Senate kills Cornyn’s border security amendment, with help from McCain and Graham — but not Rubio

posted at 2:01 pm on June 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

I don’t get it.

The Texas Republican’s amendment was tabled by a vote of 54-43. Because it was a vote to table (to put the amendment aside without debating its merits), that means the 53 aye votes were votes against Cornyn’s amendment, and the 43 nay votes were votes in favor of it.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio broke with the Gang of Eight on the amendment, voting not to table it. All other members of the Gang of Eight voted to table it…

Cornyn’s proposal, called the RESULTS Act, would have increased the number of border patrol agents, and required 100 percent “situational awareness” of the border, and a 90 percent apprehension rate of people attempting to cross illegally before any illegal immigrant could apply for a green card.

This vote was meaningless. Once upon a time it looked like Cornyn’s amendment would be the GOP’s big border-security “improvement” to the Gang of Eight, even though it suffers from the same major flaw as the bill itself by granting probationary legalization to illegals before the border has been secured. But Democrats decided that they needed something more watered down; that’s how we ended up with Corker/Hoeven, the new big “improvement.” This was, then, essentially a free vote for the GOP. Democrats could vote unanimously to kill Cornyn’s bill, knowing that Republicans have now settled on Corker’s bill instead as their big face-saving security gesture, and the GOP could vote unanimously in favor of Cornyn knowing that the bill was going to be killed anyway. That’s what Rubio did. Now, when he’s talking to audiences who haven’t been paying attention to this, he can claim that he voted for border security so strict that Democrats had no choice but to block it. But of course, that’s not what really happened; if Reid and Schumer needed Rubio to be the 51st vote in favor of killing Cornyn’s bill, he would have been. That’s what it means to be a member of the Gang of Eight.

As it turns out, Reid didn’t have 51 votes among Democrats alone. Two Dems, red-staters Joe Manchin and Mark Pryor, voted for Cornyn’s bill in order to impress the conservatives back home. Two more, Amy Klobuchar and Jay Rockefeller, were absent from the session. That left him with 50, needing just one Republican from the Gang of Eight to put him over the top — and McCain, being the GOP’s foremost amnesty shill, had already inveighed against Cornyn’s amendment as a “poison pill” a week ago. He was number 51, which gave fellow Gangsters Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, and Rubio a free pass to vote in favor of Cornyn. Instead, all of them except Rubio voted to kill. So, in fact, did Rand Paul, for reasons that escape me unless he concluded that libertarians would have made a frowny face if he voted for a meaningless border security amendment. That’s how Reid got to 54. Why didn’t the other Gang members join Rubio in at least pretending to be in favor of Cornyn’s bill? I … don’t know. At this point, perhaps, they’ve dropped all pretense of wanting more border security. They’ve already assumed the political risk of becoming the faces of the Gang’s bill on the GOP side. What good is a phony vote to tighten the border a little more going to do for them?

Exit question: Remember six years ago when McCain cursed Cornyn out for being squeamish about parts of the last terrible amnesty proposal?

Update: Rand’s apparently going to try to make it up to border hawks with an amendment of his own that would instantly destroy immigration reform if it passed. Which it won’t.


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No deal. Kill the bill.

El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

I hope the devil strikes them all. These are charlatans who scroom the legal citizens of the USA.

Don’t believe a word from Schumer, Rubio, McCain, or any of the gang of 8. Have you ever seen a mor fit name?

Plus, Paul Ryan is an utter moron and traitor.

This new ‘border deal’ is a 100% scan. Don’t fall for it.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Respect the current laws and there’s NO more anyone needs to do.

Otherwise the US will be Bangladesh in no time.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

rubio half hearted catholic, halfhearted mormon, halfhearted conservative, halfhearted rino.

you can half him.

renalin on June 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Same crap everytime. They pull out a last minute “compromise” and then rush off to vote on it. Wouldn’t be surprised if cloture is coming soon.

El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Look at the leftist swine.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Or, is this the part where Rubio now claims to be against the bill that has ended his political future?

Freddy on June 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I heard from people I know who live in AZ that this is McCain’s last term, has anyone else heard the same thing?

