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Southern States Save America Again

“Once again, the South has held back the tide. If it wasn’t for the Southern States, America would be in far worse shape than it is today.” – CofCC CEO Gordon Baum, Esq. on last night’s vote against cloture of the Senate Amnesty Bill.

Charleston[West Virginia] Daily Mail

West Virginia’s congressional delegation helped derail a controversial immigration bill they say would have granted amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants.

A bipartisan group of 45 U.S. senators, including Democrats Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, voted Thursday night to stop a White House-backed immigration bill from progressing any further this year.

Senators supporting the measure failed to gain the 60 votes needed to schedule a final vote on the bill, putting it on hiatus.

Before the Senate vote Thursday, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined the House Immigration Reform Caucus, a group of 106 House members opposed to granting amnesty for illegal immigrants.

“The issue reached a high pitch when the president came out with his plan, which I don’t agree with,” Capito said. “That’s why I decided to get active with the caucus.”

From Southern Studies Weblog

Weakening the guest-worker program would leave the bill in tatters — and in the twisted logic of the Senate, that served DeMint’s greater goal of derailing the legislation.

“If it hurts the bill, I’m for it,” DeMint explained matter-of-factly.

Right Wing News also credits the work of Republican Senators DeMint, Jeff Sessions (AL) and Tom Coburn (OK), with DeMint being the ringleader. These three went on to target four Republicans sitting on the fence, including Jim Bunning (KY) and Elizabeth Dole (NC), who faces re-election next year.

At the grassroots, anti-immigration groups are claiming success — and credit., a right-wing, MoveOn-style outfit, declared today that “The defeat of the Senate “Amnesty” bill last night can be directly attributed to more than one million Senate contacts made by Grassfire team members since the announcement of the “Kennedy-Bush Amnesty” bill several weeks ago.”

Given the immense opposition to the bill among grassroots conservatives, why did Bush and leading Republicans go along with it? The Right Wing News writer offers a viewpoint that echoes our recent analysis about the true motivations behind the bill:

First off, there [is] the “Rovian School of thought,” which says that passing this bill would capture the Hispanic vote for the GOP for decades to come.

Next up, there’s the “Chamber of Commerce” vote. [T]hese Republicans were heavily influenced by business groups that want cheap labor no matter what the cost is for the rest of the country.

Find out how your Senator Voted

Republicans who voted to move forward on Senate Mass Amnesty bill.
Graham (R-SC)
Hagel (R-NE)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
Specter (R-PA)
Voinovich (R-OH)