Immigration Bill Down In Flames

June 28, 2007 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Immigration | Leave a comment

The revised Compromise Comprehensive Immigration bill is dead.  The Senate defeated a Cloture motion which would have ended debate and brought the bill up for a vote.  The total was 46 (34 Democrats and 12 Republicans) voting for cloture, and 53 (16 Democrats and 37 Republicans) voting against cloture.  One Democrat did not vote.

 

In a reversal of their usual voting practices, most Democratic Senators supported the President, while most Republican Senators voted against the initiative in spite of personal campaigning by the President.  Immigration reform was a cornerstone of his domestic agenda.

 

Senator David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, said: “The message is crystal-clear. The American people want us to start with enforcement at the border and at the workplace and don’t want promises. They want action, they want results, they want proof, because they’ve heard all the promises before.”

 

We agree with Senator Vitter, to some extent.  The American People, we believe, want to start with enforcement at the border.  Enforcement at the workplace is a close second, but needs fast, accurate identification and tracking systems to work.

 

We also agree with Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, who said, “The American people won today. They care enough for their country to get mad and to fight for it. Americans made phone calls and sent letters, and convinced the Senate to stop this bill.”  If you were among those who sent letters and made phone calls, give yourself a hand.  You have helped to show that the people can move the government.

 

Among those unmoved, however, was Senator Edward Kennedy, of Massachusetts.  Referring to opponents of the bill, Mr. Kennedy said: “We know what they don’t like. What are they for?”  If he had listened to the American people; if he had read this blog, he would know what we want.

 

Well …having defeated this massive asininity, the Senate and the House ought to roll up their sleeves and get to work one a staged approach to solving this highly complex problem.

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