Immigration bill quashed
By Stephen Dinan
June 29, 2007
The Washington Times
The on-again-off-again immigration bill took a fatal blow yesterday as a majority of senators voted to block it, responding to millions of e-mails, phone calls and faxes from voters furious over a measure they saw as amnesty.
The vote to block the bill was 53-46 — a crushing defeat given that supporters fell 14 votes shy of the 60 needed to limit debate and set an up-or-down vote. It also represents a major loss of support from just two days earlier, when 64 senators had voted to resurrect the bill from its first defeat three weeks ago.
“The message is crystal clear that the American people want us to start with enforcement, both at the border and at the workplace, and don’t want promises,” said Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican. “They want action, they want results, they want proof because they’ve heard all the promises before.”
It was a devastating defeat for President Bush, who invested a tremendous amount of political capital into immigration reform.
Despite teaming with Democrats, attacking some of his own staunchest supporters, deploying two Cabinet secretaries and much of his top policy hierarchy nearly full time to the Capitol and making calls himself, Mr. Bush was unable to secure victory and is now left without a major domestic accomplishment for his second term.
“A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn’t find a common ground. It didn’t work,” Mr. Bush said.
….The bill was always hanging in precarious balance, written in backroom negotiations by a small group of Democrats and Republicans with the help of the Bush administration. It involved a trade — the Republicans agreed to a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the country, and the Democrats agreed to a temporary-worker program for future workers and to rewrite the immigration system to favor those with needed skills or education.
Well, let’s see…the majority of the American people are fed up with fact that the existing laws, Title 8 of the U.S. Code in particular, aren’t being enforced. We are sick of the rapists, pedophiles, thieves, murderers, and MS-13s, not to mention the terrorist cells traipsing across the southern U.S. border at will. We are tired of Mexican officials dumping their human garbage into our country, and the lawmakers wonder why in the hell this proposed bill was so vehemently opposed. We should not have to foot the bill over the fraud, stolen entitlements, job loss, and syphoning off the health care system perpetrated by illegal aliens and their cohorts.
Mr President, Congress and Senate: What is needed is a WALL with manned towers, sub-machine guns, trenches, land mines, and thousands of border agents. We are experiencing an invasion, not immigration. Enough. Give them a “path” right back to their south-of-the-border country of origin.