Didn't work out the way you planned, right?
Good move, GOP
Senate Vote Shelves Immigration Bill
By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer 24 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - The Senate sidetracked sweeping immigration legislation Friday amid partisan recriminations, leaving in doubt prospects for passage of a measure that offered the hope of citizenship to millions of men, women and children living in the United States illegally.Arlen, why are you lying.
The bill gained only 38 votes on a key procedural test, far short of the 60 needed to advance.
The vote marked a turnabout from Thursday, when the Senate's two leaders had both hailed a last-minute compromise as a breakthrough in the campaign to enact the most far-reaching changes in immigration law in two decades.
But Republicans soon accused Democrats of trying to squelch their amendments, while Democrats accused the GOP of trying to kill their own bill by filibuster.
"It's not gone forward because there's a political advantage for Democrats not to have an immigration bill," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid countered, "The amendments were being offered by people who didn't want the bill."
The vote fell nearly along party lines, with Democrats in favor of advancing the bill and Republicans opposed.
The House has passed legislation limited to border security, but Speaker
Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and other leaders have signaled their willingness in recent days to broaden the bill in compromise talks with the Senate.
But Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., said anything with what he called amnesty would not get agreement from a majority in the House.
You boys fucked up. You let Tancredo, who is a racist and a fantacist, run the show. He represents the past, people, the past. Instead of focusing on crime and exploitation, they focused on brown people and well, the jig was up. Monday should be fun, with maybe a million people in the streets of various cities.
This is the gift that keeps on giving. The public wants a guest worker path to citizenship, the Hispanics are convinced the GOP hates them, and the Dems can just agree to the guest worker to citizenship program and get all the credit for it.
This was a massive disaster for the GOP, because they let the idiots run the show. Sure, when you ask people, they don't like illegal immigration. But you should have asked what they wanted to do about it. Denying the birthright of children and declarining 11m people felons was not what they had in mind. That didn't even play with the fundies, who work with immigrant communities.
You didn't even raise the specter of drug gangs and MS-13, just brown people hatred.
When Tom Tancredo said he thought the illegals would just go back home if they arrested employers, he should have been told to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down. Instead he
gets profiled on nightline.
Oh yeah, you don't think young blacks and hispanics are gonna do immigrant work, do you? Fuck no, they want the same jobs whites want, with union benefits and promotions. Cleaning toilets isn't on the agenda.
The unspoken racist and classist assumption is that immigrants were gone, people would take these jobs. And they won't. Black people are not new to this country, neither are most Hispanics. They want the same jobs and have the same expectations that whites do. They aren't going to do those low end jobs, period.
Because American society has said: those jobs are beneath you. Well, until they raise the wages. And that isn't on the agenda either.
The GOP thinks if all the immigrants are gone, the poor will take those jobs. Nope. The reason they had to hire illegals was that Americans wouldn't do the jobs and put up with the crap they do, because they had no choice.
posted by Steve @ 1:07:00 PM