Ron Kind on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 07, 2010

Official Website Statements

Immigration

While strengthening our nation’s borders is a priority, I believe a broader, bipartisan approach to tackling immigration is needed. We must ensure that American employers are following the law, hiring legal workers, and paying decent wages. At the same time, our employers must have the tools available to make sure they are in compliance. If a dairy farmer in western Wisconsin hires someone to help with milking, they should be able to check the employee’s documentation and be confident that they aren’t breaking any laws.

As a nation founded and built by immigrants, we have a proud history of reaching out to foreigners and offering refuge and opportunity to those who seek it. That’s why I support comprehensive reform that not only bolsters enforcement of immigration laws but also provides a practical solution for the 12 million undocumented immigrants residing within our borders.

 

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. Ron Kind voted against the amendment.

Ron Kind 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. Ron Kind voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Ron Kind 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. Ron Kind voted against this legislation and therefore opposed enforcing immigration law.

Ron Kind 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. Ron Kind voted in favor of this legislation to secure the border.

Ron Kind 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. Ron Kind voted against this legislation.

Ron Kind 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. Ron Kind voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

Ron Kind voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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