U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today commented on the Senate's failure to reach passage of the Senate immigration bill (S. 1348).
"The failure of this amnesty bill is a victory for fairness, and the rule of law. Though there were good provisions in the bill, such as a merit-based immigration system, the overall bill would have been harmful to our nation and would have done nothing to solve our problems with illegal immigration. It is my hope the Senate will work together to produce a bill that protects our nation by first securing our borders and enforcing our laws."
Dr. Coburn offered an amendment to the immigration bill (Amendment No. 1311) that required Congress to secure our borders and enforce existing immigration laws before any provisions in S. 1348 could be implemented. The Senate rejected the Coburn amendment by a vote of 42-54.