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OVERVIEW: Red-State Dems Movement To The Left On Immigration

- February 13, 2018

Senate Democrats Once Supported Enforcing Immigration Laws And Securing The Border, But More Recently Have Voted To Protect Sanctuary Cities, Opposed Kate's Law And Criticized A Border Wall


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • In the past, red-state Senate Democrats took a tough stance on illegal immigration, opposed amnesty and called for immigration laws to be strictly enforced, but more recently they have towed the Schumer/Pelosi party line, moving left with their party on immigration.
  • In 2010, Jon Tester and Joe Donnelly voted against the DREAM Act while Joe Manchin said he could not support it and did not vote in favor of the bill.
  • In 2013, Senators Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly, Bob Casey, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Sherrod Brown, Bill Nelson, and Debbie Stabenow all voted in favor of legislation that eliminated the Diversity Visa Lottery Program and required the completion of 700 miles of border fencing.

JON TESTER

While Running For Senate, Jon Tester Said "There Needs To Not Be Any Amnesty," And Stated That Those Living In The U.S Should "Get In Line"

In 2006, Jon Tester Said "We Need To Put The Dollars In For Border Security" And That "We Ought Not Be Allowing Amnesty. We Should Be Enforcing The Laws That Are On The Books Currently." JON TESTER: "We need to put the dollars in for border security and our immigration services so that we can indeed secure our borders. We ought not be allowing amnesty, we should be enforcing the laws that are on the books currently, as far as businesses employing illegal aliens, it's illegal and the law should be enforced." (Jon Tester, Remarks At U.S. Senate Debate , Hamilton, MT, 9/10/06, 52:55 - 53:18)

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Tester Stated That There Should "Not Be Any Amnesty" And That "Those Folks Need To Get In Line." TESTER: "But I want to be clear. There needs to not be any amnesty. Those folks need to get in line. People all over this world want to come here, to this land of opportunity. They need to get line just as my ancestors and your ancestors have done in the past." (Jon Tester, Remarks At U.S. Senate Debate , Whitefish, MT, 6/25/06, 29:42 - 29:58)

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Tester Stated That He Would Not Offer Amnesty, And Would Vote For A Bill That Provides "Adequate Resources To Take Care Of Our Borders." TESTER: "I would vote for an immigration bill that does several things. I would not offer amnesty, I would make sure that we had adequate resources to take care of our borders, our ports too because it's also a national security issue. I would make sure that we had trade agreements that work not only for Americans but don't force people into poverty in other countries. And I would enforce the laws that businesses have so that they aren't encouraged to hire illegal aliens." (Jon Tester, Remarks At U.S. Senate Debate , Whitefish, MT, 6/25/06, 31:43 - 32:13)

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Tester Voted Against The Cloture Motion For The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act Of 2007. (S.1348, Roll Call Vote #204 : Cloture Rejected 34-61: R 0-47; D 33-13; I 0-1; ID 1-0, 6/7/07, Tester Voted Nay)

  • The Bill Would Have "Allowed A Path To Legal Status For Current Immigrants And A New Temporary Worker Program." "Bush tried again in 2007 , crafting a compromise that allowed a path to legal status for current immigrants and a new temporary worker program, contingent on stricter border security and employer crackdowns." (Rachel Weiner, "How Immigration Reform Failed, Over And Over," The Washington Post , 1/30/13)

In 2010, Tester Voted Against The DREAM Act. (H.R. 5281, Roll Call Vote #278 : Rejected 55- 41; R 3- 37; D 50-5; I 2-0, 12/18/10, Tester Voted Nay)

  • The DREAM Act "Created A Path To Citizenship For Certain Young Illegal Immigrants Who Came To The United States As Children." "The Senate on Saturday blocked a bill that would have created a path to citizenship for certain young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service and met other requirements, including passing a criminal background check." (David M. Herszenhorn, "Senate Blocks Bill For Young Illegal Immigrants," The New York Times , 12/18/10)
  • After Voting Against The Legislation, Tester Called The Bill "Amnesty." "In a brief two-line statement, Tester called the DREAM Act 'amnesty' and his office framed the vote as adhering to the will of his constituents. 'As someone who comes home every weekend, he votes based on what's right for Montana, not on outside pressure from one side of any issue,' explained spokesman Aaron Murphy." (David Catanese, "Tester Draws Ire Of Liberals," Politico , 12/20/10)

