Sen. Begich voted in favor of tabling Sen. Jeff Sessions' amendment to the 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill (H.R. 1105). Sen. Sessions' amendment would have reauthorized the E-Verify program for a period of five years. The E-Verify program had received several short-term extensions (H.R. 1105 contained a short-term extension). The Senate leadership decided to table Sessions amendment rather than allow a floor vote. By supporting the tabling of Sen. Sessions' amendment your Senator opposed the long-term reauthorization of E-Verify and harmed American workers. The final vote was 50-47 (10 March 2009, 5:27 PM)
Democratic Senator Burris of Illinois was recently picked by the disgraced governor to serve out Pres. Obama's Senate term. Discussions between him and the governor have cast questions about the appointment and caused other Senate Democrats to distance themselves from him. One argument that Burris has given for why he is so important in the Senate is that he is the only African-American and needs to give voice to special needs of Black Americans throughout the country. The latest federal stats show that Black Americans are suffering by far the worst unemployment, but in the face of voting for the E-Verify system to open up jobs held by illegal aliens, Burris stood against unemployed Blacks and other Americans.
There was buzz throughout the immigration enforcement movement that Hillary Clinton replacement as New York Senator
She blames her previous tough stances on illegal immigration as just being an upstate New York hick who didn't know any better and now that she has been shown "the light" by city dwelling liberals and Hispanic groups, she fully supports the end to deportations and an end to enforcement of immigration laws.