reform a
second-term priority and seems anxious to get his
agenda back on track as his administration fends off a slew of major scandals.
At a White House event this morning, the
president told lawmakers, If youre serious
about actually fixing the system, then this is the vehicle to do it.
Flanked by supporters, he insisted the
legislation is the best chance weve had in
years to fix our broken immigration system.
As it stands now, the bill attempts to increase
border security, require all employers to check
workers legal status, provide visa programs for
skilled workers and those working in agriculture.
Now the bill is open to amendments it faces even greater challenges.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to begin
debate on the bill but
[T]here will need to be major changes to this
bill if its going to become law.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas,
he plans to introduce an amendment requiring
effective monitoring of the entire southern
border before giving any illegal aliens permanent
resident <http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/rubio-flip-flops-on-amnesty/#>green cards.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., calls
that a poison pill meant to sabotage the entire bill.
Reid will try to get the bill passed before the
July 4 recess, but whatever measure emerges will
face an even greater challenge in the House.
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