In 2010 Tester Said "I Do Not Support Legislation That Provides A Path To Citizenship For Anyone In This Country Illegally." "'Illegal immigration is a critical problem facing our country, but amnesty is not the solution,' he said in Dec. 2010. 'I do not support legislation that provides a path to citizenship for anyone in this country illegally.'" (James Hohmann, "The Daily 202: DACA Reaction Shows How Immigration Has Become A Litmus Test For Democrats," The Washington Post , 9/6/17)

In 2013, Tester Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, Tester Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)

Recently, Sen. Jon Tester Has Mocked The Idea Of Building A Border Wall, Has Supported Providing Legal Status To Those Here Illegally, And Has Voted To Protect Sanctuary Cities

In 2016, Tester Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, Which Would Have Stripped Federal Grant Money From "Sanctuary Cities." "A bill to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16, Tester Voted Nay)

In 2016, Tester Voted Against Kate's Law, Which Would Have Increased Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The U.S. Illegally. "A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and for other purposes." (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16, Tester Voted Nay)

Tester Mocked The Idea Of Building A Border Wall, Claiming That A Proposal To Build A 19-Foot-Tall Wall "Would Only Lead To A Boom In Business For Companies Building 20-Foot Ladders." "Tester, a ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, said President Trump's costly proposal to build a 19-foot-tall wall on the southern border would only lead to a boom in business for companies building 20-foot ladders." (Martin Kidston, "Tester Crafts Legislation To Enhance Border Security, Technology; Opposes Wall," The Missoula Current News , 10/19/17)

In 2017, Tester Said That "Breaking A Promise To These [DACA] Children-Who Are Here Through No Fault Of Their Own-Is Not The Solution" To America's Immigration Problems. "America's immigration system is badly broken and needs fixing, but breaking a promise to these children-who are here through no fault of their own-is not the solution." (Press Release, "Tester Statement On Administration's Decision To End DACA," Senator Jon Tester , 9/5/17)

In 2018, Tester Said Lawmakers "Ought To Get DACA Done" And That It "Should Have Been Done Months Ago." TESTER: "Well, I'm going to look at it for me in another way. Look, there's a bipartisan agreement to get DACA done. I think we ought to get DACA done. It should have been done months ago. But nonetheless, we are where we are." (CNN's " Cuomo Prime Time ," 1/18/18)

CLAIRE MCCASKILL

When Running For Senate, Claire McCaskill Stated She Was "Anxious To Enforce The Law" And "Opposed To Amnesty"

During A Debate, Claire McCaskill Insisted That She Never Said She Was For Amnesty And That "I Do Not Believe That Amnesty Is The Right Way To Go On Immigration." CLAIRE MCCASKILL: "I have never said that I was for amnesty, ever. I'm a prosecutor, I believe in enforcing the law. I do not believe that amnesty is the right way to go on immigration." (Claire McCaskill, Remarks At U.S. Senate Debate , Lake Ozark, MO, 09/15/06, 24:22 - 24:32)

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McCaskill Stated That She "Believe[d] We Must Secure The Borders." MCCASKILL: "I also believe we must secure the borders. I have said that fencing is not the only option. I never said I was opposed to fencing. I never said I was opposed to securing the borders." (Claire McCaskill, Remarks At U.S. Senate Debate , Lake Ozark, MO, 09/15/06, 24:32 - 24:42)

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  • McCaskill Asserted That She Was "Opposed To Amnesty" And "Support[ed] Border Security." MCCASKILL: "I'm opposed to amnesty, I support border security." (Claire McCaskill, Remarks At U.S. Senate Debate , Lake Ozark, MO, 09/15/06, 41:57 - 42:01)

