Immigration Deal Survives GOP Threat
Wednesday June 6, 2007 8:16 PM
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The proposed immigration overhaul narrowly survived a potentially fatal challenge Wednesday as the Senate turned back a Republican bid to limit the illegal immigrants who could gain lawful status.
The close vote on a proposal by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to bar felons - including those court-ordered to be deported - from legalization reflected the delicate position of the contentious immigration bill, which remains under threat from the right and the left.
The vote was 51-46 against the amendment. Democrats succeeded in pulling support from Cornyn's proposal by winning adoption of a rival version that would bar a more limited set of criminals, including certain gang members and sex offenders, from gaining legalization. The Senate backed that amendment 66-32. [...]
So the Dems got a more watered-down version that would allow REAL CRIMINALS to be legalized. Nice going there, Democrats! We can never have enough criminals! And I thought we had plenty in Congress and the Senate...
This is just bad legislation no matter how you look at it. What the Hell is wrong with the government? Supposedly, The Hill has been swamped with calls to abandon this piece of soiled toilet tissue.
...from the article:
``I think it's safe to say that the United States Senate would be the laughingstock of the country if - after all of the hyperbole and all of the publicity and all of the proposals and objections - we're not able to finish this bill,'' said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., a framer.
Arlen Specter, you are an ass, Sir! You would rather produce bad legislation that will slowly destroy your country than have your ego bruised by abandoning the bill altogether? I hope the sewers of New Delhi back up into your breakfast cereal. Maybe then you will understand the crap you are forcing down the throats of the citizenry!