The U.S. Senate's passage of an immigration reform bill Thursday sends the debate to the U.S. House of Representatives, where the legislation's future is far less certain and where lawmakers representing the Quad-Cities will play a less consequential role.

Still, local backers of immigration reform are keeping up the pressure. They will take part in a rally this weekend to generate support for the legislation.

The Senate passed the bill Thursday by a wide margin, 68 to 32.

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, all voted for the bill. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a key Republican opponent, voted against it.

Before the vote, Durbin, one of the bipartisan Gang of Eight that drafted the original legislation, dedicated his vote to his late mother, the child of Lithuanian immigrants. In a statement, Durbin's office said the bill "finishes the job" of securing the border and sets up a "rational approach" to future immigration.

Grassley, while criticizing the bill as offering legalization without border security first, expressed hope that a "better product" will come out of a conference committee with the House.

Grassley has said he thinks a House bill will be more to his liking than the Senate legislation. He said the Senate bill fell short on several fronts, including protecting American workers revamping the system of granting visas to foreign workers.

It's not clear how the more conservative House will deal with the matter.

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, is a prominent critic of the Senate legislation. He called it "amnesty."

Meanwhile, the two lawmakers representing the Quad-Cities have said relatively little about the issue, even as the Senate has debated the bill for weeks.

In a statement Thursday, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., said she thinks immigration reform is needed and it should be "tough, fair and realistic." She said she is "encouraged that the Senate came together and passed a bipartisan bill toward that goal."

Bustos said she would discuss the bill's details with people in her district, including law enforcement.

In his own statement, Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, noted the bipartisan vote Thursday and said House Speaker John Boehner should now put the Senate legislation up for a vote in the House.

"I have said all along any legislation must secure our borders, and the Senate legislation takes significant steps to do so," he said. He added it also takes steps to "honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants."

The Senate's passage comes a few days before Quad-City immigration activists plan a rally.

The "Dream for All" event will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island. It is being organized by Quad-Cities Interfaith, which is being joined in the effort by several other groups.

Quad-Cities Interfaith said it is "critical that our faith communities gather to show support for legislation that will provide a clear and achievable path to citizenship and stop the separation of families."

Margie Mejia-Caraballo, who chairs the organization's immigration committee, said she is confident of the bill's prospects in the House because of how far the legislation has come.

She said the time for passage is now.

"We've waited long enough," she said.

Quad-Cities Interfaith has been working on the issue for 15 years, she said.

The featured speaker at the rally will be Pedro Lopez, a Postville, Iowa, resident whose mother was deported after the 2008 federal raid there.

The Quad-City Federation of Labor, Casa Guanajuato, World Relief, Quad-City Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees and LULAC also are participating in the event.

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atlasshrugged
atlasshrugged

Why is 100 Million dollars to the Las Vegas tourism board included in this bill?
Is it because drawing more people to Vegas will stop the flow of illegals to Nevada?
Did not know that was a problem. Oh wait....Sen. Harry Reid is the Senate leader and he is from Nevada. I wish someone from the media would actually connect the dots. Or maybe they have and they just don't care because they are puppets for this administration.
1200 pages? Are you serious? Is this another "we have to pass it to see what is in it" moment?

DaveFrancis
DaveFrancis

SENATE BILL WAS AUTHORED FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS AND CERTAINLY NOT FOR THE 10 MILLION PLUS UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS?

1986 Amnesty Deja Vu

Sen. Ted Cruz said after the senate legislation the following about Senate majority decision: "Sadly, this bill won't fix the problem with our immigration system and will only encourage more illegal immigration and human suffering and added,


“I strongly support commonsense immigration reform that secures the border before legalization, fixes our legal immigration system, and upholds the rule of law. This bill isn't it."

All those who signed onto this bill are warned of the consequences, because hardly anybody read the bill outright before approving it? All these Senate Republicans have risked their political future. Alexander, Tenn.; Ayotte, N.H.; Chiesa, N.J.; Collins, Maine; Corker, Tenn.; Flake, Ariz.; Graham, S.C.; Hatch, Utah; Heller, Nev.; Hoeven, N.D.; Kirk, Ill.; McCain, Ariz.; Murkowski, Alaska; Rubio, Fla. Then having that obnoxious witch Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano with her hand on the switch, with full authority is tantamount to a catastrophe in the future. I wouldn’t trust this loose cannon advocate, than I could spit or puke. She has shown her irritation to the “Rule of law” by releasing dangerous illegal aliens felons back on the streets, using the Sequester as a flimsy excuse. With this Political appointee the chances of immigration being fully enforced with her in control, is a giant mistake.

This De facto amnesty is a malfunction to enforce the nation's immigration laws on the interior of the United States. It is not a border issue. Chris Crane, president of the union who represents 7,000 immigration and customs enforcement officers stated, it cannot and will not end as a result of amplified border security. It must be determined through increased interior enforcement? But the fact is that the man who knew just about everything governing the border was ignored by the Gang of Eight.

To me is blatantly obvious that those already here remain hidden from view and not detectable, which the “OVERSTAYS”. Just like so many weak parts of law, such as unlawful entry, being no more than a civil misdemeanor and not a federal FELONY? In my view so many flaws in the laws are deliberate. So instead of building up the borders with 20.000 more U.S. immigration agents at the borders, split them up and place 10.000 for internal enforcement. Remind your representatives by phoning any of the100 Senators and 435 Representatives for State or Federal at toll-free number -- 1-888-978-3094--.You may phone the United States Capitol circuit at (202) 224-3121. A terminal operator will connect you directly with the Senate office or just about anybody in Washington you request to speak with, after being confronted by an aid.

