Jon Tester on Immigration

Last Updated : May 28, 2011

Opposition to Z Visa

In May of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his recent vote against amnesty through a Z visa.

 

Opposition to Amnesty Through Comprehensive Reform

In June of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his vote to oppose amnesty for illegal aliens through a comprehensive immigration reform plan.

In June of 2008, after the bill was defeated, Senator Tester issued another statement

 

Opposition to REAL ID

In June of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opposition to the inclusion of Real ID in the immigration reform bill.

 

Support for Additional Border Security

In May of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for voting for 6000 troops to be placed on the border.

 

The DREAM Act

In December of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting that he would not be supporting amnesty through the DREAM Act.

 

2012 Campaign 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. Jon Tester voted to table the amendment, and therefore supported the sanctuary city policy.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted against the DREAM Act.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

Jon Tester voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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

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