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Illegal Immigration Politics

Flashback: Chuck Schumer Supported the 2006 Secure Fence Act

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

Just as he has done with practically everything else since Donald Trump was inaugurated Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is making his decisions based on politics rather than what’s good for the United States. In recent weeks he has insisted he was willing to shut down the government if funding for the border wall with Mexico was still in the continuing funding resolution.  Yet in 2006– before he was the leader of the senate opposition, and before Donald Trump was president, Chuck Schumer voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

Eighty senators in total voted for the secure fence act, twenty-six out of the forty-four Democrats voted in favor of the bill (one, Ted Kennedy did not vote). Eleven years later some of those Democratic Senators are still serving in the upper body and one Democratic Party member of the house who voted in favor of the secure fence act is now in the senate. They include;

OH Sen.  Sherrod Brown  (House) 
DE Sen. Thomas Carper
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein 
FL Sen. Bill Nelson 
NY Sen. Chuck Schumer 
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow 

Other notable Democrats who supported the bill in the Senate included Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Senator Barack Obama.

So what’s the difference between then and now? There are only two I could find.

The first is that the 2006 proposal was for a dou…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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