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Senate defeats McCain border security amendment

By Paul Kane

The Senate turned back an effort by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday to put 6,000 more security troops on the Mexican border, as Democrats instead suggested that President Obama's proposal for an additional deployment of a temporary, 1,200-person force was sufficient for now.

The McCain measure, which needed 60 votes to be considered approved, fell short on a 51-46 vote as part of the Senate's broader consideration of a $59 billion spending bill that funds the troop surge into Afghanistan and other emergency measures. The border-security battle has become the most politically contentious issue surrounding what has otherwise become a routine passage of the war supplemental bill.

Sensing the shifting ground, Obama proposed Tuesday a plan that would increase funding by $500 million and temporarily send 1,200 members of the National Guard to the border to help shore up the Border Patrol's efforts to clamp down on illegal immigrants and on security developments with Mexican drug cartels.

But Republicans rejected Obama's effort as insufficient to deal with something they consider a national crisis.

"While it's important to have additional resources there, even on a temporary basis, even on a limited basis, there's a whole lot more that we need to do. We need permanent solutions, not temporary solutions," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of GOP leadership and co-sponsor of McCain's amendment, told reporters Wednesday.

Feelings toward Obama remained publicly raw after he visited the Senate Republican Conference, a 75-minute, closed-door huddle which provoked agitated Republicans to complain to reporters afterward about the president's efforts at bipartisanship. In particular, McCain made note Wednesday, during a speech on the Senate floor, that Obama's aides announced his new border plan 30 minutes after he left the GOP meeting and yet did not tell the senators what he was about to do.

"You've got to laugh, in the spirit of bipartisanship," McCain said.

Most Democrats rejected the GOP offer of 6,000 more troops as unnecessary given the latest Obama proposal. "It's sort of throwing an enormous amount of money at the problem that is not as carefully thought out, not as targeted and as effective, quite frankly, as President Obama's plan," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said moments before the vote.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chamber's lone Latino senator, criticized the McCain plan as "militarizing the border" and the "definition of insanity," because it continued the previous efforts at building up a troop presence even as the flow of illegal immigrants continued to flow in from Mexico. "It's a recipe for failure," Menendez said, arguing instead for a comprehensive immigration reform plan backed by Obama.

By Paul Kane  |  May 27, 2010; 10:38 AM ET
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Reagan made a mistake when he granted amnesty during his tenure by not enforcing the immigration laws. Since then, every president has failed to enforce the laws. What they do instead is talk about a comprehensive immigration reform bill which is politicalese for granting amnesty. Democrats do it for votes. Republicans and democrats do it for lower wages for those supposed jobs americans won't do. Either way, it is wrong for them not to enforce the laws on the books. My solution is to first secure the border and then enforce the laws to include those who hire the illegals. With the government enforcing the laws on the employers, there will be no jobs and the illegals will self deport.

Posted by: gfafblifr | May 30, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

You're right about George Bush and where was John McCain in 2005-2009? Helping Bush to pass amnesty. So those 2 represent the secret hidden agenda of the pro-illegal-alien-amnesty RINO-Republican-Iraq-war-neocons.

Now getting back to this issue. If Bush and McCain were for mass-granting-of-llegal-alien-amnesty than that proves that it's not good for the US and its citizens.

The only reason McCain has ramped up his position on the security part of this issue is that 70% of the American people have told him and George Bush where they can put their anti-American foreign national criminal illegal-alien amnesty-US-foreign-multi-nastional-corporation-foreign-government-controlled-policy-agenda!

McCain keeps saying on Fox News that he's still for granting amnesty for illegal aliens, after the US southern border is secured !!!

We should also cut way down on the over 100,000-200,000 on avg legal Mexican immigrants per year quota. Or we will become a Mexican country. And why should/would
we do something as moronicly-stupid as that ???

We'd be better off paying for 1/2 of the illegal Nexicans and Central Americans to go home, never to be allowed to return, before we don't have an English based country, society, and culture anymore, and that would really not be good for anyone, including our latest wave from 1965-today of 35-50,000,000 legal and amnestied immigrants from 3rd world latin America-Mexico-Central-
South-America-Carribean !!!

End the highly manipulated abused, and scammed moronicly-stupid anti-American anchor baby laws/rules/legal loopholes now !!!

