2007 June 28 Thursday
America Wins With Immigration Senate Amnesty Defeat

We managed to stop the Imperial Senate's immigration amnesty bill.

WASHINGTON The Senate on June 28 drove a stake through President Bush's plan to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants, likely postponing major action on immigration until after the 2008 elections.

The bill's supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to limit debate and clear the way for final passage of the legislation, which critics assailed as offering amnesty to undocumented immigrants. The vote was 46 to 53 in favor of limiting the debate.

Keep in mind that some of the Senators who voted against this version of amnesty happily voted for other previous amnesties and can not be trusted. Dozens of Senators need defeat in their next primary campaigns for reelection.

Pete Domenici, an Albuquerque Republican, supported the initial compromise version of the bill but said it is now "neither workable or realistic" and is likely "dead on arrival" in the House.

Jeff Bingaman, a Silver City Democrat who voted for last year's immigration-reform bill, said he could not support this one.

But on the bright side Bingaman and Domenici were willing to back out of support for this bill when popular outrage became loud enough. The amnesty supporters we should most want to defeat for reelection are those who knew about the intensity of the opposition to amnesty and yet voted for cloture anyway.

How effective was popular outrage toward this bill? Almost one third of Senate Democrats voted against cloture.

Only 33 Democrats, 12 Republicans and one independent voted to advance the bill, while 15 Democrats joined 37 Republicans and one independent to block it.

Five of the six senators running for president voted in favour of the overhaul: Republican John McCain and Democrats Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Christopher Dodd and Joe Biden.

Hillary Clinton voted for this monstrous bill and therefore is unfit for the Presidency. Ditto Obama and McCain. Next time you hear someone say that McCain is a courageous independent Republican remind them that McCain voted for an immigration amnesty bill that would change the demographics of America for the worse.

So at least one dozen Republican Senators should be targeted for defeat in primaries when they next run for reelection. Ditto the Democrats who voted for it.

The bill was very unpopular with the public.

Only 13 percent of those in a CBS News Survey taken earlier this week said they supported passage of the bill. Almost three times that number, 35 percent, opposed it. Even more, 51 percent, said they did not know enough about the immigration legislation to say whether they supported passage.

See these post comments for lists of who voted for and against cloture (which is effectively for and against immigration amnesty). Note that some Senators who voted against cloture really wanted this bill to pass but jumped ship once they saw it was going down.

The best alternative is "enforcement only" where our immigration laws get enforced in a massive effort that includes large scale deportations.

"Enforcement first," or even "enforcement only," is how opponents of the Senate bill describe their alternative to immigration reform. That is, enforce the laws already on the books, and life in the US will become uncomfortable enough that many of the 12 million illegal immigrants now here will leave of their own volition. Beef up the border, and fewer will make it into the US in the first place.

"What we'd like to see is [government officials] enforce the laws that currently exist, which they have never done," says Ira Mehlman of The Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in Washington. "Most Americans fundamentally find objectionable that to even consider enforcing our laws we have to first make a deal with the people who break the laws."

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 June 28 10:19 PM  Immigration Politics

John S Bolton said at June 29, 2007 1:40 AM:

One-worlders got a major comeuppance from patriotic Americans.
Congratulations are in order, with special mention for those bloggers who facilitated
the sending of messages to Senators.
The whole business hinged on speed and obscurity, and unresponsiveness and low alertness on the part of the public.
The Senate cannot move as fast as the internet, even when they try to move with unprecedented speed.

Italo said at June 29, 2007 3:25 AM:

After the defeat of this monstrous bill, the current ramshackle immigration system remains in place.
In 2006 l.2 million legal immigrants, under the ungodly 1965 Immigration Act --- on top of 2 million border jumpers and visa over-stayers --- accomplished permanent entry into the United States.
The time has come to wipe the phrase " fait accompli " out of the American language and kick it back to the French.
A good, stiff, program of DEPORTATION is what the doctor ordered ( Eisenhower ), but the political prostitutes in the White House and Congress have rendered this an impossibility, or --- there go those French talkers again --- a fait accompli!
Here's hoping for better days in 2009.


Ivan said at June 29, 2007 5:41 AM:

Can folks here clarify something (homefully with an attributed source):
Are local law enforcement officials allowed to enforce immigration laws?

