Thursday, June 21, 2007

Immigration Update

The Senate's "grand compromise" immigration bill has been revived under a deal that will limit the number of amendments to 11 for each party. While Democrats are expected to support the bill overwhelmingly, Republicans are divided. Today's Washington Times breaks down the GOP split into three camps: supporters, opponents and "a large bloc of wavering Republicans" who could determine the outcome. Those "wavering" senators are:

Alexander (TN); Bennett (UT); Chambliss (GA); Cochran (MS); Coleman (MN); Collins (ME); Craig (ID); Domenici (NM); Gregg (NH); Hatch (UT); Hutchison (TX); Isakson (GA); Kyl (AZ); Lott (MS); McConnell (KY); Murkowski (AK); Snowe (ME); Stevens (AK); and Warner (VA).

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Meanwhile, House Democrats are conflicted about how to proceed. According to one report, there is some resistance to the "comprehensive" approach, and a number of Democrats want the issue divided into multiple bills so that security issues could be handled separately from amnesty, for example.

Coincidentally or not, Representatives Peter King (R- NY) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced the Secure Borders First Act yesterday, which contains no amnesty provisions, would enhance border security measures, stiffen workplace enforcement, make English our official language and calls on the president to enforce 12 existing immigration laws.

(Source: Gary Bauer; End of Day; 6/20/07)