Stop giving away our social services to non-citizens. Let the illegals work in the agriculture and otrher selected labor markets if they want to. But amnesty has nothing to do with it. No amnesty for illegal aliens !!!

If they have a steady job give them some minimal assistance if they need it.

Regulate the labor markets that Americans will fill the jobs. So that they have plenty of decent paying jobs to choose from.

Close the US southern border and Pay illegals some $$$ to go home. Closely monitor the US northern border.

Take away alot of the illegal aliens unearned/undeserved/unentitled social services so that alot of them will go home.

As things get better in the US then the illegals who remain and work hard could end up in a better earning $$$ situation, because we'll try to do whatever we can for them if we can fix/stop/reverse the illegal alien invasion menace/problem.

But illegal aliens should never recieve amnesty as long as the yearly legal quotas are being filled !!!

And the yearly legal quotas from Mexico-central-South-America-Carribean-Middle-East-all-3rd-world-countries-China should be way lower since we have so many-20-40,000,000 illegal aliens to deal with from Mexico-central-South-America-Carribean.

And also way lower from all other 3rd world countries and immoral-barbaric-deranged-criminal-animal-abuser-torchurer-Communist-China !!!

Posted by: rel121 | May 29, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ignorance is not becoming...McCain is doing just what we (the voters) have been asking him to do. McCain has never been afraid of looking like a flip flopper when it comes to appealing to his constituents. McCain may feel a certain way and when he hears from his base about how we feel, he will alter his attack. We asked for this security, we need it, we want it and bashing him for it is counterproductive...

Posted by: antidonkey | May 28, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

What a bunch of bigots. Why aren't they crying to militarize the Canadian border? That happens to be where the terrorists came in. Instead, they worry about brown people but not the familiar white people sneaking in from Canada. Just Google for Canadian border terrorists. Then stop whining about some people trying to get to parts of the US that were once Mexico.

Posted by: washpost45 | May 27, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Not surprised the amendment was rejected. The answer lies in comprehensive Immigration reform which looks to hold those doing the hiring equally responsible.

Politically, cannot see the President trying to take this on now. It would further divide the country given all that's on his agenda. Best be done in second term.

Then Senator McCain who was always a proponent of Immigration Reform would somehow have returned to the 'maverick' he once was, step up to the plate so as to move the process forward.

This is a BIG DEAL even without the adjectives, and should be the concern of both parties-- if we are thinking smart, futuristic and nation building. No "one "party should have to tackle this piece of legislation.
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Posted by: Victoria5 | May 27, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"The militarization of the border is not without consequences for the communities who live there. Economies are choked by inefficient border crossings, civil rights are pushed aside, and quality of life is seriously diminished. It is time to rethink our border policy. Increasing the quantity of armed agents and soldiers on our southern border does not enhance our national security, but in fact undermines it by mis-allocating resources. Humane border policies would focus quality law enforcement resources on real threats in the region, while protecting the rights and well-being of border residents." For more go to http://restorefairness.org/2010/05/obama-announces-decision-to-send-1200-troops-to-the-border/

Posted by: RestoreFairness | May 27, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Our government at work: We have a problem at the border but the Politicians want to gain the vote of these people coming here illegally. Instead of doing what the Citizens want, they spend the citizen's money to act like they are doing something when in fact they are not. I don't think these politicans have learned that the Citizens are feed up with this BS and will be at the polls to show how they feel.

Posted by: AForgottenMan | May 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Why only 6,000? Why not 600,000? How many is enough? Is there any number that would be too high? Let's each propose a higher number to prove we're more serious about security? Oh, yeah, and also cut taxes and the size of the government. I wonder if McCain also laughed at the lack of bipartisnaship from the Bush Administration.

Posted by: Sutter | May 27, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The Senators that voted against OUR national security, (The McCain Border Security Amendment) need to be removed from office ASAP. I'd bet every one of them voted to spend more US tax dollars on the war for profit in Afghanistan.
The United States has been invaded & occupied. These traitors in the Senate are wasting billions of tax dollars defending Israel and allowing the invasion of the USA to continue.
Vote all these bums out of office.

Posted by: dennisnickell | May 27, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

We need to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Put the troops on the border and not just 1,200 but at least 100,000 until the border is closed. We have closed the borders in Iraq and we can do it on our southern border too.

