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June 22nd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Will lack of immigration reform hurt Democrats in midterms?

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FILE PHOTO: A candlelight vigil calling for federal immigration reform in response to the Arizona law giving police new stop and search powers. (PHOTO CREDIT: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The debate over immigration reform has turned into a childish game of "he said - he said."

Republican Senator Jon Kyl says Pres. Obama told him in a one-on-one meeting, "if we secure the border, then you all won't have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform."

Kyl suggests border security is being held hostage by the Democrats for political reasons.

The White House denies it, saying: "The president didn't say that and Senator Kyl knows it."

But Senator Kyl is not backing down from his version of events.

Actually, it almost doesn't matter who you believe in this. The truth is that immigration reform is looking less and less likely to happen yet again - what a surprise. But this time inaction could cost Democrats dearly.

Take Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is facing an uphill battle for re-election in Nevada. Reid is now pandering to Latinos there with Spanish TV ads.

He needs their vote - and is still hoping they'll support him even though he promised immigration reform and now likely won't deliver.

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey tells Politico: "I don't necessarily think we're going to have a comprehensive bill this summer."

One key Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham, already backed away from bipartisan efforts for immigration reform.

Meanwhile as Arizona moves forward with its own immigration law, the Obama justice department is thinking of suing the state.

It's absolutely absurd. The federal government refuses to do anything about the illegal immigration crisis in this country. After all if they sealed the border, if they enforced their own laws against illegal immigration, Arizona wouldn't need such a law in the first place. Our government is badly broken.

Here’s my question to you: How badly will a lack of immigration reform hurt the Democrats in the midterm elections?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tom writes:
I think that immigration will lead to the demise of the Democratic Party. Obama won the election primarily due to Hispanic votes and now he can't deliver what he promised. Yes the economy is bad but immigration should be at the top of the agenda. As a Democrat, I'm sorry to say that this will destroy the Democrats for the midterm elections.

Kenneth in Frisco, Texas writes:
If the White House is telling the truth about the Kyl conversation, then why have the borders not been secured? It's the first step most Americans want before comprehensive immigration reform. The answer is simple: the current administration wants amnesty and 13 million more votes. They could care less about the problems of the American citizens in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.

Russ in Iowa writes:
Hopefully, it will knock the Democrats out of D.C. and into the spitcan where they belong, along with their 'progressive pile' of ideas!

Lene in Illinois writes:
It probably won't hurt them bad at all as long as they keep dangling that carrot. Anyone who wants immigration reform (amnesty) will vote for Democrats and those who want the laws enforced will vote Republican.

Leon writes:
One of the greatest lies being pushed is that all Latinos are for "comprehensive immigration reform". This is not true. I am Latino and I am for the government to do its job, namely to enforce the existing laws. I have a lot of friends who are Latinos and they are also for enforcing and not reform. As a Latino voter there are other things that are more important, such as deficits, wars, and the protection of our values. Politicians, do your job!

Phil in Port St Lucie, Florida writes:
This topic will decimate the incumbent Democrats. But all of the "incumbent politicians" should be skinned and left to rot for their indifference to the voters in the United States.

Tom writes:
With health care and all it ain't gonna matter. They're done.


Filed under: Democrats • Elections • Immigration
soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Russ , Johnston IA

    Hopefully, it will knock them out of DC and into the spitcan where they belong – along with their 'progressive pile' of ideas!

    June 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  2. ken, NJ

    Immigration reform means amnesty and only amnesty. A lack of reform will not hurt the dems because it will not happen. There will be no reform just 12 million more illegal aliens who will continue to drain our resources. All the dems look at are 12 million new voters, they don't care about the consequences for the middle class workers just the votes.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  3. Pete

    This inaction will add another nail to the Democrats coffin that is filled with a lot of action that has not resulted in expected benefits. This particular issue sees the Democratic party battling New Mexico for trying to enforce the laws that the U.S. government already has in place. Then the main argument is being used that profiling may result. Since we all profile people in our daily lifes and in business, this is a very lame argument. The American citizens are continueing to see more and more of this. This issue will not be the primary issue for midterm elections. But id does not help.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  4. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Very badly. This administration and the Congress has accomplished nothing positive in over a year. The giveaways to the financial institutions and the healthcare industry, let alone the oil companies and other businesses at the expense of the middle class will have us flip flopping back to Republican control of both houses. It has de facto control now. Obama thinks he can go into a knife fight with the Republicans with a rubber knife and win by being nice and making concessions. He will lose the congress and thus any control that he had, then two years later he will lose the White House.

    We are toast.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  5. John in Naples FL

    Stick a fork in them Dumb-O-crates there done.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  6. Jim

    Jack,

    It's not "absolutely absurd." It's cold, rational, political reality. Illegal immigrants provide a valued source of cheap labor and they vote.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    June 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  7. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, this might hurt the Democrats, but I'd hope that voters are smarter than that.
    If I remember right Republicans had control of both houses of Congress from Jan. 1995 until Dec. 2006, and control of the White House from Jan. 2001 until Jan. 2009. In that time they did nothing about immigration; they did nothing about abortion; they did nothing about gun laws..., basically they did nothing about the issues they seem to always be running on.
    So if the Democrats are hurt in the upcoming elections by lack of immigration reform, I would think the Republicans would get ridden out of D.C. on the proverbial rail.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  8. BILL, WI

    It will hurt both parties if anything at all is done about immigration, at any time. Gov Brewer found that out the hard way when the AG of Arizona, a Democrat, jumped ship and left her alone to pay the legal fees herself.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  9. Sunny

    Political party that will be hurt by maintaining this status quo is the Democratic party. Various surveys suggest that minority voters look up to democrats with hope that they will fulfill their campaign promises. Its not Just Undocumented or Hispanics. Asians and the documented are also upset by the lack of action, as a result of this status quo they will have to wait for decades to get their permanent residence. This will dampen the hope of these groups and probably keep the voters of these groups from voting, this will certainly harm the Democrats.

    Parsippany
    NJ

    June 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  10. Rob in Brooklyn

    could be. But it isn't going to help the GOP. They're anti-illegals. So whats your point ?

    June 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  11. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Jack, as far as I'm concerned this "Immigration Reform" is just like the old mantra of "We need to get off Oil". Both are nothing but hollow ideas that mean nothing to the politicians who keep crowing about getting both things done. And neither one is ever going to happen. Our leaders have cried "wolf" one time too many!

