Thursday, June 21, 2007

It Can Be Stopped!

Conspiring with leading democrats and pro-open borders republicans, the White House has managed to ressurrect the Bush-Kennedy amnesty-for-illegals bill and get it back before the Senate for a vote. The somewhat revised bill is being rushed through in the hope that no one will actually be able to read and analyze its contents before senators vote on it. Once again, the president's henchmen, working with the democrat leadership, have scheduled a cloture vote to cut off debate on the bill and its ammendments in hope of ramming it through without adequate debate (which provides a clue of just how bad the bill actually is). The cloture vote failed the last time because public outrage scared senators from voting to kill debate - thus temporarily killing the bill. Apparently, public outrage is still growing and it may yet kill Bush's attempt at national suicide.

The Congressional Quarterly reports that two Georgia republican senators that originally supported the bill have now changed their minds and will vote against cloture:

Georgia Republicans Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss will vote against moving the Senate’s immigration overhaul measure forward, the senators said today.

“I think everybody did a noble effort to try to deal with the problem in a comprehensive way,” Isakson said. “But it became apparent that the confidence level was not there.”

Isakson said he and Chambliss had heard from voters back home that they didn’t have faith in another measure that promises border action because past promises have yet to be fulfilled.

Neither senator was viewed as a must-have vote by bill supporters, but losing them makes the task of getting the 60 votes needed to end debate that much harder.

The Georgians were part of negotiations that led to a fragile bipartisan deal that was unveiled on May 17. At a news conference that day, both expressed optimism that the negotiations between Republicans, Democrats and Bush administration officials produced a positive step toward solving the problem.

The "confidence is not there," Senator Isakson, because the American people know that Washington is not to be trusted on almost anything, but especially not on immigration. The American people have seen through the "comprehensive reform" charade and grasped that the only part of that reform intended to be carried out is the amnesty. The border enforcement provisions will never been carried out. That is the president's goal. He knows he can't pass amnesty on its own, but can see to it that the enforcement provisions of a "comprehensive" bill are simply ignored - in exactly the way he has ignored enforcing existing laws over the last six years.

Senators Chambliss and Isakson changed their minds only after the voters of Georgia made absolutely clear their furious disagreement with the bill, and the likliehood that they would take that anger into the voting booth when the senators were up for re-election. Chambliss and Isakson were intimately involved in creating this monstrosity. If they can be convinced to vote against cloture - thus killing the bill - then other senators can be convinced to do the same. But that will only happen if enough people call or write their senators and representatives and make their opposition strongly known. The country you save will be your own.

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121


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