Blogs 4 Brownback

June 8, 2007

No More Immigration!

Looks like the bill failed:

A broad immigration bill to legalize millions of people unlawfully in the United States failed a crucial test vote in the Senate Thursday, a stunning setback that could spell its defeat for the year.

The vote was 45-50 against limiting debate on the bill, 15 short of the 60 that the bill’s supporters needed to prevail. Most Republicans voted to block Democrats’ efforts to bring the bill to a final vote.

The legislation, which had been endorsed by President Bush, would tighten borders, institute a new system to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers and give as many as 12 million illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status.

Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who had made no secret of his distaste for parts of the bill, said he would withdraw it but keep working toward eventual passage

My reaction mirrors that of Senator Brownback:

As you are probably aware by now, the Senate held a critical cloture vote on the immigration bill today, which did not pass. Senator Brownback voted against this cloture motion. In a highly unusual maneuver, Senator Reid invoked a highly unusual Senatorial procedural tactic and moved for a reconsideration of the original cloture motion outside the regularly scheduled order of business. Senator Brownback was not able to be present for this vote, but since cloture votes require 60 “yea” votes regardless of the number of “nays,” his absence counted effectively as a “nay.” Had Senator Brownback been present, he would have voted “nay” again.

“Highly unusual,” however, has accurately described the entire process by which this bill has been brought through the Senate. The drafting of the bill was conducted in secret, and completely bypassed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The amendment process has similarly been a nightmare – with the Democrats ostensibly blocking amendments in the name of “keeping the compromise together,” but then offering their own which were clearly unpalatable to the Republican allies of the bill. For instance, the Dorgan Amendment that passed last night sunset the temporary guest worker provision after five years, thus entirely eliminating the “comprehensive” aspect of the bill and virtually guaranteeing that many of the current circumstances giving rise to illegal immigration would arise again in half a decade. This amendment was the final straw for Senator Brownback and many of the Republican sponsors who had been attempting to craft a defensible immigration bill.

As Senator Brownback said during the debate Tuesday night, any acceptable immigration bill had to do three things: (1) Secure the border, and (2) effectively provide for interior enforcement through a verifiable employer verification program, and (3) comprehensively address the illegal immigration program by providing for a workable and safe temporary guest worker program. The Dorgan Amendment turned the Immigration Bill into an ineffective non-solution.

The bill from the beginning has always represented a very tenuous compromise, and the existence of a continued compromise is more tenuous after today. The bill changes every day, and if the amendment process resumes, Senator Brownback is hopeful that the bill can be amended into a workable solution which he can support. Senator Brownback will support an immigration bill only if it addresses the three points listed above. He will not support any bill that provides Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants, and supports the fact that the bill as amended does not provide Social Security credits earned while performing work as an illegal immigrant. Senator Brownback remains committed also to securing our border with a fence, which he voted for in the 109th Congress, and which he hopes can go forwards regardless of the final resolution of the current Senate bill.

The moral of the story is, never trust a Democrat. A Democrat would just as soon stab you in the back with a rusty fork as look at you, which is what happened with this bill. The whole thing was a sham to divide the Republican caucus when they needed unity most. It succeeded, admirably. The Democrats have always excelled at betrayal.

Well, they’ll get their comeuppance yet. Millions of Hispanic voters will little appreciate being shuffled around as pawns in the Democrat game. We can have border security, political security, AND party unity now, thanks to the Democrats being a little too clever for their own good. And the will of God, which makes all things possible.

17 Comments »

  1. This immigration issue will vex us for a long time to come I see. The problem is immigrants aren’t Americans which is unacceptable to any good American. We need to make sure all immigrants are Americans first and foremost. Another argument for a President Sam.

    Comment by BJ Tabor — June 8, 2007 @ 7:46 am | Reply

  2. I don’t understand how the True Americans in congress can find the patience to put up with the democrats. I would suggest all the Americans just meet somewhere else like a local convention hotel or high school gymnasium and get on with the nation’s business without the meddling input of those who would blame and destroy America and her divine mission.

    Comment by carsick — June 8, 2007 @ 7:53 am | Reply

  3. Everywhere I go I see illegal immigrants. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the man who sells pornography down the street is a homosexual illegal alien.

    Comment by St. Legalize — June 8, 2007 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  4. I am extremely proud of Senator Brownback for voting in committee yesterday against the restoration of habeus corpus. Our governement has shown through it’s actions in Iraq and New Orleans that the federal government is fault-free, and that American citizens should never need to challenge our government over any rights previously guaranteed by the Bill Of Rights. Habeus Corpus is only for people who love terrorism and hate our God-given freedoms.

    Comment by Narlee Dood — June 8, 2007 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  5. “This immigration issue will vex us for a long time to come I see. The problem is immigrants aren’t Americans which is unacceptable to any good American. We need to make sure all immigrants are Americans first and foremost. Another argument for a President Sam.”

