The vote was 53-44, failing to get the minimum 60 votes to begin debate on the issue.
The measure attempted to block congressional funding for sanctuary cities — municipalities that ban police from cooperating with immigration officials to potentially deport illegal immigrants.
Senate Republicans also failed to get enough votes to advance their proposed Kate’s Law – named after Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot in July 2015, allegedly by an illegal immigrant who had multiple felony convictions and was deported several times prior to the incident.
“How many times does this have to happen?” Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey asked just before the 55-42 vote that failed along party lines. “At some point, a person needs to go to jail. That’s what Kate’s Law does.”
However, Democrats strongly opposed the measures.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said they put presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “ant-immigration rhetoric into action.”
“These bills follow Trump’s lead in demonizing, criminalizing immigrant, Latino families,” the Nevada Democrat said before the votes.
That last quote, though.
Seriously. What is so hard to understand about all of this? If you ignore our immigration laws and either sneak in to our country or over stay your visa, you are, in fact, committing a crime and are, in fact, a criminal. It has nothing to do with what country you come from or race or any of that horse manure. I’m not sure why the dems think only people from Mexico immigrate to this country, and why they seem to think only Mexicans ignore our immigration laws, and why they think everything has to do with Mexico. People come here from other countries, too, you know. Isn’t it kind of racist to not include them? And they are equally capable of breaking our immigration laws.