ChunkyLover on June 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

So we still don’t know why McCain and Linseed have such animosity towards America huh ?

burrata on June 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

McCain and Graham,

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dummer.

hawkeye54 on June 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

DUI should equal deportation, instead we’re saying that illegal aliens with multiple DUI’s still get to vote?

El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I guess Rubio is trying to get some cover? No No, really, Look I voted this way!!!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on June 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I just realized how my reaction to photos of Rubio has progressed… now when I see one, I think of him as the Eddie Haskell of RINOS…

fabrexe on June 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Disgraceful. But as I’ve said, security doesn’t even matter on this bill.

The supposed security won’t be implemented. Or it will be repealed in the future, by a combo of liberals & the new immigrants.

Get security in place BEFORE amnesty.

Any Republican that doesn’t take this 100% logical reasonable line, about security before amnesty, needs to be primaried out of office. It makes zero sense to have amnesty before security.

Kill this bill. Put forth a security only bill now!

anotherJoe on June 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Instead, all of them except Rubio voted to kill. So, in fact, did Rand Paul, for reasons that escape me unless he concluded that libertarians would have made a frowny face if he voted for a meaningless border security amendment.

Screw Paul. For the life of me, I don’t get why libertarians are cool with open borders.

Bitter Clinger on June 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I guess Rubio is trying to get some cover? No No, really, Look I voted this way!!!

Too late.

hawkeye54 on June 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Rubio heard he was booed at the Tea Party rally yesterday? Suddenly all those assurances from Rove’s Krack Konsultants and the Bushies about being a 2016 shoo-in looking a little weak?

Not that the booing won’t stop Rubio for voting for the final travesty in the Senate.

Wethal on June 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Screw Paul. For the life of me, I don’t get why libertarians are cool with open borders.

Bitter Clinger on June 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Update: Rand’s apparently going to try to make it up to border hawks with an amendment of his own that would instantly destroy immigration reform if it passed. Which it won’t.

El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Hopefully, Cornyn’s political career here in Texas will die a similar death. He’s a joke.

madmonkphotog on June 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

According to a column at the Daily Caller, this was defeated because of the DUI provisions. We need to raise Cain about this and make it a stand alone amendment. Apparently the number of immigrants with DUI is statistically significant for it to be a concern. Write and call you Congress Critters, this should be too much to ask as a dis-qualifier.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Update: Rand’s apparently going to try to make it up to border hawks with an amendment of his own that would instantly destroy immigration reform if it passed. Which it won’t.
El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

An amendment for show. Not impressed.

Bitter Clinger on June 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

DUI should equal deportation, instead we’re saying that illegal aliens with multiple DUI’s still get to vote?

Not only vote, but encouraged to become candidates to run as Dems for offices across the nation.

hawkeye54 on June 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Too late for Rubio. The sunshine hit the mold already.

He is treasonous to the TEA party, which brung him, and a traitor to the land.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Now, when he’s talking to audiences who haven’t been paying attention to this, he can claim that he voted for border security so strict that Democrats had no choice but to block it. But of course, that’s not what really happened; if Reid and Schumer needed Rubio to be the 51st vote in favor of killing Cornyn’s bill, he would have been. That’s what it means to be a member of the Gang of Eight.

Rubio is a rat fink just like the other members of the gang of 8.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

“Put the cart before the horse” has a corollary: “put the security before the amnesty.”

It shouldn’t take an Einstein. It’s not rocket science. A 7 year old could understand that this is obvious.

In other words, no amnesty bill now. A security bill now, amnesty years later.

anotherJoe on June 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Rubio heard he was booed at the Tea Party rally yesterday? Suddenly all those assurances from Rove’s Krack Konsultants and the Bushies about being a 2016 shoo-in looking a little weak?

Wethal on June 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Rubio will be the nominee. Couldn’t stop Romney, who was clearly an out of touch candidate, Rubio will wrap up the nomination in New Hampshire.

El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

According to a column at the Daily Caller, this was defeated because of the DUI provisions. We need to raise Cain about this and make it a stand alone amendment. Apparently the number of immigrants with DUI is statistically significant for it to be a concern. Write and call you Congress Critters, this should be too much to ask as a dis-qualifier.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

+1

A DUI should be a ticket out of the country.