‘Do what you will is the whole of the law’, seems to be the mantra of the Obama administration and unless you read the Senate Immigration law, you will find out all the gaping holes, special waivers, omissions that makes this reform bill passed to the House valueless for serious enforcement.

CLEARLY A GOOD PROPORTION OF AMERICANS HAVE NO CONCEPTION OF THE LAX STRUCTURE IN THIS IMMIGRATION BILL?

There are too many inconsistencies, as the act does not name the border fence as Double layer parallel running fences. Why 20.000 agents at the border, when interior enforcement would be better served, with at least 10.000 to run down incorrigible employers who will be hiring thousands of overstays and illegal aliens claiming legal status who will be stealing jobs from Americans, as businesses will not have offer the health care, as a benefit. Obamacare has major flaws and even huge cost that as yet cannot be imagined. Every American of African descent, European descent,, Hispanic descent, Latin descent, Caribbean descent, Asian descent and every hemisphere who are going to suffer under this soiled immigration act and likely to be lose their job to new legalized people, especially in the working class. The only non-sufferers are the welfare leeches, except that are really handicapped or sick. I am sure it won’t be too long, before epithets are addressed to me and the race card; they have nothing else in their vocabulary.

YOU CAN ALSO BLAST FAXES AT numbersusa and write your own message or copy the one exhibited. At americanpatrol is a daily report from newspapers across the country, illustrating the huge rise in drunk drivers, and other heinous crimes the left oriented press keeps suppressed. For legal information about corruption in Washington and in state assemblies at judicialwatch Also Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has set up an email address for people to contact if they believe they were targeted by the IRS. That address is: IRSTarget@Cruz.Senate.gov. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has launched a national petition. It is at SecureBordersNow,” Cruz said. “In just a week, we’ve have reached 150,000 people from all over the country sign that petition speaking out to say ‘Do not do legalization first. Secure the borders first, fix the problem.”?

THANK YOU SENATOR TED CRUZ.

longjohn412
longjohn412

Grassley's a MORON

Without the H-1B Visas the American Tech Industry would collapse because we simply don't turn out enough top tier Engineers and Scientists to compete and we aren't going to any time soon ....

Lots of mostly worthless MBA's but not nearly enough Engineers and Scientists .... So we have to hire foreigners to make up for the lack of homegrown talent .... This didn't just happen overnight, it's been going on for well over 20 years ...

But if you want to educate these people and then let them take those jobs and knowledge back to China or India then don't complain because we are no longer leading but following

Wheezy
Wheezy

Grassley was once known as a rather independent Senator. Now he is firmly entrenched with the Tea Party neanderthals. A sad slide.

Klaatu
Klaatu

You are really clueless. That is the sad part. We have this bill that rewards illegals, give them preferential hiring status and gives tax breaks to businesses that hire them. I really don't understand your way of thinking. Just explain to me how I owe something to someone who is stealing from me.

Wheezy
Wheezy

The only thing it will cost you is $30 billion for some fencing and extra border patrols, a nice little stimulus program for the border states.

longjohn412
longjohn412

I don't know if he was independent or just stupid ... For instance

In 1990 Grassley voted against the justifiable kicking of Saddam out of Kuwait and then a decade later he voted FOR the unjustifiable invasion and occupation of WMD-less Iraq ....

I have to question the man's (complete and utter lack of) Judgement ..... Talk about getting things bass ackwards ....

DaveFrancis
DaveFrancis

WITHOUT THE STRINGENT REVISIONS TO THE SENATE BILL, IT WILL BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE HOUSE?

The inept immigration reform bill has passed in the Senate; nevertheless it’s full of exemptions, giant loopholes, waivers, special privileges and barefaced lies for the unknown numbers of illegal aliens and special interests, with nothing of financial benefit for jobless Americans. All those who pressed for this poorly drafted volume of garbage, will be assured of getting a pink slip, especially Republicans who turned collaborator. This document as it stands will never pass the house, as one Representative said “It’s a Pipe Dream”

Incidentally Rep. Paul Ryan is dead meat, who signed on to this awful de-facto amnesty.
Republican Speaker of the house Boehner will be given his marching orders by representatives, unless he commits himself to al Sen. Sessions, Sen. .Grassley amendment major triggers that the G8 and the GOP conspirators rejected.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has launched a national petition. It is at SecureBordersNow,” Cruz said. “In just a week, we’ve had 100,000 people from all over the country sign that petition speaking out to say ‘Do not do legalization first. Secure the borders first, fix the problem.”?

Also Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has set up an email address for people to contact if they believe they were targeted by the IRS. That address is: IRSTarget@Cruz.Senate.gov. A petition seeking to abolish the Internal Revenue Service recently started by the American Center for Law and Justice and since moved to its own website abolishirsnow. The time has gone to eradicate the IRS and deliver to the American taxpayer a Fair tax code, which allows no exemptions for anybody including welfare for corporations. Learn more about the concealed facts at numbersusa and americanpatrol & the legal information about corruption in Washington and in state assemblies at judicialwatch You can Contact by phone100 Senators and 435 Representatives for State or Federal at toll-free number -- 1-888-978-3094--.You may phone the United States Capitol circuit at (202) 224-3121. A terminal operator will connect you directly with the Senate office or just about anybody in Washington you request to speak with.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has launched a national petition. It is at SecureBordersNow,” Cruz said. “In just a week, we’ve had 100,000 people from all over the country sign that petition speaking out to say ‘Do not do legalization first. Secure the borders first, fix the problem.”?

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