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McCaskill Said That She Was "Anxious To Enforce The Law" Against Illegal Immigrants Who Came To This Country For Jobs And The Employers Who Hire Illegal Immigrants. MCCASKILL: "The magnet that is attracting illegal immigrants across our borders is jobs. And the reason they're coming for jobs is because they know they can get them. The reason they know they can get them is employers are hiring them because there is no consequences. There is no enforcement in this administration against employers that are hiring illegal immigrants and, frankly, everyone in Washington D.C. knows it. I'm anxious to enforce the law, both against immigrants and against the employers who hire them that are not legally in this country, illegal immigrants." (Claire McCaskill, Remarks At U.S. Senate Debate , Lake Ozark, MO, 09/15/06)

McCaskill Said That It Is Our Responsibility To "Secure Our Borders" And To "Hold Illegal Immigrants Accountable." MCCASKILL: "Well, honestly, I'm not sure that it's our responsibility to help Mexico develop their economy. I do think it's our responsibility to secure our borders. I do think it is our responsibility to hold illegal immigrants accountable and the employers that hire them." (Claire McCaskill, Remarks At U.S. Senate Debate , Springfield, MO, 10/16/06, 42:36 - 42:51)

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McCaskill Voted Against The Cloture Motion For The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act Of 2007. (S.1348, Roll Call Vote #204 : Cloture Rejected 34-61: R 0-47; D 33-13; I 0-1; ID 1-0, 6/7/07, McCaskill Voted Nay)

  • The Bill Would Have "Allowed A Path To Legal Status For Current Immigrants And A New Temporary Worker Program." "Bush tried again in 2007 , crafting a compromise that allowed a path to legal status for current immigrants and a new temporary worker program, contingent on stricter border security and employer crackdowns." (Rachel Weiner, "How Immigration Reform Failed, Over And Over," The Washington Post , 1/30/13)

In 2013, McCaskill Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, McCaskill Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)

Recently, Sen. Claire McCaskill Has Said "A Wall Doesn't Make Sense" And Has Voted To Protect Sanctuary Cities

In 2015, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies And Protect Americans Act That Would Have Held "Sanctuary Jurisdictions Accountable For Defying Federal Law." "A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes." (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42; I 0-2, 10/20/15, McCaskill Voted Nay)

In 2016, McCaskill Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, Which Would Have Stripped Federal Grant Money From "Sanctuary Cities." "A bill to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16, McCaskill Voted Nay)

In 2016, McCaskill Voted Against Kate's Law, Which Would Have Increased Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The U.S. Illegally. "A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and for other purposes." (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16, McCaskill Voted Nay)

In 2017, McCaskill Said "A Wall [Along The Border] Doesn't Make Sense." "She added a wall doesn't make sense for a great deal of the border." (Sean Hirshberg, "'This Isn't As Simple As A Wall': Missouri Senator Visits U.S.-Mexico Border," KSHB , 2/20/17)

JOE DONNELLY

Sen. Joe Donnelly Said "We Must Not Provide Amnesty For Those Who Have Broken Our Laws"

In 2006, Joe Donnelly Said "There Is No Path If You're Not Doing It Legally" And That The Immigration "System Needs To Be Followed." JOE DONNELLY: "There is no path if you're not doing it legally. We have a system. That system needs to be followed. People can apply to become citizens. It doesn't mean it's going to be accepted." (Joe Donnelly, Interview With WNIT , South Bend Indiana, 10/8/06)

Donnelly Asserted That "Anyone Who Wants To Come Here Has To Do It The Right Way," Adding That "There's Only Way To Do It, No Amnesty." DONNELLY: "Anyone who wants to come here has to do it the right way. I'm a grandson of immigrants. My grandparents applied for American citizenship and received it legally. That's how everyone else has to do it. There's only one way to do it, no amnesty." (Joe Donnelly, Interview With WNIT , South Bend Indiana, 10/8/06, 11:10 - 11:38)

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In 2006, Donnelly Said "We Must Not Provide Amnesty For Those Who Have Broken Our Laws." DONNELLY: "We must not provide amnesty for those who have broken our laws." (Representative Joe Donnelly, Remarks On The House Floor, Washington, D.C., 2006)

In 2010, Donnelly Voted Against The DREAM Act As A Member Of The House Of Representatives. (H.R.5281, Roll Call Vote #625 , Passed 216-198: R 8-160; D 208-38, 12/8/10, Donnelly Voted No)

