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Corker-Hoeven Clears Procedural Hurdle as Immigration Bill Hurtles Forward

The 67-27 cloture vote indicated the final bill could see smooth sailing to passage before the July 4 break.

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June 24, 2013 - 5:56 pm
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WASHINGTON – The Senate voted to end debate and move toward a vote on an amendment drafted by two Republicans on immigration reform legislation aimed at toughening security measures along the nation’s border.

The vote to proceed on the measure authored by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), opposed by GOP leadership, was 67-27, with 15 Republicans joining 52 Democrats, more than enough to clear the required 60-vote hurdle. Some lawmakers missed the vote because of travel issues.

Republicans joining the two primary sponsors were Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Sen. Jeff Chiesa of New Jersey, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, now intends to vote on the measure merged with the original Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 before the July 4 holiday. Monday’s vote offers a clear indication that the measure, the first major attempt at immigration reform since 1986, will pass easily even though supporters failed to get the 70 votes they targeted.

Under the amendment, five triggers – or goals – must be met before the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. can start on a pathway toward citizenship, beginning with a form of work visa.

Corker-Hoeven hikes Border Patrol ranks by 20,000 – almost doubling the contingent — and adds 350 miles of border fencing. It spends $4.5 billion on technical innovations intended to provide security personnel with full situational awareness along the southern border. And it implements an entry-exit visa program to keep tabs on visitors who overextend their stay as well as the so-called E-Verify program to make employers aware of a potential worker’s immigration status.

“It specifically spells out those things that have to occur for anyone to move from temporary status to green card status,” Corker said.

The measure received a boost at the last minute from the Congressional Budget Office, which found that the immigration reform bill, with the Corker-Hoeven amendment, will increase border security and strengthen enforcement. The CBO also maintains it will reduce the federal deficit by $192 billion over the next 10 years.

“This is the toughest, strongest, most expensive border provision that we have had,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is handling the legislation on the floor. “It is augmented by the entry system improvements and mandatory E-Verify. Illegal immigration will drop dramatically.”

Despite the effort at bipartisanship, most Senate Republicans opposed the measure. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, who voted against proceeding, expressed concern that “when it comes to the threshold question of border security, today’s assurances may well become tomorrow’s disappointments.”

“It continues to be my hope that we can do something lasting and important about our broken immigration system,” McConnell said. “Living up to our commitments to our constituents, particularly with respect to border security, has long been of critical importance for me. Sadly, I’m not convinced that this amendment solves that problem, and I see no good reason why we would need to vote on it so hastily.”

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“This is the toughest, strongest, most expensive border provision that we have had,” said Sen. Charles Schumer

In that case I hate this bill as it cannot be worth the paper it is printed on. Schumer is a corrupt scumball of the highest order. I vote NAY to Schumer and the Party of Stupid which I withdrew from last week after 42 years as a loyal conservative. I refuse to be a part of the implosion o this once great country. This bill will be devisive beyond anyone's imagination and end any hope of assimilation of the 40 or 50 million immigrants it will dump on our soil.

All Hail the Collective
42 weeks ago
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The united states of north mexico is coming...
42 weeks ago
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Ah, yes the 'end of the republican party bill." It will surely pass. Note to the GOP-stupid is as stupid does. See Forrest Gump.
42 weeks ago
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Why can't we just start with an Immigration bill modeled after how Mexico treats violators of its immigration laws?
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Because the U.S. has constitutional birthright citizenship, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court.

And Mexico doesn't.

Birthright citizenship makes it impossible to deport the adult children of illegal aliens. Those children are citizens.
42 weeks ago
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By our law they are citizens, true. However, that doesn't mean we have to grant visas, work permits, green cards to their families. Deport the parents. Let the parents choose whether their minor children go to orphanages or leave with them.
42 weeks ago
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How about an Immigration bill with border security provisions and punishments modeled after Mexico's? My question is from the perspective of a U.S. citizen who wants to cross the border at will, live and work in Mexico and send money home to their U.S. relatives. What does Mexico do to those "immigrants"? Guatemalans might have an opinion or two on the question as well.
42 weeks ago
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Both the building of the fence and use of technology is left to the discretion of homeland security in the Corker-Hoeven Amendment. They can do as much or little or none as they want. There is also a trigger to begin legalizing illegal aliens that amounts to nothing more than coming up with a plan to build the fence.
42 weeks ago
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A United States Senator, Harry Reid threatens to foment civil unrest as a blackmail ploy to unravel national sovereignty. I believe he is threatening to fomet civil war. He should be removed from the senate, arrested and tried for high crimes.
42 weeks ago
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North American Union in virtual form. Keep the names of narions. Erase national sovereignty.
42 weeks ago
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I sent emails last week to both my Senators urging them to oppose the bill in its current form and asked that they respond to my email as they have on other issues. Gutless cowards wouldn't even reply. They know the bill is bad and can't be defended but they don't care
42 weeks ago
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Fortunately my senators still seem to remember the British Parliament running amuck and passing thoughtless, demeaning and overbearing laws against her colonies. The colonies would only take so much browbeating, so many slights and insults. The end result of all this was the birth of this great nation. Here, so we thought, our legislature would never act in such a brazen and unaccountable way as the British Parliament had done...
42 weeks ago
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Not only automatic amnesty but with the added bonus of legally authorizing an unlimited number of drones in American airspace at the discretion of Janet Incompetano! Fricking lovely!
42 weeks ago
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Regardless of all the doublespeak, let there be NO doubt: if this bill passes there will be be amnesty henceforth, and no amount of prettifying will change the facts. RINOS's are giving the Demsters political cover, hoping to cash in on some of the good will they expect to gain from the Hispanic community. Pumping up the "bonuses" of passage is of piece with said deception. This was precisely how ObamaCare got rammed through, and we all know that this was a disaster of manifest proportions.
In any case, here are some tangible benefits already accrued to those who break the law, soon to be rewarded in spades - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/24/the-irs-rewardspays-illegals-for-their-lawbreaking-yet-houndsharasses-patriots-how-did-this-happen-what-can-be-done-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Make no mistake, this is the beginning of the end of America. So if you add up the economic disaster from ObamaCare, plus the passage of amnesty, well, one can honestly state that the Radical-in-Chief has been wildly successful in his mission - he brought down America! To its knees.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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