Romney issued the following statement on the United States Senate’s vote on the immigration reform bill:
“The immigration bill failed because the politicians in Washington are out of touch with the American people. The voice of the people is loud and clear – secure the border, enforce the law and no special deal for permanent residency or citizenship for illegals. America will always welcome legal immigration, but as a nation we also insist on the rule of law.”
UPDATE: Rudy offers his reaction:
“Today a majority in the Senate made clear this bill shortchanged the American people by failing to end illegal immigration and failing to secure our borders. The bill did not deserve to move forward.
“As I have said before, this bill – which I believed was based more on compromise than on principle – failed to do several basic things, including: securing our borders, creating a uniform tamper-proof ID card for all foreign workers and students, establishing a single nationwide database of foreigners, and mandating the full implementation of a biometric ‘check in-check out’ system.
“The legislation was a hodgepodge at best, and I believe it would have ultimately made our country less secure.
“I urge the President to use the authority and funds at his disposal to do everything possible to end illegal immigration and secure our borders.”