    June 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  12. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I don't think it will matter. The Latino population will still back the Dems because they will never get amnesty from the Repubs. If Kyl was correctly quoting Obama we have bigger problems. Show me where he has actually done something of substance to secure the border better or enforce existing federal law, which actually would do more to protect Americans than more bodies patroling the border. Look at Arizona, which has essentially the same law as the feds, and tell me it isn't working. Illegals are leaving Arizona in droves and if it was done at a Federal level it could benefit the whole United States. Crack down on Sanctuary cities and penalize those who employ illegals and we can economically seal the border. It's ridiculous that Obama is given a pass for failing to uphold his duty to defend and protect our country and uses it to extort political points. The President needs to stop worrying about his legacy and start leading us on a path to greatness, not the welfare line.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  13. Jim in Alabama

    Jack that may well be true, but I'd like to know just what these "disappointed" people expect out of a party which did absolutely nothing to address illegal immigration in 8 long years of total rule...? The Republicans. People's stupidity is absolutely amazing and they walk among us.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  14. Gary from IL

    Who can blame Congress for not addressing immigration reform. They have much more important things to do, such as looking into steroids in baseball, the BCS football playoffs, and alignment of NCAA football conferences. I am surprised they found any time to play whack-a-mole with BP.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  15. Greg, Ontario

    Not at all. Did it hurt any of the preceding administrations? Americans don't care about their country anymore, they haven't for some time. They are more concerned about what is politically correct.
    This is a simple problem to solve. The border is well marked and everyone knows where it is. You build towers every thousand yards, manned by Marines (or state national gaurd) with the order to shoot all invaders. If they survive they can be sent back. Not only would you save a ton of money on that dumb fence but it wouldn't take long to stem the tide of illegals. Then you could concentrate on finding the ones incountry and deporting them. Problem solved in less than a year.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  16. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, just another failure from an administration that seems to generate nothing but failures. Even the one thing they did get done, Health Care Reform, doesn't reform anything, and CBO is projecting it will cost twice what the original estimates said it would, adding $500B+ more to the deficit. Democrats don't want immigration reform unless they get amnesty along with it, and the Republicans won't allow amnesty in any form, so it is DEAD. I can only hope it will help throw the bums out so we can maybe, just maybe, get a new set of politicians that can work together for this country.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  17. andy

    why should it. repubs were in charged when regean was president and did nothing to stop immigration for 25 +years.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  18. Dave

    As an independant, I am hoping that the Democrats get their just deserts. We put them in charge of this country after the previous administration set it on the path to destruction. Hope and change have turned to same old same, and we are tired of it. Immigration is just the tip of the ice berg. It still the economy stupid. Stop laying off my friends and filling their jobs with foreigners, and just maybe you can survive Mr. Democrat.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  19. katiec Pekin, IL

    When President Obama took office he was dumped on with one diaster after another. Immigration reform is important, but there were problems of our country on the verge of depression, banks on the verge of collapse, people losing jobs, dying everyday due to no insurance, unsurpassed bankruptcies mostly due to medical expenses, two wars, and now the BP diaster.
    Think, Jack, he has been a "little" busy.
    If I remember correctly, didn't you have an article on his trying to do too much? And, now you are saying he is not doing enough?
    It sure would be nice if at least once in awhile you would give our president and the Democrats a break.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  20. Phil in Port St Lucie, Florida

    This topic will decimate the emcumbent Democrats. But all of the "imcumbent politicians" should be skinned and left to rot for their indifference to the voters in the United States. If a person is here "illegally", jail them for a few years then send them out of the country with a promise; "if you come back, you get life in prison". Democrats are not the only fools in Congress.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  21. Jane Krummel

    Probably not that much. It will definitely hurt them in the "Wing Nut" sections of the country, but they probably don't have that great of chance of winning there anyway.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  22. bob

    It seems like our elected servants spend 90% of their time trying to get reelected, 5% of their time on travel on the tax payer's dime, 1% on the issues at hand, and 4% of the time finding more ways to increase the deficit....

    June 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  23. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    No, we do not have a immigration problem, we have a bunch of people who refuse to go home to their own country, we have a bunch of people who never stood up for anything in their own country, but think that they can come to America, and demand everything and believe that they can get it. Our country on longer has any backbone, how can we remain a country when businesses are seen as people and the people are only an ATM machine until all the money we have is gone!

    June 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  24. ZionMari

    Don't think so, Jack.......... we, Latinos will get out and vote exclusively for the ........ Democrats!

    June 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  25. Maria

    I doubt this will be a big mid-term isue for Dems. Immigration refrom chaos has been on-going for so long, and hasn't made any difference yet. I'd be surprised to see any election differences now.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    June 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  26. Bob Spads, St. Jo, MO.

    Immigration reform has got to mean a crack down on illegal aliens already within our borders, not just "securing the border" with Mexico. We are being flooded by people whom have no right to be here and we are going to have to end this whatever it takes.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  27. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    Probably not as bad as you think, Jack. Lack of action by the disorganized and gutless party is still preferable to the draconian desires of the America only for real (WASP) Americans party. Latino citizens/voters know who is on their side.

    P.S. It is not pandering to reach out to Latino citizens/voters in Spanish media.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  28. Joe

    Jack,

    I don't think it will hurt that bad at all. We have needed immigration reform since the early to mid 80s and all the states that aren't as affected by it as Arizona don't have it as a top priority.

    What we need to do jack is fire everybody and elect some people who care more about the state of the nation then their own careers because at the end of the day thats more important.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  29. Annie, Atlanta

    I now you've been paying attention to the way Republicans have been treating immigrants, legal and undocument, even going so far at times to refer to them as vermin. And this will hurt Democrats, how?

    June 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  30. Joan

    I have no idea. I'm confused about the controversy over people that are entering the country illegally. If you have followed the law, why would you have a problem with law enforcement personnel asking to see proof that you are here legally, no matter what color your skin is? Why is that "racial profiling"? I don't even have a problem with the police stopping me as I walk to the ice cream shop with my child. I don't have anything to hide. Should the U.S. toss all immigration regulations and let everyone in that wants to live here? Or make Mexico a state? Someone help me to understand how/why it is wrong to make sure that every person living in this country has the legal right to be here, and if they do not, they must leave. Whether their skin is white, black, brown, yellow, or green.

    June 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  31. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    True immigration reform means many things ... from sealing the borders, dealing harshly with employers and landlords, to finding a common sense means to expand legal immigration. All Bush did was finance a fence. But our economy was in better shape during most of his term. The Democrats have a problem because of high unemployment and many look at the illegals as a threat. This will be a top issue in November.

    Rick,
    Medina,OH

    June 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  32. Kevin in CA

    It'll only help them ... the Republicans can rail against immigration issues and drive all the Hispanic vote to the Democratic side ... case in point – Gov. Pete Wilson of California.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  33. Leon

    One of the greatest lies being pushed is that all latinos are for "comprehensive immigration reform". This is not true, I am latino and I am for the government to do their job, namely, to enforce the exisiting laws. I have a lot of friends that are Latinos and they are also for enforcing and not reform.

    As a Latino voter there are other things that are more important, such as deficits, wars, and the protection of our values.

    Politicians, do your job!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  34. Gary Bellew

    I totally agree (and I'm ashamed to say it) this government is broken.
    "Reform?" has hurt parties before and when you continue to pound on something it usually breaks.

    Gary Bellew, Mo

    June 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  35. Loren, Chicago

    We can only hope that voters wake up and see that the Democrats will pander to any group for money and that includes pandering on the illegal immigrant problem.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  36. John

    The whole thing is a Republican stunt and nothing more. The only reason the right stirred this all up is for politics,not reform. THey had plenty of time to change it and the power to change it anyway they saw fit and they did nothing. This President had said he will address is and he certtainly has not had the time to do it yet with all the Republican blocking anf filibustering. Those that really care about fixing the problme have been used by the right.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  37. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    The questions are: Are they doing the best they can to tackle urgent, important issues they are dealing with right now? Are they keeping their morals and standards in check on a daily basis? Are they for the people or for themselves? Are they sacrificing for others for the common good of our society?

