Bob Corker on Immigration

Last Updated : Nov 22, 2011

Support for Comprehensive Reform

In January of 2007, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting a recent cooperation agreement between a local police authority and federal immigration officers. He notes in that statement that he supports a comprehensive reform.

 

The DREAM Act

In December of 2010, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his opposition to the DREAM Act.

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. Bob Corker voted against removing the amendment, and therefore opposed the sanctuary city policy.

Bob Corker 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. Bob Corker voted against the DREAM Act.

Bob Corker 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. Bob Corker voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

Bob Corker voted against the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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

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 - Cosponsor

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.

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