Marcy Kaptur on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 09, 2010

Official Website Statements

Trade and Immigration

America’s immigration system is broken and in serious need of comprehensive overhaul. The continental trading relationship between the people of the Americas is also broken. The fact that the U.S. has an estimated 10 million or more undocumented immigrants can be directly attributed to flawed trade agreements, most notably NAFTA and its omission of humane adjustment provisions for Mexico’s workers.

Displaced U.S. workers represent the other harmed party. These harsh trade, agricultural, and economic policies largely benefit global corporations while devaluing human life, the worth of work, principles of equality, and just treatment under the rule of law for the people of the Americas.

Millions of uprooted immigrants risk their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border region, in search of the American Dream. Millions of U.S. citizens find their standard of living dropping as living wage jobs with benefits are outsourced to Mexico and other nations where half the population exists on $4 per day. Only when these flawed trade deals are renegotiated will the root causes of America’s immigration problem be resolved.

 

Voting Record

Removing Funds for Lawsuits

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congresswoman Black of Tennessee. The Amendment was to prohibit the use of funds to be used by the Attorney General to originate or join in any lawsuit that sought to overturn, enjoin, or invalidate Immigration Enforcement Laws in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. The amendment passed 238-173 with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats opposing it. Marcy Kaptur voted against the amendment.

Marcy Kaptur voted against the amendment.

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. Marcy Kaptur voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Marcy Kaptur 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. Marcy Kaptur voted in favor of this legislation to enforce immigration laws in the US.

Marcy Kaptur 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. Marcy Kaptur voted Present

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. Marcy Kaptur voted against this legislation.

Marcy Kaptur 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. Marcy Kaptur voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

Marcy Kaptur voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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