    June 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  38. Dave

    I believe, it may hurt both parties, but the Democrats may see the most hurt since they are the majority. In addition Obama;s attention seems to be litigating Arizona rather than stepping up and helping.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  39. Tom

    With health care and all it ain't gonna matter. There done.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  40. steve - virginia beach

    70% of us want the borders secured and illegal aliens out of our country. Lack of effort to secure the border and get illegal aliens out of our country will hurt the Dems but their insistance on amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens will hurt them. And it doesn't matter whether Obama said it. We know why there hasn't been any effort to secure our borders.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  41. ben stockton, calif

    as a democrat i will sure hope the gop wins so we can enforce the illegal immigrant problem . i dont care if the dems lose, because they are pandering for the latino vote. thats the problem i have with obamas stance on immigration. another reason is as soon as a rep gets in office and something catastrophic as the gulf of mexico disaster happens we can sit back and say, "see, i told you so" if we get the illegals out maybe we can start putting some of our unemployed back to work. we shall see.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  42. hobart

    How badly immigration will hurt either party depends on which party gets it's message across most effectively.

    If border security were all that easy, it surely would have been accomplished during President Bush's reign; consequently, constant bashing by Republicans of President Obama on the topic of border security smacks of hypocrisy, which is par for the course for the Party of No.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  43. Don (Belleville, Canada)

    It certainly won't help the Democrats, but is probably just a minor factor for the November midterm elections.
    The government overspending and the state of the overall economy will certainly hurt the Democrats, because they are the party in power.
    Also, God forbid, it the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is still gushing at the end of October, the Democrats will be wiped out of office like used toilet paper.
    The trouble is that nothing seems to be getting done, other than the unpopular and flawed health care reform bill, and the new revelations about the real cost of that bill are very disturbing.
    America may actually be crumbling while the rest of the world looks on in shock. The terrorists seem to have won the "war on terror" through the back door prodding America along its self-destructive route direct to bankruptcy by making America spend billions or trillions on useless wars.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  44. Ed from California

    I think "no jobs for the middle-class" are going to hurt the democrats more. Neither party understands anything of what the middle-class needs or wants. It may be time to setup term limits, minimum pay, maximum pension and health benefits for our hired help. They forget that part. That they are nothing more than "the" hired help. Our hired hands need to remember who they work for!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  45. John

    Nope. But Illegal immigration sure will!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  46. Dave Hatfield, MA

    If the oil keeps leaking, the President can ignore immigration, Sestak, and any other issue that pops up. Just keep making people hate BP, keep the oil spilling, and no one will focus on anything else. Chicago politics at it's best, got to love it!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  47. Toni

    Obama knows the votes aren't there. You cannot haul millions of illegals away – it is a hot button issue to take minds off the real problems of no jobs and corporations moving out of our country. A poltical issue that Republicans think they can move back into power with. This is more about a drug and crime problem, which that state hasn't addressed.

    The Tea Partiers want to do away with Medicare, Medicaid and SS and repeal health care on the backs of the old and sick to give tax cuts to the very rich which don't need them.

    This country better find away to all work together.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  48. Patrick

    It won't really hurt them. The republicans didn't do anything either. Both parties' national leadership want to hold the issue hostage until they can deliver amnesty.

    Attacking Arizona may hurt them.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  49. John D

    As an American, I don't want to see "immigration reform". What I want is to see the government stop referring to illegal aliens as "guest workers" and to enforce more strict laws against businesses that hire them, and to aggressively seek out, jail, and deport these illegals as appropriate.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  50. Jesse Callahan

    Not only will the immigration fiasco hurt the Dems, it will kill them. After this coming November, I don't think anyone will want to be associated with the Democratic Party as it now exists. The American people are fed up to the gills with this corrupt and evil administration and its governing body, the congress.

    Jesse in Texas

    June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  51. ryan

    What is hurting the Dems is not the lack of immigration reform, but a lack of immigratin enforcement! We have 17% unemployment and the media keeps talking about immigration reform? What side of the fence does the media stand on? We have too many people in the country out of work! Enforce the immigration laws and people can go back to work!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  52. Greg Young

    You said it all...... it is absolutely absurd and I hope it costs all of the politicians their jobs. Just not the Dems. Our Government is Broken and whomever in power only worries about keeping the power instead of doing the right thing by its citizens. Americans, Conservative, Liberal, Centrist need to start demanding accountability and improvement in out Government. Bravo Arizona, for doing what the majority of Americans want done.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  53. Becker

    It should hurt them but it will all even out in the end unless they file a lawsuit in Arizona. That will definitely hurt Reid and democrats. I bet Reid and Company has already made the calls to postpone all that tomfoolery until after midterms. You know the DNC mantra – Act like a centrist until your elected.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  54. Steve, NY

    I hope the Democrats lose big time. They controlled Congress since 2006 plus they had super majority since 2008 and a Democratic president in office. Therfore they can't blame the Republicans on this one.
    As a comment, what irks me is that I have to have a passport to get back into this country when I go on vacation but Mexicans can walk in from
    Mexico and you can't ship them back. There is something wrong here and it smells bad. Why, as a citizen of USA, do I need a passport??
    What are these politicians thinking, are they asleep??

    June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  55. Tom

    I think that immigration will lead to the demise of the Democratic Party. Obama won the election primarily due to Hispanic votes and now he cant deliver what he promised. Yes the economy is bad but immigration should be at the top of the agenda. As a democrat, Im sorry to say that this will destroy the Democrats for the mid year elections

    June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  56. Tom

    I think that immigration will lead to the demise of the Democratic Party. Obama won the election primarily due to Hispanic votes and now he cant deliver what he promised. Yes the economy is bad but immigration should be at the top of the agenda. As a democrat, Im sorry to say that this will destroy the Democrats for the mid year elections

    Tom, Yonkers NY

    June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  57. SeanJohn

    The Democrats are going to suffer in the midterm elections regardless of the stance they decide to take in terms of immigration reform. If they favor amnesty then a large portion of the conservative and independents, and even a decent amount of democrats are going to vote against that politician. If they favor deportation, the same will happen but on the other side of the voting block. They are in quite a pickle.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  58. Gary

    It will hurt them as bad as America's memory is long. If we are distracted by the BP Oil crisis, the war on terror, or whatever else is going on come November, it might prove to be a non-issue in the elections. I do find it interesting, however, tha Obama has yet to send the 1,200 troops he promised Governor Brewer a month ago but he was quick to send over 17,000 troops to clean birds and beaches along the gulf.

    Gary in Phoenix, AZ

    June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  59. Mark, from Las Vegas

    How about just inforcing the rules of the land; border security. "Reform" is just another PC word for amnesty. We use more resources on other country's borders than our own. Wake up America!
    Mark

    June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  60. Randy in St. Louis

    I don't think it matters how badly the Democrats get hurt. People are fed up with both parties. If you're a politician, it's open season. People just want things fixed and for these professional wastes of time and space to do their jobs.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  61. Joe Floria

    It will hurt the Dems. A lot of Americans are scratching their heads wondering why the President won't secure the border. Irrespective of your thoughts on Arizona's 1017, reasonable people still want the damn border defended. Period. Is just smells that Obama sent the Lawyers to Arizona, instead of the troops. If the Administration cares so little about fellow Americans in Arizona, they can't much care about me either. Of course, the standing ovation the Dems gave the Mexican president was scary, to say the least!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  62. EdnaTN

    It cuts both ways. They will lose the middle if they insist on a path to citizenship in the current economic environment and they will lose Hispanics if they don't to anything.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  63. Ken in NC