Enough with these phony 1,200 troops at the border that cannot even carry weapons. It is a sad joke.

Obama and Congress took an oath of office to preserve and protect this country against invader foreign or domestic.
We have been and are being invaded by Mexico.

They both are in violation of their oath of office.
It is TREASON.

Posted by: sclark45 | May 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the GOP bought the idea of "supply side" economics - selling it as gospel for years. So when will they recommend cutting the "supply" of jobs for illegal aliens? It is time to arrest the CEO of any company (farms included) that hires illegal aliens. If we remove the jobs - and make them available to US citizens (albeit likely at a much more livable wage) - we will begin to address the problem at its root.

Follow the money!

Posted by: BlunderBush | May 27, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

When will we begin to arrest the CEOs of companies that employ illegal aliens? After so many years of the GOP telling us about "supply side" economics, I would think that they would be enthusiastic about cuttin off the "supply" of jobs that the illegals are demanding. That starts with being tough on employers...now!

Posted by: BlunderBush | May 27, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't anyone call the flood of illegals from Mexico exactly what it is...an invasion by a foreign country and act accordingly.

Posted by: jfregus | May 27, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse


Even the non-Republicans used to have some respect for McCain but that's long gone.

It really is pathetic watching McCain flip-flop all over the map desperately pandering to every paranoid aryan bigot in Arizona just to save his own butt in November's elections.

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Posted by: DEFJAX | May 27, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The US needs comprehensive immigration reform, so people can enter the country legally within a reasonable timeframe.

Patrolling the borders to defend a broken immigration system is like fixing a leaking pipe with duct tape.

Posted by: AxelDC | May 27, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Arizona doesn't want federal government interference or federal government handouts, except when Arizona wants it. Arizona needs to either pay for and take care of its own state or stop complaining about the federal government [fill in the blank]. Arizona is not entitled to have it both ways.

Posted by: ccs53 | May 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments so far show one thing, and one thing only: There are an awful lot of racists and white supremacists out there who will do anything to stop more brown and Spanish-speaking people from coming to this country and to kick out the ones we have.

Illegal is just an excuse. How many of the bigots and hatemongers are in favor of giving legal visas to immigrants who don't have white skins? How many of them are willing to follow the Constitution, which is the supreme law of this great land, and which says that everyone who is born in this country in a US citizen?

The racists only want to enforce the law when it keeps brown people out. But they want to ignore it or change it when the law lets brown people in.

Posted by: algasema1 | May 27, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Democrats will lose all senate seats except Connecticut on this issue in November.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | May 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe that the U.S. senate has actually done something right in U.S. border policy.

We will never solve the U.S./Mexican border security as long as the War on Drugs continues. The War on Drugs subsidizes the whole mess.

Posted by: aahpat | May 27, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

YES! There are a few RINOs out there who are pro-AMNESTY. Bush and McCain are two of them. They both retreated before the wrath of the American people.

Obama seems to hold the American people in utter contempt. He is the ultimate anti-American.

The ObamaNation will probably meet its Waterloo in November as President Billery did in 1994. Not a moment too soon, IMO.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 27, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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I can't tell whether you are just a staffer paid to troll the WaPo boards or a middle aged housewife who just discovered the internet, but I can tell you that this "YOU COMMIE PINK LIBRITARDS AND YOUR KENYAN MUSLIM AL QAEDA LOVING DICTATOR WILL PAY THIS NOVEMBER!!! OH YOU'LL PAY!!!" is starting to become old and nothing more than background noise everywhere else besides foxnews. Pay for what, allowing you rednecks to carry guns in state parks? Providing more boarder security and catching or killing more terrorists than W and Dick ever did? Providing your likely deadbeat trailer park a$$ with health insurance? Do you think those on the left will suddenly forget to vote in November? That "you'll pay in november" platform must be a real winner since the GOP has no other platform to run on besides being PO'ed not being in power.

Posted by: mojo975 | May 27, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but I have to say that the time when the problem was illegals sneaking over the border or even the drug trade? That was 10 years ago. Maybe even 20 years ago.

