Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV.) said Tuesday that the immigration reform bill will easily pass.
In a taping for an interview, which will air on Saturday on a Spanish show called “Al Punto” or “To the Point,” Reid explained the following:
“I think we have 60 votes. Remember, we start out at 55 Democrats. I think the most I’ll lose is two or three. Let’s say I wind up with 52 Democrats. I only need eight Republicans, and I already have four, so that should be pretty easy.”
For the bill to pass in the Senate, it will have to get those 60 votes.
Last month, Gang-of-8 Senators McCain (R-AZ) and Schumer (D-NY) said that getting more than the required 60 votes is likely. Last week, however, Gang-of 8 Senator Menendez (D-NJ) said that think the bill had the necessary votes. He encouraged people to get involved:
“We need to add more votes on the floor. That means that the community in your state, in every state, should be contacting your state’s two U.S. Senators saying that they want comprehensive immigration reform.”
These conflicting statements make the bill’s fate seem uncertain.
However, it is clear that opposition to immigration reform is not as powerful as it was back in 2007, the last time immigration reform was attempted. Anti-immigration reform rallies have been low in attendance. The number of phone calls to lawmakers’ offices have not been as much as they were before.
Even conservative talk radio, which was in 2007 instrumental in pushing people to protest immigration reform, has been quiet lately as they focus on other issues.
The bill will be up for debate in the full Senate on the week of June 10.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants