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October 09, 2006

Congress Departs for Pre-Election Recess & Senate Passes Secure Fence Act, DHS and DoD Bills Kept Clean

Congress recessed on the morning of September 30, 2006 and many legislators headed for their home states and districts to focus their energy on mid-term election campaigns. Some anti-immigration hardliners are running campaigns fraught with negative stereotypes of immigrants and alarmist rhetoric about immigration.

Congress worked late Friday night and into Saturday morning to conduct final votes on critical legislation, including the Homeland Security appropriations bill and the Department of Defense authorization bill, before departing for the pre-election recess. Thanks to the staunch opposition of Senate conferees and the efforts of immigration advocates, House leaders failed in their efforts to attach immigration enforcement riders to the DHS appropriations bill and the Defense authorization. The Senate, however, passed the Secure Fence Act just hours before adjourning, by a vote of 80-19, thereby authorizing the construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. On the bright side, Congress failed to appropriate the funds needed for construction. The $1.18 billion that they did appropriate is anticipated to fund less than 100 miles of the project.

Posted by VisaLawyer at October 9, 2006 01:40 PM

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