Saturday, July 28, 2007

Border Security Advocates Heard in D.C.

After the Senate immigration reform bill failed, Jon Kyl publicly articulated his understanding that the public was asking for a commitment to border security before considering anything else, particularly amnesty. Senator Kyl stated that he heard the message and would respond.

True to his word, Kyl championed the Border Security First Act which provides $3 billion for more border security including more agents, surveillance equipment, vehicle barriers and 700 miles of fence along with funding to clean up the Basic Pilot Program database.

The bill passed on an 89-1 vote after a provision against sanctuary cities was removed.

In the meantime, the House on Wednesday voted to prevent the Bureau of Prisons from keeping former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Alonso Compean in federal prison while they await their appeals.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks like some missed the boat with their predictions:
Elías Bermúdez, leader of the activist group Immigrants Without Borders, said an enforcement bill will be ill-fated. “I don’t think it will pass. I don’t think they’ll find a single Democrat who will go for enforcement only – and they are going to need the Democrats,” he said.

Well, they did find one Democrat willing to vote the other way, but it was the only vote against, not for.

Carl H said...

Notice to everyone.

I have reason to believe that the passage of this appropriation for border security is merely a security blanket.

Senator Specter is mixing a batch of kool aid (amnesty three) and a lot of Senators felt they had to vote for this appropriation as cover so that they can vote for the newest amnesty bill.

Please contact Senator Kyl and tell him thank you for voting for this appropriation and urge him to vote against the Specter amnesty bill.

Anonymous said...

Specter's ammendment isn't likely to go anywhere. Even Kyl has made comments to this effect. He learned his lesson as have others. Amnesty isn't going to fly in this session.