[Rushtalk] The RINOs are Killing us - They Killed Senator Cornyn border security 'trigger' TOO!
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Tue Jul 2 12:49:57 MDT 2013
Senate votes 54-43 to reject Cornyn plan for border security 'trigger'
By Ramsey Cox - 06/20/13 12:03 PM ET
The Senate on Thursday rejected Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) immigration
reform bill amendment that would have put mandatory border security
triggers in place before immigrants were given legal status.
The Senate voted 54-43 to table the amendment, which was seen as crucial
to get more Republican support for the legislation. But Sens. John
Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are expected to release an
alternative border security enforcement amendment later Thursday.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) split with his fellow GOP Gang of Eight
members by voting against tabling Cornyn's amendment,..... while
Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), RINO
Lindsey Graham (S.C.) RINO
Jeff Flake (Ariz.) RINO
voted to kill Cornyn's amendment.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ?? also voted to table the amendment.
Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) voted in
support of considering Cornyn's amendment.
Cornyn’s "Results" amendment would have required that the border
enforcement standards in the underlying Gang of Eight bill be met before
anyone could be granted permanent legal status.
“My amendment is designed to turn border security rhetoric into reality.
More specifically it would have a trigger,” Cornyn said ahead of the
“The difference between my amendment and their bill is that their bill
promises the sun and the moon when it comes to border security but it
has no trigger mechanism.”
The Senate bill under consideration sets the goals of 100 percent
border-monitoring capabilities and a 90 percent apprehension rate of
illegal entrants along the Southern border, but does not require the
Department of Homeland Security to have them in place before granting
permanent legal residency.
Cornyn’s amendment would have made those goals mandatory.
“My amendment realigns all of the incentives for people across the
political spectrum to make sure that the federal government and
bureaucracies keep their commitment,” Cornyn said.
Cornyn’s amendment also would have required the DHS to have a biometric
entry-exit system fully operational before anyone is given legal status.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) criticized
Cornyn's amendment for being "unrealistic," and said it would delay the
path to citizenship for years. Leahy added that most of the amendment
was "bad" because it would increase the cost of the bill by billions of
The Senate is considering the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and
Immigration Modernization Act.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he hoped the vote to
table Cornyn’s amendment would help produce an agreement to vote on more
amendments Thursday. He has also said he wants work completed on the
bill by the July 4 recess, even if that means weekend votes.
The bipartisan group of eight senators, known as the Gang of Eight,
introduced S. 744, which would create a pathway to citizenship for
illegal immigrants already in the country, toughen border security,
create a guest-worker program and boost high-skilled immigration.
Republicans have complained that the legislation would provide amnesty
in 13 years for the nearly 11 million illegal residents before
strengthening border enforcement. Several GOP amendments on border
security enforcement have been defeated.
On Wednesday, the Senate tabled an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
that would have required Congress to vote on border security measures
before legal status was granted.
More than 200 amendments have been files, but only 12 have been
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