Saturday, December 18, 2010
During his debate with his Democrat opponent a few weeks ago, Mark Kirk was badgered by Alexi Giannoulias to state his position on the so-called "Dream Act."
"Would you vote for the Dream Act -- Yes or No?" Giannoulias hectored.
Kirk refused to assert that he would support the measure, which was a thinly veiled plan for a back door amnesty for illegal aliens.
Today he made good. He was the deciding Senate vote in the 55-41 cloture vote, which scuttled the plan.
Here's the statement that Senator Kirk released:
"The American people believe our borders are broken. It is a fundamental duty of our government to know who is entering the country, making illegal entry nearly impossible. In the coming Congress, we have an overwhelming bipartisan consensus to restore confidence in the security of our borders -- before we pursue other immigration proposals."
Like so many others, I was sceptical of Kirk's squishy RINOism, which has led him to make a career out of sticking his fingers in the eyes of conservatives.
Just before the November election, I wrote a piece on this blog assessing his overall House record on immigration control and saying that I would have to hold my nose, vote for him and hope for the best.
Today, at least, that path was warranted.
Besides, he seems to like dogs.