Claire McCaskill on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 17, 2012

Summary

Senator McCaskill supports enforcement of valid US immigration laws and opposes amnesty for illegal aliens. She has been an advocate for enforcing laws on employers that provide jobs to illegal aliens and reducing benefits as mechanisms to reduce illegal immigration by removing the magnets that draw them here. While in Congress, Senator McCaskill has voted against the DREAM Act and against the Comprehenive Immigration Reform Act.

Employer Sanctions

In 2007, Senator McCaskill hailed the passage of legislation to deny government contracts to companies that employ illegal immigrants, stating that she practically shouted 'aye' when her name was called by the Senate clerk to vote. She added that the US needed immediate action and that while strengthening border security is important, penalizing employers who hire illegal immigrants is a step in the right direction of curbing the immigration crisis in America.

Comprehensive Reform

In opposing the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform package, Senator McCaskill stated that as a former prosecutor she believed in following the law and as an auditor she believed in following the money. She added that there are crimes that we can and cannot deter and a crime we can deter is the hiring of illegal immigrants. She stated that it is not the border that is going to stop the people coming into our country illegally, but rather ending the promise of that job.

 

Support for Employer Sanctions

In January of 2007, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her support for employer sanctions on companies that hire illegal immigrants.

 

Opposition to Comprehensive Reform

In June of 2007, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her opposition to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Plan.

 

Detering Illegal Activity

In June of 2007 Senator McCaskill spoke on the Senate floor about her view that the US could and should be acting to deter illegal immigration through employer workplace violations.

 

Questioning of DHS Nominee

In May of 2008, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her questioning of DHS nominee on employer enforcement of immigration laws.

 

Urging of DHS Immigration Nominee to Beef Up Efforts

In April of 2009, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her urging of a DHS Immigration nominee to beef up his efforts to stop illegal immigration.

 

Applause for New Efforts to Punish Employers

In April of 2009, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her support for new Obama administration policies that would seek to punish the employer for hiring illegal immigrants.

 

Securing the Border

In August of 2010, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her support for legislation to fully fund the securing of the border without adding to the debt.

 

Official Website Statements

 

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. Claire McCaskill voted to table the amendment, and therefore supported the sanctuary city policy.

Claire McCaskill 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. Claire McCaskill voted against the DREAM Act.

Claire McCaskill 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. Claire McCaskill voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

Claire McCaskill voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 9; Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that Congress should enact, and the President should sign, legislation to strengthen the economy, recognize the heritage of the United States as a nation of immigrants, and amend the Immigration and Nationality Act by: (1) providing more effective border and employment enforcement; (2) preventing illegal immigration; and (3) reforming and rationalizing avenues for legal immigration.

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