  • The DREAM Act "Created A Path To Citizenship For Certain Young Illegal Immigrants Who Came To The United States As Children." "The Senate on Saturday blocked a bill that would have created a path to citizenship for certain young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service and met other requirements, including passing a criminal background check." (David M. Herszenhorn, "Senate Blocks Bill For Young Illegal Immigrants," The New York Times , 12/18/10)
  • After Voting Against The Legislation, Tester Called The Bill "Amnesty." "In a brief two-line statement, Tester called the DREAM Act 'amnesty' and his office framed the vote as adhering to the will of his constituents. 'As someone who comes home every weekend, he votes based on what's right for Montana, not on outside pressure from one side of any issue,' explained spokesman Aaron Murphy." (David Catanese, "Tester Draws Ire Of Liberals," Politico , 12/20/10)

In 2013, Donnelly Stated He Supported "Practical Policy That Strengthens Our Borders." "This afternoon, I supported the bipartisan legislation before the Senate because it would create a practical policy that strengthens our borders, protects and grows our economy, and holds accountable those who have broken the law." (Press Release, "Donnelly Statement On Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Immigration Reform," Senator Joe Donnelly , 6/27/13)

  • Donnelly Noted That An Immigration Bill, Which He Helped Introduce, "Would Enact The Strongest Border Security Measures In Our Nation's History." "At the core of this bill is a bipartisan proposal, which I helped introduce, that would enact the strongest border security measures in our nation's history." (Press Release, "Donnelly Statement On Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Immigration Reform," Senator Joe Donnelly , 6/27/13)
  • Donnelly Boasted That His Immigration Plan Would Double The Size Of The U.S. Border Patrol And Construct 700 Miles Of Fencing. "The plan would double the size of our border patrol, construct 700 miles of fencing, invest in the tools and technologies necessary to stop the flow of illegal immigration, and require all employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure they hire legal workers." (Press Release, "Donnelly Statement On Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Immigration Reform," Senator Joe Donnelly , 6/27/13)

In 2013, Donnelly Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, Donnelly Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)

In 2014, President Barack Obama Made An "Impending Action To Shield Millions Of Undocumented Immigrants." "The vast majority of Senate Democrats emerged from a two-hour meeting with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough fully supportive of President Barack Obama's impending action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants." (Burgess Everett, "Obama Fails To Convince Some Dems On Immigration," Politico , 11/20/14)

  • Donnelly Stated That He Was "Frustrated" And That "The President Shouldn't Make Such Significant Policy Changes On His Own." "Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said in a statement after the meeting: 'I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job, but the president shouldn't make such significant policy changes on his own.'" (Burgess Everett, "Obama Fails To Convince Some Dems On Immigration," Politico , 11/20/14)

Recently, Sen. Joe Donnelly Has Refused To Openly Support Building A Border Wall, And Has Advocated For Giving Status To Illegal Immigrants

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Refused To Openly Support The Wall, Instead Saying He Supported Concepts From The " Comprehensive, Bipartisan Immigration Reform From Several Years Ago ." "'We need a border security strategy that includes the infrastructure, technology, equipment, and personnel necessary to secure our borders,' Donnelly said. 'We also need to require employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure that they hire only legal workers. I supported each of these concepts in the Senate-passed comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform several years ago.'" (Paul Singer, "Exclusive: Less Than 25% Of Republicans In Congress Endorse Border Wall Funding In USA TODAY Survey," USA Today , 9/20/17)

In 2018, Donnelly Stated That The Senate Needed To Get To A "Conclusion" Where "Our DACA Kids Have A Chance To Remain In The United States." "'Everybody has to play their role and I can work really hard in the Senate to get to a conclusion where we have stronger, safer borders and where our DACA kids have a chance to remain in the United States at the same time at that,' Donnelly said. 'The House has to work as well.'" ("DACA? Sen. Donnelly Talks Shutdown And Immigration Reform," WSBT22 , 1/24/18)

BOB CASEY

During Sen. Bob Casey's 2006 Campaign, He Repeatedly Opposed Amnesty, And Pledged To Stand Up For American Workers Hurt By Illegal Immigrants

