IMMIGRATION: Alexander Votes Against the Immigration Reform Bill

Says Bill Does Not Do Enough to Secure Our Borders

Posted on May 25, 2006

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today voted against S. 2611, the Immigration Reform bill. “This bill has been greatly improved, but does not do enough to secure our borders to allow me to vote yes,” Alexander said. “I am disappointed to vote no because Congress should not end the year without taking strong steps to secure our borders, to define the legal status of foreign students and workers, and to help prospective citizens learn English and U.S. history so they can become Americans.” “After we negotiate with the House of Representatives, I hope there will be comprehensive immigration legislation that I can support,” Alexander added. The Immigration Reform bill passed the Senate by a vote of 62 to 36. The Senate bill must go to a House–Senate conference committee where conferees will resolve differences with the House bill.