Immigration Legislation Clears the Senate, Heads to House to Meet its Fate

Friday, June 28, 2013

immigration rally Demonstrators at an immigration rally. (Mirela Iverac/WNYC)

We are one step closer to adopting the most significant immigration overhaul in the nation’s history.

Yesterday, the Senate passed S.744 with broad, bipartisan support that is rarely seen on Capital Hill these days. In all, 14 Republicans joined the Democrats to vote in favor of the bill, which passed with a vote of 68-to-32.

Now it is headed to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to meet its fate. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has promised the House will reply with a bill of its own.

But Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, thinks the economic benefits of the Senate's plan may be too good to pass up.

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Comments [1]

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Your interview with the pro-low wages person was worse than inane. You allow her to simply to your question whether allowing people to immigrate to the US will result in more unemployment among current americans, espically low income americans by simply saying that it will cause more jobs in the US. You make no attempt to delve into what basis she could possibly have to support that farcical claim. You even allow her to make the stupifying claim that the reason that NYC is so much larger than Charleston is because of greater immigation to NYC in the mid 18550's without even asking her to support that absurd spin. (By the way, do you think that NYC being the financial centeer of the world, being the main port of entry to the US, being the victor in the civil war, not being a heavily segregated city for over a hundred years after the civil war, being a unionized jurisdiction, etc, being convenient to transportation, might have something to do with it?)

At least have the decency to ask her some followup questions. Do you actually think that allowing millions of very low income, uneducated people into the US won't hurt a class of people already either permantently unemployed or working at very low low wages? And what do you think will happen to the wages of recent college grads when hosts of college grads from traditionally low wage countries flood into the US?

Even the manhantan institute doesn't really believe what guest was spinning out.

How about some follow up? Or are you similar to fox in allowing special interests to marsqurade as "experts" without bothering to provide any alteernative points of view?


Jun. 28 2013 11:38 AM

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