Bob Casey Ran A 2006 Campaign Commercial Criticizing His Challenger Then-Senator Rick Santorum For Being Weak On Illegal Immigration, Adding That He "Opposes Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants." NARRATOR: "Listen to Rick Santorum on illegal immigration." THEN-SENATOR RICK SANTORUM: "Illegal immigration, and doing something about border security, is important." NARRATOR: "Really? Then why did he vote seven times against more border patrol agents?" SANTORUM: Illegal immigration, and doing something about border security is important... Border security is important..." NARRATOR: "And why did Rick Santorum vote against tougher penalties for employers who hire illegal workers? Bob Casey opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and he'll stand up for American workers." BOB CASEY: "I'm Bob Casey and I approve this message." (Senator Bob Casey, Campaign Commercial , 10/17/06)

Casey's Spokesman Refuted Claims Casey Supported Amnesty, Saying If "[Rick] Santorum Spent This Much Time And Energy Working On Illegal Immigration In The Senate, We May Have Gotten More Than A Fence." "Larry Smar, Casey's spokesman, says the ad hides the fact that Santorum and other Republicans failed to reach consensus and do something about immigration. 'If Rick Santorum spent this much time and energy working on illegal immigration in the Senate, we may have gotten more than a fence,' says Smar, referring to a bill recently passed by Congress that would provide partial funding for 700 miles of metal fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border." (Danielle Knight, "Santorum And Casey Battle Over Immigration," U.S. News, 10/6/06)

In 2013, Casey Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, Casey Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)

Recently, Sen. Bob Casey Has Voted Against Cracking Down On Sanctuary Cities

In 2015, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies And Protect Americans Act That Would Have Held "Sanctuary Jurisdictions Accountable For Defying Federal Law." "A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes." (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2, 10/20/15, Casey Voted Nay)

In 2016, Casey Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, Which Would Have Stripped Federal Grant Money From "Sanctuary Cities." "A bill to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16, Casey Voted Nay)

In 2016, Casey Voted Against Kate's Law, Which Would Have Increased Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The U.S. Illegally. "A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and for other purposes." (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16, Casey Voted Nay)

HEIDI HEITKAMP

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Once Supported Increased Border Security, And Said It Was A "Top Priority Of Mine"

In 2013, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, Heitkamp Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13

In 2013, Heitkamp Said The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act "Makes Smart Reforms, Increases Border Security, And Will Stem The Future Flow Of Illegal Immigration." "Today, the Senate took a major step forward in reforming our outdated, broken immigration system. The legislation is not perfect, but it makes smart reforms, increases border security, and will stem the future flow of illegal immigration." (Press Release, "Heitkamp Statement On Senate Passage Of Immigration Reform," Senator Heidi Heitkamp , 6/27/13)

  • Heitkamp Praised The Bill For Its "Serious Investment In Securing Our Borders," Adding That Border Security "Was A Top Priority Of Mine." "This legislation makes a serious investment in securing our borders. Through an increase in border agents and other measures, there are significant steps in place to reduce the number of people entering our country illegally. Ensuring that we are on a track to finally secure our borders was a top priority of mine." (Press Release, "Heitkamp Statement On Senate Passage Of Immigration Reform," Senator Heidi Heitkamp , 6/27/13)

In 2014, President Obama Made An "Impending Action To Shield Millions Of Undocumented Immigrants." "The vast majority of Senate Democrats emerged from a two-hour meeting with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough fully supportive of President Barack Obama's impending action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants." (Burgess Everett, "Obama Fails To Convince Some Dems On Immigration," Politico , 11/20/14)

  • Heitkamp Said She Was "Disappointed The President Decided To Use Executive Action" As "It Could Poison Any Hope Of Compromise Or Bipartisanship." "'I'm disappointed the president decided to use executive action at this time on this issue, as it could poison any hope of compromise or bipartisanship in the new Senate before it has even started,' said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)." (Burgess Everett, "Obama Fails To Convince Some Dems On Immigration," Politico , 11/20/14)

Recently, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Has Worked To Prevent Tougher Immigration Laws & Border Security

In 2015, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act That Would Have Held "Sanctuary Jurisdictions Accountable For Defying Federal Law." "A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes." (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

