April 15th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Both parties gutless on immigration

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

As a typical American who shuns the hard work my grandfathers did, last week on this site, I took responsibility for creating the problem of illegal immigration.

Good thing. Because this week, it became clear that, in Congress, neither Republicans nor Democrats have the guts to take responsibility for fixing the problem of illegal immigration.

Republican Sen. John Kyl is having trouble reconciling his recent threat to filibuster a comprehensive immigration bill with the fact that, in 2007, he co-sponsored, along with a bipartisan group of senators, a comprehensive immigration bill.

And that was a giant leap forward from where Kyl was in 2005, when he co-sponsored with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a much simpler and less plausible enforcement-only bill that looked like the senators sketched it out on a cocktail napkin.

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Filed under: Immigration • Ruben Navarrette Jr.
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Andy Reckern

    They need to get some guts and start deporting and enforcing employment and immigration laws.

    There's still something like a million illegals crossing the border (and making it) per year.

    Obviously, not having a job (unemployment is 15%+ for this population segment) is not stopping them from crossing.

    Immigration is fine. Non stop, uncontrolled, in HUGE numbers is a problem.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  2. Jim

    If a Person is in this country Illegally Then They are a Criminal, if 2 or more are involved it is a added charge of Conspiracy, If any one helps a criminal commit illegal acts they are Aiding & abetting.Those that are Paid to enforce the Laws better get doing what they are paid to do before the Legal Citizens of this Nation say Enough is enough & do the Job State, & Federal Government is not doing.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Boti Bartha

    Yeah yeah.....big sad stories about your grandpa, nut you can never see from your desk what kind of work illegals do! Jonbsa that you ad no other american would ever do! So why don't u just back of and leave those people alone!

    April 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  4. Luis Craik

    Amazing uh? What else people should do in order to be taken in consideration? Work more? Become politics?

    April 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm |