Blumenthal Says He Expects Action on Immigration Bill This Spring or Summer

by Categorized: Richard Blumenthal Date:

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the author of 18 amendments to the Senate immigration overhaul bill, says he expects action on the bipartisan effort sometime this spring or summer.

\”There is a clear and urgent sense that we have a fragile and fleeting moment of opportunity,\’\’ Blumenthal told reporters during a conference call on immigration this morning. \”We must act now or lose this historic opportunity…if not now perhaps never, at least in our generation.\’\’

The Democrat from Connecticut said he thinks that sense of urgency is evident in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

One of Blumenthal\’s 18 amendments would offer a pathway to  citizenship for nearly 1 million young children brought to the U.S. illegally–the so-called \”little DREAMERs.\” Other proposals would limit the use of solitary confinement at detention centers, protect workers\’ rights and combat gun violence.

Blumenthal said he is encouraged by the conversations he\’s had with the so-called \”Gang of Eight,\’\’ a bipartisan group of senators, led by Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and John McCain of Arizona.

\”I\’m very pleased with the process as it\’s going right now,\’\’ Blumenthal said. \”I think the group of eight has adopted a very sensible…approach…and that we have as good a chance as possible about reaching a bipartisan compromise.\”

The Senate judiciary committee will hold a series of meetings over the next two weeks on the bill.

Blumenthal was joined on the conference call by two advocates of immigration reform:  Ana Maria Rivera, legal and policy analyst for Junta for Progressive Action, and Lorella Praeli, director of advocacy and policy for United We Dream.


The Courant is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.

5 thoughts on “Blumenthal Says He Expects Action on Immigration Bill This Spring or Summer

  1. Kim

    Mr. Blumenthal: why don’t you spend more time working on issues to HELP American citizens instead of illegal immigrants?

    You are screwing the citizens with your stand on the gun issue.
    Now you want to screw us further by granting a very expensive amnesty to illegal immigrants.

    Time to step up and resolve the porous border issues before wasting any more of OUR money and time trying to help those who don’t belong here and are in violation of our laws.

    Just a thought – didn’t you take an oath?

  2. sam

    Kim you dont understand Blumy and company are creating a larger voting base for themselves with these illegals. Whoops I mean undocumented aliens.
    You have to look at the bright side of this Kim. By documenting all these illegals and giving them drivers licences etc… When we finally get some politicians in office that actually represent us “citizens” and taxpayers they will have all the addresses of these illegals aliens form these programs and they can just round them all up and ship their asses out of our country.

    1. Kim

      sam: I understand completely the motivations behind the Dems and libs wanting to reward illegal immigrants with amnesty. That’s exactly why I posted what I posted. When do the citizens of this country get the consideration that our so-called ‘representatives’ are giving non-citizens?

      And I don’t see any bright side to this amnesty. Once laws are created they are rarely turned back – the expense the taxpayers will bear for illegal immigrants will continue to grow exponentially. And there won’t be any ‘shipping back’ because now they’ll be legal under the amnesty program.

  3. Bill

    The solution is to send them back to their home countries and only then they may apply for a working permit. The boarders must be sealed.

  4. Sharpshooter

    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the author of 18 amendments to the Senate immigration overhaul bill, says he expects action on the bipartisan effort sometime this spring or summer.

    18 amendments when only 1 would do…the problem with Washington is only complicated solutions are considered viable so the rest of us will be left in the dark…Obama care is a perfect example and now we have the Blumy passport….what manner of foolery be this?

Comments are closed.