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Immigration Bill Sinks in Senate

Posted on Jun 28, 2007

After attempting to collaborate on a workable immigration bill, President Bush and the Senate couldn’t see eye to eye on the issue.  The vote count fell 14 short of the 60 required to pass the bill Thursday.

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After the stinging political setback, Bush sounded resigned to defeat.

“Legal immigration is one of the top concerns of the American people, and Congress’ failure to act on it is a disappointment,” he said after an appearance in Newport, R.I. “A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn’t find common ground. It didn’t work.”

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By Jim Goodson, June 29, 2007 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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The only people that benefit from cheap labor are businesses that hire them and Politicians who are bribed by these same businesses to ignore the present immagration laws. Up-hold the present law and prosacute employers who hire illegals with heavier fines. Otherwise the Constitution isnt worth the paper its written on. Our rule of law will mean nothing. Its obvious the present administration speaks from both sides of its mouth. Sooner or later the rich will have to clean up their own filth.

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By great_satan, June 28, 2007 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

Cut problem at root. Deprive employers who hire illegals of business license.

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By TDoff, June 28, 2007 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

No surprise here.

On the senate log of bills coming up for consideration, the immigration bill was code-named ‘Titanic’.

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By CitizenDefender, June 28, 2007 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment

The Immigration Bill failed in my opinion because it was not tough enough on enforcement or illegal aliens. Senator Boxer claimed the bill was too restrictive.

Further, the bill would have increased the total legal immigration by more than half. There was little thought on how local, state and federal governments would pay for this increase.

The AFL-CIO opposed the guestworker expansion which helped increase up to four votes against the bill.

The bill provided incredible rewards for those who break immigration law without guaranteeing any significant reductions in future illegal immigration.

Unfortunately Senator Boxer (D) and Senator Feinstein (D) both favored the bill.

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By DennisD, June 28, 2007 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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The government’s failure to “enforce” the 1986 immigration bill is the real travesty. We wouldn’t be talking about this now if they’d been doing their jobs for the last 21 f**king years. As always, no one in government is accountable for anything.

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By Trigger finger, June 28, 2007 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment
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So much for our new DemocRATic controlled Congress.
I now know that I’ve been suckered again. Anyone who voted for this garbage bill should be forced to spend the rest of their term in solitary confinement in a Mexican prison with only crackers and water. But, this proves Reed, Bidden, Klobuchar, Kennedy and Bu$h and the rest are major league losers and should start seeking employment in the cabbage fields.

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By vet240, June 28, 2007 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

“Legal immigration is one of the top concerns of the American people, and Congress’ failure to act on it is a disappointment,”

George,George,George. We the people are not concerned about “legal immigration”. We are concerned about the 10-20 million illegal immigrants!


Democrats like Kennedy and others might find themselves back in the minor leagues shortly too.

Do the Democrats really care? Not as long as their collegues are on the same but their on. That leaves most of us wondering if it’s not time to join a third party. These two have taken us to hell for sure.

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By Dale Headley, June 28, 2007 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment
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The best part of all this?  George Bush may have just lost his only remaining chance at leaving anything resembling a positive legacy.  I’d hate to be the person who has to find something good to put in Bush’s presidential library - the biggest ever constructed.  Talk about “a BB in a boxcar.”

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By C Villarreal, June 28, 2007 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Good riddance to a bad bill.  The right-wing will talk about this as a victory, but if the left was united on this issue it probably would have passed despite the bitter (and often racist) minority that was calling every Senator they could as many times as they could as long as talk radio said to do so. 

The ACLU, LULAC, National Lawyers Guild and other left of center groups opposed this bill for the right reasons: it had too many gifts to big business including a guest worker program and a point system, it wasted too much money on ineffective and deadly border enforcement, and created a Z visa that would cost $5,000 if you qualified and force at least heads of households to return to their “home” countries and wait potentially years before returning.  Not only is this clearly not amnesty, it would not work for the vast majority of undocumented immigrants in this country who wouldn’t qualify in the first place or who couldn’t afford it.

