Menendez said he hopes immigration bills such as his or the DREAM Act could draw GOP support. “I would hope there are some potential singular actions that we could come together on,” he said, even as he acknowledged that bipartisanship has remained difficult on the thorny issue.
Congressional reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday was evidence of the partisan divide.
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver denounced the decision. “It seems as though [the court] would like for our communities to think about immigration in terms of ‘us vs. them,’ and I reject that notion,” the Missouri Democrat said in a statement.
“It is time that we all come to the table, negotiate, and fix our broken immigration system. We need reform if we want to level the playing field in the workplace and stop the race to the bottom that our current system promotes,” he added.
Rep. Trent Franks, a strong supporter of the Arizona law, dismissed those complaints. “It was something I believed would be upheld. ... There’s nothing unconstitutional about E-Verify,” the Arizona Republican said.
But Franks regarded the decision as an example of judicial activism that he said has permeated the Supreme Court. “We have four essentially liberal ideologues who have no fealty or loyalty to the Constitution, four who do and one who isn’t sure. ... The court has become so politicized beyond anything the Founding Fathers could have ever envisioned,” he said.
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.