In 1944, a young marine named Luther Skaggs Jr. landed with the American amphibious assault on Japanese held Guam. As the attack commenced, an enemy grenade exploded within his foxhole obliterating one leg. Without calling for medical assistance, Pfc Skaggs fashioned an impromptu tourniquet for his own mangled limb and remained in active combat for eight more hours. At which point he crawled to another position and continued the assault.
Luther Skaggs knew nothing of fortitude.
In May 2005, the McCain-Kennedy Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act was proposed as the neocon/liberal’s first serious border eradication sortie of the Bush era. It suffered a firestorm of protest and was shelved without a vote. But the State persevered.
In April 2006, Arlen Specter introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, naturally co-sponsored by Kennedy, McCain, and Graham. It granted amnesty, increased helot workers, and passed the senate 62-36. Again furious conservatives singed the ears of treasonous solons and the House refused to reconcile the Senate’s more odious provisions. The bill died…but the State persevered.
In May 2007, Harry Reid introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. It was eagerly supported by all the usual rejects: Kennedy, McCain, Graham, and Bush. From wiki: On June 7, three Senate votes on cloture for the bill failed with the first losing 33-63, the second losing 34-61 and the third losing 45-50. This had been thought by some observers to signal the end of the bill’s chances, since on that day, after the first failing vote, Harry Reid had told reporters that, if another vote on cloture failed, “the bill’s over with. The bill’s gone.”
However, at the urging of President Bush, the bill was brought back for discussion in the Senate as bill S. 1639 on June 25. On June 26, a motion to proceed passed the Senate, by a margin of 64-35 (under Senate rules it needed 60 votes). A number of amendments to the bill were considered and rejected. On June 28, the bill failed to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. The final cloture vote lost 46-53. This effectively ended its chances, and President Bush said he was disappointed at Congress’s failure to act on the issue. Disappointed but never defeated. The State persevered.
In 2010, the Dream (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, along with a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, was incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2011. On September 21, 2010, the Senate filibuster of the bill was maintained in a 56–43 vote. The following day, Dicks Durbin and Lugar introduced the bill again to defeat. The House of Representatives passed the bill on December 8, 2010, but it subsequently failed cloture again in the senate 55-41. The undead amnesty perished once more. But the State persevered.
In June 2013, the senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The cloture-crushing vote in the senate was 68-32.
Though once more consumer progress has been thwarted in the House. Wherein John Boehner struggles to mediate conflicting desires to both maintain his sinecure while also importing sufficiently diverse suitors to marry his remaining daughter. But perhaps There is a way…
there’s a new Boehner/Cantor gambit to pass an amnesty through the House. Leadership wants to write into the National Defense Authorization Act an amnesty for illegal aliens who join the military. This is seen as preferable to offering an amendment, as California Republican Jeff Denham did last year, because it’s harder to remove something from an underlying bill than merely to kill an amendment.
The number of illegal aliens who could meet the military’s standards would be tiny, but that’s not the point. The goal is to send legislation to the Senate that has an amnesty component built in to it, thus providing the opportunity for Harry Reid to add the Schumer-Rubio bill to a must-pass piece of legislation.
A vote in the House Armed Services Committee on the defense authorization bill is expected later this month. It’ll be up to the members of the committee’s Republican majority whether this scheme goes anywhere.
Never give up. John McCain knows perseverance. He just recently pledged to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that he will never stop working as long as he lives to import every biped on the planet.
May his labors be brief.