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April 10, 2006

Sen. Specter: border bill not dead

Filed under: Border Security,Congress and HLS — by Christian Beckner on April 10, 2006

Immigration and border security legislation was topic #1 on the Sunday morning talk shows; the AP provides a good summary of the discussion in this article. The article quotes Sen. Specter predicting that immigration legislation still has a future in the Senate:

“I think tempers will cool over a two-week period,” said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. “And also, there are going to be some expressions by many people very unhappy with the Senate not passing a bill and very unhappy with the House bill” that would make being an illegal immigrant a felony.

“There’s a real risk of significant political fallout here, and members of the Senate think about that, believe it or not,” Specter said on “Fox News Sunday.”

This prediction is probably correct. The Thursday night compromise came at the last moment before Senators departed for the Easter recess, so in hindsight, it’s not all that surprising that the deal fell apart as quickly as it came together. I expect that the issue will be taken up again after the break, and that a version of the bill very close to the envisioned compromise will pass the Senate. Of course, after that, there’s still a long, long way to go…

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Comment by Jeff Fisher

April 10, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

Spector is always good for stating the obvious.

All proceeding Congresses and Administrations should be held accountable for their failure to prosecute standing law. We are in a mess and Congress will soon learn that the public will not respond to indecision very kindly. A nation only remains sovereign when it has borders and currency. We need to put this partisanship behind us and realize the massive security issues the border presents. What is little acknowledged is the sleeping problem to our north. We need to address and take care of those issues we can fix at this time and stop worrying about those like dirty bombs that are somewhat beyond our control. The border and port issues are within our control. Lets kick Congress and the president in the ass and get them to do there job!

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