Now the problem is that they could shut down the migration of illegals and drugs entirely, and nothing really would change. The dope would just be made here, instead they would ship the raw materials north. The money would still flow to South America, the inherent problem with dopeheads is that they have more money than brains. You've still got WAY too many illegals already here for any of that to matter now. When the guy sitting next to you in a diner or on a bus could be an illegal and there's a fair chance of them getting caught and deported, that's one thing. There's no chance of catching & deporting them, that's why they haven't been caught and deported. The fact is that they are all now hanging out together in their little neighborhoods, working the same jobs, going to the same stores, all where they can stay "out of sight". The illegals are now the equivalent of a large underground anthill, or a nest of cockroaches. Their only real effect will be to pick the surrounding territory clean. They're all going to need water and food and basic social services. And how exactly are these going to be paid for?

I think it's pretty simple. Look at California, New Mexico, Texas and Florida, and to some extent Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, all border states with a high percentage of illegals. Look at the economy in those states, and look at the taxation structure in those states.

The future of our country is pretty clear.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 27, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The Cuban Republicans in Florida who claim to be conservative are sure quiet on this. Florida should have same law to keep the illegal Cubans out but unlike Mexicans if they get their foot on USA soil they can stay. Why not the outrage at illegal Cubans? Because they are Republicans! There is a double standard. Cubans are given a healthy welcome for coming illegally while Mexicans are shunned. Do the same to Cubans!!!

One word explains the difference:
Castro

Nuff said...

Posted by: honorswar26 | May 27, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else noticed that those with the hypercapitalized posts are those with the paranoid, nutjob conspiracy theories?

Posted by: rcd2 | May 27, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of hearing the canard " the immigration system is broken and needs reform". It is not broken. What is broken is enforcement of the immigration system. That needs to change.
Enforcement of our current laws not creation of new ones.
Put more enforcement on our borders. Shut them down.

Posted by: ruffycat | May 27, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

YES! There are a few RINOs out there who are pro-AMNESTY. Bush and McCain are two of them. They both retreated before the wrath of the American people.

Obama seems to hold the American people in utter contempt. He is the ultimate anti-American.

The ObamaNation will probably meet its Waterloo in November as President Billery did in 1994. Not a moment too soon, IMO.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 27, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This whole use of UNARMED NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS to Observe the Invasion From Mexico
of Illegal Alien Criminals,is just one more
typical example of the total arrogance,and
complete incompetence of the Dictator from
Kenya in the White House,Barack Obama flip
flops after that ridicuous incompetent
asinine Obama Sec of Homeland Security Loser Janet Napolitano had already loudly
publically proclaimed "The Border Is Secure" to one and all and which Obama then
follows up by having his idiotic wimpy US
Attorney General Disgrace Eric Holder meet
with a handful of lazy inept incompetent
Sanctuary City Butt Kisser Police Chief to
discuss ways to Prevent Enforcement of
Arizona New SB 1070 Immigration Law,that
18 more States are working to pass as well.
And so,no wonder Amnesty John McCain a long
time Hispanic Panderer sudden epihany and
complete shift on securing the USA/Mexico
Border is going nowhere! Retire Now Sen
Amnesty John McCain!...Oh God No there is now breaking news of yet another Phoenix
Police Officer Being Killed By A High Powered Rifle after another Phoenix Police
Officer had been murdered by an alledged
Hispanic/American yesterday! Close The Damn
Border Obama or Resign! Congress Do Your
Damn Duty Impeach Obama,Holder & Napolitano
here and now! End The Obama Insanity!

Posted by: carleen09 | May 27, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: battleground51 "Just remember that the word "comprehensive" is Democrat code for......AMNESTY."
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From the US Immigration Support web site:

"The measure, the biggest rewrite of U.S. immigration law since 1986, would offer 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship while tightening the border with Mexico and creating a guest-worker program to help employers fill low-paying jobs.

President Bush, who had lobbied Republican senators to support the legislation, acknowledged defeat, stating, "Congress's failure to act on it is a disappointment."

Sounds like its a Republican word too.

Posted by: schnauzer2 | May 27, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I was a Bush supporter until he and McCain teamed up with the worst senator in US history to craft a giant, AMNESTY bill for the benefit of illegal immigrants and Democrats.

After that, I refused to support Bush or McCain ever again.

McCain is a hypocrite for doing a Clinton flip-flop on illegal immigration but at least he is facing the reality of the American mood.

The AMNESTY failure passed during the Reagan administration is one of Reagan's biggest mistakes. Nobody's perfect!

