Scott Brown open to immigration reform

November 14, 2010 § 2 Comments

Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown said Friday he wants to work with Democrats on possible federal immigration reform, as long as it’s not “fluff.” Brown, who replaced the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, a champion of immigrants’ rights, told The AP he plans to meet with Senate leaders of both parties about options for reforms. But he said any effort should be focused on improving the economy. “We’re going to get fully briefed as to what (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid) has planned,” said Brown before the opening of a new wing focusing on art of the Americas at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. “(The Democrats) are still the majority in the Senate, so I’m eager to see whether they are going to do stuff for fluff, or (if) they are going to focus on the things that can get us moving again, getting our economy moving.” Asked if that meant focusing solely on strong enforcement of immigration laws, Brown said, “it’s up to the leader on what he’s going to bring forth.”
Brown said senators are scheduled to meet on Monday. He made those comments almost two weeks after Reid, D-Nev., survived a tight re-election challenge largely by the backing of Latino voters. Reid had championed comprehensive immigration reform measures and has promised to support such legislation. During Brown’s campaign for Senate, he said he would push for restrictions on illegal immigration. He also recently called a proposal to give some illegal immigrant students a pathway to citizenship through college or military service “amnesty.”

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