In 2016, Heitkamp Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, Which Would Have Stripped Federal Grant Money From "Sanctuary Cities." "A bill to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16, Heitkamp Voted Nay)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Stated, "Let's Just Quit Pretending We're Going To Build A Wall." "Let's just quit pretending we're going to build a wall across the entire southern border and let's quit pretending that Mexico is going to pay for it, and let's start talking about border strategies that work." (Leandra Bernstein, "Illegal Border Crossings Down At Trump's Border Wall Enters The Planning Phase," WJLA , 4/4/17)

JOE MANCHIN

Sen. Joe Manchin Said He Could Not Support The DREAM Act, And Praised A Bill That Added 700 Miles Of Fencing, And Doubled The Number Of Border Patrol Agents

In 2010, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Said He Could Not "Support The DREAM Act." "'While sympathetic to those who passionately support it, I cannot support the DREAM Act, as is, at this time.'" (Press Release, "Statement From Senator Manchin Regarding The DREAM Act," Senator Joe Manchin , 12/18/10)

In 2010, Manchin Did Not Vote On The DREAM Act. (H.R. 5281, Roll Call Vote #278 : Rejected 55- 41; R 3- 37; D 50-5; I 2-0, 12/18/10, Manchin Did Not Vote)

  • The DREAM Act "Created A Path To Citizenship For Certain Young Illegal Immigrants Who Came To The United States As Children." "The Senate on Saturday blocked a bill that would have created a path to citizenship for certain young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service and met other requirements, including passing a criminal background check." (David M. Herszenhorn, "Senate Blocks Bill For Young Illegal Immigrants," The New York Times , 12/18/10)
  • After Voting Against The Legislation, Tester Called The Bill "Amnesty." "In a brief two-line statement, Tester called the DREAM Act 'amnesty' and his office framed the vote as adhering to the will of his constituents. 'As someone who comes home every weekend, he votes based on what's right for Montana, not on outside pressure from one side of any issue,' explained spokesman Aaron Murphy." (David Catanese, "Tester Draws Ire Of Liberals," Politico , 12/20/10)

In 2013, Manchin Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, Manchin Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13

Manchin Said He Only Supported The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act "Only After The Senate Agreed On An Amendment To Significantly Strengthen Border Security." "Senator Manchin's support of this bill came only after the Senate agreed on an amendment to significantly strengthen border security." (Press Release, "Manchin Announces Support For Immigration Legislation That Secures Our Borders," Senator Joe Manchin , 6/27/13)

  • Manchin Specifically Praised The Bill For Adding 700 Miles Of Fencing And Doubling The Number Of Border Patrol Agents. "This bill, first and foremost, secures our borders by adding 700 miles of fencing, doubles the number of border patrol agents by 20,000, and makes sure that dangerous criminals who entered this country illegally are deported first." (Press Release, "Manchin Announces Support For Immigration Legislation That Secures Our Borders," Senator Joe Manchin , 6/27/13)

Recently, Sen. Joe Manchin Has Said He Is Not "Supportive Of Funding For A Wall"

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Asserted That He Has "Not Been Supportive Of Funding For A Wall." "Even the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has allied himself with Trump on other issues, said he's 'not been supportive of funding for a wall.'" (Rachael Bade And Seung Min Kim, "GOP Ready To Fund Border Wall, Setting Up Shutdown Fight," Politico , 7/11/17)

  • Manchin Told Town Hall Attendees That He Was "Not Voting For The Wall." SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): "I'm not voting for the wall." (Senator Joe Manchin, Remarks At Town Hall , Parkersburg, WV, 4/12/17)

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SHERROD BROWN

Sen. Sherrod Brown Once Supported Comprehensive Immigration Reform That Would "Finish The Job On Our Borders"

Then-Representative Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Voted In Favor Of The Secure Fence Act Of 2006. (H.R. 6061, Roll Call Vote #446 : Adopted 283-138, R 219-6, D 64-131, I 0-1, NV 10, 9/14/06, Brown Voted Yea)

