Chet Edwards on Immigration

Last Updated : Aug 06, 2010

Summary

Congressman Edwards supports amnesty for illegal aliens. He supports, and has voted for, the DREAM Act which grants amnesty to illegal aliens already attending public schools, and he supports a comprehensive immigration plan where illegal aliens are granted amnesty after paying a fine. 

 

Support for Comprehensive reform

In 2009, Congressman Edwards met with representatives of the Texas Dream Act Alliance and affirmed his position in favor of amnesty through the DREAM Act and through a comprehensive plan. The group states that Congressman Edwards office agreed to the following:

    • Representative Edwards is a supporter of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and would vote for the DREAM Act if it is included as part of CIR

    • Representative Edwards agrees with the principles behind the DREAM Act including allowing students to pursue an education beyond college, be treated as equal in the country they grew up in and not punish young adults for choices they did not make

    • The legislative aids promised ask Representative Edwards to co-sponsor the DREAM Act if it is brought for a vote as a stand-alone bill or CIR does not pass in 2010

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of this legislation to enforce immigration laws in the US.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of this legislation to secure the border.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted in favor of this legislation.

Chet Edwards 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. Chet Edwards voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

Chet Edwards 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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