America was fooled once by an amnesty boondoggle but never again.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 27, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I was a Bush supporter until he and McCain teamed up with the worst senator in US history to craft a giant, AMNESTY bill for the benefit of illegal immigrants and Democrats.

After that, I refused to support Bush or McCain ever again.

McCain is a hypocrite for doing a Clinton flip-flop on illegal immigration but at least he is facing the reality of the American mood.

The AMNESTY failure passed during the Reagan administration is one of Reagan's biggest mistakes. Nobody's perfect!

America was fooled once by an amnesty boondoggle but never again.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 27, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Who cares whether it's 6 thousand or 1200. The point is that there are 20M+ illegals in this country. Which means 60M+ new US citizens in the next 15 years that are the direct descendants of illegals. Meaning 180M+ that are 2nd-generation descendants of illegals.

Maybe we should send 50,000 troops to the Arizona border LOL
Hopefully they will become effective by the time that Texas, New Mexico and California change the official state language to Spanish LOL

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 27, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a joke. I'm glad the amendment flopped. Nevertheless, I'd like to see more troops - with orders to shoot to kill the little cockroaches streaming across the border.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | May 27, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Barack H. Obama seems to think he works for Mexico and JOSE CALDERON. His sniveling apologies for Arizona and America to this tinpot CRACKPOT were a disgrace.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 27, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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You = Pot
Calderon = Kettle
Crackpot comment = Black

Posted by: mojo975 | May 27, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

This is another example of why the democratic majority should be voted out of office! Instead of securing our borders with sufficient manpower, they are more interested in creating/passing green energy bills, health care bills, bank bailouts, etc...Their only focus or priority is trying to secure their legislative seats rather than helping to create ways to secure our borders....These legislators are the most egocentric, selfish, and inept individuals I beleive we have ever had! Time to vote these individuals out of office....

Posted by: Rhonda5 | May 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

How did McCain plan to pay for it?

Posted by: jckdoors | May 27, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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he plans on charging ADMISSION (5 dolla a car) and he will throw in a free ticket to Canada

Posted by: racerdoc | May 27, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Barack H. Obama seems to think he works for Mexico and Jose Calderon. His sniveling apologies for Arizona and America to this tinpot crackpot were a disgrace. Calderon does not want Americans to enforce their own laws because he wants to continue to use America as his personal dump for all his unwanted peasants.

Americans are becoming sick and tired of being dumped on by Mexico. 70% of real Americans want immigration laws enforced to the letter and with all means available.

AMNESTY is a proven failure. It attracts millions more illegals. AMNESTY is an illegal magnet. Total failure in every way. No AMNESTY ever again.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 27, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

We are deploying thousands of troops all over the globe to defend all the world's a------s, idiots and ingrates. Think Hamid Karzai as the poster boy for all three. But we will only send 1200 unarmed National Guardsmen to our own border. Thanks a lot Demorats. We will remember in November.

Posted by: ApostateDemocrat |

Its funny how the republican politicians are soo obsessed with immigration when they had 10 years of majority leadership to take control of this issue and sidestepped it the entire time. Now that democrats are in power its at the top of each republican politicians list. Why not then? Maybe because it did not work for them politically? Ask yourself, how many troops did the republicans assign to the borders when Bush was in office? Obama has done more than the republicans did the last 10 years. And thats what you should remember in november, but know you are just wishing for republicans to win back seats so you are blinded by that. Everything with republicans is wait til november. What happens if november comes and you are still a minority? Will you spend the next two years being bitter, attacking and blaming democrats while crying wait till 2012? Then what happens if Obama gets re-elected? Will you whine another 4 years after that? My point is when will you stop whining about not being in power and actually start working with Obama and democrats to make our country better. We as voters gave the republicans almost 10 years of Majority power and you have very little to show for it. Please get over this obsession with political power.

Posted by: ged0386 | May 27, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

MinnyMa -
We have not had to "secure" the Canadian border because the Canadians are too smart to want to come here.

Posted by: pjohn2 | May 27, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Remember when W and McCain proposed an amnesty bill and all you GOoPers crucified him for it? How was McCain planning on paying for this? WHERE IS THE TEABAG OUTRAGE?!?! Oh wait, I forgot that McCain is an old white guy afraid of change, so whatever he does is alright in the teabaggery universe.

