The Senate has passed new immigration legislation with a
vote of 68-32, far more than the majority needed to send the measure
to the House.
However, both senators representing Nebraska voted against the legislation; with Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer citing poor border security provisions.
Fischer said, "I had a number of concerns with the final bill. I was especially disappointed in the border security provisions, which I highlighted in detail on the Senate floor. The bill ended up being weaker than previous plans offered in 2006 and 2007 – and weaker than the border security amendment I filed. Without a fully secure border, the United States will repeat the mistakes of the past and there will be no lasting solution."
Johanns announced days earlier that he would not be voting in favor of the legislation. He said Monday, "Unfortunately, this amendment's promise of secure borders is not airtight. Additionally, several organizations representing our border agents and related personnel say this bill weakens national security and prevents them from doing their jobs."
Below is a list of concerns given by Fischer following the vote:
* Items in italics are courtesy Sen. Fischer's office.
It contains a loophole that could allow illegal immigrants who have attained Registered Provisional Immigrant status to be eligible for means-tested taxpayer benefits, such as food stamps and Medicaid. The Congressional Budget Office has indicated this will likely cost hardworking taxpayers nearly $260 billion over the next decade.