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Fighting the Good Fight - Bush lost on immigration - Dallas Morning

News, The (TX) - June 29, 2007 - page 20A


June 29, 2007 | Dallas Morning News, The (TX) | Page 20A

T he senators who voted yesterday to cut off debate on the immigration bill did the nation no good
deed. We're particularly disappointed that T exas Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn sided
with the bunch who effectively killed it.

T he two knew, as did everyone else, that the vote to limit debate was a way to get the legislation
yanked off the floor. Now Americans have little more than a lick and a promise that the Senate will
get back to work on the issue this year or next.

President Bush, on the other hand, deserves enormous credit for pushing immigration to the top
of Washington's domestic agenda. His stand on behalf of a better immigration system is like what
he did as governor when he pressed legislators to overhaul T exas' school funding system.
Ironically, he lost that battle too, again because some Senate Republicans went south on him. But
he was right when he warned Austin about a coming crisis, just as he has been correct to
encourage Washington to find a saner way of dealing with immigration.

We hope he and immigration reformers like Sen. T ed Kennedy keep the battle going. Mr. Kennedy
also worked valiantly to find a compromise that would satisfy enough senators to win passage. Mr.
Kennedy, the president and several others tried to build a coalition from the center out, usually the
only way to get a victory in Washington.

T hey didn't succeed this time, but it's better to take on a good fight and fail than not to take it on
for fear of losing.

It's also best for the nation to solve this problem sooner rather than later. If Congress waits two or
three more years, we'll have another million illegal immigrants. We'll have more employers looking
the other way when it comes to hiring illegal workers. And we'll lack enough agents to protect our
borders. T his is one problem that will only get worse with time.
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