  • The Law "Authorized The Construction Of 700 Miles-Plus Of 'Physical Barrier' On The Southern Border." "Republican leaders, in tandem with Trump's transition staff, are considering using a 2006 law signed by former President George W. Bush that authorized the construction of 700 miles-plus of 'physical barrier' on the southern border." (Rachel Bade and John Bresnahan, "House GOP, Trump Team Hatch Border Wall Plan," Politico , 1/5/17)

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Said He "Joined A Bipartisan Group Of Senators" In Supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform That Would "Finish The Job On Our Borders." "Brown has joined a bipartisan group of senators - and a resounding majority of Americans - in supporting a four-pillar approach to comprehensives immigration reform that would: 1. Create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States by requiring them to go to the back of the line, register for legal status, pass a background check, learn English, pay taxes, and work towards citizenship over time; 2. Establish an effective employment verification system to crack down on the hiring of unauthorized workers, prevent identity theft, and deter illegal immigration. 3. Finish the job on our border by deploying better technology and focusing enforcement resources on the most serious security threats; and 4. Create a rational approach to future legal immigration that promotes American economic prosperity and strong families." (Press Release, "As U.S. Senate Continues To Debate On Immigration Reform, Brown Announces Amendment To Give American Workers A Fair Shot At Fair Wage Jobs," Senator Sherrod Brown , 6/18/13)

Brown Stated That The Passage Of A Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Would Fix "A Broken Immigration System" And "Strengthen Our Borders." "'This historic bill is about fixing a broken immigration system so that everyone plays by the same rules,' Brown said. 'This bill would strengthen our borders, put American workers and businesses first, and create jobs right here at home.'" (Press Release, "Brown Applauds Senate Passage Of Landmark Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill," Senator Sherrod Brown , 6/28/13)

In 2013, Brown Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, Brown Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13

Recently, Sen. Sherrod Brown Has Called Building A Border Wall "Ludicrous," Has Advocated For Legal Status For Illegal Immigrants, And Has Voted To Protect Sanctuary Cities

In 2015, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act That Would Have Held "Sanctuary Jurisdictions Accountable For Defying Federal Law." "A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes." (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15, Brown Voted Nay)

In 2017, Brown Called A Border Wall "Ludicrous." SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): "I think the border wall is ludicrous." (MSNBC's " Meet The Press ," 8/27/17)

BILL NELSON

Sen. Bill Nelson Once Voted In Favor Of The Secure Fence Act, Which Added 700 Miles-Plus Of Physical Barrier On The Southern Border

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Voted In Favor Of The Secure Fence Act Of 2006. (H.R. 6061, Roll Call Vote #262 : Adopted 80-19; R 54-1, D 26-17, I 0-1, 9/26/06, Nelson Voted Yea)

  • The Law "Authorized The Construction Of 700 Miles-Plus Of 'Physical Barrier' On The Southern Border." "Republican leaders, in tandem with Trump's transition staff, are considering using a 2006 law signed by former President George W. Bush that authorized the construction of 700 miles-plus of 'physical barrier' on the southern border." (Rachel Bade and John Bresnahan, "House GOP, Trump Team Hatch Border Wall Plan," Politico , 1/5/17)

In 2013, Nelson Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, Nelson Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13

Recently, Sen. Bill Nelson Has Criticized The Idea Of A Border Wall And Has Voted To Protect Sanctuary Cities

In 2015, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act That Would Have Held "Sanctuary Jurisdictions Accountable For Defying Federal Law." "A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes." (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15, Nelson Voted Nay)

In 2016, Nelson Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, Which Would Have Stripped Federal Grant Money From "Sanctuary Cities." "A bill to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16, Nelson Voted Nay)

In 2016, Nelson Voted Against Kate's Law, Which Would Have Increased Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The United States Illegally. " A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and for other purposes." (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16, Nelson Voted Nay)

Nelson Criticized President Trump's Executive Order To Build A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border. "Criticized Trump's executive order to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and an expected order to control immigration more tightly. On building the wall, he said, 'there a multiplicity of things that can be done to protect our borders. This, unfortunately, has gotten into a political issue, and one particular demographic group is being singled out and, I think, unfairly.'" (Richard Danielson, "Sen. Bill Nelson: Trump Off To 'Rocky' Start; Should Invest In Infrastructure," Tampa Bay Times , 1/25/17)

