Mary Landrieu on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 29, 2010

Campaign Website Statements (2008)

As part of the 2008 election season, Senator Landrieu responded to an ad claiming that she supported amnesty for illegal aliens with the following statements:

Landrieu Opposes Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants: In the U.S. Senate, Landrieu voted numerous times against measures that would provide amnesty for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. (S 1348, Vote #180, 5/24/07; CQ Today, 5/24/07; Vote #203, 6/7/07; Vote #204, 6/7/07; Vote #206, 6/7/07; CQ Today, 6/11/07; S 1639, Vote #228, 6/26/07; Vote #235, 6/28/07; CQ Today, 6/28/07; S 1639, Vote #231, 6/27/07; Congressional Record, p. S8582, 6/27/07)

 

 

Voting Record

Funding for Sanctuary Cities

Sactuary cities are those that allow illegal immigrants to reside within their borders with the understanding that the local government with not seek to determine immigration status or enforce the federal mandates concerning immigration. Senator Vitter put forth an amendment to create a reserve fund to hold money that would normally go to these sanctuary cities. On March 13, 2008, a motion was put forth to "table" or remove the amendment from consideration. Virtually all Democrats, and about 1/4 of the Republicans in office agreed to remove the amendment from consideration in a 58-40 vote. Mary Landrieu voted against removing the amendment, and therefore opposed the sanctuary city policy.

Mary Landrieu voted against removing the amendment, and therefore opposed the sanctuary city policy.

The DREAM Act

When the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill failed to pass, several members of congress attempted to achieve the same goal by passing the individual pieces of legislation that comprised the Reform Package. The DREAM Act was one such piece of legislation that grants citizenship to those that came to this country prior to the age of 16. Although the Bill got some support from both Democrats and Republicans, it too failed to pass the Senate in a 52-44 vote. Mary Landrieu voted against the DREAM Act.

Mary Landrieu voted against the DREAM Act.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In June of 2007, Congress attempted to pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. The bill iteself was a series of smaller pieces of legislation which established the requisites for people living in the US illegally to obtain amnesty. The bill also sought to grant other rights to illegal immigrants prior to and after they become citizens. Despite a massive Public Relations campaign to promote the legislation, the bill got no Republican support and roughly 2/3 of the support of the Democrats. The bill was rejected in the Senate in a 61-34 vote. Mary Landrieu voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

Mary Landrieu voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

The Secure Fence Act

The Secure Fence Act passed the Senate in 2006, and required the director of homeland security to take operational control over certain areas along the border in an effort to cut down on both violence and illegal immigration. The enjoyed broad support and passed the Senate in an 80-19 vote. Mary Landrieu voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

Mary Landrieu voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

Immigration Reform Act of 2006

In 2006, the Senate attempted to pass an immigration reform bill. S 2611 passed the Senate in a 62-36 vote with the support of about 40% of the Republicans and all but 4 Democrats. Mary Landrieu voted in favor of the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

Mary Landrieu voted in favor of the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-S Res 551; Social Security and Illegal Immigrants - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of the Senate that illegal immigrants should not receive Social Security benefits and that this prohibition should be strictly enforced.

Session-108; Bill Number-S 1545; Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2003 - Cosponsor

Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of, and adjust to conditional permanent resident status, an alien who: (1) entered the United States prior to his or her sixteenth birthday, and has been present in the United States for at least five years immediately preceding enactment of this Act; (2) is a person of good moral character; (3) is not inadmissible or deportable under specified criminal, security, smuggling, or illegal entrant or immigration violator grounds, with certain age-related exceptions; (4) at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education, or has earned a U.S. high school or equivalent diploma; and (5) from the age of 16 and older, has never been under a final order of exclusion, deportation, or removal. Authorizes waiver of certain grounds of deportability or ineligibility for humanitarian, family or public interest reasons. Prohibits removal of an alien whose conditional status application is pending. Sets forth continuous presence provisions.

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