Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Illegals Part II
The Immigration Reform/Amnesty Bill looks like it's going to have a tough time in the Senate. Currently "fewer than 20" Senators are pledging support.
"Opposition comes from the left and the right -- and both sides are vowing to offer amendments to try to move the bill. What is not clear is whether the two sides will be willing to team up to scuttle the bill.
A Washington Times survey of Senate offices and public comments after the deal was announced Thursday found an additional 32 senators who said they cannot even take a position yet -- a result of the fact that the deal was written in secret by a dozen senators and the Bush administration, wasn't even finalized until yesterday and still hasn't reached many Senate offices. " (source)
Opposition from the Left:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this weekend said he will insist that the bill's guest-worker provision be slashed from 400,000 per year down to 100,000 per year.
Opposition from the Right:
"Those on the right oppose the instant probationary status and path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the country. Some have also raised questions about whether the Department of Homeland Security can handle the new security measures and the massive legalization program."
Republican supporters of the bill are being booed at speaking engagements and being barraged by constituents with requests to scrap the bill.
McCain says he is "disappointed" in Fred Thompson for opposing the bill. (source)
Sen. John McCain (AZ)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC)
Sen. Arlen Specter (PA)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA)
Sen. Mel Martinez (FL)
Sen. Jon Kyle (AZ)
GOP Opposition (most vocal):
Sen. Jeff Sessions of (AL)
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (IA)