El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Not only vote, but encouraged to become candidates to run as Dems for offices across the nation.

hawkeye54 on June 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

We are hosting many with problems. The chronically ill, drunks and drug addicts have nasty, brutish and short lives down south.

I wonder if any study considered this.

IlikedAUH2O on June 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

DUI should equal deportation, instead we’re saying that illegal aliens with multiple DUI’s still get to vote?

El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Hell, a couple years ago we had an illegal, facing deportation for years, take out three nuns while driving drunk. Immigration essentially shrugged it off like no big deal. This man is a DREAMer and still in the nation thanks to the rat-eared bastard.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Hopefully, Cornyn’s political career here in Texas will die a similar death. He’s a joke.

Having Cruz join him in the senate was pretty much like a whack by a 2×4 wasn’t it? Talk about course correction. Cornyn is now the junior senator.

DanMan on June 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

A 7 year old could understand that this is obvious.

In other words, no amnesty bill now. A security bill now, amnesty years later.

anotherJoe on June 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

The Senate is clearly a lost cause thanks to the rat fink brigade. The House needs to keep this about the security now with the promise for looking after the illegals later. And if the criminals don’t like that they can leave!

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Rubio must be hearing the displeasure of those of us who sent him to the Senate. Newsflash Marco, your a bit late, a bit disingenuous, and I can’t wait for Allen West to primary you next time around.

bartonbulletin on June 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Good. I don’t want any fake “enforcement” amendment that gives GOPers cover to vote for amnesty. Do a stand-alone enforcement bill, let’s see how it works out over 5-10 years, and if it works, revisit amnesty then.

Rational Thought on June 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

In a civilized nation, citizenship is a privileged political and legal status afforded to freeborn individuals with respect to laws, property, and governance.

A country with horse sense also values their lives and wealth.

In your heart, you know I’m right…

IlikedAUH2O on June 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

McCain….. Arrrgghh

Lying cheat…..

cmsinaz on June 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Rubio is redefining in real time what it means to be a weasel. It’s extraordinary. By year’s end we may have a new word in the political lexicon — a “Rubio”, i.e., a republican version of Obama, who’s audacity of two-facedness is match only by his ambition.

rrpjr on June 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

There is no freaking Justice is there!

My Ire is Irked beyond belief at the shenanigans of these nasty stinky cow patties!

(People used to use cow patties for fuel) (;

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

LOL sorry Rub… you let your mask slip and we saw who you really were… still never gonna pull the lever for you EVER or any other “But hes the most electable” idiot again.

watertown on June 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

DUI should equal deportation, instead we’re saying that illegal aliens with multiple DUI’s still get to vote?

The Houston Comical made a mistake yesterday and posted the top 10 most wanted by the FBI in Texas. Guess what, they ran the board. All hispanic males. The comments got out of hand and they pulled the link.

DanMan on June 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Kabuki voting.

PackerBronco on June 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

1986 all over again

cmsinaz on June 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Update: Rand’s apparently going to try to make it up to border hawks with an amendment of his own that would instantly destroy immigration reform if it passed. Which it won’t.

The “No New Pathway to Citizenship Act” amendment would allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States as Registered Provisional Immigrants — a new work visa category — but force them to apply as though they were still in their home country.

These immigrants would not have any advantage over those seeking to immigrate to the United States from outside the country, according to Paul’s office.

rndmusrnm on June 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The chronically ill, drunks and drug addicts have nasty, brutish and short lives down south.

That is so. And any study that support this information is purely racial and bigoted.

Besides which, we need to allow them here to spread the joy among our own population, as so many of them have already done.

Helps reduce our longevity and national average life expectancy.

A boon for holding down the costs of Obamacare (TM).

/S

hawkeye54 on June 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Rand’s been talking about this amendment for sometime.

Blowing it off as a show pony is a mistake, because it’s actually logical.

He’s alluded to it being the only bridge for House members to support anything.

They get to stay and work, which is the alluded ideal, without citizenry, which kills immediate voting ability.

Back Rand and Cruz. Make sure panderers like Ryan know it’s their way or nothing. This will crash and burn in the House.

budfox on June 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The “No New Pathway to Citizenship Act” amendment would allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States as Registered Provisional Immigrants — a new work visa category — but force them to apply as though they were still in their home country.

These immigrants would not have any advantage over those seeking to immigrate to the United States from outside the country, according to Paul’s office.

rndmusrnm on June 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Now, as long as attached to that is No Welfare No ‘Freebies’ etc, I think I could live with that.

But, since it makes sense, bet it doesn’t pass…

Do you have a linky? Thanks!

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Update: Rand’s apparently going to try to make it up to border hawks with an amendment of his own that would instantly destroy immigration reform if it passed. Which it won’t.
El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

An amendment for show. Not impressed.

Bitter Clinger on June 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Paul already submitted an amendment that would mandate congress’ sign-off that the border was secure rather than DHS, and it was voted down. I assume this is a different one designed primarily with the intent to continue stalling the final vote so even more people have a chance to sour on the whole thing.

Best thing for all is for the final bill to die in the Senate so Dems can’t claim “House GOP Obstructionism!” Just like the earlier gun control legislation was supposed to pass the Senate so Dems could campaign against the House.

Meanwhile, Rand Paul is probably laughing his rear end off as McRubio’s presidential star fades.

BKennedy on June 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

These immigrants would not have any advantage over those seeking to immigrate to the United States from outside the country, according to Paul’s office.

Except, of course, while they are waiting they have a work visa and are living in the US and not the home country. I’d say that is an advantage if not an edge in becoming a legal immigrant.

Personally, I think any amnesty deal should count any of these criminals against the immigration quotas for the home country.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

After they ram this down our throats some midnight I want to see a huge movement to push every new candidate for office with a requirement that the last name is Garcia,Rodriguez,or any Spanish surname.Vote them out as fast as possible.Get the Tea Party and Indies behind this and push.No white or black candidates,squeeze them out.It’s going to be democrats from now on so let’s go all the way.

docflash on June 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM

rndmusrnm on June 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

He explained his plan on the radio yesterday, heard it when I was driving. I’ll look for a link.

It doesn’t surprise me that he voted against the Cornyn amendment.
Said it was really weak if IIRC.

MontanaMmmm on June 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Rubio heard he was booed at the Tea Party rally yesterday? Suddenly all those assurances from Rove’s Krack Konsultants and the Bushies about being a 2016 shoo-in looking a little weak?

Not that the booing won’t stop Rubio for voting for the final travesty in the Senate.

Wethal on June 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Rubio heard booing….and the faint footsteps of West coming for his seat.

tencole on June 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I just realized how my reaction to photos of Rubio has progressed… now when I see one, I think of him as the Eddie Haskell of RINOS…

fabrexe on June 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Eduardo Haskellez.

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Hell, a couple years ago we had an illegal, facing deportation for years, take out three nuns while driving drunk. Immigration essentially shrugged it off like no big deal. This man is a DREAMer and still in the nation thanks to the rat-eared bastard.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

A few years ago, an illegal mexican speeding in her SUV made an illegal left turn , hit a little girl on her bike in a crosswalk, then dragged the little girl a few hundred feet where she died.
When the cops came, they did NOT even arrest the killer because there wasn’t sufficient evidence to arrest her , even though there was the little girl’s blood and hair stuck on the front of her car and about a dozen witnesses .
The illegal woman had 3 meal-tickets who were in the same school as the little girl , their fathers nowhere in the picture and she was shacked up with a few other illegals who she claimed were her ” family”. Ofcourse, each and everyone of them are on welfare and mooching off taxpayers , doing basically nothing all day everyday .
She was never prosecuted because ….. she goes to church !! That was the excuse given for why she wasn’t even indicted .
Ofcourse , our City is controlled by laraza and mechas.

burrata on June 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I’m fed up with the tribal voting.

How about voting for what’s good for the country?

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Sen. Rand Paul plans to support a filibuster of the Senate immigration bill unless it grants Congress more border security oversight, the Kentucky Republican said on Thursday.

