By James Rowley and Brendan Murray
June 14 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush endorsed a plan to speed funds to border security projects as Senate negotiators reported progress toward reviving stalled immigration legislation. (an attempt to silence us bigoted hordes that believe in law)
``I support an amendment that will provide $4.4 billion in immediate additional funding for securing our borders and enforcing our laws at the worksite,'' Bush said at a speech to the Associated Builders and Contractors. in Washington. The money ``will come from the fines and penalties that we collect from those who have come to our country illegally.'' (I love it he's saying I'll give you the money for the fence but he'll get the money by fining the people they say they can't catch...LOL )
The plan to create a mandatory spending fund for border enforcement is intended to attract support for the immigration overhaul from Republicans, who are concerned that the legislation doesn't sufficiently emphasize border security. (because it doesn't)
Bush's endorsement ``could break the logjam'' preventing Senate action on the legislation because ``it will give the American people confidence'' that border security will be tightened,'' said Senator Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican. (#1 Arlen Specter is not a Republican he's an ASS, and #2 Nothing done with this Bill will give the 80% of the American public confidence that this government will secure our borders. Adding IMAGINARY FUNDS to finish the fence will not buy them cover for giving AMNESTY to 10-20 MILIION ILLEGALS)
Specter said border enforcement was the chief concern raised by lawmakers when Bush went to Capitol Hill this week to try to persuade Republican senators to back the measure. The legislation, one of Bush's top legislative priorities, would offer legal status for 12 million undocumented aliens. It would also create a temporary worker program. (it will make every ILLEGAL in the country LEGAL no matter if they are mexican or Iranian, And the only reason the LAWMAKERS are concerned about the security issue is because all their offices have been overwhelmed by phonecalls, letters and e-mails from the people that VOTE)
``We've got to summon the political courage to move forward on comprehensive reform,'' Bush said. ``Doing nothing is not a solution.'' (Yes they must have the courage to be voted out of office by their constituants. This is the issue that gave the Dems control of the house and senate, it is also the issue that will gurantee that they keep that control)
Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl called Bush's endorsement of the fund a ``huge'' boost to the measure's prospects. Kyl and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who first proposed the security fund, said Bush's support will help them persuade the Senate's Democratic leaders to resume debate on the measure as early as next week. (allowing the Senate Republicans to continue their march off the cliff in political suicide)
The immigration legislation stalled last week when senators refused to end debate and move to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shelved it after lawmakers couldn't agree on limiting the number of amendments to be considered.
California Democrat Dianne Feinstein said negotiators have a ``general'' agreement to allow votes on 10 Republican amendments and nine from Democrats.
Lawmakers and legislative aides who briefed reporters stressed there were still details to work out.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said a deal wasn't yet ready to take to Reid. ``We're still talking about it,'' he said. (they better be talking about what they are going to be doing for a living after the next election, because a large number of them will no longer be in the Senate)
The $4.4 billion should help ease ``honest skepticism'' about the legislation from ``those who want to make sure the government is going to put their money where their mouth is,'' Graham said.
That skepticism and distrust arose because Congress didn't take adequate steps to stem the tide of illegal immigration when it enacted legislation in 1986 to legalize the status of 3 million undocumented aliens then in the U.S., Graham said. (yes they peed down our backs then also, this reporter also forgets to mention the main reason for the distrust. The fact that they passed a law last october that an 800 mile long fence was to be built and then they cut the funding and have built a whopping 2 MILE long fence. )
Still, Georgia Republican Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson said the $4.4 billion fund wouldn't meet their demand for a supplemental appropriation to finance border security and enforcement.
The president needs to ask Congress for the amount of money he thinks he needs to ``fully secure the border,'' Chambliss said. ``I don't think we could have been any stronger in emphasizing that to him the other day.''
South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint said in a statement that ``this funding should have been supported all along, not offered at the last minute to attract votes to a bad bill.'' (the funding should have been done first and seperatly from any AMNESTY)
When the proposal was first raised about a month ago ``it got discouraged by'' Rob Portman, the president's budget director, said Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the chief Democratic negotiator. (also the chief negotiator in 86 )
Besides providing financing for border enforcement, the Graham-Kyl proposal is designed to deter future illegal entry by making it a crime for foreigners to overstay travel or student visas.
``Where there was lack of deterrence'' in the 1986 immigration law, ``we are going to create deterrence,'' Graham said. (BULLSHIT)
The amendment would require the government to set up a tracking system so law enforcement can easily determine if visitors have overstayed visas, as several of the participants in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks did.
To contact the reporters on this story: Brendan Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org ; James Rowley in Washington at email@example.com
Last Updated: June 14, 2007 17:57 EDT