If discovered to be illegal, can then be help till INS arrives? Can the be directly deported be the local police?
Is there a trial or hearing involved to prove their status?

Seems like an important issue as the only way enforcement could occur is with a distributed effort.

Ned said at June 29, 2007 6:12 AM:

Parapundit and the other blogs deserve immense credit for helping to stop this monstrous amnesty bill dead in its tracks. A few days ago it looked like a done deal. As Mark Tapscott says, it's been a good week for the Right (http://www.examiner.com/blogs/tapscotts_copy_desk/2007/6/29/An-Incredible-Week-for-Conservatives-on-The-Long-March-to-Right-America).

birch barlow said at June 29, 2007 2:00 PM:

McCain voted for an immigration amnesty bill that would change the demographics of America for the worse.

But don't you know, The Bell Curve is the equivalent to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion*? Poor Central American peasants with an 8th grade education (or less), and a history of having kids with ridiculous high school dropout rates, are becoming upper middle class Americans, don't you see? If you don't believe that, you're as crazy and bigoted as someone promoting the truth of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Comprehensive immigration reform now!

*Scroll Down or [Ctrl + f] "bell"

dchamil said at June 29, 2007 4:28 PM:

If deporting the illegals is a big job, we better get started, no?

Mensarefugee said at June 29, 2007 5:20 PM:

This voter routing of the Senate kinda reminds me of a dog that rediscovers a taste for raw meat. The voters have been powerless for so long, between an unresponsive government, an extremely biased media and last but not least a dickhead majority in the Supreme Court.

Now, having tasted blood - I think less egging on will be necessary to rouse the masses next time round.

Randall Parker said at June 29, 2007 6:19 PM:

John Bolton,

I think the immigration restrictionist forces emerge from this battle much bigger, more mainstream, and quite invigorated. The American public has shifted in our direction. The mainstream sorta conservatives at places like the National Review have mostly split deeply with Bush on immigration and feel deeply insulted by him.

The ability of immigration restrictionists to respond very quickly is a sign that American politics is changing. We need to stay extremely alert. But most of all, we need to start defeating the open borders politicians at the polls. We need to defeat them in primaries and general elections.

Mark said at June 29, 2007 7:21 PM:

This was the easy round.

In 2009 or 2010, the stakes may be a lot higher and the odds of winning a lot lower than this time around.

The biggest winner from this battle, as far as I can tell, is the Democrats.

Bush is a total moron for playing into their hands on this one.

Bush may be worse for the Republicans than Carter was for the Democrats.

Randall Parker said at June 30, 2007 7:26 AM:


One thing I did in this latest battle was to start linking to the Senate contact list before any other blogger I know did. Then I sent an email to several others with Congressional contact links and asked them to do likewise. I even sent them reminders that they needed to do this periodically. They all did. I think that propagated to still other sites. That was probably the biggest impact I had in this latest battle, even bigger than what I wrote here. Though I also have some readers (who never post in the comments) at major conservative publications with much bigger audiences who read me regularly to get ideas for their own writings.

John S Bolton said at July 1, 2007 4:30 PM:

There is definitely a lot of leverage being developed in this way, where an issue
resonates across constituencies who have been locked out of consideration,
due to conspiracies of silence in mainstream publishing.
The next issues will likely be those where 'opinion elites' are most discordant
with the public, and have been able to maintain debate blackouts
by ruthless smearing and exclusionary policies.
It's hardly been allowed to be spoken of, but this
public response to politicians on S.1348 and S.1649, organized through the internet,
is the biggest anyone can remember.
USAToday, reporting on NumbersUSA's system for alerting voters to send messages to Congress, says that
" Beck said his organization, which focuses on immigration-related issues, generated more than two million faxes against the immigration bill since May. Hours before the Senate vote, the Capitol switchboard was swamped with phone calls.

"The intensity level and the passions on this bill, we've never seen anything like it. Not even close," said Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., who voted against the bill despite a call from Bush."
The people can tell when traitorous power-seekers are moving in for the kill,
and they respond as though the worst was about to happen.
There's a similarity to the national gun control issue in the 90's:
political insiders are stunned at a public response, which has nothing to do with what
they had determined to be respectable opinion, hobnobbing among themselves,
dismissing the overwhelming majority as yahoos.

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