Both House and Senate Democrats are not hiding their strategy.  The Democrats are very clear in their message:  No matter whats in the House Immigration Bill, the Democrats just need to get it to conference.  That means that the House Version and Senate Version of the Immigration Bill will go to conference, and one “compromise immigration bill” will be created and then sent to the House and Senate to vote on the new Immigration Bill.

Even if the House Immigration Bill is unpalatable to the Senate Democrats, the Senate Democrats believe they can change it in Conference, and send it back to the House and get enough Republicans and most all House Democrats to pass the New Immigration Reform. 

In an article by Hill, House Democrat Gutiérrez said many of the Republicans supportive of immigration reform don’t want to be identified, but he insisted they would support comprehensive immigration reform. If they ask me today, go find those 40 to 50 Republicans, I’ll tell them I found them. I know where they’re at,”

Moreover, Democratic Senator Schumer has also supported the House Strategy as long as it gets to conference. In an article by Mathew Boyle he states “Schumer is the latest amnesty proponent to admit publicly the end game strategy is to get to a conference with the Senate bill by having the House pass a group of bills.”

However, getting it to Conference is not the last hurdle:  Rep. House leader Boehner has to decide to bring the Vote to Floor, he has not made clear if he will require that the majority of the majority agree to the Bill called the “Hastert Rule.”  So that means that majority of the House Republicans need to approve the new Immigration Bill before it goes to the House for a Vote, and that will be the last and toughest step for Immigration Reform.

Andrew P. Johnson, Esq, a New York City Immigration Lawyer has been litigating immigration cases for over 15 years, he has been interviewed by New York Time, CBS, and published for the American Bar Association and for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  The Offices of Andrew P. Johnson are located in Financial District and can be contacted by phone at 212 693 -3355 or by email at