Democrats Embrace Immigration Fight

There has been some curious speculation as to why Senator Robert Menendez has decided to drop an Immigration bill before the Senate breaks for the mid-term elections. There has been even greater speculation as to what is actually in the bill.

Scott Wong of Politico has some answers HERE, with quotes below:

Two days before the Senate heads home, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is expected to introduce sweeping immigration legislation, a move seemingly designed to drive Hispanics and reform backers to the polls and remind them which party is still pushing for liberalized immigration laws.

While it is currently uncertain exactly what will be in the legislation, Senator Menendez has indicated that it will contain a pathway to citizenship.

But with Senate Republican's killing the DREAM Act last week, many see little chance of passing a comprehensive immigration bill this year. Senator Menendez's bill will mostly be viewed as a marker for future legislation:

Menendez’s comprehensive reform bill — which would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants — will most likely die a quiet death at the end of this Congress, alongside another immigration measure known as the DREAM Act, which was blocked last week by Senate Republicans. 

Consensus is building among Democratic leaders, that working to pass immigration reform now is whats best for the country and the party:

“The conventional wisdom is that [immigration] is a bad issue for Democrats. That is wrong,” said one Democratic House aide familiar with the party’s strategy.

“The politicos in the Democratic Party said what we need to do is not talk about it and it will go away, but with 400,000 deportations of people who are not criminals, it is not going away.”

Senator Menendez is quick to point out that regardless of what political party people come from there is overwhelming support for fixing our broken immigration system:

“If you look at all of the polls, overwhelmingly, people want to see a resolution of the problem. They want to see our system reformed,” Menendez told POLITICO Tuesday. “So clearly, you see the difference between those who are willing to move forward and get a reform and [those who are] not, and for the Hispanic community, clearly they understand who stands on their side and [who does] not.”