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By craig-giarc, June 28, 2007 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

Re: “vet240” and “Mark in NY”

Yes: what does one expect from our two corporatist parties? And wouldn’t it be nice if we the people—“the majority of Americans”, had our own political party—so constituted and chartered that it could not take funds except in individual contributions from human beings?

It’s important to take personal time to “smell the flowers”, do art, writepoetry, and celebrate companionship together, but part of being alive is civic responsibility and action. While I suspect that there are just too many over-population driven train wrecks looming ahead for even our best efforts to avoid catastrophe, when it comes, I want to at least be able to say that I tried.

How about you?

Let’s build—not a “3rd party”, but an actual 2nd Party: a labor party, a people’s party—and never again get suckered into voting for “the lesser of two evils”.

Possibly, there’s an existing 3rd party we could work with—not sure, but I see no point in supporting any political effort which doesn’t recognize overpopulation as the Earth’s number one problem.

“Hitherto it is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day’s toil of any human being. They have enabled a greater population to live the same life of drudgery and imprisonment, and an increased number of manufacturers and other to make fortunes. They have increased the comforts of the middle classes. But they have not yet begun to effect those great changes in human destiny, which it is in their nature and in their futurity to accomplish. Only when, in addition to just institutions, the increase of mankind shall be under the deliberate guidance of judicious foresight, can the conquests made from the powers of nature by the intellect and energy of scientific discoverers, become the common property of the species, and the means of improving and elevating the universal lot.”

—J. S. Mill’s “Of the Stationary State”, published in 1848(!)

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By Mark in NY, June 28, 2007 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

Well, another Democrat (as a lesser of two evils—down with the duopoly!) here agrees with you.  This was a bad bill that didn’t address the real problems:  not attacking those who hire illegals (but who also buy the politicians), and not putting pressure on Mexico to stop encouraging their “problem children” to emigrate North instead of upsetting the apple carts of the corrupt elite in power down there (as opposed to the corrupt elite in power up here).

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By vet240, June 28, 2007 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

The Democrats are dead wrong on this one, and I have considered myself a Democrat for some time.

The business community will tell you they use illegal immigrants (unknowingly of course) because there are no legal citizens who are willing to do a particular type of work. Of course this is hogwash. What they mean to say is that no legal citizen will work the no-stop, anytime hours for less than everybody else without the demand for that quaint thing called “over-time“.

How can these workers afford it? They camp out in apartments in large groups, they use the local and federal resources available to them at no cost, and they send 30 Billion dollars back to their home country each year to improve their lot there.

Do I blame them for wanting to improve their lives no matter how it’s done, legal or illegal? No.
That’s why countries have entry laws. It makes perfect sense that if your neighbor country has more to offer you’re going unless they are actively enforcing there immigration laws.

By ignoring the present enforcement tools local and federal agencies have been given, sometime due to a lack of federal funding to administer federal mandates America is becoming a land without any laws that are respected.

The Executive and the Congressional branches of our government have betrayed the majority of Americans by passing laws in the past regarding border control then refusing to finance those laws, thereby negating the acts they pass. Why,? To better fool we fools who think that passing a law somehow makes thing happen. Not without money.

Money? Can we talk? In my local paper this week an article was discussing the effects on tourist dollars on the local economy. The article stated that each dollar coming into the community generated twenty-seven dollars in local business.

Each year illegal immigrants send 30 Billion dollars out of the country. That money, had it stayed in this country would have generated 810 Billion dollars of business here. I won’t repeat this but read it again!!!

Essentially our leaders in order to appease their “Paying Constituency” , local businessmen in construction, land speculators, factories,  cleaning contractors, restaurants, etc. for cheap labor, are selling out the rest of us, and in the process, maybe even this country we were taught was blessed by God him/herself.

Will Rogers, a noted Comedian/Sage of the 1920-40 era once quipped, God will bless America as long as she doesn’t run out of natural resources.

I say, God will bless this country as long as she has a healthy middle class, and a thriving economy to feed the tax machine needed to provide essential services.

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