Paul does not plan to stand on the Senate floor for 13 hours straight like he did in March to protest President Barack Obama’s drone policy, but he will withhold support for a motion to end debate on the bill, a procedural tactic that effectively could block the bill from seeing a final vote.

“Unless they change the bill, I will vote on the side of not ending the debate, which is essentially like a filibuster, but it’s not the filibuster people think of,” Paul said during an interview on the “Andrea Tantaros Show.”

On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment to the immigration bill proposed by Paul that would require the Congress to vote on whether members deem the U.S. borders “secure” every year for five years and mandate the construction of a fence along the border with Mexico. All eight members of the bipartisan group of lawmakers who wrote the original bill voted against Paul’s proposal. As the bill is currently written, agencies under the executive branch will determine border security, not Congress.

Paul said he “can’t imagine” that proponents of the immigration bill will succeed in persuading him to support the final bill if more border security amendments are rejected.

“If it got stronger, I could consider it, but since they rejected my call to have Congress involved with determining whether the border is secure, I can’t imagine how they can get me back unless they come back to me and say, ‘We’ve changed our mind,’” he said. “We would like Congress to be involved in this.”

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The “No New Pathway to Citizenship Act” amendment would allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States as Registered Provisional Immigrants — a new work visa category — but force them to apply as though they were still in their home country.

These immigrants would not have any advantage over those seeking to immigrate to the United States from outside the country, according to Paul’s office.

rndmusrnm on June 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The advantage they would have under this plan is that the ILLEGAL aliens would get to stay in the USA while they apply, but those people who respect our laws and apply via the normal legal process would have to wait in their home country.

People who have DISRESPECTED OUR LAWS by being in our country ILLEGALLY should NEVER be allowed to become U.S. CITIZENS.

People who have proven that they have no respect for our laws should NEVER be allowed to cancel out your Vote.

People who have disrespected our laws by being in our country ILLEGALLY should be SENT HOME as soon as they are found in the USA.

wren on June 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I told Cornyn’s office so last week. Don’t amend a turd, FLUSH IT

Sekhmet on June 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Graham just thanked his colleagues for working to strength the legislation by amendment, an hour after he voted to table. The man has no shame and self awareness.

blammm on June 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio broke with the Gang of Eight on the amendment, voting not to table it. All other members of the Gang of Eight voted to table it…

Cornyn’s border security amendment

not hard to get AP, Just rename the amendment Rubio’s political cover amendment and it becomes clear. This amendment had one goal it was never suppose to pass. It was simply and attempt to give Rubio and other moderate GOP a way to say they voted for tough enforcement.

unseen on June 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Allahp, must read as usual. Thanks for your reports, as Michelle Malkin and you and are just about the only “True Conservatives” left on this issue…quite a feat for a candy ass RINO too. Who would’ve thunk it? Fox/Rush/Levin all firmly on the pro-amnesty establishment side, and Allahfreakingpundit the voice of conservative reason?

sauldalinsky on June 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

How about voting for what’s good for the country?

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

What’s the political advantage in that? Anyway, in our morally and civically illiterate country — our Progresively indoctrinated culture — this notion is simply fading from the collective consciousness. That is, what “country”? We’re all global citizens.

rrpjr on June 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

They’re hell-bent on giving away the country, and they’re not going to let anything stand in the way, that should be more than obvious to anyone with a brain.

The House needs to kill this thing deader than dead. Soon as it arrives, vote it down and be done with it. It’ll be fun to watch McCain fume and spit nails. Who knows? He might even do a Boehner and cry like a baby!

Liam on June 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Rand Paul another squish

unseen on June 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I hope the devil strikes them all. These are charlatans who scroom the legal citizens of the USA.

Don’t believe a word from Schumer, Rubio, McCain, or any of the gang of 8. Have you ever seen a more fit name?

Plus, Paul Ryan is an utter moron and traitor.

