How Syria Is Pushing Aside Immigration Reform

Immigration reform seemed possible, but it's being pushed to the side as Congress focuses on Syria.
2:03 | 09/06/13

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Having made my decision president Obama's decision to call -- congress and asked for military action in Syria came as a surprise to many this past weekend and with little time left before the end of the legislative year. It highlight of a larger problem. What can Washington realistically get done in 2013. Let's take a look at how we got he. Worked to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts. With Smart savings I asked congress to change the higher education act no one who works full time should have to live in poverty. At this year's State of the Union Address President Obama called on congress to act on -- -- years ago like raising the minimum wage. Banning assault weapons. And updating the voting rights act since January the house has passed just 22 bills. Making the 113 congress the least productive in modern history so with less than forty days left on the congressional calendar. There's one large group feeling overlooked again. -- the twelve million undocumented immigrants waiting for comprehensive reform. There seem to be a glimmer of hope when the senate passed a bill in June that would radically reshape the country's immigration system. The United States senate voted to give eleven million undocumented immigrants a chance to realize their dream of citizenship. But. Not so fast let's get back to the basics. Did you wait. And that's okay right. Because back in November of 2012. House speaker John Boehner sounded pretty optimistic this -- been around for too long I think comprehensive approach. As long overdue but over the past nine months -- -- had time to rethink his position and it seems to me to complete 180. But we are not going to do the senate bill the senate bill my view is flawed. Brings us back to today I will take this case to congress with Syria on the presidents plate and a looming October debt ceiling deadline. Where does that leave those twelve million undocumented immigrants once again it sends the back of the line.

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