Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) speaks to reporters in the offices of the Washington Times yesterday.
Washington Times: Specter puts borders first
The security of the border should be the No. 1 priority for an immigration bill, Sen. Arlen Specter said yesterday, and he’s open to a compromise that sets goals for border and interior enforcement ahead of a guest-worker program and path to citizenship for illegal aliens.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said that in order for Congress to produce an immigration bill this year, President Bush must lobby personally on specific details in the bill — something he has not done.
“The president’s got to be there. He’s got to get involved, in my opinion, in the negotiations. Now, he has not yet been willing to do that,” the Pennsylvania Republican told editors and reporters at The Washington Times.
He said Mr. Bush has participated only at the level of “generalization” and is going to have to do far more to convince lawmakers “that the border’s going to be secure, that employer verification’s going to happen. That’s the crunch time.”
Mr. Specter would be chairman of the conference when the House and Senate meet to hammer out the differences between their bills.
Well, Specter should have thought of border security first before voting for the disastrous amnesty laden Senate bill that is now languishing within the House-Senate conference committee. Flap thinks he may be talking political expedience after seeing polls that demonstrate the Senate bill far out of what “Main Street” Americans desire for immigration policy and border security.
Flap invites Senator Specter to Los Angeles to see the Mexicanization of California’s largest urban area. Parts of Los Angeles resemble Mexico/Central America in appearance, character and substance.
And there isn’t an illegal immigration problem?
Senator, what are you thinking?
And we need a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal aliens?
Flap thinks NOT.
Mr. Specter said that although the Senate would insist on a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for many illegal aliens in the final compromise bill, he is open to legislation that would make those proposals contingent on having a secure border and improved interior enforcement.
“It may be down the line that we will come to some terms on a timetable, with border security first and employment verification first,” he said.
Such an amendment was offered during the Senate floor debate, but failed by a vote of 55-40, with Mr. Specter joining most Democrats and some Republicans in defeating it. Yesterday, Mr. Specter said he understands the sentiment of those who want enforcement first.
“That’s got to be in place firmly. But I don’t think the Senate will pass a bill that’s limited to that,” he said, adding that those decisions about a timetable will “come in very hardfisted negotiations at the end of the rainbow.”
Who is Specter kidding? He doesn’t care about increasing border security. He wants to pander to Hispanic voters and legalize illegal aliens via an amnesty and establish a guest worker program for his big donor corporate PAC friends .
Specter is as pathetic as he always is.
Why the Senate Majority ever allowed him to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee is beyond Flap?
Flap continues to handicap NO immigration bill this year but some appropriations for increased border security.
Congressional GOP candidates will do well running against President Bush and Arlen Specter on illegal immigration.
Captain Ed has Specter: Borders First
Specter’s conversion gives hope that the Senate may finally have gotten
the message from the American electorate about the primacy of border
security. If we have Specter on board, then it looks much easier to get
past a filibuster, and it may also prove beneficial in drafting some of
the other moderates to the staged approach. In the end, though, we will
need to see the thresholds they have in mind before we can really hope
to see actual progress on border security.
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