As the key Senate vote came on the immigration bill.
Callers, presumable critics, jammed the capitol phone lines.
And opponents of the bill took their message to Senator's home offices.
"Shut border down and then we can deal with everything else." said Jim Burns of Raleigh, N.C., that was in North Carolina. At an office of Republican Richard Burr, who voted yes Tuesday on taking up immigration.
The plan would have tightened the borders.
And let 12 million people already here illegally earn citizenship.
"For those people who are opposed, this is an amnesty bill. I don't know how we say more strongly that it's not," sen. Dianne Feinstein said.
"To my friends who call me endlessly and say just enforce the current law, Lindsey. Well here's Lindsey's response, I've looked at it, it's unenforceable." sen. Lindsay Graham said.
"Vote aye and vote for America's future," Senator Ted Kennedy said.
But only 46 voted aye. Far short of the 60 needed.
"The motion is not agreed to" said the Chairman of the Senate.
Killing the immigration plan backed by President Bush and the Senate leaders of both parties.
"A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn't find a common ground, it didn't work," President Bush said.
Republicans savored their win.
"The message is crystal clear that the American people want us to start with enforcement - both at the border and at the workplace," said Senator David Vitter of Louisiana.
Senator Burr got the message. He switched his vote on Thursday to a no.
As bipartisan immigration reform died.
NewsWest Nine spoke to members of the community to see what they are saying about it and also got reaction from the local MinuteMen representative.
"It feels certainly like it is a step in the right direction, this means that hopefully these people will no longer be in a position to take away our rights and our benefits that people that were born in this country deserve," Charlotte Samuell said, who is the the chapter director of the MCDC.
One NewsWest 9 viewer said, "as long as they are here doing what they should be doing yes they should they should."
"If they've been here more than five years, yeah, give them amnesty if they show they are working hard give them a break," another viewer said.
Both sides agree that even if the plan is changed, action on immigration probably won't happen until after the 2008 elections.
Both Texas senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, voted against the bill.