    The lack of immigration reform will cost Democrats dearly but even if they managed to get it done they will find another way to shoot themselves in the foot. Both parties have gotten really good at that.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  64. tom

    I don't know,but for the life of me,I cannot understand why the Dems would object to securing the border first,even if it's a wall,you could put allot of people back to work building the wall as well as possibly requiring anyone on welfare that is physically able be required to work on the wall to receive thier benifits!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  65. Dennis north Carolina

    it is tearing the country apart but the political parties are a joke and so are ourb elected officals.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  66. Beverly H Tatum Charlotte NC

    I think Latinos will run to the Democratic Party because they are very aware it is the obstructionist racist Republican Party that would block any rational immigration reform bill.
    Just look at John McCain. He was the co-author of a good immigration reform bill with Ted Kennedy and that was thrown out by Republicans. Now the dishonorable McCain has changed his positions on everything in a sad and desperate attempt to stay in the Senate.
    Democrats are the Party of the People. Republicans are the Party of Corporations.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  67. Dave from Delaware

    The Democrats will get pulverized in the fall elections. Obama is such a politically correct hack. He just does not care that he is destroying the country, while defending law breaking illegals. This country could be headed to its 2nd Civil War!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  68. Rick

    While I am liberal in most of my views, I am conservative on immigration. It really bothers me that the federal government refuses to enforce our immigration laws. There are too many illegals in this country and it drives me out of my tree when people like Shakira and the President of Mexico tell us that we MUST change our immigration laws to allow more people in. We already have a system. Apply legally, get in line, follow the process and wait your turn!
    My wife is an immigrant and she did all this and is now close to becoming a US Citizen. She is already a productive member of our society paying taxes and soon she will be able to vote.
    There is a process, follow it and all the outside voices should just shut the heck up!
    Rick – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    June 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  69. katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    Your moderaters deserve applause for now posting all comments, even those that disagree with you. But, have noticed the majority of the ones you pick for air support your bias.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  70. Cindy Merrill

    There is an economic, sensible solution to all this, Jack. Simply give Mexico the same deal we gave Guam and the Virgin Islands: This would put an end to slave wage labor in Mexico, our US military would be deployed to put an end to the drug cartels, therefore, illegal immigration would no longer be an issue. The Mexican government would benefit, the Mexican people would benefit and US citizens would benefit!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  71. Lee Williams

    (from a moderate (dumb) repub WASP 80 yrs old:) we're shooting ourselves in the proverbial foot the tone of the debate (with Tancredo, et al) has killed us with Latinos for at least two election cycles, And just where do the teapartiers propose to get the 240,000 buses to deport 11 mill and to where? the Sonoran Desert?

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  72. Andrea from Gilbert, Arizona

    We don't need immigration reform until the borders are secure, which the President and the Democratic party refuse to acknowledge is a problem. So will it hurt them in November – everything ridiculous thing they've done (healthcare) and now lack of securing the border will crush them in November and in 2012!!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  73. Don (Belleville, Canada)

    Lack of immigration reform, although a crucial issue for America, is a minor factor in the November midterms.
    The perceived state of the economy will be a major determinant of the fate of most Democratic candidates.
    If oil is still spewing in the Gulf of Mexico in late October, Democrats will likely be viewed by most people as useless as tar balls.
    It will be an interesting few months in the American political arena.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  74. Karl from SF, CA

    For thinking Americans, not to be confused with the ones that elected Bush twice, it won’t hurt them. Neither party has wanted reform for decades and everyone knows it. Dems need votes, but remember only citizens, not illegal’s, can vote, and Repubs need cheap labor. I would take anything a Republican says with a grain of salt after the gross misrepresentations of the Health Care Bill and other lies we’ve heard from them in the past year or so. Kyl’s remark just doesn’t make sense and Reid can pander all he wants, but in reality, again, only citizens can vote. The drug violence is what needs to be stopped first.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  75. Rocky in LA

    Not nearly as much as it will hurt this country.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  76. David

    Immigration will not hurt the Democrats. I'm sure Latinos want GOP elected who are creating bias laws to deport people back who do not have proper paperwork. Get real and start reporting the real news.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  77. Vikram

    I think Dem's are hosed anyway and this just nails them. I believe our President should really be worried about 2012.

    -Chicago, IL

    June 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  78. Kathryn

    It may, but I can't help but notice the GOP didn't exactly solve this problem even when they had control of every branch of government.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  79. Stephanie

    The only reform we need is to enforce our present laws. Because the Dems won't do this, they will suffer in the elections. Most of the US is sick of having our laws spat at.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  80. Tom Murray

    I think if immigration reform is passed it will hurt both dems and republicans. We do not need immigration reform......just enforce the laws we already have...and of course build the fence and seal the border. If the US government won't finish the fence...I want some of my tax money back that they appropriated to build the fence. We need to vote out all progressives both dems and repubs and elect true patriots, not those who want a life-time job as a senator, congressman, or bureaucrat.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  81. John

    Will not hurt. No action means Donkeys will lose less votes to Elephants

    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  82. Joy

    Yes, It will hurt them! Americans are fed up with the absurd open border policy! Thses law breaker are treated better than Americans. Deport them all and build a huge fence........PERIOD

    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  83. Jerome T. Czeikus

    It's not the lack of immigration reform that will hurt the Democrats, or anyone else for that matter, it's the total lack of border security that will do them in.

    The American people want the border secure – a double fence from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico that prohibits anything on the ground from getting past it. (All flying creatures, excluding humans, will be allowed to cross.)

    The Constitution requires the President to secure our borders – it's time he was challenged on his lack of interest in performing one of his duties.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  84. James

    It depend on the state population. Like California, you cant forget it Jerry Brown State just because their 5 to 10 million illegals in our state.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  85. Todd

    It should hurt them, but only if common sense prevails among voters. Immigration reform, especially with regard to securing our borders should not even be a political issue. It is an America issue and it should be addressed.

    This is not a racial issue and anyone that says it is probably a racist themselves – whichever side of the debate they fall. Or someone looking to make it racial for the purpose of motivating a block of voters one way or the other.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  86. Juan

    As a Latino, I pray for the day when we secure the borders and put an end to illegal immigration. Although I am a democrat, I'm feeling more and more that my party is leaving me (and no, I'm not one of those sniveling idiots who cry out 'I didn't cross the border – the border crossed me', as my grandparents all came from Mexico). The tea party folks seem to have it right in their desire to try to stop the U.S. from turning into Mexico, so I am going to join the Tea Party at first opportunity. Mexico is not a nice place, just in case you've not heard.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  87. Ben from Boston

    Its best for the President if he pushes immigration reform and it fails. If he doesn't push at all, Latinos will be upset. If he pushes and wins there will be an energized backlash at the polls.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  88. Robert

    Lol ,i think no one in america trusts the greedy lieing government anymore,,

    June 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  89. Toni from OK

    Latinos vote for the Republicans too but if the GOP keeps the grandstanding up with hot button issues and doesn't fix anything, they will lose in the long run.

    Obama had a economy that was falling apart when he took office with too many fires the GOP didn't fix and made a mess of. He is still sweeping up after them. My hope is that they do not get back in to finish destroying us and elminating the programs meaning code for Medicare, Medicaid and SS in order to give tax cuts to people who do not need them.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  90. Jason, Texas

    Remember the Alamo!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  91. Erla Williams Yuma, Az.

