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Immigration reformers credit Kennedy
The Hill ^ | January 28, 2013 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 01/28/2013 5:05:34 PM PST by jazusamo

The late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) continues to exert an influence on the Senate, the chamber in which he served for 47 years.

Democrats cited Kennedy, long known as the "Lion of the Senate," as an inspiration when they passed the healthcare reform law at the start of President Obama’s first term. Now, nearly four years after Kennedy's death, senators in both parties are channeling his memory as they pursue immigration reform.

“If we do succeed, and I think we will, it will be a testimonial to Ted Kennedy’s effort years ago that laid the groundwork for this agreement,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a member of the bipartisan group of senators that on Monday backed a set of principles for comprehensive immigration reform.

“You will find that this agreement has very little difference from that of the legislation that was led by Sen. Kennedy some years ago."

McCain and seven other senators have agreed to a framework calling for legislation to establish a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

Illegal immigrants would receive temporary legal status after the government took a variety of steps to secure the Southwestern border, such as increasing the fleet of unmanned aerial drones to patrol it. Illegal immigrants who pass a background check, demonstrate English skills and pay back taxes would be eligible to apply for permanent legal residency.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), who also supports the bipartisan framework, said Kennedy recruited him to advance comprehensive immigration reform in 1997.

“Sixteen years ago, when I was elected to the Senate, one of the first phone calls I received, and I was so honored, was from Ted Kennedy,” Durbin recalled. “Ted Kennedy called this new senator and said, ‘I just wanted to let you know that I’m chairman of the immigration subcommittee. You’re on Judiciary, I need you on there.’”

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have also backed the framework.

Kennedy led the Senate effort to reform the nation’s immigration laws in 1965, when Congress ended the quota system that favored immigrants from Northern European countries.

He teamed up with McCain 40 years later to guide a comprehensive immigration reform proposal through the Senate in 2006, but it stalled in the House.

Kennedy allied with then-Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in 2007 to resuscitate the legislation, but it failed to pass the Senate that year.

The Kennedy-McCain bill from 2006 would have legalized unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. for more than five years if they passed background checks, demonstrated English proficiency and paid fines.

Illegal immigrants living in the country between two and five years would have had to return to their home countries and apply for readmission to the United States.

Critics of the Kennedy-McCain plan, including Roy Beck, the founder of NumbersUSA, denounced it as amnesty and set up a vigorous grassroots lobbying campaign to oppose it.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 113th; aliens; illegals; kennedy; mccain
“If we do succeed, and I think we will, it will be a testimonial to Ted Kennedy’s effort years ago that laid the groundwork for this agreement,” said Sen. John McCain

Mary Jo Kopechne unable to comment.

1 posted on 01/28/2013 5:05:39 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
“If we do succeed, and I think we will, it will be a testimonial to Ted Kennedy’s effort years ago that laid the groundwork for this agreement,” said Sen. John McCain

That alone is reason to vote against it.

2 posted on 01/28/2013 5:09:21 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: jazusamo

Kennedy and McCain in the same sentence... that is reason enough to vote it down


3 posted on 01/28/2013 5:14:09 PM PST by vet7279
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To: jazusamo

It’s time to fight this again !

But that big gay Grahamnesty must be removed from
The senate !
Primary that crook and Hess Oil front man !
Rubio needs to be a one termer !!!


4 posted on 01/28/2013 5:14:41 PM PST by ncalburt (Amnesty media out in full force)
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To: jazusamo

I can’t believe these dinosaurs think dropping the name “Ted Kennedy” impresses anybody outside the rest of the fossils in the day room-—er, I mean the Senate cloakroom.


5 posted on 01/28/2013 5:18:53 PM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: jazusamo

6 posted on 01/28/2013 5:21:48 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jazusamo

Rot and burn in hell, Kennedy, for what you did to America!


7 posted on 01/28/2013 5:23:48 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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To: jimbo123

Teddy’s roasting in his own grease fire right now.And for a long time to come.


8 posted on 01/28/2013 5:24:08 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Amen to that.


9 posted on 01/28/2013 5:25:23 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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10 posted on 01/28/2013 5:28:00 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

You gotta know it’s a bad deal if Ted Kennedy laid the foundation for it.

Thanks ,John, Lindsey, Marco.
You really stood up for us Conservatives.


11 posted on 01/28/2013 5:32:26 PM PST by Venturer
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To: jazusamo

Kennedy also said in 1986 that that would be the “last amnesty”.

Funny how The Hill neglected to mention that.


12 posted on 01/28/2013 5:43:09 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Bathhouse Barry wants YOU to bend over for another four years)
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To: jazusamo
Even though he is dead Kennedy is still a nation destroying POS. Hopefully this murdering traitor is in the bowels of hell.

In 1965, during the Senate floor debate over the Immigration Act, Ted Kennedy stated that:

"First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually...Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset."

13 posted on 01/28/2013 5:52:47 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Farmer Dean

Grease and alcohol. That’s gotta burn hot!


14 posted on 01/28/2013 5:53:28 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Teddy’s homebrew napalm,it’s the other Kennedy eternal flame.


15 posted on 01/28/2013 6:03:36 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: VeniVidiVici

How quick these politicians forget the Simpson-Mazzoli Act.

Disappointed Rubio is pushing more amnesty. Guess he forgot Simpson-Mazzoli too.


16 posted on 01/28/2013 6:03:48 PM PST by RginTN
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To: jazusamo
Kennedy led the Senate effort to reform the nation’s immigration laws in 1965, when Congress ended the quota system that favored immigrants from Northern European countries.

And replaced it with a system to bring in entire families from the most impoverished and backward nations, ones with no cultural connection to our country.

ANd he did it while promising, on the Senate floor, that it would change the ethnic demographic of the US.

17 posted on 01/28/2013 6:06:02 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: jazusamo
Kennedy led the Senate effort to reform the nation’s immigration laws in 1965, when Congress ended the quota system that favored immigrants from Northern European countries.

And replaced it with a system to bring in entire families from the most impoverished and backward nations, ones with no cultural connection to our country.

ANd he did it while promising, on the Senate floor, that it would not change the ethnic demographic of the US.

18 posted on 01/28/2013 6:06:34 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: jazusamo

The only thing Teddy ever did to move the country forward while in the Senate was die
Rumor has it that since his death he has been cold stone sober and lost a few pounds


19 posted on 01/28/2013 6:09:05 PM PST by Joshua
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Kennedy is dead. Let him stay dead. He was awful enough when he was alive.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 6:21:05 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: jazusamo

Mary Jo must have that waterlogged Oldsmobile at least 3/4 of the way up Teddy’s @$$ by now.....


21 posted on 01/28/2013 6:33:12 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Altura Ct.

This Kennedian immigration fiasco was, along with the Johnsonian “Great Society”, the point of inflection at which America began its sharp decline ...


22 posted on 01/28/2013 9:40:08 PM PST by dodger
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To: Altura Ct.

This Kennedian immigration fiasco was, along with the Johnsonian “Great Society”, the point of inflection at which America began its sharp decline ...


23 posted on 01/28/2013 9:40:13 PM PST by dodger
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