Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t rush to introduce an immigration package when the GOP takes over both chambers in Congress next month, according to Roll Call
"Well I can tell you for sure that what the president did after the election makes it unlikely that it is an early item for this conference," the Kentucky Republican told Roll Call. "But no one believes the current immigration system is not broken.
"At some point, I believe it would be appropriate to do something to secure the border and maybe to address other parts of the legal immigration system as well.
"The president has taken it upon himself to deal with the question of the just about 11, so-called 11 million. That’s the most challenging part of this issue.
"So I think the takeaway for your purposes today is, it’s in my view not an early item for consideration in the Republican Senate.
"But that’s not an endorsement of the status quo either," McConnell said. "Because, I think, you know, that there is much wrong with the way things are going now on this issue and need to be corrected."
Last month President Barack Obama issued an executive order bypassing Congress that would give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants
by granting a reprieve from deportation to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
The House voted
Thursday to pass legislation that would block Obama’s immigration action, which was seen as a purely symbolic move aimed at clearing the way for this week’s $1 trillion U.S. government funding bill that, if passed, would avoid a shutdown.
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has declared that the House legislation rejecting Obama’s order would not be introduced during his tenure in charge of the chamber, which ends this month.
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