Coleman’s Anti-Sanctuary Bill Defeated

One of the most shameful spectacles of our times is the practice of cities and towns declaring themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens, and refusing to cooperate in the enforcement of federal laws. Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman offered an amendment to the pending immigration act that would prohibit cities from banning the obtaining of information on immigration status by their own law enforcement agencies. You can read about the amendment on Coleman’s web site; the text of the amendment is here; you plug it into the statute here.
Unfortunately, Norm’s amendment was defeated 49-48 on the Senate floor today, even though several Democrats voted for it. These Republicans voted against the proposal:
Graham (R-SC)
Hagel (R-NE)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Which means that we will have to continue to put up with the misplaced moral preening of liberals who think it’s a good thing to be a scofflaw.

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