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Senate Immigration Debate Begins with GOP Amendment Fight

Reid calls Cornyn effort to rewrite chunks of the bill “a poison pill” intended to undermine the legislation.

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Bill Straub

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June 12, 2013 - 4:41 pm
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WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans dissatisfied with the border security measures contained in bipartisan immigration reform legislation are rallying around amendments intended to make it almost impossible for undocumented workers to make it across the southern border.

One proposal receiving substantial attention, offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), rewrites a significant portion of the reform measure, pieced together by a bipartisan coalition known as the Group of Eight.

One of the bill’s authors, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), has announced his support for the Cornyn measure. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who at one point was thought to be sympathetic to the bill now before the full Senate, indicated he will oppose the measure unless the Cornyn amendment, or something like it, is adopted.

The amendment, which Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, has characterized as “a poison pill” intended to undermine the legislation, prohibits the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country from obtaining any sort of legal permanent residency until the federal government meets stringent border enforcement goals, including a complete awareness of activity along the border and 98 percent of all illegal crossings are thwarted.

In addition, the Cornyn amendment requires the implementation of a biometric system to track visa holders to keep tabs on their comings and goings and the creation of an E-Verify system – also called for by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) – so employers can determine if prospective hires are in the country legally.

Again, under the measure, no one would be afforded any sort of legal status unless those programs are in place.

“Sen. Cornyn’s proposal would do exactly what proponents of the current legislation say they support – require border security first and then proceed with other reforms,” Kirk said. “The metrics are not unreasonable, the goals are not unobtainable and the amendment is not a ‘poison pill.’ As we move forward with consideration of this bill, I urge Democratic leaders to rethink a strategy that castigates those who seek true immigration reform and also consider border security a top national security priority.”

Cornyn, who titled his proposal the Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety while Upgrading Lawful Trade and travel Simultaneously (RESULTS) Amendment, said it is necessary to assure the American public that the federal government is serious about closing the border.

“Americans are tired of hearing endless border security promises without seeing any realistic mechanism for guaranteeing results,” Cornyn said. “My amendment would guarantee such a mechanism and it would guarantee the results that Washington has long promised but never delivered.”

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Cornyn added,The true poison pill would be the failure to take sensible measures by adopting measures like mine which are designed to solve the problem.”

As it currently stands, the bill, titled The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, addresses border issues by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to provide Congress with a plan to maintain persistent surveillance along the border that would stop more than 90 percent of illegal entries. The department furthermore would be required to report to Congress on how effectively it is implementing its plan, any impediments to fulfilling the plan and what actions it will take to address such impediments.

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Any republic that votes for this bill in any form is a complete idiot & fool.
45 weeks ago
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Ann Coulter said Marco Rubio Is “The Jack Kevorkian Of The Republican Party”

But it's even worse, as Marco Rubio is more like “The Michael Vick of the Republican Party” as at least when Kevorkian killed it was usually painless and quick unlike the sadist monster Vick did to dogs.

I like mine from weeks ago that Rubio’s to America what Gosnell was to late term babies. Rubio is “The Kermit Gosnell Of The Republican Party”
45 weeks ago
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>>“The vast majority of immigrants who come to America — whether legally or not — come in search of a chance at a better life, not to become dependent on government,” said Rubio


Marco, Marco, Marco! Again with this delusion of yours that all illegal immigrants are just Republican U Miami law students waiting to happen. Next time you visit Univision, ask them to show you around a few of Victor Davis Hansen's neighborhoods in Mexifornia. Dogfights, cockfights, dinner on the street, Spanish-language everything (commerce, education, entertainment), and above all, EBT cards.
45 weeks ago
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Maybe Rubio is a big fan of Michael Vick.
45 weeks ago
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NO IMMIGRATION FOR TWO YEARS ! BUILD GOOD DOUBLE FENCES ! AND THEN , BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ! OUR POLITICIANS NEED TO MAKE LAWS AND RULES THAT MAKE SENSE , NOT JUST GET THEM VOTES !!!!
45 weeks ago
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How I wish Crist had won. He would have done the same thing as Rubio has done, but Crist would never have been able to go under some fake conservative persona and he would have been ripped to shreds by Levin, Limbaugh and Hannity, instead of their clinging to his leg like love sick 12 year old girls.
45 weeks ago
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Sounds like the two faced Rubio is just doubling down on being a two face. He is a pathological liar and not to be believed ever again on anything. i think he is Obama's brother from another mother.
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"One of the bill’s authors, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), has announced his support for the Cornyn measure."

Nobody in their right mind will ever trust Marco Wormio again. He says one thing to one audience and the opposite to another.
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