Roy Blunt on Immigration

Last Updated : Sep 08, 2010

Summary

Congressman Blunt believes that US immigration law is valid and should be enforced. He has referred to the law in Arizona which sought to enforce US laws as common sense.

 

Arizona Law is Common Sense

 

Official Website Statements

Enforcing our border, standing up for the rule of law

The most basic requirement of a sovereign nation is the clear delineation of a border, and as important: a willingness to enforce it. Unfortunately, the federal government has all but failed in this critical area of national security, with thousands of illegal aliens – many from our southern neighbor, others from who knows where – streaming across our border each and every day.

As Majority Whip, Roy Blunt helped shepherd through Congress a tough but fair immigration bill – a bill that ordered additional security agents to the border, the construction of a southern border fence, and levied stiff penalties on employers caught in violation of the law. In this new Congress, Blunt has once again led the fight by making sure that immigration policies which would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants do not become 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. Roy Blunt voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Roy Blunt 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. Roy Blunt voted in favor of this legislation to enforce immigration laws in the US.

Roy Blunt 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. Roy Blunt voted in favor of this legislation to secure the border.

Roy Blunt 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. Roy Blunt voted in favor of this legislation.

Roy Blunt 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. Roy Blunt voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

Roy Blunt 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.

Session-110; Bill Number-H Res 800; Illegal Aliens and Drivers Licenses - Cosponsor

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the issuance of State driver's licenses or other government-issued photo identification to illegal aliens.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2954; Secure Borders FIRST - Cosponsor

To strengthen enforcement of immigration laws, and gain operational control over the borders of the United States, and for other purposes.

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