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05-S1033 on May 12, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: for comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty
Source: Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act (S.1033/H.R.2330)
SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. McCAIN: This bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform legislation is designed to fix our Nation's broken immigration system. While in previous years we worked independently on immigration reform legislation, we are coming together today to introduce what we believe is groundbreaking, comprehensive legislation. Over a year ago, the President laid out a framework for what comprehensive immigration reform should look like. We have used the President's framework to craft this package.

The simple fact is that America's immigration system is broken. Recent vigilante activities along the southwestern border have shown that the current situation is not sustainable. Americans are frustrated with our lack of border security and our inability to control illegal immigration.

Make no mistake, this is not an amnesty bill. We are not here to reward law-breakers, and any accusations to the contrary are patently untrue. This bill recognizes the problems inherent in the current system and provides a logical and effective means to address these problems. It would be impossible to identify and round up all 10 to 11 million of the current undocumented, and if we did, it would ground our Nation's economy to a halt. These millions of people are working. Aliens will not come forward to simply "report and deport." We have a national interest in identifying these individuals, incentivizing them to come forward out of the shadows, go through security background checks, pay back taxes, pay penalties for breaking the law, learn to speak English, and regularize their status. Anyone who thinks this goal can be achieved without providing an eventual path to a permanent legal status is not serious about solving this problem.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on the Judiciary; never came to a vote. [The famous McCain-Kennedy legislation which DID come to a vote was the 2007 version of this bill].

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Question 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Immigration
  • Headline: Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 05-S1033

Joseph Crowley s1oNew York Democrat 
Henry Cuellar s1oTexas Democrat 
Artur Davis s1oAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Rahm Emanuel s1oIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Luis Gutierrez s2iIllinois Democrat 
Jane Harman s1oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Ted Kennedy s2pMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Grace Napolitano s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Ed Pastor s1oArizona Democrat 
Nancy Pelosi s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Ken Salazar s2iCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009) 

Republicans participating in 05-S1033

Sam Brownback s2iKS Republican Governor 
Lincoln Chafee s1oRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Mario Diaz-Balart s1oFlorida Republican 
Vernon Ehlers s1oMichigan Republican (until 2010) 
Jeff Flake s2iArizona Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Lindsey Graham s2iSC Republican Sr Senator 
Jim Kolbe s2pArizona Republican 
Ray LaHood s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
John McCain s2pAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Ralph Regula s1oOhio Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s1oFlorida Republican 
Paul Ryan s1oPOTUS Republican 
Rob Simmons s1oConnecticut Republican 
Jim Walsh s1oNew York Rep./Ind. (Retiring 2008) 
Curt Weldon s1oPennsylvania Republican 

Independents participating in 05-S1033

Lincoln Diaz-Balart s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Joseph Lieberman s2iCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Mel Martinez s1oFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy. 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 16
Republicans: 15
Independents: 3

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