The Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed Senator Colgan’s SB 90 which would have required that Virginia employers use the federal E-Verify system today on a 13-2 vote. This one wasn’t even close, with all Republicans other than Obenshain and Cuccinelli voting to “pass by indefinitely”, or “kill” this important legislative reform. If anyone has been under the illusion that Senate Republicans as a group are interested in legislative reform on the illegal alien issue, this vote should put that fallacy to rest. When the business lobby speaks, Republicans are just as willing to throw the interests of Virginia’s electorate under the bus as when the illegal alien lobby pressures Democrats to do so.
Here’s the vote:
YEAS–Marsh (D), Saslaw (D), Stolle (R), Quayle (R), Norment (R), Howell (D), Lucas (D), Edwards (D), Reynolds (D), Puller (D), McDougle (R), Deeds (D), Hurt (R)–13.
NAYS–Cuccinelli (R), Obenshain (R)–2.
Of interest is that Senator Colgan’s staff promised that they would let me know what was happening with this bill, and they never bothered to contact me about when this bill was scheduled. All of the advance notification about this bill I got was from Senator Cuccinelli’s office, which was clearly more dedicated to seeing this bill passed than the actual bill’s sponsor. I am convinced that this bill was offered by Senator Colgan in order for him to placate angry constituents by sponsoring a bill that he never intended to promote in any way and hoped would die. Nice way to try to pull the wool over constituent’s eyes, and introduce a bill you never intended to lend any support to. Maybe I’m wrong in my impressions here, but this sure looks like that’s what happened.
What is more outrageous is that Republicans who made this issue part of the platform for their re-election campaigns decided to cast votes against it when it came to committee. After hearing rhetoric from past chief-obstructionist Ken Stolle about how he had finally come to understand the concerns of his constituents on this problem, for him to about-face along with Norment and Quayle and help ensure that Virginia employers can continue to hire illegal aliens without penalty is absolutely enraging. Virginians, we have been lied to. The campaign promises your elected officials have made in order to get elected have been cast away, and you have been robbed of the representation that you believe you voted for.
I am disgusted. You should be as well. These elected officials need to hear your outrage if we are ever to make progress on this issue:
Don’t forget to thank these two Senators for standing up to the businesses that want to continue to employ illegal aliens at the expense of American workers:
We have one more shot at these legislative reforms when bills passed by the House of Delegates move over to the Senate. If you don’t let our elected officials know about how you feel before these come up, the same thing is going to happen next time when House bills get considered in the Senate. This is not a time to stay on the sidelines.
The Senate is working hard to make “Virginia is for illegal aliens.” It’s up to you to stop that. Now.
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