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December 17, 2005

Border bill passes the House

Filed under: Border Security,Congress and HLS — by Christian Beckner on December 17, 2005

The Washington Post reports on the vote on Friday evening on the border bill. The details of what was passed are irrelevant at this point; they are as predictive as forecasting the winner of a baseball game with a 2-1 score in the bottom of the 2nd.

The key point:

The future of the immigration bill is unclear. In the Senate, bipartisan support is growing for legislation co-authored by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) that would combine border enforcement measures with a guest-worker program. But a large number of House conservatives say they will never accept such a measure.

“I really worry that anything we do over here will be a vehicle for a guest-worker program,” said Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).

Tancredo agreed: “Now the fight begins.”

The details of the roll call vote are here.

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Pingback by Homeland Security Watch » Blog Archive » WSJ and WaPo editorial pages don’t like the border bill

December 29, 2005 @ 4:44 pm

[…] I think the “many of whom know better” comment is exactly right. As I argued earlier here and here, we’re still in the early innings on this legislation, and for many members of Congress this was a consequence-free vote. […]

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