James Inhofe on Immigration

Last Updated : Apr 28, 2010

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. James Inhofe voted against removing the amendment, and therefore opposed the sanctuary city policy.

James Inhofe 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. James Inhofe voted against the DREAM Act.

James Inhofe 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. James Inhofe voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

James Inhofe 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. James Inhofe voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

James Inhofe 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. James Inhofe voted against the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

James Inhofe voted against the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 95; A bill to prohibit appropriated funds from being used in contravention of section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 - Cosponsor

Prohibits appropriated funds for the community oriented policing services program from being used in contravention of section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which provides that a federal, state, or local government entity or official may not prohibit or restrict any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 992; National Language Act of 2009 - Prime Sponsor

Requires: (1) English to be the national language of the federal government; and (2) the federal government to preserve and enhance the role of English as the national language. Provides that no person has a right, entitlement, or claim to have the federal government act, communicate, perform or provide services, or provide materials in any language other than English, unless specifically provided by statute.Makes the English language version of a government form issued in a language other than English the sole authority for legal purposes.Declares that this Act does not prohibit the use of a language other than English.

Session-110; Bill Number-S Res 371; Drivers Licenses - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of the Senate that states should not issue driver's licenses or other photo identification to aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2715; National Language Act of 2008 - Prime Sponsor

Requires: (1) English to be the national language of the federal government; and (2) the federal government to preserve and enhance the role of English as the national language.Provides that no person has a right, entitlement, or claim to have the federal government act, communicate, perform or provide services, or provide materials in any language other than English, unless specifically provided by statute.Makes the English language version of a government form issued in a language other than English the sole authority for legal purposes.Declares that this Act does not prohibit the use of a language other than English.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1335; S.I. Hayakawa Official English Language Act of 2007 - Prime Sponsor

A bill to amend title 4, United States Code, to declare English as the official language of the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.

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