John Boehner on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 09, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

SECURING OUR BORDERS & ENFORCING OUR LAWS

John Boehner wants to enact a strong immigration reform bill that secures our borders and puts a premium on strict enforcement of our immigration laws.

John is trying to force Congress to act on the Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act (H.R. 4088), bipartisan legislation aimed at strengthening border security and ensuring that employers verify their workers are legal. And he fought efforts by the Democrat-led Congress to cut funding for the Secure Fence Act and has pushed for other additional resources for federal and state authorities that will help strengthen border patrol efforts.

Above all else, John believes the success of our country depends on newcomers obeying the law, assimilating into American society by learning English, and embracing our common identity as Americans.
 

 

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. John Boehner voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

John Boehner 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. John Boehner voted in favor of this legislation to enforce immigration laws in the US.

John Boehner 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. John Boehner voted in favor of this legislation to secure the border.

John Boehner 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. John Boehner voted against this legislation.

John Boehner 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. John Boehner voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

John Boehner 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 4464; Common Sense English Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to declare that, notwithstanding any other provision of the equal employment opportunities provisions of the Act, it is not an unlawful employment practice for an employer to require employees to speak English while engaged in work.

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