Conservatives Send a Message on Immigration

Here’s a nice little recap on the H.R. 4437 house victory.

Human Events Online

Late on Dec. 16, the U.S. House or Representatives passed legislation billed as the border protection, anti-terrorism and illegal immigration control act, requiring employers to verify the legal status of each employee.

No strong-arm tactics were needed to produce the stunning 239-182 margin of victory — including the votes of 36 Democrats — and pass the measure sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., because members had heard from the grass roots.

More than 130 amendments to H.R. 4437 had been submitted to the Rules Committee by the deadline for amendments at 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Members of Congress are finally recognizing that immigration will be the hot-button issue of the next election, and they want to distance themselves from President George W. Bush’s unpopular guest-worker-amnesty proposal.

The Senate will begin its debate on border security in early 2006 and is predicted to be favorable to the guest-worker-amnesty plans proposed by the president, Sens. Kennedy, John McCain, R-Ariz. and John Cornyn, R-Texas, and others. The Senate and House bills will then go to a conference committee to work out differences.

Senators who are up for re-election in 2006 had better listen to the House votes.

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