Immigration Smack-Down: America vs. Senate

Posted: June 16, 2007 by April Watkins in Current Events, Immigration, Our Government, Politics
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Most Americans can take a deep breath of relief as the U.S. Senate failed to pass vote of cloture on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform ACT, also known as CIRA.   A cloture is a method of parliamentary procedure that allows a voting body to close debate and take an immediate vote on the issue.  The cloture vote would have tabled any further discussion on this colossal bill which is filled with utopian ideals, unrealistic budget obligations and feckless border control.   


Democrats had been pushing for a cloture vote on the CIRA bill in order to quickly pass the bill before the growing public outcry became too intense.  Grassroots organizations alerted their constituents to the pending disastrous vote resulting in millions of Americans taking the time to call, fax and email their Senators to voice their opposition.  According to a recent Rasmussen poll, a majority of American voters (48%) flatly opposed the bill, with only 26% in favor of it.  The remaining 26-28% was not sure about the bill based on their limited knowledge of it.    The cabal of renegade Republicans who helped craft the “immigration compromise” bill took a beating from their conservative base this week.   Sadly, Republican Senators McCain, Graham, Hagel, Lugar, Martinez, Specter and Voinovich caved to big businesses and special interest groups that profit from illegal immigration and crossed party lines to vote for this monstrosity of legislation.    


Eleven bold Democratic Senators (Baucus, Bingaman, Boxer, Byrd, Dorgan, Landrieu, McCaskill, Pryor, Rockefeller, Tester and Webb) stood with their constituents and voted against their party platform saying “no” to the CIRA bill.    The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act bill is simply too costly; not only in terms of money, but in terms of America’s future.  It places the burden of a new welfare-type allocation on American taxpayers by allowing access to benefits and programs to millions of aliens that have not contributed corresponding tax dollars, or even blood and sweat equity, to the government kitty.    


I urge each of you to take a minute to consider how the issue of immigration could affect you and your family.  Here are some points to ponder: 

  • Currently, America is home to 26 million legal aliens (immigrants) and an estimated 12-20 million illegal (non-documented) aliens; meaning approximately one in every eight people in America is foreign born.  How sure are you of their allegiance to America’s best interests?
  • Across the country, illegal aliens (by definition breakers of our law) are currently receiving government benefits, including welfare, education, and health care.  While they benefit from your tax dollars, does your family have adequate benefits?  Are you confident that you will be able to receive all the benefits into which you have contributed?
  • We already have laws to prohibit illegal immigration, but no effective enforcement.  Are you convinced that more legislation is necessary to solve the problem?
  • And maybe the most important question of all…is it in our interest to allow access to our country to every soul that appears on our soil? 

If we have learned anything from this past week, it is that average American citizens can effect decisions made in Washington, D.C.  We spoke up to state our disapproval of the proposed solution to the immigration reform mess. The ramifications of bad legislation, such as CIRA, can reach out to touch your family and your wallet.  Together, we must stay informed of what our legislators are doing…and that is Why It Matters.   

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