Jason Altmire on Immigration

Last Updated : Apr 18, 2012

Summary

Congressman Altmire supports valid US immigration laws. In 2007, Congressman Altmire opposed efforts by President Bush and others to impose amnesty through an immigration "reform" package. He stated that he would oppose anything that does not respect citizenship and meet American expectations of border security. He also stated that the legislation rewarded lawbreakers.

In 2007 and 2009, Congressman Altmire supported the SAVE Act. This legislation would increase the number of border patrol agents, require the use of e-verify, and increase investigations into companies that emply illegal immigrants. Also in 2007, he supported the CHAMP Act to help ensure that illegal aliens do not receive entitlements.

In May of 2008, Congressman Altmire sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Assistant Secretary urging them not to use the pay rates of illegal aliens to help set minimum wages in agriculture. He noted that this would lower the effective rate for all Americans.

 

Opposition to Kennedy-Kyl

In April of 2007, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his opposition to the Kennedy-Kyl immigration reform bill.

 

Opposition to Senate Amnesty

In June of 2007, Congressman Altmire noted his support for the defeat of a bill in the Senate that he refered to as an Amnesty Bill.

 

Preventing Benefits for Illegal Immigrants

In August of 2007, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his view that steps should be taken to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits.

 

Support for the SAVE Act

In November of 2007, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his position in support of the SAVE Act. He referred to it as common sense immigration reform. In July of 2009, Congressman Altmire issued another statement noting again his support for the legislation.

 

Illegal Immigrants Set Wages

In May of 2008, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his view that the Department of Labor was allowing illegal immigrants to set the working wage in the US.

 

Border Security Act

In August of 2010, Congressman Altmire issued a press statement noting his support for the Border Security Act.

 

Official Website Statements

 

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. Jason Altmire voted in favor of the amendment.

Jason Altmire voted in favor of the amendment.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 997; English Language Unity Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Makes English the official language of the United States. Requires, subject to exceptions and rules of construction, that: (1) official functions of the United States be conducted in English; and (2) all naturalization ceremonies be conducted in English. Establishes a uniform English language rule for naturalization. Makes English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, presumptively consistent with the laws of the United States.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 3308; Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2009 or SAVE Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Sets forth border security and enforcement provisions, including provisions respecting: (1) increases in Border Patrol and investigative personnel; (2) recruitment of former military personnel; (3) use of Department of Defense (DOD) equipment; (4) infrastructure improvements; (5) aerial and other surveillance; (5) a national strategy to secure the borders; (6) accountable financing under the Secure Border Initiative; (7) emergency deployment of Border Patrol agents; and (8) expansion of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism along the northern and southern borders.

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 R 997; English Language Unity Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

Session-110; Bill Number-H Res 499; Resolution to Enforce Immigration Laws - Cosponsor

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Administration should rigorously enforce the laws of the United States to substantially reduce illegal immigration and greatly improve border security.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 4088; Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2007 or SAVE Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Sets forth border security and enforcement provisions, including provisions respecting: (1) increases in Border Patrol and investigative personnel; (2) recruitment of former military personnel; (3) use of Department of Defense (DOD) equipment; (4) infrastructure improvements; (5) aerial and other surveillance; (5) a national strategy to secure the borders; (6) emergency deployment of Border Patrol agents; and (7) expansion of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism along the northern and southern borders. Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act and specified maritime law sections to revise alien smuggling provisions. Sets forth provisions respecting border security on certain federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior. Border Law Enforcement Act - Authorizes a border relief grant program for a tribal, state, or local law enforcement agency in a county within 25 miles of the southern border of the United States. Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to make the basic employment eligibility confirmation pilot program permanent. Sets forth conditions for the mandatory use of the E-verify system. Requires: (1) employer/employee notification of social security number mismatches and multiple uses, and related information sharing with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and (2) establishment of electronic birth and death registration systems. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) penalize specified employers for failure to correct information returns; and (2) prohibit employers from deducting from gross income wages paid to unauthorized aliens, with an exception for an employer participating in the basic employment eligibility confirmation program. Increases criminal alien program (CAP) personnel. Establishes within DHS a rewards program to assist in the elimination of commercial operations to produce or sell fraudulent immigration-related documents and to assist in the investigation, prosecution, or disruption of commercial alien smuggling operations. Provides for: (1) increased alien detention facilities; (2) additional district court judgeships; and (3) a media campaign to inform the public of changes made by this Act including a multilingual media campaign explaining noncompliance penalties.

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