Grassley Warns: Immigration Bill With ‘Amnesty’ Has Little Chance
Yesterday, reports emerged that liberal Democrats won’t push too hard to assist illegal immigrants under health care reform as long as the White House commits this year to separate immigration reform complete with a plan to provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country. Today, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a warning: In this political and economic environment, an “amnesty” provision stands little chance of passing through Congress.
“If people are insistent upon amnesty,” Grassley told local reporters, “whether it’s a general immigration reform bill or whether it is just an agriculture bill for guest workers, I think it’s going to be very difficult to get it passed. … I don’t see how you can in this environment, where we have a recession. Even though there may be workers needed in a certain aspect of the U.S. economy, it’s pretty difficult to bring up even a narrowly drafted one as long as the issue of amnesty is part of it.”
He might have added, “in this environment, where we have looming elections.”