The bill that was passed in the Senate yesterday is nothing more than an amnesty plan.
The Senate yesterday easily approved an immigration bill that allows 10 million illegal aliens to become citizens, doubles the flow of legal immigration each year and will cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $54 billion over the next 10 years.
The leaders of both parties hailed the 62-36 passage as a historic success.
Majority Leader Bill Frist said the vote represented the “very best” of the Senate.
“This is a success for the American people,” the Tennessee Republican said. “It is a success for people who hope to participate someday in that American dream.”
This bill isn’t just bad – it’s dangerous because it encourages more illegals to cross the border:
“The amnesty provisions and the fact that the enforcement provisions will not kick in immediately mean to me that this will not solve the illegal immigration problem,” Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, said today. “This will, in fact, make the illegal immigration problem much bigger.”
Senator Isakson proposed an amendment that would not initiate the guest worker and amnesty programs until after Homeland Security confirmed the border was secure. It was killed.
I’m embarrassed to say that both of my Senators, DeWine and Voinovich, voted for the bill.
Update: Read Thomas Sowell’s article “The Senate’s ‘Tough’ Immigration Bill.” It explains in great detail the insanity of the Senate immigration bill.
Right of center bloggers are reacting:
Alexandra offers a postmortem on the immigration bill
Dafydd at Big Lizards asks if conservatives will play dog-in-the-manger.
California Conservative offers reaction from Chris Simcox of the Minutemen.
Ed Morrissey has a lot of analysis.
AllahPundit at Hot Air has a lot of reaction as well as how the senators voted.
Michelle Malkin puts the Senate’s actions in the correct perspective: Any hope now rests with the House.
Dan Riehl sees this as the slide toward socialism.
John Hawkins is right on when he says the Senate vote ended with Mexico 62 — America 36