Mark Kirk on Immigration

Last Updated : Jul 12, 2010

Summary

Congressman Kirk refuses to state whether or not he supports amnesty for illegal aliens. He has voiced support for "comprehensive" reform plan which would grant amnesty in exchange for a small fine. However, while is Congress, he voted in favor of a number of enforcement measures, including the immigration enforcement act of 2006, the border tunnel prevention act, the secure fence act, and the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. He opposed the DREAM act, which would have given amnesty to a given section of illegal aliens.

 

Secure Border

When asked about his position on a "comprehensive" immigration reform bill, Congressman Kirk remarked about the need to secure the border and that this may make it easier to pass a comprehensive plan.

 

Opposition to Arizona Immigration plan

In a press conference viewable here, Congressman Kirk refuses to answer questions about the legality of the Arizona immigration law, but states that he believes "one state going it alone" is wrong.  He states that the federal government is the proper government to handle immigration law. 

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. Mark Kirk voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Mark Kirk 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. Mark Kirk voted in favor of this legislation to enforce immigration laws in the US.

Mark Kirk voted in favor of this legislation to enforce immigration laws in the US.

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. Mark Kirk voted in favor of this legislation to secure the border.

Mark Kirk voted in favor of 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. Mark Kirk voted in favor of this legislation.

Mark Kirk voted in favor of 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. Mark Kirk voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

Mark Kirk voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 4176; Prevention of Unsafe Licensing Act - Cosponsor

To enhance national security by restricting access of illegal aliens to driver's licenses and State-issued identification documents.

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