Gene Green on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 19, 2010

Summary

Congressman Green supports amnesty for illegal immigrants. He has expressed opposition to plans that do not contain a "comprehensive" component to grant citizenship to all illegal aliens. He has stated that enforcement is only one facet of the issue.

 

2006 Newsletter Statements

 

Comments on the Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act

In December of 2005, Congressman Green released a press statement on the Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.

 

Official Website Statements

Immigration

Immigrants have and continue to make great contributions to our society. Earned legalization measures allow those who have waited patiently and have abided by our national immigration laws to come one step closer to making the American dream a reality.

The United States and Mexico need to work together to crack down on the smuggling of immigrants across our border. I believe our nation's borders should be strengthened and the proper way in securing the border is to increase the number of United States Border Patrol agents. I have and will continue to support efforts that would increase the number of Border Patrol agents and appropriate more funding for border construction that would deter illegal immigration

 

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. Gene Green voted against the amendment.

Gene Green 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. Gene Green voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Gene Green 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. Gene Green voted against this legislation and therefore opposed enforcing immigration law.

Gene Green voted against this legislation and therefore opposed enforcing immigration law.

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. Gene Green voted against this legislation to secure the border.

Gene Green voted against 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. Gene Green voted against this legislation.

Gene Green voted against this legislation.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 410; To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for compensation to States incarcerating undocumented aliens charged with a felony or two or more misdemeanors - Cosponsor

Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow states to be compensated for incarcerating undocumented aliens who are charged with, or convicted of, a felony or two or more misdemeanors. (Current law requires a conviction.)

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1275; American Dream Act - Cosponsor

To amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

Session-107; Bill Number-H R 1918; Student Adjustment Act of 2001 - Cosponsor

An early version of the DREAM Act, the Student Adjustment Act of 2001 would amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the provision prohibiting an unlawful alien's eligibility for higher education benefits based on State residence unless a U.S. national is similarly eligible without regard to such State residence. It amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to direct the Attorney General to cancel the removal of, and adjust to permanent resident status, certain (inadmissible or deportable) alien middle or secondary students with qualifying years of U.S. residency. It makes such aliens eligible for Federal and State higher education assistance during the pendency of their application for cancellation of removal.

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