Democrat U.S. Senator Harry Reid threatens to use Sen. Judiciary Committee & obstructionist filibuster to block comprehensive immigration reform bill.
If they don't get their way to legalize and obtain citizenship for these 12M+ (some estimate as many as 20M) illegal aliens, whom they give the politically-correct cover of being called "undocumented workers," they will block all immigration and border control reform legislation. And they will use obstructionist partisan-political filibusters in the Senate Judiciary Committee to keep a stronger bill from being reported out of the Committee to the full Senate for a vote.
They also demand that the powerful Judiciary Committee---where they are able to use their powerful political party leaders and their obstructionist tools---not be circumvented to allow the proposed bills to be dealt with by the full Senate body only.
This is the same type of obstruction the Democrats used to block approval of GWB's nominees for the federal district courts and the Supreme Court. It's sort of an "if we don't get what we want, we'll take our funny-books and marbles and go home" kind of tactic.... with a stick-it-to-the-Republicans obstructionist twist. It's also an election-year political maneuver.
The U.S. Constitution may have granted the two chambers of the U.S. Congress the power to set their own rules and procedures. However, it did not--and does not, as amended---in any way, manner, shape or form authorize or grant the use by either chamber of obstructive, made-up power-grabbing procedures such as filibusters and holds that the Democrats now use to dilute the power of the Presidency (Executive Branch) and the power of each equally-powerful elected member of the U.S. Senate.
Such obstructions directly dilute and undermine the will of the American people, as expressed by them at the ballot box to elect their state's U.S. House of Representatives Members and U.S. Senators---and their President.
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More below and at breitbart.
"Reid Threatens Filibuster on Immigration"
"As the Senate prepares to tackle the most sweeping immigration reforms in years, a top Democrat vowed Wednesday to do everything in his power, including filibuster, to thwart Majority Leader Bill Frist's proposed overhaul.
Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would "use every procedural means at my disposal" to prevent Frist from bypassing the Judiciary Committee. Frist, R-Tenn., has made clear the Senate will take up his proposal next week if the 18-member committee fails to complete a broader bill.
"If Leader Frist brings a bill to the floor that does not have the approval of the Judiciary Committee, it will not get out of the Senate," Reid told reporters at the San Ysidro border crossing, a few steps from Tijuana, Mexico....
Reid said the overhaul must include heightened border enforcement, a "guest worker" program and a "path to citizenship" for the estimated 11 million people in the United States illegally. He called legislation by Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R- Ariz., a "good place to start....
Frist unveiled a bill last week that sidesteps the question of temporary work permits. It would tighten borders, punish employers who hire illegal immigrants and provide more visas...."