    Hey Jack, Lets hope they get " Crushed " ...I even like the word, "Pulverize", better. I'm so fed up, with all these WIMPS, that are Suppose, ( ? )to be running this country of ours..I hope Obama , gets off his " High Horse ", cause, He SURE don't know how to even handle that. I, like MANY other's are fed up with this sick Governemet, .

    June 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  92. AlB

    Obama doesn't care if this or any other issue hurts him politically. He came to Washington to transform the nation to fit his "vision" of social justice. His ultimate goal is to socialize America as that is what he sees as a 'fair' society. He (and his team) will do ANYTHING that he thinks will help him reach his goal regardless of the political or real life consequences. And the worse things look for him politically, the faster he will try to move, knowing he only has limited time to get things done. CNN and the rest of the country better wake up soon as things are going to get a lot worse if his bad policies aren't stopped.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  93. Bill

    from Amado Arizona
    Jack, The Democrats can't touch the subject of immigration right now. If they push their "comprehensive immigration reform" then they are gone in November, since over 70% of the american people have indicated they want a crackdown on illegal immigration. If they get tough on illegal immigration then they lose again since the latino population will see the Democrats as having stabbed them in the back. Either way you look at it the Democrats are in a lose/lose situation. They can only hope to do nothing till after the November elections. But it is their fault for the mess they are in since they are the ones that courted the latino votes rather than listen to the majority of the voting public.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  94. Will

    Jack, I think most people for whom immigration reform is a real important issue understand that though the Democrats have failed to get anything going on that issue, that it is a complete non-starter under Republican control. I also think that most people understand the unwillingness of the Republican Party to work with the Democrats on anything. But ultimately, Republicans view illegal immigrants as criminals, Democrats view them as human beings trying to escape severe economic and political oppression the only way they know how. And that is what secures the Democrats' position on immigration reform.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  95. Jim Blevins

    Lack of immigration reform will probably have very little effect on the Democrats - the alternative is the Republicans. The Republicans have made it clear that they want to blame everything from jobs to drugs on illegal immigrants (Latinos). There is likely to be a backlash.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    June 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  96. tim

    The Democrats are going to see a reduction in the number of seats regardless in the midterm elections, but it will not be because of immigration. It will be the economy and health care that kill the Democrats in 2010. There is only one place in the country where immigration is being debated and that AZ. I think the Democrats are serious about boarder control, but they are not willing to come to the table unless the existing immigrants are addressed in some manner. A manner that is better than the Republicans which is lets deport them at the expense of the taxpayer. There will have to be some sort of amnesty program before their will be a solution to the problem.

    You are never going to solve the issue of immigration in this country we have two boarders that are huge. One is 1500+ miles in the south and the other is over 3000 miles in the north you cannot patrol that much territory.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  97. Delia, Katy, TX

    There are too many other pressing matters – like the wars, the spill, the economy, etc. We have more than enough on our plates to contend with without adding a divisive issue like immigration!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  98. jim

    Day after day there is some remark about Immigration in the Media. The answer is not walls or fences or the National Guard or more Border Patrol Agents or Immigration Reform..The answer is to hold the people who are at the boittom of all this responsible. Jail any one who employs Illegal Immigrants. If a Spanish speaking man gives an employer ID with the name Patrick O'Brien and he hires him the employer need to go to jail. Who cares what politician gets hurt as long as this war ends.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  99. Charly in Del Mar

    Let's see now – we have big oil with no quality control, North Korea out of control, the economy struggling to get back in control. Europe trying not to tank, Iran as nuts as ever, two wars that I am sick of discussing (or is that disgusting) – and you want me to focus on the grip du jour of the GOP? Please.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  100. Margaret

    The Democratic party is losing voters to Republicans who rightly or wrongly perceive the Republicans as being more serious about enforcing existing immigration laws and sealing the border.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  101. Roger Josselyn

    I've spent my 84 years dealing in fundamentals. So I say, screw the border fences, stop the hiring, enforce an identification, and for criminy's sake, require what my 4th grade teacher told us: grant citizenship to those that can prove they are willing to qualify for it, i.e., learn the minimal skills required to communicate and know the laws and vote (and have a clean record).

    June 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  102. Keith from Missouri

    Immigration Reform will be an anchor around the neck of the Democrats if they choose to push forward, as nearly every poll in the U.S. shows mounting support for stopping illegal immigration, the hiring of illegal immigrants and the Arizona Immigration Bill.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  103. Cheryl

    Hi Jack,
    Yes, Americans want to follow the law. We were brought up to do such. I visited my family in Tucson in 2009 twice and it is frightening,
    there are bars on church windows. We all should give our support to Governer Brewer and the state of Arizona as they are our fellow Americans and they are at war with drugs and crime that we just do not see on our tv sets at night. thank you

    June 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  104. Scott Lara

    Who cares? What's going to hurt the Democrats is the oil spill. The left has forced Big Oil to drill miles out and miles down. Immigration? It doesn't matter. Scott Lara, Jacksonville, Florida

    June 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  105. Kristin G

    If democrats knew that 17,000 women and children are smuggled across the border for the sex trade, (Dept. of Justice website)

    if democrats knew that an estimated 30 – 50% of workers in the clothing industry in LA are working in sweat shops for $1.63/hr to pay off a $30,000 debt to coyotes, (Dept. of Justice website)

    if they knew that 73% of all criminal cases in AZ are from drugs and/or illegals, then people would stop calling this racist.

    Securing the border and green cards protect American tax dollars AND protect the citizens of Mexico from becoming victimized by greedy Americans!

    Democrats and Republicans need to stop worrying about what color of vote they may or may not lose, get the facts out, and stop this atrocity.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  106. Kevin from Texas

    Dems are going to lose on many fronts: Internet Control Regulations being proposed by the Obama camp, The rescinding of Veteran's Preference in federal hiring, the lack of a sound economic policy, immigration of course. The republicans, practically the same party as the democrats, will also lose seats because they have only worked for the wealthy corporations. The Dems take care of the rich New York finance gang, the republicans work for big energy.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  107. Jim McGuiness

    Hispanic Americans are a big voting bloc in some big and important states in the west. Take TX for example: Back in Februrary, Rick Perry led Bill White by 6 points. The race is tied now, and thats completely due to Hispanic voters, because Perry and the TX Republican Party are supporting AZ-type laws that offend Hispanic voters in a very personal way.

    Look at AZ. Hispanics are moving toward Democratic candidates since the Arizona immigration bill was signed and this is becoming a trend in western states. Rodney Glassman, the Democrat candidate running for Senate has gone from a 17 point deficit against John McCain with Hispanics to a 17 point lead. Terry Goddard, running as a Democrat went from a 20 point lead to a 46 point lead with Hispanic voters. In Colorado, among Hispanic voters, Michael Bennet, the Democrat, went from a 12 point lead to a 21 point lead against Jane Norton, the Republican candidate.

    There's no doubt the immigration bill is popular nationally. But what 's even more popular according to the same polls, is comprehensive immigration reform that contains what most of us would consider amnesty – a legalization provision for the illegals already here. If the AZ law and similar state laws cause Hispanics to change their voting behavior without a parallel shift among whites then it's going to end up playing to Democratic advantage this fall.

