IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL FAILS!
So what's next? Personally, I think we came as close to a revolt in this country as we've seen in 150 years. In this electronic age, that revolt came in the form of a flood of emails, faxes and angry telephone calls to the men and women who represent "We the People" in Washington. I'm puzzled that in the face of that, our Senators and President tried to resurrect this bill to begin with. I've been to the border, and while this is a very complicated issue, any fix begins there. If you fix that hole in the dike first, the citizens might agree to deal with the millions of illegals who managed to already sneak through. That border is vast, but if we don't figure out a way to control it, we lose control in more ways than one. I think opponents of the bill were right when they say the voters didn't trust the politicians to get that accomplished. Lou Dobbs of CNN has been extremely outspoken on this issue, and raises an interesting possibility in this report:
Whoever becomes President in 2008 will have to face this issue as well. It will be interesting to see if the odd bedfellows who defeated the bill this time will unite behind a single candidate in '08!