Robert Menendez on Immigration

Last Updated : Feb 18, 2011

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In May of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. 

 

Opposition to Family Reunification Deal

In May of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a floor statement where he voiced his objection to a deal struck that limited family reunification.

 

Vote for Cloture

In May of 2007, Senator Menendez voted for cloture on the comprehensive immigration reform legislation but still objected to some provisions and noted his intention to introduce amendments to improve the legislation.

 

The Menendez Vision - A History of Intolerance

In May of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his vision of immigration reform and the need to address the flaws within the US people.

 

Removing Barriers to Reunification

In May of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his intention to introduce legislation that would remove barriers that prevent an illegal alien from bring their family to the US.

 

Opposition to Visa Revocation

In May of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his opposition to an amendment that would hasten the removal of those who overstayed their Visa.

 

Debate on Immigration Reform

In May of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a floor speech where he discussed his views on the immigration debate.

 

Opposition to Coleman Amendment

In May of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his opposition to an amendment that would allow law enforcement officers to question people on their immigration status and possibly enforce the law. He reiterated this opposition in a floor statement.

 

Cloture Vote on Immigration Vote

In June of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his vote for cloture on the immigration reform legislation.

 

Family Reunification Amendments

In June of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for family reunification legislation as the best means of subverting immigration laws.

 

Expression of Disappointment

In June of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his disappointment that comprehensive immigration reform could not be passed.

 

The DREAM Act

 In October of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the DREAM Act.

 

DETAINEE BASIC MEDICAL CARE ACT OF 2008

In May of 2008, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the Detainee Basic Medical Care Act of 2008.

 

Immigration Raids and Detentions

In June of 2008, Senator Menendez spoke on the Senate floor about immigration raids and detention of US citizens.

 

Opposition to Border Troops

In May of 2010, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his opposition to the prospect of putting national guardsmen on the border.

 

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. Robert Menendez voted to table the amendment, and therefore supported the sanctuary city policy.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the DREAM Act.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of 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. Robert Menendez voted against the Secure Fence Act.

Robert Menendez voted against 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

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. Robert Menendez voted against this legislation.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

Robert Menendez voted against the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 424; Uniting American Families Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to include a "permanent partner" within the scope of such Act. Defines a "permanent partner" as an individual 18 or older who: (1) is in a committed, intimate relationship with another individual 18 or older in which both individuals intend a lifelong commitment; (2) is financially interdependent with the other individual; (3) is not married to, or in a permanent partnership with, any other individual other than the individual; (4) is unable to contract with the other individual a marriage cognizable under this Act; and (5) is not a first, second, or third degree blood relation of the other individual. Defines a "permanent partnership" as the relationship existing between two permanent partners.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 729; Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009 or the DREAM Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of 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. 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 before his or her 16th 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 grounds of the Immigration and Nationality Act; (4) at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education or has earned a high school or equivalent diploma; (5) from the age of 16 and older, has never been under a final order of exclusion, deportation, or removal; and (6) was under age 35 on the date of this Act's enactment. Sets forth the conditions for conditional permanent resident status, including: (1) termination of status for violation of this Act; and (2) removal of conditional status to permanent status. Authorizes an alien who has satisfied the appropriate requirements prior to enactment of this Act to petition the Secretary for conditional permanent resident status. Provides for: (1) exclusive jurisdiction; (2) penalties for false application statements; (3) confidentiality; (4) fee prohibitions; (5) higher education assistance; and (6) a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report respecting the number of aliens adjusted under this Act.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 774; DREAM Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of 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. 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 before 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 grounds of the Immigration and Nationality Act; (4) at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education, or has earned a 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.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2305; Citizenship Documentation and Medicaid Reimbursement - Cosponsor

A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to repeal the amendments made by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 requiring documentation evidencing citizenship or nationality as a condition for receipt of medical assistance under the Medicaid program.

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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