Yesterday's amendment votes
A round-up from the Washington Post:
By a single vote, 49-48, senators rejected amendments from Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., to allow government authorities to question immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to bring an end to the temporary guest worker program after five years.
The Senate also defeated, on a resounding 66-29 vote, a proposal by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to strike the path to citizenship laid out for the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. ...
Advocates for immigrants were also optimistic, but with some votes so close, they were cautious about their projections for upcoming amendments, voicing particular concern about a proposal by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to add to the list of criminal offenses that could prevent current undocumented immigrants from obtaining a Z visa to put them on the path to citizenship.
"Cornyn's amendment is absolutely a killer," said Cecilia Munoz, vice president of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group. "It would basically say if you worked using a false social security number, which is by definition how (undocumented immigrants) work, that would make you ineligible."