This new ‘border deal’ is a 100% scam. Don’t fall for it.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

But it’s so cool to be in a ‘gang’. I wonder if they have gang colors, and flash gang signs to each other when they think no one is looking.

slickwillie2001 on June 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Cornyn’s proposal, called the RESULTS Act,

LOL.

would have increased the number of border patrol agents,

Meaningless. It’s their RoE that need to be changed. Having more agents who aren’t allowed to do much of anything is a continuation of the joke we have now, but more expensively and with the facade of “greater security”.

and required 100 percent “situational awareness” of the border,

ROFLMAO! Talk about meaningless blather …

and a 90 percent apprehension rate of people attempting to cross illegally

Even funnier. How would they know how many they aren’t stopping/catching? If they knew, they would be able to stop them and we would have 100% whatever.

before any illegal immigrant could apply for a green card.

No green card for illegals. EVER. The minimum penalty for sh!tting on American sovereignty and violating our territory is that you can NEVER, EVER, EVER be a legal resident or even a legal tourist. You become, of your own accord, persona non grata. Forever. No visas of any sort. Certainly no green card. And anyone who would even think of making these invaders citizens is a traitor, by the letter of the law.

Cornyn is a beard for the gay gang. He’s about as good a beard as that other infamous one in Washington, from the Star Wars movie.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

How about voting for what’s good for the country?

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Exactly.
Imagine if these 8 gangbanger cr@Pweasels were asked questions like :
Why are you not pro America ? Why do you hate Americans so much ? What has mexico and alqaeda paid you to turn against the security and prosperity of your own country ? How many of these illegals vote for you ? What is wrong with having a safe country within our own borders ? Why do you have the same position on US borders as drug cartels and jihadis ?

burrata on June 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Graham just thanked his colleagues for working to strength the legislation by amendment, an hour after he voted to table. The man has no shame and self awareness.

blammm on June 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

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wren on June 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Update: Rand’s apparently going to try to make it up to border hawks with an amendment of his own that would instantly destroy immigration reform if it passed. Which it won’t.

Good for Rand, maybe there’s hope for him yet.

FloatingRock on June 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

we live in a country where the POTUS of all people has an illegal alien cousin still living here after multiple arrests

The rule of law has become a joke

time to absolutely melt down the congressional switchboards, this bill is floundering and I see panic by the RINO/leftists that they might not be able to ram this through all of a sudden

thurman on June 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

No green card for illegals. EVER. The minimum penalty for sh!tting on American sovereignty and violating our territory is that you can NEVER, EVER, EVER be a legal resident or even a legal tourist. You become, of your own accord, persona non grata. Forever. No visas of any sort. Certainly no green card. And anyone who would even think of making these invaders citizens is a traitor, by the letter of the law.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

THIS should be U.S. policy!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair should run for U.S. Senate!

wren on June 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM

we live in a country where the POTUS of all people has an illegal alien cousin still living here after multiple arrests

The rule of law has become a joke

thurman on June 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

And the same rat-eared bastard has a half brother whose tax exempt request went through in record time with an illegal period of retroactive exemption. All the while patriots requests were deliberately stalled.

And the same rat-eared bastard is married to a shaved Yeti with a vacation problem. We can’t open the White House so Americans can see their house (a paltry $17,000/month item) but we can spend $100M so these vile people can visit Africa. Which is above the Martha’s Vineyard trip later in the summer.

The arrogance of these people is unprecedented.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM

we live in a country where the POTUS of all people has an illegal alien cousin still living here after multiple arrests

The rule of law has become a joke

thurman on June 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Barky has TWO illegal alien family members running amok in this nation and sucking money. Auntie Zetuni was ordered deported over a decade ago but got into public housing. Uncle Omar is an illegal who loves to drive drunk like Barky’s idiot father.

Yes, there is no Rule of Law in this nation. That was made official when the wise Latina was put on the Court with an argument that empathy is a legitimate main criterion for a judge or judicial decision, in direct opposition to over three millenia of history of Western jurisprudence:

Exodus 23:1-3

1 Thou shalt not utter a false report; put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. 2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou bear witness in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to pervert justice; 3 neither shalt thou favour a poor man in his cause.

