President Obama on Thursday called a meeting with key Democrats in the U.S. Senate shortly after the body voted to create a legal status for illegal aliens who broke the law to enter the United States – and push off efforts to make sure the nation’s border with Mexico is secure.
The Senate vote, which got the support of 57, 52 Democrats and five Republicans, marked another step in Obama’s strategy that ultimately could create a tidal wave of new voters in the U.S., many of whom vote Democratic.
The bill, which faces an uncertain future in the House even if it should gain the approval of the Senate, has been proposed by a group of senators who argue the only way to encourage illegal aliens to come forward and participate is to guarantee them citizenship.
According to the Washington Times, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said it simply wouldn’t work to require the border to be secure first.
“What do we do for five, six years until the border is fully secure? It’s going to take awhile to do it. We need to bring equipment there, we need to build fences there.”
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., also said the idea of border fences was dumb, according to a Breitbart report.
She wants a “smart fence,” which includes visual and other monitors along a border – not an actual fence.
She was responding to a suggestion from Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who wanted the nation’s current laws, for a border fence, upheld first.
However, Landrieu’s opinions may be taken for what they’re worth, as she also blasted Thune because he is from South Dakota.
“A smart fence, which is what Sen. McCain and I want to build – since he’s from Arizona, I think he knows more about this than the senator from South Dakota who only has a border with Canada and that is quite different,” she said.
However, South Dakota, at its closest point to Canada, remains probably 300 miles away. It does not share any border with Canada, although its northern neighbor, North Dakota, does.
South Dakota shares borders with Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.
Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said Congress of necessity must take action.
“The face of our country is changing. All you have to do is open your eyes and see what the face of our country now looks like. We are a diverse nation,” said told the San Francisco newspaper. “And we’re growing more diverse. You cannot be a party of one small segment. You’ve got to represent everybody.”
She faulted the GOP for not doing that.
“They are currently seen as being so hostile to immigrants, including all immigrants, that they’re not going to be a national party,” she said.
Meanwhile, a key figure in the debate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., warned that what would kill his support for amnesty is to make it part of the Obama administration’s homosexual agenda.
“If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done,” he said on the Andrea Tantaros Show.
He’s critical since he was one of the members of the GOP who worked on the strategy now being pursued in the Senate.
His comments came in light of a proposal from Sen. Patrick Leahy to give Americans the right to sponsor homosexual spouses.
Democrats invited to Obama’s meeting, where strategy on his agenda was expected, include Leahy, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, Schumer, Michael Bennet of Colorado and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
No Republicans were expected.