Trent Lott warns Reid about immigration pitfalls 

While reporters milled about the halls waiting for Senate Republicans to emerge from a closed-door meeting on a financial regulatory reform bill, they got a lesson on immigration reform from former Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., who popped out of an elevator near the meeting room.

His advice to current Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on immigration reform? Don't even try it.

Lott said his unsuccessful attempt to help pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2007 (when he was serving as Minority Whip), drove him to leave office.

"I think it's going to blow up on him," Lott warned. "This is not a winning issue politically."

Lott said he received death threats and verbal assaults from people in Mississippi over the immigration issue.

"That bill is one of the reasons I decided to leave when I did," said Lott, who is now a lobbyist. "This is a very dangerous issue."

Reid said he wants to take up immigration reform this year, but he has not specified when. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. is floating a broad outline for a bill that also includes strengthening boarder security, which Democrats hope to use to pressure Republicans to support it.



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