It would prohibit guest-worker visas from becoming permanent. I.e., it would ensure that guests remain, you know, guests.
Naturally, they’re voting on whether to kill it. Standby for results.
Update: Killed. 58-35. I’ll have the roll as soon as it’s up. Remember, here’s what Bush said on Monday:
I support a temporary worker program that would create a legal path for foreign workers to enter our country in an orderly way, for a limited period of time. This program would match willing foreign workers with willing American employers for jobs Americans are not doing. Every worker who applies for the program would be required to pass criminal background checks. And temporary workers must return to their home country at the conclusion of their stay.
Update: Here’s the roll. Eighteen Republicans voted to kill, and that doesn’t include Lindsey Graham or Mel Martinez, who were absent.
Update: Reuters has the post-mortem:
The Senate killed an amendment that would have denied a chance for permanent status and eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants who have been in the country less than five years and to any future immigrants who enter the country under the guest-worker program.
Opponents said the amendment, offered by Sen. Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, would have gutted the bipartisan bill that allows guest workers an opportunity to seek permanent residence.