The U.S. House of Representatives this morning voted to withhold federal emergency services funding for "sanctuary cities" that protect illegal immigrants.
Anti-illegal immigration champion Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., sponsored the measure, which he says would apply to cities such as Denver and Boulder. He was elated by its passage, which stunned critics and supporters alike.
"The issue has come to fruition," Tancredo said by cell phone after the vote. "The people of the country really have spoken. It's a really good indicator of just how much closer to the people the House is than the Senate is."
The House passed the amendment, 234 to 189, with 50 Democrats voting in favor.
Tancredo and his staffers hooted and cheered from his office across the street from the Capitol immediately after the vote. Tancredo has introduced similar amendments at least seven other times since 2004, but each has failed — often by wide margins.
This shows that the shamnesty bill that won't die in the Senate has a very good chance of failing in the House. Every single member is up for reelection in 2008, and they aren't willing to risk it. Even the Democrats in the House can see it. If Republican senators were smart, they would just let it die.
But that's a big if.
Hat Tip: Right Wing News