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Senate Sends Immigration Reform to House with 14 GOP Votes

Opponent Jeff Sessions called the bill, which passed 68-32, “a surrender to lawlessness” and warned that it will “decimate immigration enforcement."

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Bill Straub

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June 27, 2013 - 4:51 pm
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Critics said the bill gave short shrift to border enforcement, with some lawmakers insisting that the border be sealed before the other reform measures take effect. That issue was addressed as the result of an amendment from Corker and Hoeven.

Under Corker-Hoeven, five triggers – or goals – must be met before undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. can start on a pathway toward citizenship. The provision hikes border patrol ranks by 20,000 – almost doubling the contingent at a cost of $30 billion — 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.

But for many the amendment didn’t go far enough. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, acknowledged that “these are big problems that need solving,” but that the effort falls short.

“If you can’t be reasonably certain that the border is secure as a condition of legalization, there’s just no way to be sure that millions more won’t follow the illegal immigrants who are already here,” McConnell said. “As others have rightly pointed out, you also can’t be sure that future congresses won’t just reverse whatever assurances we make today about border security in the future.”

The absence of a “firm, results-based border security trigger” means “there’s just no way I can look my constituents in the eye and tell them that today’s assurances won’t become tomorrow’s disappointments,” McConnell said. “Since the bill before us doesn’t include such a trigger, I can’t support it.”

But President Obama, who supported the bill and praised the Senate’s action, said the measure will “establish the most aggressive border security plan in our history.”

“It would offer a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are in this country illegally – a pathway that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty, and then going to the back of the line behind everyone who’s playing by the rules and trying to come here legally,” Obama said. “It would modernize the legal immigration system so that it once again reflects our values as a nation and addresses the urgent needs of our time.  And it would provide a big boost to our recovery, by shrinking our deficits and growing our economy.”

“Today, the Senate did its job,” he added. “It’s now up to the House to do the same.”

But the House doesn’t appear eager to follow suit. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the lower chamber will develop its own version of immigration reform – one that will likely focus on enforcement.

“Apparently, some haven’t gotten the message,” Boehner said. “The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes. We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people. For any legislation – including a conference report – to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of a majority of our members.”

Boehner indicated that he thought the bill was rushed through the Senate and that any immigration reform bill “has to be grounded in real border security.”

“That’s what the American people believe, and it’s a principle that our majority believes in as well,” he said.

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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The invaders are not peaceful and they do not deserve my pity. If the wanted a better life they literally have the numbers to affect change in their home countries. That they instead choose to disrupt mine leaves nothing but contempt and anger in my heart towards them.
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The truly sublime thing here is that the republicans actually think they've accomplished something to be proud of.

Kinda like when your five-year-old discovers your spray cans and paints your Buick.
42 weeks ago
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Sessions called the bill “a surrender to lawlessness”

It also destroys the birthright and citizenship of every American in this country.

I despise these treasonous b@stards!
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The Senate vote is done: the bill passed. The question is will the House vote the bill down? Boehner's comment that "the House will develop its own version" reveals that he is foolishly leading the House into a trap. The two versions will go to a conference of the House and Senate and the end result will be amnesty with a bunch of pork bits for everyone.

I am of the opinion that the mantra that the "immigration sysyem is broken" is completely phony.
42 weeks ago
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As a resident of Arizona, I'm ashamed of our 2 senators for supporting this. We knew what McCain was, but Flake fooled us on this last election. That won't happen again. Any fool can see that border will not be secured. A bill was passed years ago that required the fence to be finished and it was not done. The Border Patrol agents and ICE agents we have are under orders not to arrest many of the illegals. What good will more agents do? This bill must be stopped.
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'Inspired by our Judeo-Christian principles'

It is the loss of those principles which got us into this mess, and importing
non-JC people, or people who have a veneer of Christianity over a pagan core
will not help matters. Note that it is the _principles_ to be followed in this life
to reach goals in this world which make the difference, not the religious beliefs which must be followed, regardless of the harm they do in this world, to ensure salvation in the next.
42 weeks ago
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What will it take before conservatives fight back?
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The Obama administration wrote the bill in the White House, which the Gang of Eight never even read before voting for it! Corker and Hoeven got their names on the Obama-crafted amendment to get two more RINO votes for it. Lisa Murkowski is no longer a Republican; she is just another undocumented Democrat. Just another smokescreen to pander to another Democrat base voting bloc to keep your eye off the economy, which is "growing" at a robust 1.8% annual rate.

McLame gave us a hint a few days ago when he said "Business wants it; and the Republican Party is supposed to be pro-business!" Check the business groups that are funneling money to McLame and Grahamnesty and you will have an idea about the source of the RINO push for amnesty!
42 weeks ago
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Whatever the votes, this much is for sure: amnesty will be the "rule of law", if the legislation passes. They can parse this or that but the facts remain the same. RINOS's will bear responsibility for the transforming of America into a third world country and that is that - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/20/what-are-the-chances-of-reining-in-a-lawbreaker-in-chief-who-abets-illegal-aliens-then-punishes-those-who-expose-said-lawbreaking-addendum-to-the-results-of-washingtons-dictator-in-chief-via/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
42 weeks ago
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I'll never trust Rubio anywhere near the Oval Office. What would he do with Executive Orders, the power to blow off federal laws, a compliant AG and Sec State and Sec DHS, a welcome mat for illegal alien lobbyists, the veto, the bully pulpit? This man will enact his tribalist dream if he ever gets the chance.
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It is really important not to have a death wish. It really helps keep the peace. If the politicians of a nation give the impression that they care more about electoral success for their own party than they do about the survival of their nation then people will notice. The governments of countries which resent the USA will feel that the USA lacks the patriotism to defend the USA. The friends of the USA abroad will lose heart. The neutrals will start to waver as well. The chances of something going wrong go up. This legislation really gives the impression that Washington does not care about the long-term survival of the USA. Illegal immigration puts a huge economic and demographic strain on the nation which has to endure it. No nation can survive a permanent invasion, day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Just because the invasion is peaceful and the immigrants deserve pity it does not follow that the USA can endure the invasion. There is a price for everything. The price for encouraging illegal immigration like this Bill is that a war with the foregners who hate you is more likely.
As for the Republicans who get no votes from this and insult their traditional demographic - those whom the gods wish to destroy they first drive mad.
42 weeks ago
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Exceptionally well put.
42 weeks ago
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The invaders are not peaceful and they do not deserve my pity. If the wanted a better life they literally have the numbers to affect change in their home countries. That they instead choose to disrupt mine leaves nothing but contempt and anger in my heart towards them.
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don't matter what kind of enforcement and border security you put in it. this administration doesn't do law enforcement against their potential voters. we have a fraudulent, treasonous pile of slime w/o any respect for the rule of law; and, they were put there by stupid people.

speaking of, i keep hearing supposedly smart people being interviewed on news shows who say they believe and trust their dear leader. personally, i would not let people in my house or anywhere near my loved ones who had sold thousands of untagged assault weapons to murderous drug dealers, and thereby become accessories to hundreds (maybe thousands) of murders. smart people would be asking what the heck was the real reason for it, and putting 1 + 1 together to get a real obvious answer. gun control.
42 weeks ago
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If Rubio's Death To America, or anything like it, goes through it will be Permanent Goodnight to America.

"Other than your country being assassinated by it, how did you like my bill?" - Marco Booth Rubio
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