    It's much more important to look at how Hispanic voters in states with large Hispanic populations are reacting than it is to look at the national numbers, at least as it pertains to this fall's election.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  108. shawn from las vegas

    It's pretty sad, Arizona has a serious immigration problem were they had to close down 80 miles of Arizona, do to danger. And what does Obama do ? Stop working on finishing the border fence, won't send the amount of troops needed to protect Arizona citizens and then turns around and plans to sue Arizona for doing all it can to protect its citizens. I’m a long time democrat, but come November democrats or republicans won’t be getting my vote. Good luck.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  109. Susan from Birmingham, Al.

    Its a lose, lose situation either way, if they pass something or not.
    If they don't pass reform Hispanics will not show up for midterm voting, if they do pass something the rest of the electorite will be
    upset. Its really common sense just SECURE THE BORDER!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  110. XShanDanX

    The Dems wont suffer, look at how many Hispanic voters are in AZ. Might as well give AZ back to Mexico then Dems and Conservative wont have to worry about it..

    June 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  111. keith in ky

    It's more a lack of imagination, all they care about is their own political careers. They will do or say anything to get a vote, it seems they are hollow people inside and the sooner they are replaced the better for this country and it's citizens.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  112. Clay

    Do you mean the same immigration problem that was ingnored during twelve years of republican-controlled Congress and the eight years they held the White House as well? How could Obama have possibly let things go so wrong? And do you not think that Bush and Cheney might be better ones to ask?

    June 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  113. Doyle - Texas

    Any politician who will not listen to the people doesn't need to be in office! ! I hope every Dem. is removed this Nov.and in 2012.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  114. Merry from WI

    I am a registered dem, but if this administration continues to sidestep this federal law, and refuses to secure the boarders, I will be changing my party. I lived in Iowa for half my life, and I know what the governor of Arizona is dealing with. The more the feds turn their heads, while the packing plants and motels hire these people against the law, with no consequence, the more come in. A fence is not going to keep them out. Uphold the law, and the states won't be left to fend for themselves. And my vote goes for whoever gets serious about this problem.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  115. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Most voters do not choose sides on this issue, anyhow. I have watched Jon Kyl perform in Senate Committee – he has shown himself both a liar and a fool, there. "Secure the borders"makes a nice sound bite, but we aren't going to hire the 1.5 million armed guards that it would take to actually do it, so this is really just ignorant, disingenuous drivel. Since 40% of all illegals came on legal visas and have overstayed, 40% of the problem isn't even at the border! How about we secure the workplace instead of the border – no jobs=no illegal crossers looking for jobs! Immigration is really a data management problem, and Congress has not appropriated the money either for the State Department to fix the visa mess or the Social Security Administration to fix the legal worker ID mess. How about we take a real problem, use propaganda to make it into something it is not, then run for election on the falsehood?

    June 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  116. Ka

    ANY politician that will not work towards immigration reform should be voted out. This is not a democrat problem. Immigration laws and immigration enforcement have been broken for a LONG time. The way I see it, 2 things are needed;
    1) Reform of current immigration laws
    2) Enforcement of current immigration laws to deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.
    Somehow, border security and immigration policy got all tangled up. Immigration reform is needed for those who want to immigrat to this country legally.
    Border security is necessary to stop the movement of illegal people and substances. It really is seperate from immigration. Quite simply, if you cross the border illegally, you have broken the law – even the existing law. You are not immigrating -you are commiting an offence.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  117. John R/ Tampa

    Jack: I think it will hurt the dems. The dems, in their quest for votes, are severly hurting American Citizens. A small town, Freemont, AR, passed a law that they know will cost them millions of dollars in defending lawsuits. Jack, Americans are getting desperate and that's not good for the country.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  118. Mari from Nevada

    Jack - if you were to paying attention, you would know that our government has allowed robust levels of funding to enforcement initiatives. Both Democrats and Republicans have made it a priority to address border security. Perhaps, the price tag of the great wall that Bush pushed through serves as one example of resources being used for a strategy that just doesn't work. Enforcement-only strategies are short-sighted. Border security must recognize and understand its history of trade, migration and commerce . This must also include a multi-prong approach that estimates the effects of gun control and labor demands in the U.S.

    Many Latinos understand that the national Republican party has alienated them with policies that flirt or perhaps encourage social injustices against Latinos, both citizens and non-citizens. Latinos also understand, that absent Lindsey Graham, Democrats are the only ones ushering for some form of sensible, sound and humane immigration reform.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  119. Brad in Denver

    Jack, Immigration & everything else will hurt the Dems unfortunately. They're getting blamed for everything, and in reality neither party is getting much done. Voters have short memories, and even though the economy is a little better than it was when Obama took office, the Dems will get blamed for a poor economy, immigration that the Republicans didn't deal with, the war the Republicans started and the list goes on and on...makes me wonder why anyone would run for public office.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  120. Kyle Irvine, CA

    Its going to cost every politician running for re-election the election. And the federal government wanting to sue Arizona for taking a pro-active step towards illegal immigration is wrong. If I were the Governor of Arizona I would be on tv publicly condemning the federal government for taking such action.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  121. Bela

    Everything is politics with Obama: the army isn't free to fight as the Generals in the field see fit, illegal means against the law except when followed by aliens, then illegal is legal because they will illegally vote for him and other Democrats. He waited over 50 days to get involved with the oil spill because he wanted to be the hero and also make a political statement for his "Green" policy. The Dems are going to suffer at the poles for what they have allowed Obama to get away with. Had Bush done these things, they would have called for his resignation.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  122. Mary

    Taxpayers voices are becoming a dull roar and if things don't change the roar will get louder. Both Democrats and Republicans are failing the taxpayers big time. We need a complete turnover or a coup would work as well. Mary – Phoenix

    June 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  123. Beverly from California

    Yes, it will be on their heads. The want the entire U.S. to be of Mexican background so that they get all of the votes since they are the ones that are all for illigal immigration. The Democratic party is a bunch of treasonists. They are selling our country out for votes. My husband and I once lived in a nice middle class neighborhood and now that we are near retirement our neighborhood may as well be in Mexico. All we hear when we are in our backyard is Spanish and when they have a party they rent huge speakers and put them on speaker stands and blast us out of our house. After hours of drinking they get into their cars and drive after keeping us up half the night. If we wanted to live in Mexico we would move there. It seems that they have all of the rights and we have none.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  124. John

    Enforcing our laws and it's a crime to enter the United States without proper documentation. I can't go to Mexico or anywhere else without permission or my passport. This country is turning into a bunch of wimps that just cry about everthing and do nothing!!!

    The schools and medical services were not setup or planned to handle these criminals. Its time that America standup and demand that this problem be addressed properly. Many people are filing the proper paperwork and waiting to come to America the right way.

    I'm so tried of our broken goverment just looking for votes and not do the right thing. Thanks God for Arizona.

    John

    June 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  125. Pennie

    If the government was doing their job as they should have Arizona wouldn't have to do their job for them. And yes I do think it will hurt them but I also beleive if they keep acting like idiots and go through with this lawsuit it will bury them. And that will be the best thing that could happen at this point. He hasn't stood behind Arizona because she is doing the job that they should have done long before now. The polls have already proven on your show that more than half the people in the US don't want all these illegals in this country. We know why he is so upset for it is because he has relatives here that should not be and since he hasn't proven to the American people that his birth certificate is legal who knows maybe he isn't either. Obama needs to open his eyes and pay attention to the people before it is too late.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  126. Robert

    Dems hide behind "Immigration Reform" when they mean open borders and amnesty. They are in the minority on this issue as they are on most but will push it on the majority (see healthcare, cap and tax, gay marriage, stimulus, shall I go on?).

