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Video: After Senate Immigration Bill Passes, Rubio Hugs Reid, McCain Hugs Schumer

Posted: July 4, 2013 at 7:00 am   /   by

In the minutes after the “historic” passage of the Gang-of-Eight immigration bill S.744 on June 27, there were hugs and handshakes for all who voted “yes” for bill passage.

See the 90-second video clip below, edited from the C-Span coverage, which has some interesting body language in it.

Look for Harry Reid, holding court like a godfather at a wedding reception.  See John McCain giving Reid a warm, 2-handed handshake.  Watch McCain, Schumer, and Corker in a joyous group hug.  And observe as Marco Rubio seeks out and embraces Harry Reid.  My, what a friendly, self-congratulatory group! What are they saying to each other?  Maybe: Whoopee! Yahoo! We did it! Another giant bill nobody read!


Senate Bill S.744 is based on legalization now and immigration enforcement later — if ever.  McCain claims that unlike the 1986 bill, this bill has “iron-clad” triggers.  But a casual search of the bill in pdf form using just the “find” command for words like waiver, exception, or discretion, turns up loopholes, escape clauses, exceptions, and lots of “discretion” for Janet Napolitano. Will this bill just be a “deja vu all over again” version of the 1986 bill?

See, for example, pages 857-858 of the bill, where litigation can block border fence construction indefinitely, but permanent status applications (not just legalization) cannot be held back even if Napolitano wanted to.  So when McCain or Rubio tell us “no one can even apply for permanent status until the border is secure”, it’s just not true.  Do they not know that?  Are they lying to us?  Why won’t they explain that passage, and others, to us?  Why won’t the media ask about specific bill language like that?

And is it just me, or do any of you also find these Senate floor scenes disturbing?  Why are these senators, ostensibly political opponents, celebrating so joyously together over such a flawed bill?  Is it because they managed to put one over on the American people, yet again?  Are the Republican vs Democrat exchanges we see on television just so many mock exhibitions, made for TV, like fixed wrestling matches?

Is it any wonder so many conservative Republicans stayed home in 2012?  This struggle isn’t about Republican versus Democrat anymore.  It’s about Constitutionally limited government versus unbounded Big Government.  Is it any wonder so many conservatives are considering re-registering as Independents or going third party?


David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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Video: After Senate Immigration Bill Passes, Rubio Hugs Reid, McCain Hugs Schumer