Roll Calls: House Votes to Militarize Borders, Rejects Crack Down on Illegals

ROLL CALL:
House Votes to Militarize Borders

On May 22, by a vote of 250 to 179, the House passed an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill (H.R. 1588) that would allow the placement of members of the U.S. military on U.S. borders.

“This amendment is called the ‘troops on the border’ amendment,” said Rep. Virgil Goode (R.-Va.), its sponsor. “This amendment would authorize the use of troops on the borders of the United States if the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, after consultation, felt it was needed for our national security, if it was needed to curtail illegal immigration, if it was needed to curtail the flow of illegal drugs into our country.”

Goode argued that a military presence on the United States’ southern border would deter illegal border-crossers, who often end up as the victims of smugglers, thieves, and the region’s severe weather.

Others-mostly Democrats-argued against the amendment.

“The people who live in my district, 55% of whom are Americans of Mexican descent, do not like this idea,” said Rep. Bob Filner (D.-Calif.), who represents the entire area of California’s border with Mexico. “They are worried about the idea.”

Filner added that the bill could harm foreign relations with Mexico.

“I want to remind my friends, Mexico is a friendly nation,” he said. “I do not think they have made any attempts at invasion since the Alamo. So this proposal would make a very fragile relationship right now even worse, and that is not what we ought to be doing.”

Proponents of the amendment believe the relationship is fragile mostly because of Mexican President Vicente Fox’s position on migration from his country to the United States. Fox has actively encouraged illegal border crossings, going so far as to distribute border-crossing kits. His government has also lobbied U.S. states to recognize the easily forged “Matricula Consular” identification card.

“This amendment will send our military personnel to our borders at a time when they are already stretched thin in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and over 100 countries around the world,” said Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D.-Tex.). Rather than suggesting that the U.S. military be brought into a more sensible strategic position, Reyes argued against stationing troops where most countries put them-on the border. “We cannot and should not ask our military personnel to patrol our borders. We need our military to be at their best.”

But Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.) rejected the idea “that this would somehow or other detract from [the military’s] own training activities. I would say it is just the opposite. Talk to the Marines. Ask them about whether or not this was not what I have just described, the ‘best training activity’ they have ever had.”

The amendment passed easily over the objections of Democrats, liberal Republicans, a few farm and labor-country Republicans, and libertarian-leaning Republicans who favor open borders.

A “yes” vote was a vote for Goode’s “troops on the border” amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill. A “no” vote was a vote against the amendment.

FOR THE AMENDMENT: 250

REPUBLICANS FOR (208): Aderholt, Akin, Bachus, Baker, Ballenger, Barrett (SC), Bartlett (MD), Barton (TX), Bass, Beauprez, Biggert, Bilirakis, Bishop (UT), Blackburn, Blunt, Boehlert, Boehner, Bonilla, Bonner, Bono, Boozman, Bradley (NH), Brady (TX), Brown (SC), Brown-Waite, V., Burgess, Burns, Burr, Burton (IN), Calvert, Camp, Cannon, Cantor, Capito, Carter, Castle, Chabot, Chocola, Coble, Cole, Collins, Combest, Cox, Crane, Crenshaw, Cubin, Culberson, Cunningham, Davis, Jo Ann, Deal (GA), DeLay, DeMint, Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Doolittle, Duncan, Dunn, Emerson, English, Everett, Feeney, Ferguson, Fletcher, Foley, Forbes, Fossella, Franks (AZ), Frelinghuysen, Gallegly, Garrett (NJ), Gerlach, Gibbons, Gilchrest, Gillmor, Gingrey, Goode, Goodlatte, Goss, Granger, Graves, Green (WI), Greenwood, Gutknecht, Harris, Hayes, Hayworth, Hefley, Hensarling, Herger, Hobson, Hoekstra, Hostettler, Hulshof, Hunter, Hyde, Isakson, Issa, Istook, Janklow, Jenkins, Johnson, Sam, Johnson (CT), Johnson (IL), Jones (NC), Keller, Kelly, Kennedy (MN), King (IA), King (NY), Kingston, Kirk, LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Leach, Lewis (CA), Lewis (KY), Linder, LoBiondo, Lucas (OK), Manzullo, McCotter, McCrery, McHugh, McInnis, McKeon, Mica, Miller, Gary, Miller (FL), Miller (MI), Moran (KS), Murphy, Musgrave, Myrick, Nethercutt, Ney, Northup, Norwood, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Ose, Otter, Oxley, Pence, Peterson (PA), Petri, Pickering, Pitts, Platts, Pombo, Porter, Portman, Pryce (OH), Quinn, Radanovich, Ramstad, Regula, Rehberg, Renzi, Reynolds, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rogers (MI), Rohrabacher, Ros-Lehtinen, Royce, Ryan (WI), Ryun (KS), Saxton, Schrock, Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shadegg, Shaw, Shays, Sherwood, Shimkus, Shuster, Simpson, Smith (MI), Smith (NJ), Smith (TX), Stearns, Sullivan, Tancredo, Tauzin, Taylor (NC), Terry, Thomas, Tiahrt, Tiberi Toomey, Turner (OH), Upton, Vitter, Walden (OR), Walsh, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Weldon (PA), Weller, Whitfield, Wicker, Wilson (SC), Wolf, Young (AK), Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS FOR (42): Alexander, Bishop (GA), Bishop (NY), Boswell, Boucher, Boyd, Cardoza, Carson (OK), Case, Cooper, Costello, Cramer, Davis (TN), DeFazio, Deutsch, Dingell, Engel, Etheridge, Ford, Gordon, Hall, Hooley (OR), Israel, John, Kind, Levin, Lowey, Lucas (KY), Majette, Marshall, Matheson, McIntyre, Moore, Peterson (MN), Pomeroy, Ross, Scott (GA), Spratt, Strickland, Tanner, Taylor (MS), Udall (CO)

AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: 179

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (19): Bereuter, Buyer, Davis, Tom, Dreier, Ehlers, Flake, Hart, Hastings (WA), Houghton, Kline, Knollenberg, Kolbe, Paul, Pearce, Putnam, Simmons, Souder, Thornberry, Wilson (NM)

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (159): Abercrombie, Ackerman, Allen, Andrews, Baca, Baird, Baldwin, Balance, Becerra, Bell, Berkley, Berman, Berry, Blumenauer, Brady (PA), Brown, Corrine, Brown (OH), Capps, Capuano, Cardin, Carson (IN), Clay, Clyburn, Conyers, Crowley, Cummings, Davis (AL), Davis (CA), Davis (FL), Davis (IL), DeGette, Delahunt, DeLauro, Dicks, Doggett, Dooley (CA), Doyle, Edwards, Emanuel, Eshoo, Evans, Farr, Fattah, Filner, Frank (MA), Frost, Gonzalez, Green (TX), Grijalva, Gutierrez, Harman, Hastings (FL), Hill, Hinchey, Hoeffel, Holden, Holt, Honda, Hoyer, Inslee, Jackson (IL), Jackson-Lee (TX), Jefferson, Johnson, E. B., Jones (OH), Kanjorski, Kaptur, Kennedy (RI), Kildee, Kilpatrick, Kleczka, Kucinich, Lampson, Langevin, Lantos, Larsen (WA), Larson (CT), Lee, Lipinski, Lofgren, Lynch, Maloney, Markey, Matsui, McCarthy (MO), McCarthy (NY), McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, McNulty, Meehan, Meek (FL), Meeks (NY), Menendez, Michaud, Millender-McDonald, Miller, George, Miller (NC), Mollohan, Moran (VA), Murtha, Nadler, Napolitano, Neal (MA), Oberstar, Obey, Olver, Ortiz, Owens, Pallone, Pascrell, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Price (NC), Rahall, Rangel, Reyes, Rodriguez, Roybal-Allard, Ruppersberger, Rush, Ryan (OH), Sabo, Sanchez, Linda, Sanchez, Loretta, Sandlin, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott (VA), Serrano, Sherman, Skelton, Slaughter, Smith (WA), Snyder, Solis, Stark, Stenholm, Stupak, Tauscher, Thompson (CA), Thompson (MS), Tierney, Towns, Turner (TX), Udall (NM), Van Hollen, Velazquez, Visclosky, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Wexler, Woolsey, Wu, Wynn

INDEPENDENT AGAINST (1): Sanders

NOT VOTING: 5

REPUBLICANS (1): Sweeney

DEMOCRATS (4): Gephardt, Hinojosa, Lewis (GA), Rothman

ROLL CALL:
House Votes Down Amendment to Crack Down on Illegal Immigants

On June 24, by a vote of 102 to 322, the House voted down an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 2555) sponsored by Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.). The amendment would have prohibited any Homeland Security funding tied to immigration enforcement from going to states and localities that refuse to enforce immigration laws.

