GOP wants Senate majority, will pass immigration reform

As the debate on immigration reform continues, many people are left wondering what else can be done to create better, more comprehensive immigration laws. Republican senators are banding together and letting the public know that it would be easier to pass legislation once the party wins the majority in the Senate. While some critics view this stance as a ploy to win the votes of immigration advocates, there might be some value in what these senators are saying.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who is a favored candidate for Judiciary Committee chairman, has publicly promised to pass GOP-designed immigration legislation.

“I’d make a decision about whether you could get more done by separate bills or a comprehensive bill,” Grassley said in a statement.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has been an outspoken advocate of immigration reform in recent years. He believes that a more comprehensive approach to legislation would be possible if the GOP controlled the Senate.

“I certainly think we can make progress on immigration particularly on topics like modernizing our legal immigration system, improving our mechanisms for enforcing the law and I think if you did those things you could actually make some progress on addressing those who are illegally,” Rubio said at a press conference.

If the GOP does take back the Senate majority from the Democrats, it will be with the help of many tea party groups who share the same vision of immigration reform. The Tea Party Express, Americans for Tax Reform and Partnership for a New American Economy emailed a memo to members of all three groups calling on GOP representatives to make immigration reform an immediate priority in 2014.

“Our economy, our security, and our citizens deserve a system that works,” Sal Russo, co-founder of the Tea Party Express, said in the email. “Tea Party voters want solutions to the real problems facing America and immigration is no exception. We encourage Congress to take action this year and provide conservative, free-market, common sense solutions to the problems in our immigration system.”