Via the Washington Post:
Senators approved sweeping legislation Thursday to remake the nation’s immigration system for the first time in a generation by spending tens of billions of dollars to bolster security along the U.S. southern border and offering a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
By a vote of 68 to 32, senators concluded a nearly month-long debate of the 1,200-page measure. Fourteen Republicans voted with every member of the Senate Democratic caucus to approve the bill.
The 14 Senate Republicans who voted to hand Obama a big political victory when he needed one, disdain the rule of law, and provide the Democrat Party with millions more voters are as follows:
Great job guys. Hopefully they’ll all be primaried for this. The good news is that the House has no intention (at the moment) to move the Senate’s amnesty bill forward:
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) laid down steep markers Thursday by declaring that a majority of his GOP colleagues would need to support any immigration bill voted on in the House — and any potential compromise legislation negotiated with the Senate.
“For any legislation, including a conference report, to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of the majority of our members,” he said.
Most House Republicans have dismissed the Senate bill as providing insufficient border security measures and being too generous to the nation’s illegal immigrants.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), a key deputy GOP whip, on Thursday labeled the Senate bill a “pipe dream” that won’t come up for a vote in the House.
“The House has no capacity to move that bill in its entirety,” Roskam said at a breakfast hosted by the National Review. “It just won’t happen.”
Boehner and other top Republicans have endorsed a more methodical, piecemeal approach and plan to consider several stand-alone proposals instead of the comprehensive approach favored by the Senate.
On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve a high-skilled worker visa proposal. Already the panel has approved legislation that would provide federal grants to local and state law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws and would make it a federal crime to be in the United States illegally. The panel also approved an agricultural guest worker program last week.
Keep your fingers crossed. Assuming the House doesn’t take this up before the August recess, here’s hoping the Tea Party and other conservative groups mobilize and give their representatives in Congress an earful as they did during the August 2009 recess when Obamacare was being debated. The big difference between then and now is that the GOP controls the House, although my confidence in Boehner to follow through and resist cutting a beltway deal is, to put it mildly, not very high. He needs to hear from us this summer in no uncertain terms. Game on.