Many cities have passed laws to protect illegal immigrants by restricting the information they will share with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs (formerly INS) regarding the citizenship or immigration status of those arrested. These localities were encouraged to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

In other words, this amendment was an attempt to hold these entities accountable for making all Americans less safe by unlawfully allowing illegal aliens to continue staying in America without proper status. It was thwarted by every House Democrat, 122 Republicans and one Independent.

Tancredo pointed out the fact that cities, counties and other entities apply for federal funds under the act and simultaneously pass legislation preventing their local law enforcement agencies from sharing or obtaining information from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs.

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R.-Md.) alluded to the fact that the mayor of San Francisco once instructed city police officers not to give information to INS, a clear violation of the law.

“No evil thing is going to happen to any city or any jurisdiction if they just follow the law,” Bartlett said. “When you do not follow the law, you end up in jail if you are an ordinary citizen. All this amendment says is if they do not follow the law that has now been in effect for seven years, they are not going to get any money, and I think that is a very reasonable thing. I do not think there will be any violations of the law because they clearly want the money.”

However, liberals like Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D.-Ill.) completely misconstrued the point of the amendment.

“The President acknowledged that we have to do something about undocumented workers in this country,” Gutierrez said. “There are eight to 10 million undocumented workers, and this is an attempt to deny them and their children education and to deny the police to protect them. That is what this is really all about.”

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.) weighed in heavily against the amendment.

“What this amendment does,” he said, “is say that most large cities in the country will get no funds to use to protect themselves against the terrorists because they were not in compliance with a specific provision of the immigration law.”

Of course, this problem could easily be avoided if those same large cities were to simply comply with the laws already in place.

A “yes” vote was a vote in favor of Rep. Tancredo’s amendment to cut special Homeland Security funds tied to immigration enforcement for cities and other entities who refuse to reveal illegal immigrant information to the Bureau of Immigrations and Customs. A “no” vote was in opposition to the amendment and in favor of continuation of law infractions by these entities.

FOR THE AMENDMENT: 102

REPUBLICANS FOR (102): Aderholt, Akin, Bachus, Baker, Barrett (SC), Bartlett (MD), Barton (TX), Blackburn, Boozman, Brady (TX), Burns, Burton (IN), Buyer, Cantor, Carter, Chabot, Coble, Collins, Cox, Crane, Culberson, Davis, Jo Ann, Deal (GA), DeLay, DeMint, Doolittle, Duncan, Emerson, Everett, Feeney, Flake, Forbes, Franks (AZ), Gallegly, Garrett (NJ), Gingrey, Goode, Goodlatte, Graves, Gutknecht, Hayes, Hayworth, Hefley, Herger, Hoekstra, Hostettler, Hulshof, Hunter, Hyde, Isakson, Istook, Jenkins, Johnson, Sam, Jones (NC), King (IA), Kingston, Lucas (OK), Manzullo, McInnis, Mica, Miller, Gary, Miller (FL), Musgrave, Myrick, Neugebauer, Norwood, Otter, Paul, Pence, Peterson (PA), Petri, Pitts, Platts, Putnam, Ramstad, Rehberg, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rohrabacher, Royce, Ryun (KS), Schrock, Sensenbrenner, Sessions, Shadegg, Shays, Shimkus, Shuster, Smith (MI), Smith (TX), Stearns, Sullivan, Tancredo, Taylor (NC), Tiahrt, Toomey, Vitter, Wamp, Weldon (FL), Whitfield, Wicker, Wilson (SC)

DEMOCRATS FOR (0)

