Kendrick Meek on Immigration

Last Updated : Sep 09, 2010

Summary

Congressman Meek is a strong supporter of amnesty for illegal aliens. He opposes the Arizona immigration law and blatantly mischaracterizes it on his campaign website by stating that it would affect "people who have done nothing wrong". He states that the US is not capable of enforcing it's laws and that attempts to do so are "morally wrong" and "morally unconscionable".

 

Opposition to Arizona law and support for amnesty

When asked about SB1070, Congressman Meek called the bill a "dragnet" and stated that he opposed the legislation. He called for a "comprehensive" bill that would grant amnesty in exchange for payment of a fine.

 

Campaign Website Statements

Voting Record

Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006

The Border Tunnel Prevention Act sought to impose a 20 year prison term on anyone building a tunnel to bring drugs or people across the border, and a 10 year term on anyone allowing a tunnel to be built on their property. The act passed almost unanimously in the House in roll call 469, but never came up for a vote in the Senate. Kendrick Meek voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Kendrick Meek voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006

In 2006, an effort was made to pass legislation (HR 6095) to give state and local law enforcement \"the inherent authority to investigate, identify, arrest, detain, or transfer to federal custody aliens in the United States\". The legislation also cracked down on smugglers of illegal immigrants. While the legislation passed the house on roll call 468 with bipartisan support, it was tabled in the Senate and never came to a vote. Kendrick Meek voted against this legislation and therefore opposed enforcing immigration law.

Kendrick Meek voted against this legislation and therefore opposed enforcing immigration law.

Secure Fence Act of 2006

Another piece of immigration law which actually passed in 2006 was called the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (HR 6061). The legislation was a series of requirements to monitor the border with both manpower and electronic surveillance. The legislation passed the house in roll call 446 with bi-partisan support. Kendrick Meek voted against this legislation to secure the border.

Kendrick Meek voted against this legislation to secure the border.

Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005

In 2005, the House passed the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. The act was an attempt to create a more secure border. The act passed the House in a 239-182 vote, but was not voted on in the Senate. Kendrick Meek voted against this legislation.

Kendrick Meek voted against this legislation.

Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments

The Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments was an attempt to amend the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 to impose conditions on Federal reimbursement of emergency health services furnished to undocumented aliens. The attempt failed in a 331-88 vote. Kendrick Meek voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

Kendrick Meek voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1751; American Dream Act - Cosponsor

To amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2221; Uniting American Families Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1275; American Dream Act - Cosponsor

To amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1645; Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 or STRIVE Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To provide for comprehensive immigration reform, and for other purposes.

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