Thursday, May 18, 2006

Finally, Some Progress

Late yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted on two important amendments. On one, they COMPLETELY got it wrong. On the other, they finally got it right.

Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson introduced an amendment to the immigration bill that would delay the legalization and guest worker provisions until the border had been secured. It was defeated 55-40 with 18 Republicans voting with the Democrats. Very stupid move.

Later, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions introduced an amendment to erect 370 miles of triple-layer fencing and 500 miles of vehicles barriers along the border. It PASSED 83-16. All 16 "no" votes were Democrats. Texas Sen. John Cornyn also successfully introduced and amendment that, in the words of Polipundit, "at least make employers certify that they had tried to fill one of these jobs with a lazy American before hiring a 'guest' worker." The vote was 50-48.

Thank God there are still some conservatives left in the Senate. With any luck, this so-called immigration reform bill could end up being a net plus when all is said and done.

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