832 Billion Reasons for Immigratio​n Reform

By ThinkProgress War Room

The Economic Case for Immigration Reform

After months of negotiations, 8 key senators today proposed a sweeping and historic reform of our nation’s broken immigration system. The plan, which was previewed today in news reports, will be officially unveiled soon by the so-called “Gang of 8″ Republican and Democratic senators.

The proposal comes on the same day as a new poll that found that an overwhelming 84 percent of Americans — including 79 percent of Republicans — favor the kind of pathway to earned citizenship detailed in the proposal.

Nevertheless, some of the most anti-immigrant conservatives are already trying to kill the plan. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who has a troubled past on race issues, said today that he was unhappy with the proposal because it will allow immigrants to improve the quality of their lives. FAIR, a racist hate group, is bringing activists to Washington this week to lobby against the bill and the Tea Party Patriots are also mobilizing against it. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) even tried to take advantage of the Boston bomb attacks to argue against reform.

Reforming our broken system and bringing 11 MILLION people out of the shadows is the morally correct thing to do, but it’s also the economically smart thing to do:

BOTTOM LINE: No matter how much spin and vitriol conservatives throw at the immigration reform bill over the next few months, it’s still the right thing to do for our country and for our economy.

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The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:30am on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 and the time until 4:00pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees for concurrent debate on amendments to the bill.
  • At approximately 4:00pm, there will be a series of up to 9 roll call votes in the order listed below.  All amendments will be subject to a 60 affirmative-vote threshold.  No other amendments are in order to any of these amendments. There will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to each vote.  All votes after the first vote will be 10 minutes in duration.
  • The Senate adopted S.Res.101, a resolution condemning the horrific attacks in Boston, Massachusetts, and expressing support, sympathy, and prayers for those impacted by this tragedy.
    4:04pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Manchin-Toomey amendment #715 (background checks) (60-vote threshold);
  • Not Agreed To: 54-46Senator Reid changed his vote to no and entered a motion to reconsider
  • 4:30pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Grassley amendment #725 (substitute)Not Agreed To: 52-48 (60-vote threshold)
  • 4:47pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Leahy-Collins amendment #713 (trafficking);Not Agreed To: 58-42 (60-vote threshold)
  • 5:06pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Cornyn amendment #719 (conceal carry);Not Agreed To: 57-42 (60-vote threshold)
  • 5:23pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Feinstein amendment #711 (assault weapons ban/clips ban)Not Agreed to: 40-60
  • 5:42pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Burr amendment #720 (veterans/guns)Not Agreed to: 56-44
  • The Lautenberg-Blumenthal amendment was not agreed to 46-54. There will be no further roll call votes today.At 12:00 noon tomorrow, there will be 2 roll call votes in relation to the Barrasso and Harkin amendments.

    –          Barrasso amendment #717 (privacy) and

    –          Harkin-Alexander amendment #730 (mental health).

    Senator Reid intends to execute the previous orders to consider the Torres and Watson nominations tomorrow. At 2:00pm, there will be 15 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form prior to votes on the nominations.

    At 2:15pm, there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #22, the nomination of Analisa Torres, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. We expect a voice vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #23, the nomination of Derrick Kahala Watson, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii.

  • ROLL CALL VOTES1)      Manchin-Toomey amendment #715 (background checks); Not agreed to: 54-46 (60 affirmative vote threshold)

    2)      Grassley amendment #725 (substitute); Not Agreed to: 52-48 (60 affirmative vote threshold)

    3)      Leahy-Collins amendment #713 (trafficking); Not Agreed to: 58-42 (60 affirmative vote threshold)

    4)      Cornyn amendment #719 (conceal carry); Not Agreed to: 57-43 (60 affirmative vote threshold)

    5)      Feinstein amendment #711 (assault weapons/clip ban); Not Agreed to: 40-60 (60 affirmative vote threshold)

    6)      Burr amendment #720 (veterans/guns); Not Agreed to: 56-44 (60 affirmative vote threshold)

    7)      Lautenberg-Blumenthal amendment #714 (high capacity clip ban); Not Agreed to:46-54 (60 affirmative vote threshold)


    Adopted S.Res.101, condemning the horrific attacks in Boston, Massachusetts, and expressing support, sympathy, and prayers for those impacted by this tragedy.

    Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Con.Res.5, expressing the sense of Congress that John Arthur “Jack” Johnson should receive a posthumous pardon for the racially motivated conviction in 1913 that diminished the athletic, cultural and historic significance of Jack Johnson and unduly tarnished his reputation.

    Completed the Rule 14 process of S.743, the Marketplace Fairness Act. (Enzi)



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