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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2007
CONTACT: Jessica Echard (202) 544-0353
No Means No, Mr. President!
Grassroots Opposition to Senate Amnesty Remains Strong
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, urges Senators to continue to represent the grassroots opposition to the Kyl-Kennedy amnesty bill. Today, President Bush meets behind closed doors with Republican Senators trying to convince them to change their vote on the Senate immigration bill, which failed Thursday night on a cloture vote of 45-50 (15 votes shy of the 60 needed to pass).
"The President cannot twist the arm of the American people. Grassroots opposition to the Senate bill is very strong. The roar Senators heard over the last few weeks will not die down if the Senate resurrects the amnesty bill," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Jessica Echard. "Senators represent the people, not the President. The people do not like closed door, deal-making meetings, as has been so frequent with this bill."
"The administration and some Senators are putting forth a false choice," Echard continued. "They say you either swallow our amnesty, with maybe some chance of enforcement, or you get the status quo-no enforcement of our laws. That is unacceptable."
"President Bush needs to stop holding the enforcement of our immigration laws hostage," said Echard. "Today, without any new laws, he has the power to fine employers, deploy more border agents, and build the border fence. He simply chooses not to do it, until he gets his amnesty."
President Bush will need to sway at least a dozen Senators to change their position, as only seven Republicans voted for proceeding to a vote on final passage of the bill. In a bi-partisan defeat of the cloture motion, 11 Democrats joined 38 Republicans and one Independent opposing a final vote on the bill.