The Senate today voted down a Republican amendment that would have toughened border security requirements in the so-called “Gang of Eight” immigration bill. This probably means that Tuesday’s cloture vote — which got the support of 30 GOP Senators, including Mitch McConnell — was the last time any Republican could have done anything to halt this fraudulent “reform.” It will eventually pass the Senate with at least 57 votes, another lesson (as if we needed yet another lesson) that in Washington these days, “bipartisan compromise” requires shameless dishonesty:
A new advertisement brands sponsors of the Senate immigration reform bill a “Gang of Liars,” saying that supporters have falsely claimed the legislation would require that illegal aliens learn English in order to qualify for legal residency under the measure’s amnesty provision.
“Contrary to what the Gang of 8 says, S. 744 has no requirement for illegal immigrants to learn English to get work permits or amnesty,” says the ad by the group ProEnglish …
ProEnglish executive director Bob Vandervoort said passage of the Senate bill “would be an unprecedented calamity for our nation’s unity,” and said sponsors of the measure have misled the public about key provisions of the bill.
“For at least ten years and perhaps for their entire lives,” Vandervort said in a statement Wednesday, “this huge new group of predominantly non-English speaking, former illegal immigrants will create a huge new demand for costly government services in their native language, further exacerbating the dangerous and growing division of the United States into separate cultural and linguistic communities.”
Perhaps Marco Rubio and his Republican friends can be shamed into recognizing that they have, in “Jack and the Beanstalk” manner, exchanged the family cow for some allegedly magic beans. Both Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter are denouncing this mendacious swindle, so if Rubio and other conservatives vote no on final passage — leaving it to unpopular amnesty cheerleaders like Lindsey Graham to give Chuck Schumer’s bill its transparently thin négligée of “bipartisanship” — maybe House Republicans will muster the courage to stop it.