Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan
Senator Kyl (R) from Arizona is one of the major sponsors. Trent Lott (Senate minority whip) is pushing for passage as well:
The No. 2 Republican in the Senate made an all-out pitch for support of a comprehensive immigration bill on Wednesday as the Senate voted to reduce the size of a proposed guest worker program, infuriating employers.
The Republican, Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, was not part of the bipartisan group of 12 senators who negotiated the ?grand bargain? on immigration with the White House. But on Wednesday Mr. Lott defended the deal, which has come under heavy fire from the right and the left.
The Dems have made it clear that they are not going to allow this to be a Bush + congressional Democrats bill, with the GOP Congress running against the bill in 2008 as a Democrat idea while Bush is finally getting packed off to Crawford and the GOP no longer needs to defer to him.
This is simply a bad piece of legislation. The worst part for me is that one of the "Gang of 12" pushing this bill through is none other than our esteemed Senator Arlen Specter.