Steve Kagen on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Official Website Statements

Immigration

America has always been the land of hope and opportunity, and those who were immigrants in the past have become the leaders of our future. But past policies such as our "invisible border" and uncontrolled immigration have threatened our national security, increased health care costs, and sent our country's educational costs through the roof.

There are three things we can do immediately to address this challenging and complicated problem: (1) secure our borders; (2) obey and enforce all our laws; and (3) allow no amnesty and no cutting in line for those who violate the law. We must also demand that employers of foreign workers pay for the health care and educational expenses of workers who are here illegally - not local taxpayers. In support of large and small businesses, the federal government must assist employers in acquiring new technologies that can identify who is legally employable, such as the E-Verify program. In the end, our nation's immigration policy must be based upon the needs of our economy.

By working together in the 111th Congress, Democrats and Republicans have the opportunity to solve this critical issue.

 

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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 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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