Hispanic Group Blasts Sen. Harry Reid for Obstructing Immigration Reform
by Jim Kouri, CPP
In a stunning political flip-flop Minority Leader Harry Reid uses a parliamentary procedure to crush debate on a reasonable immigration bill which appeared headed for bi-partisan success, according to officials with the Hispanic Alliance for Progress.
The Hispanic group is blasting Senator Reid for his blocking debate on the amendments to the immigration bill which one day earlier, seemingly, had the support of the US Senate.
The group accuses Reid of "believing it is to his party's political advantage to have demonstrations continuing across the country, children leaving their classrooms, marching in the streets, and immigrant ill will growing."
Senator Reid's actions leave Hispanics, employers, and numerous national security issues hanging in the wind, they said.
In what appears to be a purely political attempt to sabotage debate on a reasonable and comprehensive immigration bill, Minority Leader Reid is leaving Washington, DC today for a Senate recess rather than allow the compromise bill to pass the Senate, claims chairman Manual Lujan.
"Senator Reid stunned all participants in the immigration reform movement by blocking fellow Senators from considering additional [Republican] amendments to the bill, all in an obvious attempt to sabotage any success; it appears the Senator prefers the US House to lead this debate," said Lujan
The Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute (HAPI), a national Hispanic advocacy and policy organization Chaired by Manuel Lujan, former 20 year Member of Congress (R-NM) and Cabinet Secretary calls on Senator Reid to stay in Washington, continue discussions, and solve the issue at hand, rather than stifle fellow Senator's comments, amendments, and debate.
"It is time for Senator Reid to act and fulfill his constitutional charge -- discussing, debating, and passing bills out of the Senate chamber. Reasonable immigration reform has been a political punching bag for too long, stop stifling debate as America deserves better," Lujan said.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.