Olympia Snowe on Immigration

Last Updated : Jan 31, 2011

Summary

Senator Snowe supports amnesty for illegal aliens. While in office, the Senator has voted in favor of amnesty through the DREAM Act and through Comprehensive Immigration Reform. She has also voted in support of sanctuary city policies. In supporting comprehensive immigration reform, Senator Snowe stated that there is no question that our current immigration system is broken and the status quo is not acceptable.

Senator Snowe has also called for improvements to legal forms of immigration, including increasing the number of H2-B visas and removing the time a legal immigrant must wait before becoming eligible for the SCHIP program.

 

Call for Clarification of Policy

In November of 2004, Senator Snowe released a press statement noting a recent incident where illegal aliens where released for almost no reason and calling for clarification in the policy. 

 

Support for H2-B Visas

In February of 2005, Senator Snowe released a press statement noting her support for expanding the number of H2B Visas to allow for more seasonal help.

 

Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In June of 2006, Senator Snowe released a press statement noting her support for the passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

 

SCHIP and Legal Immigration

In March of 2007, Senator Snowe released a press statement noting legislation that she was introducing to remove the 5 year waiting period for children to be covered by SCHIP for federal reimbursement.

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. Olympia Snowe voted to table the amendment, and therefore supported the sanctuary city policy.

Olympia Snowe voted to table the amendment, and therefore supported 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. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the DREAM Act.

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of 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. Olympia Snowe voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

Olympia Snowe 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. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

Olympia Snowe 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. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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