DEBBIE STABENOW

Sen. Debbie Stabenow Once Voted To Add 700 Miles Of Border Fencing Along The U.S.-Mexico Border And Eliminate The Diversity Visa Program

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Voted In Favor Of The Secure Fence Act Of 2006. (H.R. 6061, Roll Call Vote #262 : Adopted 80-19; R 54-1, D 26-17, I 0-1, 9/26/06, Stabenow Voted Yea)

  • The Law "Authorized The Construction Of 700 Miles-Plus Of 'Physical Barrier' On The Southern Border." "Republican leaders, in tandem with Trump's transition staff, are considering using a 2006 law signed by former President George W. Bush that authorized the construction of 700 miles-plus of 'physical barrier' on the southern border." (Rachel Bade and John Bresnahan, "House GOP, Trump Team Hatch Border Wall Plan," Politico , 1/5/17)

In 2006, During A U.S. Senate Debate, Stabenow Claimed That A Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants "Cost Us Jobs" And Stated That It Was "Incredibly Important That We Have Border Security." DEBATE MODERATOR: "Senator our next question now, do you support a path for citizenship for immigrants who are here illegally, yes or no? And then please explain your position." SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): "I voted no, on the immigration bill that was before the United States Senate because it clearly went too far and would cost us jobs. I do think it's incredibly important that we have border security and I've supported that and that we have a legal system that works for everyone. And that is something that I have worked for as well and have supported, but my focus is on our jobs that we are losing in this state and in this country because of failed policies." (Senator Debbie Stabenow, Remarks At A U.S. Senate Debate , Allendale, MI, 10/15/06, 44:00 - 44:43)

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Stabenow Voted Against The Cloture Motion For The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act Of 2007. (S.1348, Roll Call Vote #204 : Cloture Rejected 34-61: R 0-47; D 33-13; I 0-1; ID 1-0, 6/7/07, Stabenow Voted Nay)

  • The Bill Would Have "Allowed A Path To Legal Status For Current Immigrants And A New Temporary Worker Program." "Bush tried again in 2007 , crafting a compromise that allowed a path to legal status for current immigrants and a new temporary worker program, contingent on stricter border security and employer crackdowns." (Rachel Weiner, "How Immigration Reform Failed, Over And Over," The Washington Post , 1/30/13)

In 2013, Stabenow Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13, Stabenow Voted Yea)

  • The Bill Required The Completion "700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border." "Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Eliminated The Diversity Visa Lottery Program. "The bill would eliminate the government's Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly awards 55,000 visas to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, so that more visas can be awarded for employment and merit ties." ("Immigration Bill Summary," The Associated Press , 6/28/13)

Recently, Sen. Debbie Stabenow Has Opposed Constructing A Border Wall And Has Voted Against Cracking Down On Sanctuary Cities

In 2015, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Voted Against The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act That Would Have Held "Sanctuary Jurisdictions Accountable For Defying Federal Law." "A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes." (S.2146, Roll Call Vote #280 : Cloture Rejected 54-45: R 52-1; D 2-42,; I 0-2 10/20/15, Stabenow Voted Nay)

In 2016, Stabenow Voted Against The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, Which Would Have Stripped Federal Grant Money From "Sanctuary Cities." "A bill to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States." (S.3100, Roll Call Vote #119 : Cloture Rejected 53-44: R 51-1; D 2-41; I 0-2, 7/6/16, Stabenow Voted Nay)

In 2016, Stabenow Voted Against Kate's Law, Which Would Have Increased Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The United States Illegally. "A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and for other purposes." (S.2193, Roll Call Vote #120 , Cloture Rejected 55-42: R: 52-0; D 3-40; I: 0-2, 7/6/16, Stabenow Vote Nay)

Stabenow Along With Other Democratic Senators, Wrote A Letter To The House Appropriations Committee Opposing The Allocation Of Funds For Construction Of The Border Wall. "Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan have written a letter to the appropriations committee outlining their opposition to the plan." (Brandi Buchman, "House Committee Allocates $1.6 Billion For Trump Border Wall," Court House News , 7/13/17)


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