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Illegal Immigration Watch: Senate to Return to Immigration Bill


Senator Edward Kennedy discusses immigration reform legislation during a news conference in Washington Thursday, June 21, 2007. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is at right.

Senate returning to immigration bill

Senators pushing a new immigration policy appealed Sunday to wavering supporters ahead of renewed debate on securing the borders and dealing with 12 million undocumented immigrants.

A fragile compromise was pulled from the Senate in early June, then resurrected after bipartisan negotiations with the White House. The bill awaits a crucial test vote this week. With several senators distancing themselves from the proposal, the outcome was too close to call.
“We’ll see if between the two parties we have 60 votes” needed to keep the bill moving toward a final vote, said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week said his support for the bill hinges on the outcome of a series of amendments agreed to as part of the compromise to revive the legislation.

Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who has faced critical ads back home over his support for the bill, said Sunday, “I’m not committed to voting for the final product. The wheels may come off. But I am committed to trying.”

The Senate GOP will be making a fantastically poor move if they give the Democrats votes in order to invoke cloture for this bill:

1. The bill is NOT supported by a majority of the American people.

2. The bill is overwhelmingly NOT supported by the GOP voter base.

3. It strips the GOP Presidential candidates away from an issue that has voter support.

Overall this bill is a BIG LOSER for the GOP.

Note, even Trent Lott is backing away from immediately supporting the bill without seeing the final revisions/amendments. He must be feeling the heat from his constituents.



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6 thoughts on “Illegal Immigration Watch: Senate to Return to Immigration Bill

  1. I am suspicious of anything that GWB wants. This fool has made a mess of the economy,{a DEFICICIT], the war, health care, the environment, global warming, etc with the lying and corruption of his administration. Why are the dems supporting this bill? Votes? My senators will not get my support if they vote for this abomination. What is wrong with the original law? What is wrong with legally entering our country and proceding through channels?

  2. Lott’s constituents are talking about his re-election bid…that’s the only reason he’s backing off.

    ( Texas is even screaming, “Remember The Amnesty!” )

  3. The expression “They do the jobs that Americans won’t” leaves out the second part that states “for half the pay ” .People who say “you can’t deport 12 million people” need to go to google and check out “operation Wetback”.With fewer than 700 INS agents , approximately 80,000 illegals were deported and an estimated 800,000 illegals left voluntarily to keep from being deported . The House passed an Excellent bill in 2006 , why not reinstate that?

  4. Love that “REMEMBER THE AMNESTY” and will use it. It seems no one cares about the full speed ahead attitude the senate has to pass a bill with inherent problems. Snake Oil salesmen is what it reminds me of.

  5. Illegal = against the law. Illegals, whether Mexican or Cuban, deserve no benefits from the USA. When our country is entered illegally, our laws are broken. Amnesty for these criminlas? Deportation!

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