Sunday morning show round-up

Politicos tackle Syria and immigration

By Prachi Gupta

Published May 5, 2013 6:35PM (EDT)

In the wake of another Israeli airstrike against Syria, politicos took to discussing the U.S.'s relationship with Syria and the nature of the involvement.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said that the U.S. may end up offering lethal weapons to Syrian rebels. He said: "The idea of getting weapons in, if we know the right people to get them, my guess is we'll give them to them." However, Leahy acknowledged the issue with that course of action, saying: "Our problem in who to supply is that some of these groups are strong Islamists, al-Qaida and others. And we've seen, like in Libya and Egypt and elsewhere, the Islamists tend to get the upper hand if they get in there."

On CBS's "Face the Nation," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said that the situation in Syria is "deteriorating by the day." "We're going to have to play for the best worst option at this point. That's the bad news, we've waited so long," Rogers said.

Another major topic on Sunday's political talk shows: "Gang of Eight's" immigration reform.

On "This Week," former South Carolina Republican senator and current Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint argued that based on his group's analysis, the current proposal would “cost Americans trillions of dollars":

“There’s no reason we can’t begin to fix our immigration system so that we won’t make this problem worse. But the bill that’s being presented is unfair to those who came here legally. It will cost Americans trillions of dollars. It’ll make our unlawful immigration system worse.”

However, Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wants to amend the immigration bill to allow same-sex couples into the country, and thinks the bill can pass. He said on "Meet the Press": "You know, we've had about 10 different things that people will say will kill it ... the fact is there are a lot of people who want to kill an immigration bill no matter what. We will have votes on this." When pressed for a response on whether it can get passed, Leahy affirmed: "I think we can get it passed."

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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