    June 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  127. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Everything the president has done is going to hurt him at midterms he's a full blown screw up .

    June 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  128. Smith in Oregon

    You mean not able to pass over the Republican obstruction party of NO, no way, no help and no ideas?

    America is realizing the Republican party and lawmakers are anti-American's living on main street, USA.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  129. Tim

    Do you know what is absurd Jack, it people like you sighting with what is obviously against the law and that is the Arizona law which is going to be discrimatory against anyone who looks Mexican. As for the democrats losing the elections, you bet they will if they do not toughen up and do what they were elected to do and that is to govern and take matter into their own hands since republicans are a "No" to everything and ofcourse Lindsay Gram is playing the political game, he was once for immigration reform and now he is not because of Nov election, shame on all those who only worry about saving thier own butts instead of doing the people's business

    June 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  130. jim in okc

    lots of good comments. Republicans failed for the past 8 years to stem the flow and Democrats are following the lead. Of course, the problem is much older than the past 9 or 10 years. I'm no fan of lawyers and no fan of America's natinal pasttime but I think it's time to bring this to the courts as a Constitutional matter and force the Federal Government to discharge it's Constitutional duties.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  131. Gigi Oregon

    Not as much as some would like. This is an American debate that could change the the USA image. We will no longer be the country of our Fathers who called this the land of Freedom and opportunity for all. A land that was free and we could work and create a better life. This Immigration battle will hurt us in many areas both inside and outside of this country. What is the image of the US that we want ? A land of opportunity or a land with boarder patrols, guns and wire fences.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  132. JF53065

    The Dems have done this to themselves.By being to far left.75% of Americans are more central on a lot of issues.On others they may go to the left or right.But the nut jobs on the left have felt the time was right to convert this country to a socialist society.Wrong move!When you don't protect the people that vote,when you promise to tax the crap out of the middle class,when you support corrupt unions,when you talk down to the very people that elected you.Your done!!Like many Americans,I was a Democrat once.I felt the need to change the way people thought,to bring change to our troubled country.Now I'm older and much wiser,I know now I was wrong.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  133. Barry

    If I can assist it will hurt Democrats and Republians alike. I live in CA. and have watched our state become icreasingly worse because of our open border. I recently changed to an Independent because we are beng fed garbage from both sides so that the corporate sponsored politicians can stay in office and the companys can continue to bring in huge dividends for their boards by paying illegals minimum wage or less here and shipping the rest of the jobs elsewhere. Let us not forget their are plenty of illegal immigrants here who don't come from South America. When is it okay for us to worry about our own country and save ourselves before being savior for the world. We always say their is no place like the USA soon we'll be looking for utopia somewhere else like others look at us.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  134. Pat in Rutherfordton, NC

    Jack,
    It probably will hurt the Democrats in the fall, but I'm as concerned about what the lack of true reform will do to my pocketbook when I go to the grocery store. Without the illegals, I fear a can of green beans might go to $5.00 a can. I'm also afraid that the meat shelves will be empty. Who but the illegals will work in slaughter houses 10-12 hours a day for less than minimum wage? I know I wouldn't. Would you?

    June 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  135. Jon

    "Stick a fork in them Dumb-O-crates there done."

    Oh, the irony.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  136. Al

    Given the President's failures in the Gulf, backing Duncan on education reform, and now Afghanistan, the impact of immigration reform will be marginal at best.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  137. clyde seymour

    In the past the Democrats defended American workers, now they work to deprive American workers of jobs by allowing millions of illegal foreign workers to steal jobs out from under them. It's self defeating for the Democrats.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  138. RB from Seattle

    Most polls show the Dems are down by eight points. It has already hurt them, along with other failed policies.

    I'm amazed that border states have not sued the feds for not securing the border, leaving US citizens at the mercy of drug cartels. It is very shameful.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  139. steve - virginia beach

    Catch 22. Article I section 8 of the US Constitution mandates a "uniform rule of naturalization". And 70% of Americans are opposed to Amnesty and citizenship. Any effort to put their disregard for our Constitution and their willingness to shove agendas down our throats on display right before an election would be politically stupid. Yet not securing the border or effectively enforcing our laws is also politically stupid.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  140. Nancy, Tennessee

    The encumbent Democrats and Republicans need to pay attention to the American people who are tired of the illegal immigrants taxing our already fragile economy. Vote out the old and hope the new will not be the same old do-nothing group. The health care reform bill did nothing to keep illegals from using our emergency rooms for a one-stop health clinic. The illegals have driven the wages down for construction and other jobs that Americans used to work at to provide for their families. With the illegals changing the playing ground on many jobs here in America and the rest being sent to China, it is a wonder that unemployment is still below 20%. Candidates for the November election may get a surprise when they see unknowns winning by a large margin at the polls. The American people are scared and know we need some big changes.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  141. Markk

    As an American, I am so sick of seeing illegals coming to this country, only to bad mouth it. All the illegal mexicans that protest the Arizona law hold their mexican flags high and proudly... if you like mexico so much then stay there!!! After all, the word is ILLEGAL. Just as people get arrested for ILLEGALLY killing someone, so should ILLEGALS get arrested if their not here leagally.

    If Democrats (or Republicans) fail to establish immigration reform or appose such a law, there will certainly be damage at the voting boths for these individuals. The American people are fed up!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  142. betty

    at the rate obama is moving he is going to cause a civil war before the election. he has stirred the illegals so much with his refusal to protect the border, which should be a priority

    June 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  143. DeAnn

    Of course it will hurt them, it will hurt all parties since legal citizens all over America are tired of this and other problems. Why do we have any laws if we can just pick and choose which ones we want to follow? Its time for our government to protect their legal citizens from the violence that is coming with the illegal immigrants. I cant wait for November to come, so we can get this people out of office.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  144. steve

    all these people who feel that illegals should be left alone then leave me alone as a citizen. Why do i have to buckle my seatbelt.. or why cant i use my cell phone when i drive.. leave me alone i am a citizen... its another case of doing what you should do and getting screwed over.. and then complain when they get the perks of free money and healthcare.... amazing no wonder we are getting our butts kicked around the world...... we are becoming a third world country...... but who cares....

    June 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  145. josh

    inaction will not hurt the dems. people are stupid. blue bloods will vote blue in the same way that red bloods vote red. We are much more likely to see the people of this country get fed up and take matters into their own hands. Tensions are too hot, and if the fed doesn't want to deal with this, you will have more states join AZ in the independant fight. Then we are only a few steps away from another civil war. Good luck America, good luck.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  146. odli

    I think it wiil be hard for the democrat party if they don't do anything about illegal immigrants.
    Because they pay taxes as everyone does by buying food clothes,& they pay their rent as everybody.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  147. robin

    Others here have said it but I'll say it again...we need to secure the borders first and then worry about the reform. Unfortunately, the President and his fellow democrats don't feel the same way. I also take offense to the Canadian saying Americans don't care about our Country and haven't for a long time. I care about it as do many, many others.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  148. jim in Alabama

    Will hurt them since voters have a short memory that Republicans did not do anything either. Difference is that not only is the Federal Government not doing its job defending our borders but they are stopping a state from taking up the job!

    Something has to be done and in my opinion the only choice we have is to follow current law until congress gets something different and that is to find, detain and deport all illegals. Move all these troupes from Iraq and Afghanistan to our borders and check everyone and everything that comes into this country.

