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Senators unhappy with status quo

Kyl: Piecemeal approach may be best option on immigration reform

KINGMAN - Arizona's senators were disappointed in the failure of the comprehensive immigration reform bill last week, as status quo of broken borders continues to compromise overall national security.

"The immigration bill represented the best chance to pass legislation to help secure our borders and reform our immigration laws," Sen. John Kyl said. "I am disappointed that the Senate has rejected a motion to continue its consideration."

Kyl said both Democrats and Republicans can be blamed for the measure's defeat.

"The result of our inaction regrettably means the status quo will continue, as thousands of illegal immigrants continue pouring across our borders every day and millions already here will continue receiving silent amnesty," Kyl said.

The Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (also known as S. 1689) failed Thursday morning when the United States Senate failed to adopt a procedural motion to conclude debate on the bill by a vote of 46 to 53.

This failure discouraged the senator's goals for stemming the flood of illegal immigrants into their own state.

In a statement Friday, Senator John McCain said it was unfortunate that the Senate could not complete its debate on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

However, he said he was confident that the American public would not stand to see the status quo continue with de facto amnesty and broken borders.

"I am hopeful that we will have another chance to address this critical national security issue that affects people throughout our country.

"In the meantime, we must keep working to secure our borders while we continue fighting to reform our unenforceable immigration laws," he said.

Kyl said he hoped to reach a consensus for reform this session, but a comprehensive bill might not be possible.

There is the possibility that reform will have to happen piecemeal, he said, one issue at a time.

However, securing the borders must be the first concern, Kyl said.

"While I am hopeful that consideration of a bill may come back up later in the year, I believe it will be very difficult given the impending legislative schedule," Kyl said.

"Regardless, I remain committed to finding ways to increase resources to help secure our borders and reform our immigration laws to restore the rule of law."

Kyl has remained steadfast that building the fence that was approved by Congress last year must be the first priority for immigration reform.