The cloture vote ended the visions of amnesty that danced in the heads of illegal immigrants and their parents who knowingly broke the law.
The backdoor path to citizenship would have been a Christmas present for millions of illegals, and a nightmare for American taxpayers and legal immigrants who play by the rules.
Newsweek’s Mickey Kaus wrote:
You’ve heard of “comprehensive” reform? DREAM is non comprehensive reform. It doesn’t even have the basic enforcement provisions—employer sanctions and fancy new ID cards—that were part of the earlier, failed “comprehensive” bargain, which wasn’t a very good bargain (in part because nobody was sure the enforcement schemes wouldn’t be immediately undermined by lawsuits from the same organizations who supported “comprehensive” reform). DREAM is all amnesty, no prevention. Maybe that’s because its backers care about amnesty but not prevention.
Senate Republicans, along with five Democrats, blocked Reid’s nightmarish effort to make undocumented immigrants Illegal immigrants and their advocates happy.