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May 24, 2007

Coleman Amendment Fails, 49-48

But they're serious about enforcement this time.

Coleman's amendment didn't even go as far as I thought it did. It didn't mandate officers to inquire into immigration status; it merely permitted them to.

The Dishonor Roll of Republicans voting against even this minor gesture in the direction of enforcement:

Graham (R-SC)

Hagel (R-NE)

Lugar (R-IN)

Martinez (R-FL)

Snowe (R-ME)

Specter (R-PA)

Voinovich (R-OH)

I don't think I need to issue any Important Action Alerts.

Given that we probably can't take back Congress this cycle or even next anyway, I'm starting to think it's about time for a purge. They think we'll vote for them because we have no alternative.

But we do.

PS, Lindsey Graham? This is one of the "bigots" telling you you've served your last term in the Senate.

PPS: John McCain actually voted the right way. It hardly changes the fact he's pushed an unsalvagably awful bill on us.

On a Conference Call... with some Townhall Magazine Heritage Foundation people, someone just pointed out something interesting.

What the ACLU and other leftwing lawsuit groups typically do with left-leaning legislation they like -- but hope they can "improve" through litigation -- is remain quiet about their numerous objections to the bill. Then, only after it's passed, do they begin their lawsuit campaign, removing right-leaning provisions and pushing liberal legislation even further left via the intervention of like-minded judges.

They note even the cosmetic "enforcement" features of this bill -- such as the very weak, very forgeable employer ID -- will be challenged by the ACLU days or weeks after Bush signs the bill into the law.

So the bill will almost certainly end up being weaker on enforcement than it appears now -- and right now, it appears ludicrously weak.

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