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The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, following the Senate’s rejection of three “border security first” amendments proposed by Senators Cornyn, McCain and Kyl during the debate on a supplemental appropriations package.
Senators Reid, Schumer, Durbin, and Menendez deserve major kudos for standing up to the partisan posturing and political gamesmanship of Senators Cornyn, McCain and Kyl – and defeating them.
The Republicans proposed “border security first” amendments aimed at trying to make themselves look “tough” and Democrats look “soft.” But their ploy failed. First, it failed because Democrats have a strong track record on border security and refused to be bullied. Second, it failed because Democrats understand that border security without comprehensive immigration reform is more of the same failed strategy that has been in place for almost two decades. Third, it failed because Democratic leaders, who recently proposed a serious and centrist approach to comprehensive immigration reform, are frustrated that the very Republicans who used to champion comprehensive reform are now blocking it.
Today Democratic Senators stood down Republicans engaged in political gamesmanship and spoke up for a real solution. They were encouraged to do so by tens of thousands of people who contacted Senate offices in the past two days to demand nothing less.
Both developments augur well for the future of the immigration debate.
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