Tammy Baldwin on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 29, 2012

Official Website Statements

Immigration

Comprehensive immigration reform is needed to secure our borders and strengthen our economy. It is also important for Wisconsin’s dairy farmers. I oppose complete “amnesty,” but believe that there needs to be a path for the estimated 10 million undocumented workers currently in the U.S. to become documented through a legal process of applying for permanent residency or citizenship. I also support efforts to deter illegal immigration, deploy modern and effective border security measures, and ensure effective immigration enforcement in order to protect our national security and fortify our economy.

Our state has a long history of welcoming immigrants who have contributed to our economy and our culture. Today, immigrants continue to play an important role in our workforce. In Wisconsin, 40% of all hired dairy employees are immigrants. Farm families depend on these workers, whose hard work is essential to the survival of many farms.

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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the amendment.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted in favor of the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against this legislation and therefore opposed enforcing immigration law.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against this legislation to secure the border.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against this legislation.

Tammy Baldwin 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. Tammy Baldwin voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

Tammy Baldwin voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2221; Uniting American Families Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships.

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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