By Edward Lee Pitts
WASHINGTON —; The Senate today voted down an attempt by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to require that the nation’s borders be secured before the implementation of any other aspects of a comprehensive immigration reform package.
Sen. Isakson said he was disappointed the Senate refused to put border security first.
By considering guest worker programs alongside border tightening, the Senate is continuing to “give a wink and a nod to those who would cross our borders illegally,” Sen. Isakson said. “We must begin rewarding the people who come here legally and stop the people who come here illegally.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Sen. Isakson’s effort was a “killer amendment,” and defeating it was a first step in finalizing a comprehensive immigration package.
The proposal was the first of as many as 40 immigration amendments the Senate is expected to consider in the next two weeks as it strives to pass a bill before Memorial Day.
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