Reid on Immigration vs. Climate: Whatever Comes First

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)

As the pressure mounts around the country on the police state known as Arizona, eyes turn to Washington for comprehensive immigration reform. Top Senate aides informed me this morning that despite news stories to the contrary, Majority Leader Harry Reid has not backed off of the idea of pursing an immigration bill as the next order of Senate business. The clarification is one that may be too nuanced for some but is an indication of the balancing act the Leader feels he must make to hold the Democratic caucus together while trying to pursue legislative remedies to the huge problems left to fester during the days of the past Republican majority. The clarification however will probably not satisfy the Latino community as the disrespectful sting of the slap in the face delivered by Arizona lingers.

According to top aides who I spoke to this morning, Reid is willing to set time for whichever of two top priorities, immigration or climate change legislation, is ready first. This may mean the same as putting off immigration reform as there already has been a huge effort invested in climate change legislation and Senator Schumer has not been as organized or focused on the immigration bill that must come from his committee.

This is a clear indication that while Senate Democrats believe themselves to be great legislators they have far to go in understanding the reality of their political future. While the climate change proposal is of great importance, the passion for it pales to that of immigration reform by the Democratic base and now of a growing number of independents shocked by Arizona’s latest draconian effort. Additionally the goal of Senator Graham in pushing climate over immigration is clear. Climate change legislation gives Graham the ability of being perceived as a GOP moderate while providing him with the political bonus of postponing immigration legislation. Senator Graham has already indicated his plans to blame Obama directly and Democrats generally for not passing immigration reform during the upcoming fall elections. Graham believes his strategy will suppress Latino voters and he is correct. While that might seem like a far fetched strategy in the halls of the Senate, the message that Democrats have been neglectful on the issue of immigration is already resonating on the ground.

Gov. Jan Brewer has given the Democratic party a huge gift by passing 1070. The question is: will Democrats accept delivery? The President asked that Latinos and the young be part of saving his majorities. Latinos are not only “Latinos” they are a large chunk of the “young”. The sleepy mid terms can turn out to be a Democratic wave but Schumer must step up and Reid should schedule creatively.

Senator Reid and Schumer, Jan Brewer has sent Democrats a gift and delivery is at your doorstep, the question is: what can Brown do for you?

Mario Solis-Marich

Mario Solis-Marich is a radio talk show host who can be heard on AM 760 in Denver and world wide at

Crossposted with the author’s permission from Huffington Post.


  1. Marshall says

    Reid wants one thing only, more voters to offset current voters he has caused to pick someone other than he to vote for in the next election.

    Note to Winslow, and what do we do with the boat loads of crooks who would become our new citizens? It is hard to intergrate a third world country into a major democracy like ours. Have you ever lived for extended periods of time in other counries in Asia or Europe? If you did so, you understand my question as I have lived for years in miltiple counries, studied their languages and customs. Your idea, is not possible in my opinion, over 100 million new citizens who can not speak the language of their new country. How do I speak to my new fellow citizens?

  2. says

    It’s too bad that the Democrats’ idea of immigration reform is a Reagan style general amnesty combined with pretended heightened border control, when it does nothing to end the real problem of the irredeemably corrupt Mexican govt. that drives millions over the border regardless of obstacles. It’s time for the Democrats and Republicans to unite behind the Megamerge Dissolution Solution of accepting the existence of Mexicans and sharing the New World with them as equal partners by helping them dissolve their govt. and create 10+ new U.S. states and send reps to Washington. Study the MMDS and tell everybody you know so that more time won’t be wasted:

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