Chambliss, Isakson Oppose Ending Debate on Immigration Amendment

From a press release:                                                                                                     

WASHINGTON – Today (last night), the United States Senate voted to end debate on the Leahy substitute amendment #1183 to S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

The motion to end debate requires 60 votes in favor, regardless of the number of senators voting against. Due to flight delays, U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., missed the cloture vote. Chambliss and Isakson would have voted no on the motion to end debate.

The motion to end debate passed by a vote of 67-27. There will now be a vote to adopt the Leahy amendment #1183 later in the week.

“I regret my flight delay tonight prevented me from voting against ending debate on the 1,200 page Leahy substitute amendment,” said Chambliss.“We all know our immigration system is broken and we need to fix it. However, we should be having a full and open debate on solutions, not rushing to finish the bill before Sen. Reid’s artificial deadline.  I have serious concerns with several provisions in the bill including border security, interior enforcement, and the program designed to address our agricultural labor workforce, and until those concerns are addressed I cannot support limiting debate.”

“I regret that I missed today’s vote because my first flight was canceled and my next flight was delayed by bad weather. Had I been here for the vote, I would have voted no on this motion to end debate on this amendment,” said Isakson. “While I appreciate and applaud the vast improvements in the border security provisions, I feel there were still too many waivers and other loopholes that could have allowed green cards to be issued before our nation’s borders were truly secured.”


  1. saltycracker says:

    Last minute tweaking as reps get their trade offs in, but, does anyone really know what is or will be in the final bill being voted on ? Or are we worn down to, who cares, just get it over with ?

  2. Scott65 says:

    I guess having our border with MX included in the top 10 militarized zones in the world just isnt good enough.

  3. rrrrr says:

    It’s NOT amnesty! is the cry from the hill…

    Even as leaders “outraged” about security breaches and IRS abuse charge forward to pass legislation that would effectively lift an injunction – now working its way through the courts against the director of DHS precisely because she doesn’t have the authority under the law to slow roll deportations AKA Dream Act lite.

    Sorry Charlie…

    Just like I won’t find you in my can of Star Kist Tuna any time soon, I can’t see it any other way. But out of respect for your status, perhaps we can call it one of these;

    Ongoing Mass commutation of “sentence” issued by the Pres

    Ongoing Mass Clemency

    Ongoing Mass Pardon

    The Corker-Hoeven visa overstay loophole
    BY CONN CARROLL | JUNE 24, 2013 AT 4:05 PM
    Molly Riley/AP Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

    You can build the largest fence in the world, and man it with a million border patrol agents, but if you invite hundreds of thousands of immigrants to enter the country legally every year on a “temporary” basis, and then fail to track whether or not they leave, you’ll still get a large illegal immigrant population. And that is exactly the problem with the Corker-Hoeven immigration amendment.

    According to the Pew Hispanic Center, about 45 percent of the current illegal immigrant population first came to the United States on a legal visa, and only became part of the unauthorized population when they remained in the country after their visa expired.

    And according to the Congressional Budget Office, not only will the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill leave 3.5 million immigrants in the country without legal status, but it will also add about 4.8 million people to the illegal immigrant population by 2023, thanks to the bill’s “temporary” guest worker program.

    In other words, even after spending $46 billion on border security over the next ten years, the Schumer-Rubio immigration does nothing to solve the illegal immigration problem. We will still have an 8.3 million person illegal immigrant population and Democrats will be pushing for yet another amnesty.

    Observing our leaders of late, in their eyes our country seems to believe in the “Hotel California” or “Roach Motel” approach to immigration, because either way – You can check in or out any time you like, but you won’t ever leave …

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