Sen. Leahy Argues for Quick Immigration Deal


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Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) has reaffirmed his promise to rush an immigration reform legislative package through the U.S. Senate when Congress returns from recess, amid waning progress on a grand bargain deal and severe concerns cropping up at the border.

Leahy sent a response letter Tuesday to Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the bipartisan so-called “Gang of Eight” pushing immigration reform. Rubio had asked Leahy for an open and transparent immigration reform process.

Rubio joined every Senate Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee except two, demanding Leahy hold more hearings and public markups so the American people can get behind any immigration reform bill and so people know what is in it before it is passed. GOP Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who are “Gang” members in addition to being on the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not join their colleagues’ call for transparency.



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