Bennet “encouraged” by House GOP’s immigration outline

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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, discusses immigration reform at a North Denver restaurant.

DENVER — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, one of four Democrats who helped craft a comprehensive immigration reform package that passed the Senate last year, said he’s encouraged by the principles House Republicans put forward on Thursday as part of their commitment on the issue.

Although House Republicans vowed not to ever take up the legislation Bennet helped craft last year, the document they put out Thursday marked a shift in the GOP’s sudden willingness to consider a pathway to legal status for some undocumented immigrants, something the party’s base adamantly opposes.

“People in Colorado and across the country agree that our immigration system is antiquated and outdated,” Bennet said in a statement. “There are few steps Congress can take that would be more helpful to strengthen our economy than to fix this broken system.

“The Senate passed a bill that secures our borders, puts in place a workable guest visa system, reduces our debt and gives families who came to this country for a better a life a chance to earn citizenship and contribute to the economy and society. It won the support of a broad coalition of Republicans and Democrats.

“I’m encouraged that House Republicans are beginning to focus their efforts on how to fix our broken immigration system. I look forward to reviewing their principles to better understand their priorities. As they work toward developing legislation, I urge them to consider the bipartisan Senate bill and to pass it or a comparable bill.”

Arizona Sen. John McCain, one of four Republican members of the “Gang of 8” that drafted the immigration bill last year, also issued a statement Thursday praising the House GOP outline.

“I applaud Speaker Boehner and the GOP leadership team for proposing common sense principles the House Republican conference can agree on to reform our nation’s immigration system and strengthen security along our borders,” McCain said. “The principles introduced today represent a positive step in the right direction. I am hopeful that the House will complete this work over the next few months. As Speaker Boehner has made clear, the House will move at its own pace and work through its own process, a prerogative I respect and support.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues at the appropriate time to move forward on this important issue.”


  • dapandico

    The borders are not secure. The government spent more time and money on erecting Barrycades during the shut down to keep our Veterans away from the monuments in Dee Cee. The media is one big cheering squad for the admin and crew.

  • David John Francis

    Indifferently to the Rule of Law, and as printed in the Federal Registry, Democrats through the directives of the Department of Homeland Security are not arresting illegal aliens on the Southern toxic border, but under presidential degree are restraining U.S. border officers from completing their duty.

    U.S border patrol agent sources yelling their frustration relating to both political parties being pressed by special interests, that drug cartels and human traffickers are wasting no time in prospering from smuggling thousands of
    illegal aliens across the Southern border.

    Federal agents are aware of the massive problem, as they see large numbers
    of footprints the New River, which meanders from Mexico onto our soil. Officials announced that traffickers are transporting whole families, including young children through open areas of the border regions and many reporting themselves to the border agents, completely without fear of being deported, certainly aware of the controversial immigration amnesty being tracked through Congress.

    An anonymous Department of Homeland Security official stated, “Right now,
    entire families — groups — show up at the border and turn themselves in,” said
    who works along the Arizona border with Mexico. “It’s only getting worse. They bring their children with them and they know they will not be turned back — the majorities are given a free ride into the U.S. This is out of control and passing immigration reform without enforcing current laws will make it worse, not better.”

    Another Texas Border officer who was promised anonymity in his commentary,” Human smugglers are using the “promise of immigration reform” among those desperate to immigrate to the U.S. from overseas. Many illegal migrant workers “are trying to find a way into the United States before the amnesty and many with their offspring,” Children become leverage for the parents, because under the “Birthright Citizenship Law” slipped into America has access to food stamps, cash payments, schooling and of course healthcare—and taxpayers are burdened with these costs, which averages into the hundred of billions of dollars. Of course the parents, a pregnant Mother who arrives by plane or crosses the border can claim dollars, prenatal and hospital treatment—all for free. That’s how millions of illegal aliens
    live, with the many children supplementing their income and no possibility of
    being deported—especially under the Obama presidential signature. Eventually Dream Act children can sponsor their aging parents, adding even more dollars in welfare payments.

    . Use your voice and crash the switchboard in Washington at (202) 224-3121. Enough is enough. Obama has defied and despoiled the Constitution, bypassed Congress, gone against the laws of this country and the ardent will of the people.
    The only true Conservatives who will enforce immigration are the “rending-away”
    Peoples TEA PARTY dot org. President Barack Obama is pushing for amnesty even though the (CBO) Congressional Budget Office has determined it will devastate the wages of working class people.

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