Posted on June 28, 2007

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today issued the following statement following his vote against the immigration bill: “I voted no because this immigration bill is not ready and has not earned the confidence of the American people,” Alexander said. “With this bill, Congress has been trying to bite off more than it can chew on a problem that has been 20 years in the making. To regain the public’s confidence, we ought to scale it back and fix the problem step-by-step by absolutely securing our borders first, then enforcing our laws without amnesty. I hope there eventually will be a piece of legislation I can support that will make it possible to secure the border, help prospective citizens learn English and do a better job of welcoming highly skilled foreign workers and researchers who create jobs in the United States. We have more work to do to achieve these goals. I hope Washington has learned some important lessons from this process. The people expect us to deal with major issues but with a full and open debate.” The immigration bill (S. 1639) failed by a vote of 46 to 53, 14 votes short of 60 votes required to invoke cloture under Senate Rules.