The pro-enforcement, anti-amnesty Senatorial candidate, Scott Brown (R-Mass.), has defeated Martha Coakley for the seat left vacant by the passing of Edward Kennedy. Brown has taken a strong stance on immigration enforcement and puts the Administration's hopes for a mass amnesty at risk.
Brown has stated on his campaign website that the nation needs to better secure its borders and use a national workplace verification system to ensure that jobs go to American workers. He also opposes rewards to illegal aliens like driver's licenses and in-state tuition.
According to Brown's campaign website...
I recognize that our strength as a nation is built on the immigrant experience in America. I welcome legal immigration to this country. However, we are also a nation of laws and government should not adopt policies that encourage illegal immigration. Providing driver’s licenses and in-state tuition to illegal immigrant families will act as a magnet in drawing more people here in violation of the law and it will impose new costs on taxpayers. I oppose amnesty, and I believe we ought to strengthen our border enforcement and institute an employment verification system with penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants.
Coakley built a large lead in the Democratic stronghold in the weeks leading to the election, but Brown quickly narrowed the gap. Late last week, polls had the race as a toss-up, and Brown pulled ahead over the weekend. With more than 90% of the vote in, Brown held a 52-47 advantage over Coakley. Brown's election reduces the number of Senate Democrats to 59, putting an end to the filibuster-proof Senate.
Coakley was quoted in the Boston Globe as a supporter of a mass amnesty for the nation's estimated 12 million illegal aliens.
Updated: Tue, Jan 19th 2010 @ 9:59pm EST