A grand compromise on border security designed to draw reluctant Senators to vote in favor of immigration reform fails to secure the vote of Sen. Mike Johanns.
Johanns read the 1,200 page substitute amendment over the weekend. He wasn’t impressed.
“I had high hopes for it, but I must admit I think when you really dig into it you begin to realize that other than throwing a lot of money at the southern border, this doesn’t do much,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Johanns finds fault with much in the amendment crafted by two fellow Republicans, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Johan Hoeven of North Dakota, but primarily objects that it doesn’t contain provisions for Congress to oversee the program to insure the borders are kept secure.
Johanns also is disappointed provisions to insure businesses don’t hire illegal immigrants wasn’t included.
Johanns says Congress is missing an opportunity.
“Finally, at the end of the day, you’re going to get down here 15 years and I worry you’re going to say, ‘What difference did any of this make?’ That would be tragic.”
The Corker-Hoeven amendment cleared an important procedural hurdle Monday night. The Senate vote 67-27 to proceed to debate on the amendment. It paved the way for a vote on the entire bill possibly by the end of the week.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Sen. Mike Johanns on the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the immigration reform bill. [11 min.]