Democrats Plan to Force Vote on Immigration Law if Upheld

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 10:40 AM

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Should the Supreme Court uphold Arizona’s far-reaching immigration law, Senate Democrats may bring to the floor a measure to overturn it in a move designed to appeal to Latino voters.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is set to announce the legislation a day before the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case challenging Arizona’s 2010 law, The Washington Post reported.

The Post noted that Schumer’s measure would have little chance of approval in the Senate and even less in the Republican-controlled House. However, it would force members of Congress to go on record on the Arizona law that is unpopular with Latino voters.

“If the court upholds the Arizona law, Congress can make it clear that what Arizona is doing goes beyond what the federal government and what Congress ever intended,” Schumer told the Post, adding that the state laws is an “assault on the domain of the federal government.”

Schumer, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on immigration, is holding a hearing on the law and the author of the measure will testify as will opponents. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer declined to attend, according to the Post.



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