Senate warms to ‘border first’
Faced with a less-than-positive response from much of the American public, key backers of the Senate Immigration bill said “they are willing to consider a compromise that would delay the guest-worker program and “amnesty” portions until the borders have been secured.”
Arlen Specter floated the proposal before the press on Monday, saying that border security should be the top priority of the final bill. John McCain tossed in his two cents, saying, “I think it’s worth discussing.” Senator Kennedy pointed out that there would be a delay, anyway, because it would take a few years to set up a guest worker program and structure necessary to start millions of illegal aliens on the path to citzenship.
What does “willing to consider a compromise” mean? Well, specifically, not much. But it does indicate that the Senate realizes it will eventually have to compromise, whether or not it wishes to do so. As the Washington Times article reminds us, “. . . just a month ago, many of these same senators — including Mr. Specter, Mr. Graham and Mr. Kennedy — voted against a proposal that would have set out a similar timeline requiring border security and improved enforcement before the rest of the Senate bill could proceed. ”
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