16 GOP Senators Oppose Enforcing Current Immigration Laws

7 06 2007

Filed under: Amnesty, Immigration, Politics, Coburn

Michelle Malkin liveblogged the vote on the Coburn amendment earlier this morning. In the image below, the Republicans who voted against the Coburn amendment to fully enforce existing immigration laws are underlined. Everything you need to know about your US Senators’ commitment to the rule of law is right here. Note that GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain didn’t bother to cast a vote:


These are the existing laws that the opponents of the Coburn amendment do not want fully enforced:

EXISTING LAW.–The following provisions of existing law shall be fully implemented, as previously directed by the Congress, prior to the certification set forth in paragraph (1):

(A) The Department has achieved and maintained operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States as required under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-367)

(B) The total miles of fence required under such Act have been constructed.

(C) All databases maintained by the Department which contain information on aliens shall be fully integrated as required by section 202 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (8 U.S.C. 1722).

(D) The Department shall have implemented a system to record the departure of every alien departing the United States and of matching records of departure with the records of arrivals in the United States through the US-VISIT program as required by section 110 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1221 note).

(E) The provision of law that prevents States and localities from adopting “sanctuary” policies or that prevents State and local employees from communicating with the Department are fully enforced as required by section 642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1373).

(F) The Department employs fully operational equipment at each port of entry and uses such equipment in a manner that allows unique biometric identifiers to be compared and visas, travel documents, passports, and other documents authenticated in accordance with section 303 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (8 U.S.C. 1732).

(G) An alien with a border crossing card is prevented from entering the United States until the biometric identifier on the border crossing card is matched against the alien as required by section 101(a)(6) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(6)).

(H) Any alien who is likely to become a public charge is denied entry into the United States pursuant to section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(4)).

Since cloture failed, debate could have no end. Harry Reid backed off from his previous hard-nose approach and said he would give the bill more time:

Still, the measure — a top priority for President Bush that’s under attack from the right and left — got a reprieve when Majority Leader Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record), D-Nev., said he would give it more time before yanking the bill and moving on to other matters.

“We need to complete this marathon,” Reid said.

His decision set the stage for yet another procedural vote later Thursday that will measure lawmakers’ appetite for a so-called “grand bargain” between liberals and conservatives on immigration.

Captain Ed:

This puts Harry Reid in a tough spot. He originally said that he would take immigration off the calendar if it could not be resolved by Monday. He now has to ask for another cloture vote, which would have to take place tomorrow at the earliest — and given that only 33 people voted to end debate, he has an almost insurmountable obstacle to success.

We’ll see whether he can reverse the Dorgan amendment that has put a stake in the heart of the bill.


I’m shocked. Reid has been threatening for days to end debate on the bill in order to limit the number of potential killer amendments the GOP might foist on it. The worry was that he’d force a cloture vote and would have the 60 votes needed to beat a filibuster. As it turns out, there were in fact 60 votes — the other way. What happened? I’m guessing some of the bill’s supporters are nervous about bringing it up for a final vote before the killer Dorgan amendment has itself been killed, so they want to continue the debate for the time being. (Specter hinted as much earlier today.)

Reid promised earlier this week to shelve the bill entirely if the cloture motion failed, as it now has. He’s already reneged on that and scheduled a re-vote this afternoon at 5 p.m. But why? Even if Reid flips his 15, he still can’t beat the GOP filibuster. So he’s lining himself up for a second humiliation.

Use this number: 1-800-417-7666, set up by open-borders fanatics that the average Joe does not have to call your senator, especially if he’s one of the underlined GOP’ers.

Maggie’s Notebook trackbacked with: Does Your Senator Respect the Rule of Law?




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