Ted Poe on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 25, 2010

Summary

Congressman Poe believes that US immigration laws are valid and should be enforced. He opposes amnesty for illegal aliens living in the US, and notes that these illegal immigrants have a negative effect on the availability of jobs in the US. Congressman Poe has been a vocal opponent of illegal immigration and a critic of the failure of the federal government to support Arizona in enforcing valid US immigration laws.

Congressman Poe has noted the large number of children crossing the border to obtain an education in the US for free as detrimental to the overall education system. He has sponsored legislation to prevent illegal aliens from obtaining social security benefits for the time they worked in this country illegally, and he has been outspoken about the need to prevent illegal aliens from receiving health care.

 

Support for Arizona

In May of 2010, Congressman Poe spoke on the House floor about the absence of action being taken by the 

In July of 2010, Congressman Poe spoke on the floor of the House about the countries that have joined a lawsuit against the state of Arizona. He admonishes the US Justice department for siding with these countries over Arizona and states that he would side with Arizona.

 

Opposition to Amnesty

In March of 2010, Congressman Poe spoke about his opposition to amnesty on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

 

Jobs in Peril

In November of 2009, Congressman Poe spoke about the effects that illegal immigration have on jobs, unemployment, and the deficit.

 

School Funding and Education

In October of 2009, Congressman Poe spoke on the House floor about the number of children crossing the US / Mexico border to attend school in the US.

 

Violence in Arizona

In May of 2010, Congressman Poe spoke about the violence occurring in Arizona and in other portions of the country.

 

Questioning Attorney General Holder

On May 13, 2010 Congressman Poe questioned Attorney General Holder as to his position on the recently passed Arizona law concerning the enforcement of immigration policies. 

 

Mocking White House party crashers

In December of 2009, Representative Poe used the White House party crashers to emphasize the lack of immigration enforcement.

 

Illegal Aliens and Social Security

In January of 2007, Congressman Poe released a press statement noting his legislation to ensure that illegal aliens do not receive social security benefits for the time they were in the country illegally.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign 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. Ted Poe voted in favor of the amendment.

Ted Poe voted in favor of 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. Ted Poe voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Ted Poe 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. Ted Poe voted in favor of this legislation to enforce immigration laws in the US.

Ted Poe 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. Ted Poe voted in favor of this legislation to secure the border.

Ted Poe 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. Ted Poe voted in favor of this legislation.

Ted Poe voted in favor of this legislation.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 140; Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national; (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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-111; Bill Number-H R 1868; Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national; (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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 R 1940; Birthright Citizenship Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.

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 2954; Secure Borders FIRST - Cosponsor

To strengthen enforcement of immigration laws, and gain operational control over the borders of the United States, and for other purposes.

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.

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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