Posted by: mojo975 | May 27, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah -- no amnesty -- that was only a good idea hen St. Reagan the Benighted tried it!

We should spend a trillion dollars on rounding up every illegal and sending them back to where they came from....then once that is done, quick before they come back, all those new agents the federal government hired to round 'em up can scramble for fruit picking jobs......

Conservatives never have a plan, just slogans and bumper stickers. They are like a 5 year old playing checkers. They always lose because they never think what the other player is going to do on the very next move.

Posted by: John1263 | May 27, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

What a maverick.

of course he rejected exactly this sort of thing two years ago.....

but when the tea baggers are brewing in your home state it is time to pull out a full jumbo sized bag of crazy....

Posted by: John1263 | May 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Poor pathetic John McCain, this man has sold his soul, he is so full of hatred because he lost to Barack Obama [thank goodness] he just doesn't know what he stands for any more, he will do anything to get elected, he needs to keep his mouth shut instead of blabbing insane remarks that he weirdly thinks are funny and intelligent. Time to retire John, this country isn't about you.

Posted by: audrey2010 | May 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The Cuban Republicans in Florida who claim to be conservative are sure quiet on this. Florida should have same law to keep the illegal Cubans out but unlike Mexicans if they get their foot on USA soil they can stay. Why not the outrage at illegal Cubans? Because they are Republicans! There is a double standard. Cubans are given a healthy welcome for coming illegally while Mexicans are shunned. Do the same to Cubans!!!

Posted by: info4 | May 27, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow is sure is strange how we went from McCain/Kennedy Immigration Reform Act of 2007 to MaCains demands of "finish the dang fence now" could it be the Tea Party has McCain scared and he is now anti immigrant when he used to be a leader of immigration reform right now he is no better than Arlen Spector and his party jumping to save ONE job his own McCain does not care about Arizonians he cares about his job he wants to be another Strom Thurmond or Senator Byrd who dies in office as a US Senator maybe they will name a building in DC after him in this case maybe it should be the ICE building since they now deal with border control If you put national Guard troops on the border are they going to give them ammunition and tell them to shoot all "invaders" are we really going to go down that road? Everyone says illegal immigration is down 50% since even 2005 so why the increase in screaming about the illegal invasion, is it the recession? Then fine the employers not the people who just want a job like anyone else they just want to feed their family and we give them jobs turn off the magnets (jobs) and they will quit coming legalize marijuana and half the drug traffic crimes will stop not that many people really use cocaine they just can't afford it that is a rich mans drug not middle or low income people

Posted by: mikey30919 | May 27, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It's sad what's happened to McCain, once a maverick, now a panderer.

A comprehensive solution to illegal immigration has to include a path towards legalization for immigrants that can show they will be good citizens. This is not only the most humane solution, it is also the most practical and economical, and it helps fight crime by bringing immigrants out into the open, rather than driving them underground. A purely military solution just won't work. It will be expensive and it will increase the criminal elements. (Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, anyone?) Border security has to be combined with a pathway to legalization.

McCain used to understand this. Now he puts his job before his conscience.

Posted by: DavidH3 | May 27, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going to be so aggrieved yet again. Knee-jerk reaction is not going to solve this but rather comprehensive reform. Too bad McCain (we are all Georgians now) knows nothing about strategic thinking or else he would have vetted his quitter (we are all Arizonans now).

Posted by: hadelaide | May 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

People have minds "so short" that I wonder how they remember where they live. President George Bush Jr. sent 6,000 troops to the Arizona/Mexico border years ago, nothing changed. So doing the same thing over again and expecting different results, is crazy! Now I understand Arizona is trying to implement a "Guest Worker" Program wherein Mexican agricultural workers can pick fruit/etc., pay taxes and then "GET OUT". The Mexicans voted with their feet, now Arizona's agricultural business owners are wondering, who's gonna pick our food? Arizona is finding that the taxes they got from the products and services the "illegal immigrants" bought and used, are no longer to be counted on, thus resulting in an even bigger deficit for the state.

Ha-ha-ha-ha, be careful what you wish for.

Posted by: Taylorsucram | May 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Just remember that the word "comprehensive" is Democrat code for......AMNESTY.

When they say, "comprehensive" they really mean AMNESTY.

