The [immigration] bill's Senate supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to limit debate and clear the way for final passage of the legislation, which critics assailed as offering amnesty to illegal immigrants. The vote was 46 to 53 in favor of limiting the debate.The defeat of this bill is a clear victory for xenophobia and protectionism. While the proposed legislation was far from perfect (I maintain that any immigration quota is a violation of the individual rights of existing citizens to do business with whom they choose) the bill was as least an attempt to recognize reality and acknowledge that as long as America is free and prosperous, there will be a powerful incentive for people to abandon their failed regimes in order to live here. Instead of welcoming such people and integrating their talents and wiliness to work into America, the xenophobes and protectionists have successfully kept them as a criminal underclass.
Some senators in both parties said the issue is so volatile that Congress is unlikely to revisit it this fall or next year, when the presidential election will increasingly dominate American politics. [CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer]
I think this quote sums it all up quite nicely:
"We were looking to politicians for leadership on this issue, and there has been none and it's deeply disappointing," said Sheridan Bailey, the president of Ironco Enterprises in Phoenix and a co-founder of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform.Except here our government is not just destroying a village of sundry collectivists, it is destroying the lives of people who desperately seek to be free.
"It's like in Vietnam when they said 'we had to destroy the village to save it,' well here they are destroying the economy to save the U.S. border," said Bailey, echoing the views of employers from eleven U.S. states, who have formed lobby groups to advocate for immigration reform. [Donna Smith, Reuters]