WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, today issued the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to prevent a vote on an amendment offered by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would have strengthened the trigger on border security as a requirement to undocumented immigrants’ pathway to citizenship in the Senate immigration reform bill:
“The Majority Leader’s decision to block a vote on one of the most effective border security amendments delivers a serious blow to immigration reform,” said Coats. “As someone who wants to see our broken immigration system repaired, I am extremely disappointed the Majority Leader is refusing to allow a vote on this amendment to strengthen our nation’s borders. Hoosiers have made it loud and clear to me that we cannot make the same mistakes of 1986 and grant legal status to undocumented individuals with only empty promises that we will secure the borders. Reid’s action today makes it clear that he is willing to repeat the past mistakes and broken promises.
“I am working on an alternative measure that will require our federal government to improve border security before granting legal status to immigrants, and I will urge the Majority Leader to allow a vote on my provision.”
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