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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2007
CONTACT: Jessica Echard (202) 544-0353
Amnesty "Deal" Dies in the Senate, Victory for American Taxpayers!
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, praises the tireless efforts of the American people in voicing their opposition to and successfully defeating S. 1348, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, better known as the Kyl-Kennedy amnesty bill. On June 7, after two weeks of debate, the Senate defeated cloture on the "grand bargain," which was crafted behind closed doors by a handful of Senators and skipped the committee process.
"It became obvious that the longer the Senate debated the so-called comprehensive immigration bill, the more the grassroots opposition increased," said Eagle Forum president Phyllis Schlafly.
"The United States Senate finally listened to the overwhelming opposition to this amnesty bill," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Jessica Echard. "With calls running hundreds to one opposed, there was no question that we don't want new laws. We simply want our immigration laws, which already exist, enforced."
Eagle Forum organized a coalition of outside groups to oppose the bill, similar to the coalition used to successfully defeat the Harriet Miers nomination in 2005.
"This vote sends the message that the American people can still call the shots on how they are governed. The power of the White House, Big Business, cultural and religious elites was not enough to drown out the overwhelming public opposition to this bill. What a great day for grassroots America!" Echard stated.