A very hearty and sincere thank you to Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) for being clear that she opposed the Kennedy-McCain-Bush-Graham Amnesty legislation from the start and consistently. A less than hearty but still sincere thank you to Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) one of the “NO Amnesty Eight” who rose to the occasion this morning to help drive a stake in the heart of this monstrous legislative attempt to undermine America’s border security and put citizenship up for sale.
If you are a fellow North Carolinian, give a call to Sens. Dole and Burr to thank them for standing up for you today.
**Afternoon Update** — It is great to have a Congresswoman like Sue Myrick! I used to live in Jim Moran (D-VA) who was completely useless. Myrick is great, especially on immigration! Here is her statement on the Amnesty Crash-N-Burn.
Today, the US Senate voted down the immigration/amnesty bill 53-46. Prior to the vote, Rep. Myrick signed onto Secure Borders FIRST (For Integrity, Reform, Safety and anti-Terrorism) Act of 2007, which was introduced in the House today by Reps. King (R-NY) and Smith (R-TX). This legislation would take real concrete steps to secure our borders and put an end to illegal immigration.
“The Secure Borders FIRST Act is what Congress should pass before we consider anything else. I have said it before, and I will say it again…if we don’t secure the borders and enforce our laws, nothing else we enact will work,” said Rep. Myrick. “The common sense policy of ‘enforcement first’ is what the American people want, and that’s why I support this bill”.
The Secure Borders FIRST Act mandates that DHS gain operational control of all our borders within the next six years, authorizes additional border-security personnel, requires expedited removal for any illegal aliens apprehended within 100 miles of the border within two weeks of entry, and makes alien street gang members deportable and inadmissible. The bill also includes strong worksite-enforcement provisions and requires tamper-resistant biometric social security cards to minimize fraud.
Regarding the defeat of the Senate amnesty bill, Rep. Myrick stated: “The American people killed this bill. They want secure borders and they want our laws enforced. It is that simple; until we know these things are done, amnesty bills will continue to fail.”
FINAL ROLL CALL ON CLOTURE
The one sane Senator left from the state of South Carolina sums up my feelings after this political disaster given to us by President Bush, John McCain, Harry Reid and
Lucy Lindsey Graham.
“When the U.S. Senate brought the Amnesty bill back up this week, they declared war on the American people. This act created a crisis of confidence in their government. Thankfully, the American people won today,” said Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC).
“This is remarkable because it shows that Americans are engaged and they care deeply about their country. They care enough for their country to get mad and to fight for it, and that’s the most important thing of all. Americans made phone calls and sent letters, and convinced the Senate to stop this bill.”
“The Senate rejected this bill and the heavy-handed tactics used to ram it through. Americans do not want more of the same – amnesty and broken promises on the border. Americans want legislation to be written in public – not in secret – and they want Congress to engage in an open and fair debate.”
“There is a better way forward without this bill. The President has said that the border security measures can be implemented over the next 18 months, and they can be done under current law. Now the Administration needs to prove it and stop holding border security hostage for amnesty.”
“Once we have secured the border and restored trust with the American people, we can begin to take additional steps.”
For today, at least… We, The People have reclaimed our role. There is much more work to do in order to fully restore our place in this Republic.
In closing…. I hereby nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for Senate Minority Leader!