Massachusetts Republican Senator Brown and the Comprehensive Immigration reform debate
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Massachusetts Republican Senator Brown and the Comprehensive Immigration reform debate

March 17, 2010, 1:26 pm
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Is newly minted Republican Senator Brown from Massachusetts a closet immigration reform supporter?
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by Moses Apsan, Esq.


One Republican senator who many consider a potential player in the immigration reform debate is newly elected Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts. When inquired as to what should be in any immigration reform bill, Brown said, "You need a strong border enforcement. You need a strong E-verification. I...have always felt that part of the problem is that we haven't provided the proper resources for people to be processed quickly enough. And when you have people waiting in line six, seven, eight, nine years in some instances, it's a disincentive to (immigrate) legally...In terms of allowing people to step ahead of the people who are trying to do it legally, I have a real problem with that."

Well, surprise. This is exactly what Obama and Janet Napolitano have been doing; locking up the border, rounding up illegal aliens and sanctioning employers for hiring illegal workers.  If these are Brown's only concern, the he should quickly join the Immigration Reform bandwagon and do what this country need and what a majority of the people and businesses want.  He should focus on Immigration reform to fix the broken immigration laws that have eroded our country and have created illegal vigilantly groups spewing hatred for non- American whites, even against the innocent children; trying to change the law and take away the citizenship of the children born in the U.S. from illegal parents.  We can’t forget what Ed Kennedy accomplished in Massachusetts.  Using Kennedy’s immigration base Brown could become a true player in American Politics.

When Brown was elected Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice dismissed the flawed group think that has permeated. Washington D.C. and stated that  “People who say we can’t pass immigration reform in this political environment are exactly wrong. Support for comprehensive immigration reform crosses party lines,” said Sharry. “If the lesson Democrats took away from Massachusetts is that that they should not take on tough issues or make waves, they are wrong. Voters are hungry for leadership, despise partisanship, and want both parties to work together to solve our toughest problems. Immigration reform represents a golden opportunity.

Recently The Senate voted 78-19 to approve a jobs bill (HR 4691) that was championed by Representative Charlets Rangel (D-NY) hat extends unemployment benefits and avert cuts in Medicare physician reimbursements. President Obama quickly signed the bill into law. Continuing unemployment insurance coverage for people that have lost their jobs is a way to keep families in their homes until the economy improves and compamies resume previous hiring practice. Reuplican Senator Brown has acted progressively by voting YES to pass this measure

Brown’s affiliation with  Senator John McCain (R-AZ) implies agreement with McCains fundamental  political beliefs. McCain cosponsored the last major immigration reform bill with the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. That measure died and GOP rivals criticized McCain for his efforts.

McCain has been a core proponent of comprehensive immigration reform.

With Sen. McCain facing a tough re-election bid   Brown urged attendees at a McCain rally to go out and be McCain's "truth squad." Brown also performed robocalls afterward, thanking McCain for his support. Brown also joined McCain for the University of Arizona basketball game, a fundraiser

Can this alliance be coincidence or do they plan to work together on immigration reform?

During a meeting of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, Senator McCain discussed what the U.S. should do about the “flood of immigrants” “running over” California. McCain told the L.A. Chamber that it now was up to President Obama to outline his immigration agenda. "He talks about immigration reform," McCain said. "I want to see his proposal! He’s the president of the United States. I’d like to see a proposal from the president of the United States and I’d like to review. So far, that has not happened."

McCain said secure borders were important, but he also made the case for a temporary legal worker program using tamper-proof identification cards.  His point of view is eerily similar to President Obama’s.

Recently, Brown commented that although he has not heard from Senators Schumer (D-NY) or Graham (R-SC), regarding their comprehensive immigration reform bill, recently discussed with President Obama, he is willing to take a look at their bill.

This weekend, untold numbers of Southern Californians plan to join the “March for America” for comprehensive immigration reform, along with thousands of activists from around the country.

Soon thereafter, depending on the effect of the rally in Washington, immigration may move to the top tier of political priorities and then we will know whether Senator Scott Brown is part of the immigration problem or part of the cure.

Author: Moises Apsan
Attorney with over 35 years of experience. Past president Federal Bar Association NJ Chapter (1997-2002). Offices in New York, NY, Newark, NJ. Tel: 888-460-1800 and
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