AMNESTY was a disaster last time it was tried and it will be a bigger disaster next time. NO AMNESTY, no way.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

NO 'COMPREHENSIVE' reform until the federal government demonstrates it is serious about border security. This vote shows that congress is not and they have no problem with the continuing invasion.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | May 27, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

More anti-Latino hate is not going to solve our immigration problem. It is good news that McCain's attempt to pander to racism was defeated.

Posted by: algasema1 | May 27, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

If we are going to "secure our borders" then we have to consider the much larger frontier with Canada. People who think the country can't absorb the "11 million" undocumented workers already here and in the fabric of our society sound much like people who argued that giving slaves freedom would overwhelm the Republic in 1863. If people without documents are working at jobs, the employers are to blame. Many of them hire undocumented workers because they don't have to pay benefits to them, don't have to pay into social security -- the employers are the ones gaming the system. Why not go after them first?

Posted by: MinnyMa | May 27, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Democrats have no interest in securing our border or controlling illegal immigration. The Democrat is a pro-illegal party, pure and simple. The Democrats have as much contempt for American law as the illegal aliens who break it every day.

It's too bad, for Democrats that Mexicans cannot vote in American elections. That would be the only thing that can save them in November.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 27, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Poor McCain, still in the 2008 mode. His dislike, even hatred, of the President is palpable. McCain should really let other Republican senators who can keep the rhetoric toned down a bit do the talking. As it is, the Senator must be scared to death about the November race he's facing. The really sad part is to see a once honorable man changing himself into a bumbling shill.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | May 27, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Poor McCain, still in the 2008 mode. His dislike, even hatred, of the President is palpable. McCain should really let other Republican senators who can keep the rhetoric toned down a bit do the talking. As it is, the Senator must be scared to death about the November race he's facing. The really sad part is to see a once honorable man changing himself into a bumbling shill.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | May 27, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Poor McCain, still in the 2008 mode. His dislike, even hatred, of the President is palpable. McCain should really let other Republican senators who can keep the rhetoric toned down a bit do the talking. As it is, the Senator must be scared to death about the November race he's facing. The really sad part is to see a once honorable man changing himself into a bumbling shill.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | May 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

John McCain no longer is relevant politically. He is done. He will be voted out of office this year.

Posted by: DarkHelmet1983 | May 27, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain wasn't much for bipartisanship when Bush/Cheney was the president was he.

Posted by: annie10 | May 27, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

@Muddy_Buddy_2000

Fake crisis?

Tell that to the family of murdered AZ rancher Robert Krentz.

I'm sure it will make them feel better.

Posted by: pmendez | May 27, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

This is the worst economy I've seen in my lifetime. With 20 million Americans unable to find work, why are the Democrats proposing amnesty for 20 million illegal immigrants.
NO AMNESTY. AMERICAN JOBS for AMERICANS!

Posted by: AnnsThought | May 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Of Mr. Barry Soetoro and his congressional minions:

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious, but cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

Posted by: AmericanPartisan | May 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Why can't common-sense ever come into play in D.C.??? There is a problem with illegals crossing our borders, and not just people looking for work. There are terrorists and drug runners slipping into this country and the mediocre attempts to stop them is pathetic. Sending 1,200 paper-pushers to the border does what? Nothing thats what. Get rid of all the red-tape with these illegals and actively stop them by all means necessary from crossing OUR border. Again common-sense...

Posted by: stopthem | May 27, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Who will the Administration blame when one of the thousands of reported Middle Easterners crossing the border does what they've been sent here to do!!!!!

The Atlanta, GA TV stations are all over this!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | May 27, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

We are deploying thousands of troops all over the globe to defend all the world's a------s, idiots and ingrates. Think Hamid Karzai as the poster boy for all three. But we will only send 1200 unarmed National Guardsmen to our own border. Thanks a lot Demorats. We will remember in November.

Posted by: ApostateDemocrat | May 27, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Its a fake crisis, illegal immigration is way, way down from the Bush Years, so how is it a crisis now1

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | May 27, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

How did McCain plan to pay for it?

Posted by: jckdoors | May 27, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Menendez criticized the plan for "militarizing the border". What?!? Check out the motion activated footage from the border that's recently come to light, senator. The drug cartels have already militarized the border. Go stick your head back in the sand.

Posted by: ANCLvr | May 27, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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