Monday, September 18, 2006

Border Fence Vote?

Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters says Senate Majority Leader Frist intends to hold a vote on a border fence:

"It will force the Senate to vote on an issue that many people see as critical to our national security, and the bill provides a common-sense solution to the chronically porous border in the American Southwest. Those who vote against it, and especially those who attempt to filibuster it, will have to answer why they insisted on linking national security to normalization for illegal immigrants...

"Keep an eye out for the fence's vote later this week. I'm guessing that supporters of comprehensive immigration reform will attempt a filibuster, but it will be tough to go home and explain why Congress can't build a border barrier as a first step towards that end."

Actually funding the fence is another matter. Morrissey speculates that passage of the bill would put pressure on Congress to then actually fund it.


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