While Sen. Tom Corburn (R-Okla.) can empathize with the plight of the poor seeking a better life in America, he fortunately voted today not as a hypothetical illegal immigrant but as a senator sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Coburn was among those voting not to move forward with the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the immigration bill.

There are 48 billion reasons not to move forward with the legislation, but Coburn touched on an essential truth in his statement on the floor this afternoon: the amendment flies in the face of the law.

Oh, and the cost didn’t help sell the plan either.