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Ann Kirkpatrick on Immigration

 

 


Screening process for refugees from Iraq & Syria ok as-is

Ballotpedia.org analysis of Congressional voting record on immigration issues: Rep. Kirkpatrick voted NAY on November 19, 2015, when the House passed HR 4038 - the American SAFE Act of 2015 by a vote of 289-137. The bill proposes instituting a stronger screening process for refugees from Iraq and Syria who apply for admission to the US. Rep. Kirkpatrick voted with 134 Democrats and two Republicans against the bill.
Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of Syrian Refugee crisis , Nov 19, 2015

Greatly strengthen border security; install a Smart Fence

Our immigration system is broken and requires comprehensive reform. We need to greatly strengthen the security along our border. I support providing the Border Patrol with the resources and technology it requires to secure our borders, both north and south. I support a high tech “Smart Fence” where it makes sense, which combines new technology and Border personnel to keep our country secure.
Source: 2008 House campaign website, kirkpatrickforarizona.com , Nov 4, 2008

Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service.

Kirkpatrick voted NAY Gosar Anti-DACA Amendment to H.R. 5293

Congressional Summary: The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to extend the expiration of, or reissue a new expiration date to, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program.

Recommendation by Heritage Foundation to vote YES:(6/16/2016): The MAVNI program is a pilot program authorizing "military services to recruit certain legal immigrants whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest." However, a DoD memo has made it clear that DACA/DAPA recipients are eligible under this program, essentially opening up a pathway to amnesty for illegal aliens who enlist. By ensuring that this guidance ends, DOD will no longer be able to enlist illegal immigrants through MAVNI.

Recommendation by the ACLU to vote NO: (6/28/2011): The DREAM Act promotes fundamental fairness for young people by allowing access to affordable post-secondary education and military service opportunities, regardless of immigration status, and would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, have lived here for at least five years and have graduated from high school. The DREAM Act could result in billions of dollars in additional tax revenue from tapping the potential of DREAM-eligible students and future service personnel. Since September 11, 2001, more than 69,000 immigrants have earned citizenship while serving, and more than 125 who entered military service after that date have made the ultimate sacrifice in war by giving their lives for this nation.

Legislative outcome: Failed House 210 to 211 (no Senate vote)

Source: Supreme Court case 16-H5293 argued on Jun 16, 2016

Sponsored bill to expand border security on Mexican border.

Kirkpatrick sponsored Border Violence Prevention Act

    To authorize additional resources for the Department of Homeland Security to enhance security activities along the international border with Mexico. Expand border security operations along the southwest border, including the southbound inspection and investigation of vehicles, to reduce the potential for border violence; enhance border security; and prevent the illicit flow of arms and bulk cash across such southwest border; by appropriating $70,000,000 to:
  1. increase southbound border security infrastructure and inspection capabilities at ports of entry located on the southwest border between the US and Mexico;
  2. acquire and deploy at least two x-ray mobile inspection units to such southwest border;
  3. acquire and deploy at least ten dual detection canine teams to such southwest border;
  4. equip with license plate readers the outbound lanes at ports of entry located on such southwest border;
  5. acquire and equip US Customs and Border Protection personnel with body armor;
  6. take any other related actions to expand border security operations on such southwest border.
  7. hire and deploy at least 100 additional US Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel to be assigned to Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST) units involved in efforts to reduce southwest border violence over the number of such personnel so assigned as of the date of the enactment of this Act;
  8. improve existing Border Enforcement Security Taskforce facilities and acquire new space for Border Enforcement Security Taskforce units along such southwest border locations; and
  9. increase resources and personnel for Operation Armas Cruzadas over the resources obligated and personnel so assigned as of the date of the enactment of this Act
Source: HR.1867 2009-H1867 on Apr 2, 2009

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