major action on immigration until after the 2008 elections."
"It was a victory for Republican conservatives who strongly criticized
the bill's provisions that would have established pathways to lawful
status for many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. They
were aided by talk radio and TV hosts who repeatedly attacked the bill
and urged listeners to flood Congress with calls, faxes and e-mails."
Let's not forget the numerous blogs and websites that have actually led the charge in this issue. The internet was way ahead of talk radio and the TV hosts with the exception of Lou Dobbs.
"From the beginning, the bill's most forceful opponents were southern
Republicans. GOP Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana, Jim DeMint of South
Carolina and Jeff Sessions of Alabama led the charge, often backed by
Texan John Cornyn."
"Also crucial to the bill's demise was opposition from three Democrats
recently elected from GOP-leaning states: Jon Tester of Montana, Claire
McCaskill of Missouri and Jim Webb of Virginia."
Thank you courageous Senators for listening to the voice of the American people and standing up to tremendous forces of the illegal immigration lobby.
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