The Senate sidetracked sweeping immigration legislation Friday, leaving in doubt prospects for passing a bill offering the hope of citizenship to millions of men, women and children living in the United States illegally.
A carefully crafted compromise that supporters had claimed could win an overwhelming majority received only 38 of the 60 votes necessary to protect it from weakening amendments by opponents.
Republicans were united in the 38-60 parliamentary vote, with even GOP supporters of the bill saying that its opponents should get votes on their amendments. Democrats, who have insisted on no amendments, lost six votes from their members.
An alternative bill by Majority Leader Bill Frist — with no provision to let illegal immigrants stay but imposing large fines on employers who hire them — received even less support in a 36-62 test vote.
No legislation is much better than leaving our borders unprotected, yet rewarding lawbreakers who cross it and putting American citizenship up for a $2,000 price.
I guess my calls this week to my two Senators helped!