Republicans will oppose Obama's immigration reform because they hate the POTUS
â€śAn Obama plan led and driven by Obama in this atmosphere with the level of hostility towards the president and the way he goads the hostility I think is very hard to imagine that bill, that his bill is going to pass the House,â€ť Gingrich said. â€śI think that negotiated with a Senate immigration bill that has to have bipartisan support could actually get to the presidentâ€™s desk.â€ť
The Senate-backed framework for immigration reform, which enhances security on the border and includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, shares many similarities with Obamaâ€™s own proposal, though the president has repeatedly said that if Congress fails to make progress, he will introduce his own reform legislation.
That plan, obtained by USA Today, â€śmirrors many provisions of the bipartisan 2007 billâ€ť spearheaded by Ted Kennedy and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and would allow unauthorized immigrants â€śto become legal permanent residents within eight years.â€ť â€śThe plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years,â€ť the paper reports.
Despite its bipartisan nature, the draft proposal was immediately panned by Republicans. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) â€” a member of the Senate group working towards producing comprehensive legislation â€” called it â€śdead on arrival,â€ť while Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said it demonstrated that Obama is â€ślooking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.â€ť