Of course, Barky isn’t Western – he’s a third-world anti-Western dog-eating imbecile – but the Senate was perfectly happy to go along with that offensive idiocy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM
wren on June 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Not trying to controversial here, and I fully understand your points of view, but I think we know that that is not gonna happen.

We all know they are law breakers…

Perhaps I am grabbing at straws, any straw to have them do the right thing, it seems as tho it is coming piecemeal…

I think that every step in the right direction should be taken, and for us to keep the pressure on!

I so want ALL illegals gone same as you guys, but in reality, I can’t see it happening…

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

The main point is that those penalties are the reasonable responses to illegals. We must move the discussion so that people understand that just waiving such penalties on illegals is amnesty. But that means that amnesty is a deportation, though the illegal can then act as if he never breached our borders and can apply for whatever visas, etc. – after he has been deported. When one speaks of “amnesty” it must be clear that THAT is what amnesty is – it includes deportation. Anything that doesn’t deport illegals is well beyond amnesty. We should not let these slimeballs in Washington get away with aiding and abetting and giving aid and comfort to an invading enemy while calling it “amnesty”. Move the discussion back to where it sensibly belongs. If these slugs want to aid and abet illegals in their crimes (and even help them with newer crimes – giving green cards and, the worst offense of all, citizenship – then make them argue that amnesty (as I have described it) is not enough and they need to do more for these illegal allies and constituents of theirs.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Good for Rand, maybe there’s hope for him yet.

FloatingRock on June 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

It’s a secondary form of amnesty, still unacceptable.

nobar on June 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM

It’s a secondary form of amnesty, still unacceptable.

nobar on June 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Maybe so, I haven’t had time to read the details yet.

FloatingRock on June 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Do you have a linky? Thanks!

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

The link is in the update to the original story.

rndmusrnm on June 20, 2013 at 3:17 PM

How about you all just vote for what you believe is the right thing to do instead of the “decoy” votes to prove to people on either side back home that you’re one thing when deep down you’re not??

I hate these people.

dpduq on June 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I do agree with you. The principle and the law are what matters here, and they flout the law at every avenue…

I know what is right and have conveyed that to my senators and reps here, but is it even getting thru?

It seems not.

But I/we must persevere…

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 3:20 PM

rndmusrnm on June 20, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Thanks! yeah I got it (:

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 3:21 PM

You gotta love sunlight, how many of these Nays are up for election?

DDay on June 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

You gotta love sunlight, how many of these Nays are up for election?

DDay on June 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Here is the list of the 33 Senators who are up fr re-election in 2014.

I haven’t seen the list of who voted Nay yet.

Any Senator who supports giving Amnesty to ILLEGAL aliens, needs to be VOTED OUT OF OFFICE.

U.S. Senators who are up for re-election in 2014 (Class II) – 33

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?Class=2

Republicans (13)

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) – Not running for re-election

Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Susan Collins (R-ME)

John Cornyn (R-TX)

Michael Enzi (R-WY)

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – Richard Cash is running against Gang of 8 member Sen. Graham in the Republican Primary http://www.richardcashforsenate.com/

James Inhofe (R-OK)

Mike Johanns (R-NE) – Not running for re-election

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

James Risch (R-ID)

Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Democrats (20)

Max Baucus (D-MT) – Not running for re-election

Mark Begich (D-AK)

Christopher Coons (D-DE)

Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Al Franken (D-MN)

Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Tom Harkin (D-IA) – Not running for re-election

Tim Johnson (D-SD) – Not running for re-election

John Kerry (D-MA) – Special Election to replace John Kerry is on June 25. Gabriel Gomez (R) vs. Ed Markey (D)

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) – Deceased. Special Primary election in August. General election in October.

Carl Levin (D-MI) – Not running for re-election

Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Mark Pryor (D-AR)

Jack Reed (D-RI)

John Rockefeller IV (D-WV) – Not running for re-election

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Mark Udall (D-CO)

Tom Udall (D-NM)

Mark Warner (D-VA)

wren on June 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

If I was Rubio I’d be taking a hard look at my staff.

“WTF said this was a good idea?”