    That’s a pretty good idea. We could make them become US citizens before they get to set foot on US soil. I can’t see any downside to an idea like that.

    “Everywhere I go I see illegal immigrants. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the man who sells pornography down the street is a homosexual illegal alien.”

    Why haven’t the police done anything to stop this deviant wretch?

    “I am extremely proud of Senator Brownback for voting in committee yesterday against the restoration of habeus corpus. Our governement has shown through it’s actions in Iraq and New Orleans that the federal government is fault-free, and that American citizens should never need to challenge our government over any rights previously guaranteed by the Bill Of Rights. Habeus Corpus is only for people who love terrorism and hate our God-given freedoms.”

    Amen! If you’re not doing something illegal, you have nothing to worry about from the government.

    Comment by Sisyphus — June 8, 2007 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  6. “Why haven’t the police done anything to stop this deviant wretch?”

    They are probably in league with the monster.

    Comment by St. Legalize — June 8, 2007 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  7. We need to start killing some of these deviants and aliens. It’s the only way to save our nation, and our planet.

    Comment by Marcia P. — June 8, 2007 @ 10:01 am | Reply

  8. Oh m’gosh, you can’t be serious?

    A year ago I was hopeful of becoming a Brownback supporter, but he just does not get it on the illegal immigration issue.

    The first two of the three legs of the stool you mention were merely ink on paper with this bill and the fact that Sen. Brownback actually wanted us to believe that that ink meant something is condescending.

    The third leg of the stool, the guestworker/z visa what have you is the only aspect of this bill that would have actually been enacted. Of course Brownback and the Bush administration kept hoping that we would believe in the “triggers” that would have enacted leg number three, however there was no measuring stick that would have tripped the trigger.

    Well I take that back there was one measuring stick. That is that the money on enforcement was appropriated and spent. That’s it, just once the money was spent it tripped the trigger because we all know that once Washington SPENDS money on a program or problem then of course the problem is solved.

    Sorry, no dice.

    It is really time for Sen. McBrownback to step out of this primary. It is over and unfortunately I had higher hopes for Sen. Brownback.

    yip yip

    Comment by Coyote — June 8, 2007 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  9. “Sorry, no dice.

    It is really time for Sen. McBrownback to step out of this primary. It is over and unfortunately I had higher hopes for Sen. Brownback.

    yip yip”

    Sure, go vote for Obama. He’ll give you exactly what you want.

    Comment by Sisyphus — June 8, 2007 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  10. “We need to start killing some of these deviants and aliens.”

    KILL THE INFIDELS!

    KILL, KILL, KILL!!!

    Comment by Skeptic — June 8, 2007 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  11. I think the bill is a good attempt. Especially point based Green Card system. It allows right type of people in our country. Check out your points under new system on this site – http://www.redy4greencard.com

    Comment by WeDIDit — June 8, 2007 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  12. Hey guys! There’s a labor shortage in California this year because all of the Mexicans are too afraid to come over now that we’re suddenly freaking out about immigration! Hurry up and get over here so you can take all those jobs they’ve so selfishly been taking from you all these years!

    I’ve been daydreaming about it for weeks now- hours and hours in 100-degree plus temperatures, bent over, picking fruit, for minimum wage minus room and board.

    Good gracious, who could ask for more? Better hurry up and get here before all these fantastic, rewarding farm labor jobs are filled by hard-working members of the American Race!

    Comment by Fred — June 9, 2007 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  13. “The first two of the three legs of the stool you mention . . . ”

    Coyote, I just got back from my Doctor and I had to give a stool sample. All of your talk about stool is grossing me out. This is a good christian blog. Keep your perversions to yourself or better yet, don’t engage in them. This is the last time I am going to say this to you.

    Comment by ec1009 — June 9, 2007 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  14. I think the Dorgan Amendment (The 5 year Sunset Provision) is the best thing that could have been done to this very bad piece of legislation.

    The whole bill should be scrapped and the laws that were passed with Simpson-Mazzoli should be enforced.

    We need Comprehensive Immigration Law Enforcement. What we have are a president and senate that are holding the country hostage for amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens.

    Comment by James — June 14, 2007 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  15. “We need Comprehensive Immigration Law Enforcement. What we have are a president and senate that are holding the country hostage for amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens.”

    True. Maybe Marcia’s solution is the only way to go, here. But I’m sure you’ll understand if Brownback refrains from espousing it publicly.

    Comment by Sisyphus — June 14, 2007 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  16. So that’s my choice? Obama or Brownback?

    Hmmm… I am a precinct captain here in Washington State and I could have sworn that Obama was not running my State’s primary and that there were going to be more than a couple Republicans on the ticket.

    Dang… I better double check my packet.

    yip yip

    Comment by Coyote — June 14, 2007 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  17. looks like brownback caved today

    Comment by sandra — June 26, 2007 @ 11:31 pm | Reply


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