The Senate Votes Against Funding The Wall
“Comprehensive reform” is just another way of saying, “We want amnesty for illegals now and then we’ll talk about securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws later.” Here’s one more piece of proof that’s the case:
“Less than two months after voting overwhelmingly to build 370 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico, the Senate yesterday voted against providing funds to build it.
“We do a lot of talking. We do a lot of legislating,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican whose amendment to fund the fence was killed on a 71-29 vote. “The things we do often sound very good, but we never quite get there.”
Mr. Sessions offered his amendment to authorize $1.8 billion to pay for the fencing that the Senate voted 83-16 to build along high-traffic areas of the border with Mexico. In the same vote on May 17, the Senate also directed 500 miles of vehicle barriers to be built along the border.
But the May vote simply authorized the fencing and vehicle barriers, which on Capitol Hill is a different matter from approving the federal expenditures needed to build it.
“If we never appropriate the money needed to construct these miles of fencing and vehicle barriers, those miles of fencing and vehicle barriers will never actually be constructed,” Mr. Sessions told his colleagues yesterday before the vote.
Virtually all Democrats were joined by the chamber’s lone independent and 28 Republicans in opposing Mr. Session’s amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Only two Democrats — Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Thomas R. Carper of Delaware — supported funding the fence.
All told, 34 senators — including most of the Republican leadership — voted in May to build the fence but yesterday opposed funding it.”
They can find money for bridges to nowhere, for pay raises, for PBS, for the National Endowment of the Arts, and for every ludicrous scientific study and pork project imaginable, but when it comes time to build a wall to secure our Southern border from illegals, criminal gangs, drug dealers, and terrorists, it’s, “We just can’t seem to find room in the budget for it.”
That’s how it always goes with illegal immigration. All these politicians talk about how tough they are on illegal immigration. They want the laws enforced and they want the border secured…at least that’s what they tell the voters. Then somehow, the funds for it never quite get appropriated, and the border patrol never gets the manpower it needs, and successful programs that actually get rid of illegal aliens are immediately killed after complaints from lobbyists and members of Congress.
These guys want to legalize the illegals that are here and start a guest worker program? Ok, tell you what: the day after…
— We actually start deporting every illegal alien we catch.
— The wall is fully built.
— The number of border patrol agents is doubled.
— 250 business owners who knowingly hired illegal aliens are in jail.
…then come back and let’s talk about putting together a guest worker program and amnesty for the illegals who are still here.
How does that compromise sound?
Hat tip to Polipundit for the story, where they have it under the headline of, “They Voted For It, Before They Voted Against Paying For It!”