More Than Half Of Republican Senators Vote Against Amnesty Bill

That’s the headline at The Hill, except it says “immigration bill” rather than amnesty bill. Alternated headline: 100% of Democrats Vote For Amnesty Bill that Doesn’t Actually Secure The Border And Will Allow Criminals To Obtain Legal Status and Federal Benefits

(The Hill) More than half of the Senate GOP conference voted against the immigration reform bill.

Leading critics of the bill complained that it repeated the mistakes of the last major immigration reform in 1986 by granting “legalization before border security.”

“It continues false promises of a secured border,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said. “It ought to be enforcement now and legalization later.”

The vote was 68-32, and here are the 14 Republican senators that need to be primaried

Marco Rubio (Fla.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeffrey Chiesa (N.J.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.)

The two worst are Rubio and Ayotte, who ran as amnesty opponents, yet voted yes for this legislation.

Meanwhile, it looks like Paul Ryan, who’s a fan of the Senate amnesty bill, has noted that the House won’t bother with this turd of a bill

(Politico) Rep. Paul Ryan says the House won’t be taking up the Senate immigration bill, but it will be working on its own legislation that he says will create a “workable legal immigration system.”

The Wisconsin Republican told Sean Hannity on Fox News on Wednesday that the border security amendment to immigration reform passed by the Senate brings that bill closer to the House position, but he wants to make sure there are “triggers” in the final bill.

“We’re not going to bring up the Senate bill, we’re going to do it our own way, on our own very methodical way, because we want to make sure we get this stuff right,” Ryan said. “We want to have real triggers on the border, real triggers on what we call the e-verify.”

What they should do is drop the subject for the time being and work on economic legislation, perhaps with a few quickie bills interspersed that do things like secure the border, implement biometric tracking for those coming to America for temporary stays, and methods to drive illegals out, such as implementing massive criminal and civil penalties on companies that hire any illegal, whether they be a border jumper or someone who overstayed their visa.

And, as if we needed to see that far left opinion regarding the way immigration reform should go, here’s the far left New Republic with Four Misguided Ideas the House is About to Inject in the Immigration Debate

  • Undocumented immigrants as nefarious criminals (liberals want them treated with kid gloves)
  • The dreaded “trigger” (liberals want no impediment to full voting rights for illegals)
  • The border needs securing (they want open borders..of course, most liberals do not live near the border and aren’t concerned with the problems that occur due to illegals coming across)
  • Immigration reform will cost billions (they buy into the notion that legalizing them will save money)

Anyhow, did I mention that the 14 Republicans who voted for the amnesty bill should be primaried?

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