|April 10, 2006|
Senate Votes Against Border Security!
Before leaving Washington for a two week recess, the Senate failed to pass any immigration reform legislation, including a bill to secure our border.
Last week, the Senate debated the Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill, which passed the Judiciary committee on March 27 by a vote of 12-6, with four Republicans Senators Brownback, DeWine, Graham, and Specter supporting it. The Kennedy-McCain bill would grant amnesty to the estimated 12-20 million illegal aliens currently in the United States and create an additional guest-worker program to import more foreign workers to take American jobs.
As a few Republicans tried to amend the bill on the floor, Senate Democrats refused to allow any amendments, including one offered by Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) that would have made illegal alien felons ineligible for U.S. citizenship. Apparently, Democrats believe even illegal aliens who have committed violent crimes should be given amnesty.
Late in the week, Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Mel Martinez (R-FL) offered a "compromise" which would have granted amnesty for illegal aliens who had been in the U.S. for over five years and allowed those here for two to five years a chance to apply for amnesty at a border point of entry. This legislation would invite massive fraud in the same way the 1986 Amnesty did. Illegal aliens could simply manufacture documents proving they were here for over five years in order to qualify for the amnesty.
Senate Democrats continued to block amendments, even to the compromise bill, causing the Senate to defeat all procedural motions to consider each of the three immigration bills on the floor the Kennedy-McCain bill, the Hagel-Martinez compromise, and the Frist border security bill. The Senate adjourned Friday without passing any immigration legislation.
Because of Eagle Forum members, some Senate Republicans were encouraged to stand up for border security first! Those Senators knew they had your support and it made all the difference! Keep up the calls and emails!
Our work is not finished! Senators have returned to their state offices for two weeks. Please call or visit your Senators' local office and let them know you expect them to reject all guest-worker/amnesty plans!
Capitol Switchboard: (202)-224-3121
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Further Reading: Amnesty