|March 20, 2006|
|UPDATE: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter incorrectly announced that Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) had reached a guest-worker/amnesty agreement with Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Sen. Cornyn did not reach an agreement and instead voted against the Judiciary Committee bill in committee and in a procedural vote on the floor of the Senate.|
Committee Republicans Supporting Kennedy Amnesty
Tell Your Senator to STOP the Kennedy Amnesty!
Behind closed doors late last week, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee negotiated a plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and import even more foreign workers to take American jobs! Over the past three weeks, the committee has been marking up Senator Specter's bill, the Chairman's Mark, which includes a massive guest worker program among weak border security measures.
Facing pressure from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to pass an immigration bill out of committee before his March 27 deadline and a committee deadlocked on controversial guest worker provisions, Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) began negotiating a behind closed doors compromise with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA).
Under the compromise, Senator Specter announced that Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Kennedy had agreed to allow workers to stay for two years, go home for one year, and then return for six years, capping the number annually at 400,000, and allowing a path to permanent legal residence for the 12 million illegal aliens currently here.
Even more baffling is that the details of this massive plan will not be worked out in front of the American public in the committee process, but in closed negotiating sessions between Senate staff. Senators will then return for one day of review and then vote the bill out on Monday, March 27.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee should not put Sen. Kennedy in charge of immigration reform! The following Republican Judiciary Committee Senators are rumored to be supporting the Kennedy Amnesty: Brownback, Hatch, Cornyn, Kyl, DeWine, Graham.
Your Senators will be home this week for a district work period. Please do the following:
Call Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY!
Republicans: Specter (PA), Hatch (UT), Grassley (IA), Kyl (AZ), DeWine (OH), Sessions (AL), Graham (SC), Cornyn (TX), Brownback (KS), Coburn (OK)
Democrats: Leahy (VT), Kennedy (MA), Biden (DE), Kohl (WI), Feinstein (CA), Feingold (WI), Schumer (NY), Durbin (IL)
Capitol Switchboard: (202)-224-3121
Ask your Senator's office to connect you to a district office in your area!
Further Reading: Amnesty