The fact that Republicans didnt try to use immigration to divide Democrats also demonstrates the weakness of this administrations argument in bringing it up, Gutierrez added, referring to President Barack Obamas support for adding the anti-immigrant provision in the Senate bill. Here was an anti-immigrant proposal that the Republicans thought so little of that they didnt use it. Its unusual, right?
Even if Republicans had brought the immigration issue to a vote, some Democratic leaders were confident they could have defeated it.
Our whipping was going very well, which was very gratifying and made for a sweeter victory, Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) said.
Becerra described a gelling among the broader Democratic Caucus in favor of immigration reform. He said he hopes the GOPs decision not to offer the amendment could signal a chance for bipartisan immigration reform.
Im an optimist, Becerra said. I sincerely believe there is good will on both sides of the aisle to try to fix a broken immigration system and that we will find a well of support for pragmatic policies on immigration reform.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.