    To the Hispanic community, you left your country to come here because there is law and order here that brings opportunity. Law must apply to everyone or we have no laws so if you want the US to be the promise that brought you here from your own country, then support our laws all of them.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  149. honest john in vermont

    With our southern border undefended from the invasion from illegals the Democrats will definitely suffer the loss of many votes. I know they will lose mine.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  150. Julie

    What does "seal the border" mean, exactly? No one without proper papers and authority gets through? Does ANYONE understand how much that would cost?

    So shall we settle for "Well, a few might get through"? How many is a few- how many is acceptable? And if you can answer that one, well, we already know what you are, we're just dickering over price.

    Holding immigration reform hostage to a "sealed border" is political obstructionism that effects far more than politicians- it effects our country, each and every citizen, and each and every illegal alien. It is a stupid, childish move, something used by bullies, and reflects an inability to deal with reality.

    Immigration reform is complex- far more complex than Fences and border guards- and it will be very, very, costly, which is something politicians don't advertise because their constituents don't want to hear that what they demand be done will end up costing them more money.

    Champagne tastes on a cheap-beer budget- that's the U.S. on border control and immigration reform.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  151. TS

    Please come on Democrats. A majority of Americans – DEM./REP's want illegal immigration stopped, sent back,...you are going to big time damage any chance of retaining control of Congress.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  152. Jane - WI

    I think passing comprehensive immigration reform would hurt Democrats. I don't know what this administration is thinking. The polls show overwhelmingly that Americans want the government to crack down on illegal immigrants. I would think legal Hispanics would want that too. They did things the right way to get here. Why would they be protesting to allow illegals to jump in front of the line to get here? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
    Democrats seem tone deaf when it comes to this issue.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  153. John, Minnesotax

    Not at all, you all know, it's Bush's fault.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  154. desertfox54

    The Dems will always struggle with the immigration law. It is a fine line between deporting the illegal immigrants and getting the Latino's votes. Obama says he will make a reform, but we all know nothing is going to come out of it of his promise.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  155. JOSEF Alois

    illigals go home!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  156. odli

    I don't see any interested of the democrat party about immigration reforms.
    Sometimes they need to stop blaming the republican party, because if Obama can pass the health care bill He can also fight for the immigration reforms.

    I don't he really care!

    June 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  157. John

    Just work on the Fair Tax act and then who would care about immigration? US citizens would no longer have federal income tax and illegal immigrants would now be paying taxes on all purchases. That would solve the financial problem and there'd be less concern from US citizens about losing money and tax dollars on covering illegal immigrants.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  158. texaslady2

    I think the lack of "immigration reform" is a good thing, since the Democrats (and many Republicans) use that phrase as a code word for amnesty for illegal aliens. The only reform we need is to enforce the laws we have. Now Ms. Napolitano has admitted that ICE is only arresting illegal aliens who are "criminals", even though being here illegally is a crime, and staying here requires committing other crimes, such as identity theft and fraud! We need to punish the employers and deport the illegals, then worry about "reform".

    June 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  159. lynnej in nc

    I don't think it really matters much because the main issue is JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

    If anything, I hope folk are smarter than in years past during mid-term elections.

    This is an election hot point. After the election, nothing will be done just like before.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  160. Joe

    Someone better do something. This is precisely the way people like Hitler come into power. This time instead of the Jews and Poland it will be Illegals and mexico. I just hope enough people remember history and pay attention to more than american idol and the Kardashians. Remember the Nazis were elected in to deal with a bad economy and the Jewish problem. These were people just like your neighbors that elected the most evil man in history and it was due to fear economic crisis and desperation. I just hope we don't go down the road of Germany.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  161. ZionMari

    BTW according to the Justice Department of Statistics, violent crime is DOWN in Arizona and throughout the U.S.!

    During Bush's 8 years in Office, over 250,000 undocumented immigrants entered the U.S.

    The Republicans CAN NOT win any election with ONLY the white vote.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  162. Spuds McKenzie

    Why should it? They have done just as good than the Republicans and it doesn't seem to be an issue with them. Go figure.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  163. TS-- St. Louis

    June 22nd, 2010 5:48 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Please come on Democrats. A majority of Americans – DEM./REP's want illegal immigration stopped, sent back,...you are going to big time damage any chance of retaining

    June 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  164. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    Neither party wins where is comes to immigration reform. Neither party has done anything more than talk about it, with rare exception. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer could run for President and I'd vote for her, as I would any other person who stands up for citizens rights and against illegal immigration. Both republicans and democrats have come out loudly against her stand, and I'd vote them out of office in a heartbeat if I had the option.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  165. mangoz

    I have changed my voters status because of the Democrats holding not just Arizona hostage over immigration but holding others hostage with their medical reform. This has obviously become the ONLY way they can win at anything now.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  166. wert

    "Immigration reform" ???? I thought we were talking about giving U.S. citizenship to any Mexican that wants to stroll across our border. If I take over your house will you support "real estate reform" so I can keep it?

    June 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  167. John in Avondale AZ

    Jack,
    KTAR radio in Phoenix had on their web site that the border patrol picked up 240,000 illegals in Arizona last year...how many more does it take to understand there is an invasion of unprecidented size taking place...what would the other 49 states do if they picked up 240,000 illegals a year...the Democrats should be the leader and end this invasion...

    June 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  168. paul

    hate to tell you this but nobody cares about this the war or much of anything else. There is nothing being ask of anyone not even to pay anything going on in this country. We just continue to barrow more money.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  169. AJ Jackson

    Lets not forget the important side of the coin on this issue, the very thing that is the lifeblood to the issue, the primary reason illegal aliens live and thrive in this country, I'm referring to the hundreds of legal small business owners who employ these illegal aliens because they want cheaper labor. This influx of cheap labor is not just happening here in our country, it is the incentive for the industrialization of China, India, and many other new world countries. L

    June 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  170. one

    The immigration issue will "hurt" or at least affect whatever political party is IN power at the time the "change" or policy is implimented. The obvious reason it because whoever IS in power is the party to make that change and will be forever labeled as the bad guys (of course only to latinos) That is why nothing gets done – neither party wants to wear that label and be the one responsible, because they will lose the latino vote. How in Gods name did we ever get in this kind of position, where politics clearly is more important than the law? Why are we so afraid of a huge number of people that snuck in here and popped out so many babies that will vote and soon be the majority race of people that will make up the population of our country? The question is your answer. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on who you are, the decisions facing us are decided by voting. What right do a bunch of illegals and illegal babies have to decide the issues facing us? They don't. But if these people are allowed to stay, America will change forever – it will BE Mexico in 20 years. Wake up America, you had a good thing going.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  171. Bill - Atlanta

    Jack, why does everyone keep calling this "immigation"? Immigration is defined as going to another country to establish permanent residency. These people are not coming for permanent residency, they are coming for work. They are illegally in our country and they need to go home and work through the proper channels. Live in Mexico is surely grim – and I sympathize – but that does not make what they are doing right. I don't understand how this has become an "immigation" issue.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  172. touristguy87

    Classic do-nothingness and ineffectiveness.

    They will spend money, make speeches and shuffle men around but nothing effective will happen, the border won't get sealed, the illegals who are already here won't get deported and eventually this will be a moot point. Look forward to an open border with Mexico within the next 20 years, unless of course there's money to be made in shaking-down cross-border traffic.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |