OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

The U.S. Senate's
Gang of Eight
The Senate will hold a cloture vote on immigration reform Tuesday afternoon, in a vote that Republicans aren't expected to seriously try to filibuster. But as debate on the bill begins in the full Senate, Republicans are expected to introduce a long list of amendments weakening it, from ones requiring border security to be tightened to implausible levels as a precondition for the path to citizenship to one that would make the path to citizenship contingent on repeated votes by Congress—as if one isn't going to be hard enough—to amendments seeking to make the citizenship process more punitive.

Throughout the immigration reform fight, alas, there will be many more opportunities for the members of the gang of eight to have their egos stroked. The big question is if they can hold together while bringing a few Republicans along, without sacrificing too much of the core of the bill and losing Democratic votes. For instance, disagreement may be brewing over Sen. John Cornyn's amendment to:

... require several border security triggers — including a 90 percent apprehension rate of illegal crossings — to be met before undocumented immigrants could transition to lawful permanent residence, or green card, status. His amendment also would require putting into place a biometric exit system and a nationwide electronic-verification system, to ensure employers are not hiring workers who are in the country illegally.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already called the measure a poison pill, but:
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a critical Republican member of the Gang, has been warm to Cornyn’s border security idea, although Rubio won’t commit one way or the other until he sees legislative language.

“I think Sen. Cornyn wants to improve the bill so he can vote for it. That’s not a poison pill,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), another Gang member, said Monday. “There are a lot of elements in what he’s talked about that we agree ought to be part of the bill.”

With Rubio already having threatened to walk away from immigration reform over border security, Cornyn's amendment looks like a real danger zone.

Ultimately, the question is if Republicans are more serious about passing a bill and maybe giving themselves a chance at Latino and Asian voters sometime in the next generation, or more serious about not drawing hard-right primary challenges. But the first step, today's cloture vote, seems likely to be passed.

President Obama will be speaking on immigration reform this morning, ahead of the vote.

9:53 AM PT: A transcript of President Obama's remarks is here.


Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 07:04 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.