“Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and the Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, both sided with supporters, a reflection of the bipartisan backing for a bill that was months in the drafting and survived several near-death experiences. In all, 38 Democrats, 23 Republicans and one independent voted for the bill, while 32 Republicans opposed and four Democrats opposed it.
Conservative critics attacked the legislation to the end after trying unsuccessfully to pull it apart with amendments.
‘This bill will not secure our borders,’ said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of the most persistent critics.
‘This is amnesty,’ added David Vitter, R-La., who tried last week to strip out provisions relating to citizenship.
Not so, said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, in a rebuttal to weeks of debate. ‘They have to pay a fine. They have to undergo a criminal background check. They have to pay back taxes, they have to learn English and they have to go to the back of the line,’ he said, referring to illegal immigrants who would apply for citizenship.”
“‘They have to pay a fine. They have to undergo a criminal background check. They have to pay back taxes, they have to learn English and they have to go to the back of the line,’ he said, referring to illegal immigrants who would apply for citizenship.”
— We’ll see Sen Specter, we’ll see. Somehow we suspect that the Senate bill encourage more employers to seek labor, removing low skilled jobs from our poor legal U.S. citizens who may be looking for work in order to get off of welfare in this country. We’ll see… This doesn’t have a chance of passing in the House right now and it doesn’t say much about what will be done about illegals who choose NOT TO SIGN UP, pay the fines and taxes and get on the back of the line!!! I’m sure we will be getting more of the details very soon via our biased MSM.