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Senate Balks at Secure Border Proposal

Only the far right-wing fanatics dream of an America without Mexicans, without minorities, and without non-whites. So while Fox News’ John Gibson calls on whites to “make more babies” to keep up with the Mexican surge, those of us with a little common sense just want to control the borders before we start accepting illegal aliens as guest-workers or citizens. Today the Senate had the chance to do just that.

Alas, the Senate balked. Those senators who killed the legislation but still tell us we need "secure borders" are hypocrites, and it's time to name names.

On a vote of 55-40, the Senate rejected an attempt by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to require the border be secured before other immigration law changes could take place. Specifically, the amendment reads: "to prohibit the granting of legal status, or adjustment of current status, to any individual who enters or entered the United States in violation of Federal law unless the border security measures authorized under Title I and section 233 are fully completed and fully operational."

Here are the 55 senators who are in no hurry to secure the border:

Akaka (D-HI), Baucus (D-MT), Bayh (D-IN), Bennett (R-UT), Biden (D-DE), Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Brownback (R-KS), Cantwell (D-WA), Carper (D-DE), Chafee (R-RI), Clinton (D-NY), Coleman (R-MN), Collins (R-ME), Craig (R-ID), Dayton (D-MN), DeWine (R-OH), Dodd (D-CT), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Feinstein (D-CA), Graham (R-SC), Hagel (R-NE), Harkin (D-IA), Inouye (D-HI), Jeffords (I-VT) Johnson (D-SD), Kennedy (D-MA), Kerry (D-MA), Kohl (D-WI), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Lieberman (D-CT), Lincoln (D-AR), Lugar (R-IN) Martinez (R-FL), Menendez (D-NJ), Mikulski (D-MD), Murkowski (R-AK), Murray (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Obama (D-IL), Pryor (D-AR), Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV), Salazar (D-CO), Sarbanes (D-MD), Schumer (D-NY), Shelby (R-AL), Snowe (R-ME), Specter (R-PA), Stevens (R-AK),Voinovich (R-OH) and Warner (R-VA).

Yesterday I outlined President Bush's five-point immigration proposal. It got a mixed review from me as well as from most critics and supporters, but the first point: "Secure the border" is absolutely essential, and must be completed before we move on to any other additional steps.

Posted by Scottie at May 16, 2006 10:53 PM
Comment #148802

I count 36 D’s - 1 I - and 17 R’s.

Wonder how that will that play out.

Posted by: dawn at May 16, 2006 11:11 PM
Comment #148805


I am disappointed in you. Are you saying Whites can’t breed faster than Latino mongrels? I, myself, believe that this is caused by the monogamic christian faith that prevents our brave horny men from spreading their seed far into every white female available. We must establish a polygamic society to ensure the survival of the Aryan Race!!!

Are you with me?

Posted by: Aldous at May 16, 2006 11:44 PM
Comment #148808

According to some whites don’t have the desire to compete with Latinos. That’s what the wakeup call is all about. “Soon “this many” of our country will be over run by Mexicans!”

Posted by: Scottie at May 16, 2006 11:47 PM
Comment #148836

Scottie, all the Republicans need to do is pass the Senate bill as it stands to secure the border. Unfortunately, the Republicans Party is in disarray on this issue and they can’t get anything done.

Democrats all support the Repulican’s Senate bill to lock down the border. See if you can get your Republicans to support their own bill as well. The sooner the GOP pulls it’s collective head out of it’s… um, stinkhole… the sooner we can get about the job of securing America.

Posted by: American Pundit at May 17, 2006 1:49 AM
Comment #148840

Hey! I just noticed that all my favorite Republicans voted against Isakson’s attempt to kill the immigration bill again: Collins, Hagel, Lugar, Snowe… Hey wait. Where’s McCain? Oh, that’s right — he’s running for President.

Posted by: American Pundit at May 17, 2006 2:15 AM
Comment #148898

AP, you are failing to appreciate the larger political issue. Republicans own the deficits and debt. If the Senate Bill passes, the price tag for all of those measures moving forward at once, (as opposed to just border security) is going to skyrocket. In addition, new agencies in government will have to be created. Republicans will then have to face even greater criticism on expanding the size and cost of government and deficits and debt.

That is the elephant sitting in the middle of the tug of war between the Senate and the House. It’s an election year. Republicans can’t campaign on a record of growing government bureaucracy and deficits.

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