Senate rejects border fence amendment to immigration bill
This vote on an amendment by South Dakota Senator John Thune, that would have tied the legalization of immigrants to construction of at least 350 miles of border fencing should cause Senators like Rubio and Graham to reject the entire reform package.
But it won't. The Senate bill will probably arrive on the House floor without any border security provisions except vague promises to fix it sometime in the future.
Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn't want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built.
The 54-39 vote to reject the fence shows the core of the immigration deal is holding. The vote broke mostly along party lines, though five Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and the rest of the bill's authors, voted against the fence, and two Democrats voted for it.
I'm tempted to answer Mr. Thune by saying "when hell freezes over" but that's being too optimistic.
There are several Republican Senators who are on record saying that they might vote against the reform bill if it doesn't strengthen our borders. Well, here you have your answer. No one in government wants to get serious about border security. We'll see if those GOP Senators put their votes where their mouth is.