My recent nail biting for legislation is over the H.R. 10 bill heading through congress. It implements a lot of the 9/11 commissions recommendations for stepping up security and is the House version of the Senate bill that was passed yesterday
The House version has controls in it to enforce illegal immigration including - a crackdown on driver's licenses for illegal aliens, easier and speedier deportations and limits on the use of foreign consular identification cards.
The vote against amending the bill, to remove the immigration portions, was voted down 213-203. Only 8 Republicans voted with all the Democrats even after the White House pressured some Republicans to vote in favor of the amendment. This is a major victory for all of us angered by illegal aliens eating up all our social services, driving down wages and putting our Emergency Rooms out of business. With the Senate bill being passed, if and when the House bill is passed, there will have to be compromises.
Main opponents of the House bill are coming out over the illegal immigrant deportation clause that does not restrict from sending illegals to a country where they could endure torture. I don't think anyone is for that, but putting in a clause like that would allow anyone setting foot on US soil to claim such and probably be released onto the streets while they await an immigration hearing. This action is known as catch-and-release and is the way we do things now. More then 75% of illegals we catch-and-release do not show up for their scheduled hearing and disappear into the country.