AGAINST THE BILL: 322

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (122): Ballenger, Bass, Beauprez, Bereuter, Biggert, Bilirakis, Bishop (UT), Blunt, Boehlert, Boehner, Bonilla, Bonner, Bono, Bradley (NH), Brown (SC), Burgess, Burr, Calvert, Camp, Cannon, Capito, Castle, Chocola, Cole, Crenshaw, Cunningham, Davis, Tom, Diaz-Balart, L., Diaz-Balart, M., Dreier, Dunn, Ehlers, English, Ferguson, Fletcher, Foley, Fossella, Frelinghuysen, Gerlach, Gibbons, Gilchrest, Gillmor, Goss, Granger, Green (WI), Greenwood, Harris, Hart, Hastings (WA), Hensarling, Hobson, Houghton, Issa, Janklow, Johnson (CT), Johnson (IL), Keller, Kelly, Kennedy (MN), King (NY), Kirk, Kline, Knollenberg, Kolbe, LaHood, Latham, LaTourette, Leach, Lewis (CA), Lewis (KY), Linder, LoBiondo, McCotter, McCrery, McHugh, McKeon, Miller (MI), Moran (KS), Murphy, Nethercutt, Ney, Northup, Nunes, Nussle, Osborne, Ose, Oxley, Pearce, Pickering, Pombo, Porter, Portman, Pryce (OH), Quinn, Radanovich, Regula, Renzi, Reynolds, Rogers (MI), Ros-Lehtinen, Ryan (WI), Saxton, Shaw, Sherwood, Simmons, Simpson, Smith (NJ), Souder, Sweeney, Tauzin, Terry, Thomas, Thornberry, Tiberi, Turner (OH), Upton, Walden (OR), Walsh, Weller, Wilson (NM), Wolf, Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (199): Abercrombie, Ackerman, Alexander, Allen, Andrews, Baca, Baird, Baldwin, Balance, Becerra, Bell, Berkley, Berman, Berry, Bishop (GA), Bishop (NY), Blumenauer, Boswell, Boucher, Boyd, Brady (PA), Brown, Corrine, Brown (OH), Capps, Capuano, Cardin, Cardoza, Carson (IN), Carson (OK), Case, Clay, Clyburn, Cooper, Costello, Cramer, Crowley, Cummings, Davis (AL), Davis (CA), Davis (FL), Davis (IL), Davis (TN), DeFazio, DeGette, Delahunt, DeLauro, Deutsch, Dicks, Dingell, Doggett, Dooley (CA), Doyle, Edwards, Emanuel, Engel, Eshoo, Etheridge, Evans, Farr, Fattah, Filner, Ford, Frank (MA), Frost, Gonzalez, Gordon, Green (TX), Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hall, Harman, Hastings (FL), Hill, Hinchey, Hinojosa, Hoeffel, Holden, Holt, Honda, Hooley (OR), Hoyer, Inslee, Israel, Jackson (IL), Jackson-Lee (TX), Jefferson, Johnson, E. B., Jones (OH), Kanjorski, Kaptur, Kennedy (RI), Kildee, Kilpatrick, Kind, Kleczka, Kucinich, Lampson, Langevin, Lantos, Larsen (WA), Larson (CT), Lee, Levin, Lewis (GA), Lipinski, Lofgren, Lowey, Lucas (KY), Lynch, Majette, Maloney, Markey, Marshall, Matheson, Matsui, McCarthy (MO), McCarthy (NY), McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, McIntyre, McNulty, Meehan, Meek (FL), Meeks (NY), Menendez, Michaud, Millender-McDonald, Miller, George, Miller (NC), Mollohan, Moore, Moran (VA), Murtha, Nadler, Napolitano, Neal (MA), Oberstar, Obey, Olver, Ortiz, Owens, Pallone, Pascrell, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Peterson (MN), Pomeroy, Price (NC), Rahall, Rangel, Reyes, Rodriguez, Ross, Rothman, Roybal-Allard, Ruppersberger, Rush, Ryan (OH), Sabo, Sanchez, Linda, Sanchez, Loretta, Sandlin, Schakowsky, Schiff, Scott (GA), Scott (VA), Serrano, Sherman, Slaughter, Snyder, Solis, Spratt, Stark, Stenholm, Strickland, Stupak, Tanner, Tauscher, Taylor (MS), Thompson (CA), Thompson (MS),Tierney, Towns, Turner (TX), Udall (NM), Van Hollen, Velazquez, Visclosky, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Wexler, Woolsey, Wu, Wynn

INDEPENDENT AGAINST (1): Sanders

NOT VOTING: 10

REPUBLICANS (4): Brown-Waite, V., Cubin, Weldon (PA), Young (AK)

DEMOCRATS (6): Conyers, Gephardt, John, Skelton, Smith (WA), Udall (CO)


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