We have won. The massive immigration reform bill appears done for good:
WASHINGTON - The Senate drove a stake Thursday through President Bush’s plan to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants, likely postponing major action on immigration until after the 2008 elections.
… The bill’s Senate supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to limit debate and clear the way for final passage of the legislation, which critics assailed as offering amnesty to illegal immigrants. The vote was 46 to 53 in favor of limiting the debate.
The strange thing now is that what is the federal government to do instead? Well, there is no choice but to enforce existing laws. The fence will continue to get built. More border guards will continue to be hired. And employers will be more and more forced to check the legal status of their workers. These items have already been set in motion. Once these items are in place and effective, other immigration reforms can be discussed.
A path-to-amnesty without a proven enforcement system to prevent another round of amnesty in 20 years was pointless. Like I said, we have a total victory for those of us opposed to this now dead immigration reform bill.