BobMbx on June 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Paul already submitted an amendment that would mandate congress’ sign-off that the border was secure rather than DHS, and it was voted down. I assume this is a different one designed primarily with the intent to continue stalling the final vote so even more people have a chance to sour on the whole thing.

Best thing for all is for the final bill to die in the Senate so Dems can’t claim “House GOP Obstructionism!” Just like the earlier gun control legislation was supposed to pass the Senate so Dems could campaign against the House.

Meanwhile, Rand Paul is probably laughing his rear end off as McRubio’s presidential star fades.

BKennedy on June 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Yeah, it became clear yesterday that Paul had decided to join with Cruz and work to kill this thing. In spite of the supposed “smooth sailing” message we are hearing from the GOP progressives, it’s clear Rubio and the rest of the “Gang” are starting to sweat it.

Rand Paul another squish

unseen on June 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Let’s not go overboard. Paul is waaaaaaaay better than McCain/Rubio crew – he waffled some but ultimately came down on the right side of things.

Doomberg on June 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I so want ALL illegals gone same as you guys, but in reality, I can’t see it happening…

Scrumpy on June 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Lets put it this way….back when Bush tried this crap, the argument against rounding up all the illegals and sending them home was that it would take too long, and cost billions of dollars.

We’d be nearly done right now, and the billions spent wouldn’t even make a rounding error in todays spending.

The longest journey begins with the first step. Getting all the illegal aliens out of the country begins with the first busload.

BobMbx on June 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

wren on June 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Thanks, and I agree. I am all for immigration reform, but amnesty is a deal killer.

DDay on June 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

I am all for immigration reform, but amnesty is a deal killer.

DDay on June 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

We wouldn’t need a reform if we just enforced the existing immigration laws. That system works, if it is allowed to work .

burrata on June 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

We wouldn’t need a reform if we just enforced the existing immigration laws. That system works, if it is allowed to work .

burrata on June 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

What I’m referring to in regards to reform is the amount of legal immigrants we allow into the country and the process involved in determining where they come from and how long they can stay.

DDay on June 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Rubio will be the nominee. Couldn’t stop Romney, who was clearly an out of touch candidate, Rubio will wrap up the nomination in New Hampshire.

El_Terrible on June 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Jeb Bush doesn’t see it that way…

As for me they can both ride into the sunset of obscurity for all I care.

workingclass artist on June 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I am all for immigration reform, but amnesty is a deal killer.

DDay on June 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

We wouldn’t need a reform if we just enforced the existing immigration laws. That system works, if it is allowed to work .

burrata on June 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

We have to do something about the courts…

workingclass artist on June 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

The Houston Comical made a mistake yesterday and posted the top 10 most wanted by the FBI in Texas. Guess what, they ran the board. All hispanic males. The comments got out of hand and they pulled the link.

DanMan on June 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

*snicker*

workingclass artist on June 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM

What I’m referring to in regards to reform is the amount of legal immigrants we allow into the country and the process involved in determining where they come from and how long they can stay.

DDay on June 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

The problem is enforcement.
There are loopholes written in to each and every provision of the available immigration laws , which have never been closed .
Also , currently , enforcement of the law is prohibited , in such a way that breaking those laws guarantees a life full of freebies for illegals.
These days, illegals can’t be hunted down, they can’t be disbarred from receiving welfare, they can’t be fired from their jobs, they can’t be punished for stealing SS# and IDs , they can’t be prosecuted and deported for crimes they commit , although the existing laws say that these things can be done to them .
Hussein gives visas to every jihadi and then complains that the visa quota is not enough to get enough doctors and engineers into USA.
Foreigners ovedrstay their visas and no one goes out to look for them. Foreign students don’t even attend classes and still get food stamps, even after their visas expire. Heck people with expired visas get to enter the USA at our airports no questions asked . Our immigration laws have not being enforced to create the current chaos , just like FastnFurious .

burrata on June 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM

even though it suffers from the same major flaw as the bill itself by granting probationary legalization to illegals before the border has been secured.

No, that’s not a flaw. There should have been very few “illegal aliens” to begin with. Those who are here are having children who are citizens, and who are now voting. The time to close the barn door is long gone.

Good luck trying.

unclesmrgol on June 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM