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VOTE TALLIES & ANALYSIS OF HR 10 IMMIGRATION VICTORIES IN U.S. HOUSE

Roy Beck
President,
NumbersUSA
Oct. 9, 2004

Vote tallies & analysis of HR 10 immigration victories in U.S. House.......Next actions to take

How did the U.S. Representatives from your area vote during the extraordinary 24 hours of immigration action that ended last night?

We've got the records below for you to hold your Members of Congress accountable ..... and to praise some wonderful lawmakers.

You won't get this information from any newspaper or TV and radio broadcast. This comes courtesy of your membership in NumbersUSA, the nation's only full-time presence on Capitol Hill for immigration reductions.

  1. THE BIG VOTE RESULT

    Final Passage of H.R. 10
    9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act

    Result: Passed 282-134
    Date: Friday, 8oct04, 3:51 p.m.
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Support
    What it does:Very tough provisions against illegal immigration

    Roll Call:
    See how your Representative voted

    'YES' VOTES
    213 Republicans
    69 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 282

    'NO' VOTES
    8 Republicans
    125 Democrats
    1 Independent
    TOTAL 134

    NOT VOTING
    6 Republicans
    11 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 17

    Key Details:

    denial of state drivers licenses to illegal aliens securing the credibility of U.S. birth and death records so illegal aliens can't easily exploit them for illegal gain denial of ability of illegal aliens to use foreign consular ID cards to use federal-related facilities and services (like banks)

    expedited removal of all illegal aliens who are caught within first five years of occupying the U.S.

  2. ACTION
    Send faxes to thank the heroes who took stand after stand to turn around the out-of-control illegal immigration situation

    Beginning today through Monday, Anne Manetas is posting new faxes for you to send from:

    www.NumbersUSA.com/fax

    You will see these faxes if your own local Representative voted well.

    You'll also see them if one of the top leaders in anti-illegal-immigration efforts this week is from your state.

    It is most important that we thank politicians as soon as they do something good for the public. They like to be liked. They need to know that their constituents noticed and are pleased.

    These faxes also encourage pressure on House conferees to ensure that the immigration provisions stay in the bill that comes out of the joint House/Senate Conference Committee.

  3. ACTION
    Send faxes of great disappointment to Representatives who voted AGAINST provisions to fight illegal immigration

    Use the same link above to send these free faxes.

    Members of Congress who habitually vote to coddle and encourage illegal immigration need to know immediately that their constituents hate what they are doing.

  4. ACTION
    Send faxes to your Senators demanding that they press Senate conferees to keep key House provisions about immigration in the bill

    The Senate voted nearly unanimously for a 9/11 Commission response bill that left out all the recommendations on immigration policy.

    It is very important that they feel a groundswell of controversy about their neglect so that they might encourage Senate conferees to go along with House leaders particularly in retaining language about

    • prohibiting drivers licenses for illegal aliens,
    • expediting the deportation of illegal aliens,
    • securing birth and death records,
    • preventing acceptance of foreign consular cards

    Look for these faxes to send between now and Monday:

    www.NumbersUSA.com/fax

  5. VOTE RESULTS
    Efforts to derail the immigration provisions of H.R. 10

    AMENDMENT: Menendez Amendment in the nature of a substitute

    Result: Failed 203-213
    Date: Friday, 8oct04, 12:01 a.m.
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Oppose
    What it would do: The Menendez Amendment (Rep. Robert Menedez D-NJ) would have replaced H.R. 10 with two Senate bills, the Lieberman-Collins S. 2845 and the McCain/Lieberman S. 2774. Because neither Senate bill contained any immigration provisions, the Menendez Amendment would have effectively stripped all of the immigration provisions from H.R. 10.

    Roll Call:
    See how your Representative voted

    'YES' VOTES
    8 Republicans
    194 Democrats
    1 Independent
    TOTAL 203

    'NO' VOTES
    212 Republicans
    1 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 213

    NOT VOTING
    7 Republicans
    10 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 17

    AMENDMENT: Gutierrez motion to instruct House Conferees to leave out immigration provisions when working with Senate Conferees to come up with a common bill

    Result: Failed 169-229
    Date: Friday, 8oct04, 6:35 p.m.
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Oppose
    What it would do: Motion by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) was designed primarily to persuade House Conferees to disregard all the immigration provisions of H.R. 10 after it was passed. Although there were many non-immigration provisions of H.R. 10 that gave Members a chance to disagree, this vote was almost purely about whether to strengthen enforcement against illegal immigration. After failing to substitute the Menendez language for H.R. 10 and then failing to stop H.R. 10 from being passed by the House, Rep. Gutierrez tried this route for one last chance.

    Roll Call:
    See how your Representative voted

    'YES' VOTES
    3 Republicans
    165 Democrats
    1 Independent
    TOTAL 169

    'NO' VOTES
    207 Republicans
    22 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 229

    NOT VOTING
    16 Republicans
    18 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 34

    AMENDMENT: Smith Amendment to eliminate 'expedited removal'(Chris Smith R-NJ)

    Result: Failed 203-210
    Date: Friday, 8oct04, 3:00 p.m.
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Oppose
    What it would do: This Smith Amendment would have stripped the expanded expedited removal provision from H.R. 10. This is the provision that has the potential to dramatically increase deportations of illegal aliens by eliminating the appeals process by which illegal aliens delay their deportations for years. Somewhere around 2.5 million illegal aliens could be subject to the expedited removal provision.

    Roll Call:
    See how your Representative voted

    'YES' VOTES
    25 Republicans
    177 Democrats
    1 Independent
    TOTAL 203

    'NO' VOTES
    193 Republicans
    17 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 210

    NOT VOTING
    8 Republicans
    11 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 19

    AMENDMENT: Smith Amendment to eliminate 'burden of proof' provisions concerning asylum (Chris Smith R-NJ)

    Result: Failed 197-219
    Date: Friday, 8oct04, 2:23 p.m.
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Oppose

    What it would do: This Smith Amendment would have stripped from H.R. 10 the asylum provision that reaffirms that the burden of proof is on the asylum claimant, and that the adjudicator may require corroborating evidence "where it is reasonable to expect such evidence." Courts have been shifting the burden of proof to the government and making it possible for bogus asylum applicants to stay in the U.S. indefinitely.

    Roll Call:
    See how your Representative voted

    'YES' VOTES
    21 Republicans
    175 Democrats
    1 Independent
    TOTAL 197

    'NO' VOTES
    200 Republicans
    19 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 219

    NOT VOTING
    5 Republicans
    11 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 16

  6. VOTE RESULTS
    Efforts to strengthen provisions to crack down on illegal immigration in H.R. 10

    Souder Amendment on screening(Rep. Mark Souder R-IN)

    Result: Passed 410-0
    Date: Friday, 8oct04, 12:10 a.m.
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Support

    What it would do: The Souder amendment would give all security screening personnel access to law enforcement and intelligence information maintained by DHS. The Souder Amendment would help security screeners identify and stop illegal aliens.

    Roll Call:
    See how your Representative voted

    Bonilla Amendment (Rep. Henry Bonilla R-TX) to increase detention bed space

    Result: Passed by voice vote
    Date: Friday, 8oct04
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Support

    What it would do: The Bonilla Amendment would increase DHS detention bed space by 2,500 per year in FY06 and FY07.

    Foley Amendment (Rep. Mark Foley R-FL) barring torturers from immigration

    Result: Passed by voice vote
    Date: Friday, 8oct04
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Support

    What it would do: The Foley Amendment would make inadmissible and removable aliens who have participated in torture or extrajudicial killings abroad.

    Green/Hostettler Amendment (Rep. Mark Green R-WI and Rep. John Hostettler R-IN) to make terrorists more easily deportable

    Result: Passed 282-132
    Date: Friday, 8oct04, 12:20 p.m.
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Support

    What it would do: The Green/Hostettler amendment would make all terrorist-related grounds of inadmissibility, grounds of deportability, as well. This would strengthen immigration law with regard to the deportability of alien terrorists.

    Roll Call:
    See how your Representative voted

    'YES' VOTES
    219 Republicans
    64 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 283

    'NO' VOTES
    1 Republicans
    130 Democrats
    1 Independent

    TOTAL 192

    NOT VOTING
    6 Republicans
    11 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 17

    Hostettler Amendment (Rep. John Hostettler R-IN) to make it easier to detain people from torture-sponsoring countries if they are suspected of being a terrorist.

    Result: Passed by voice vote
    Date: Friday, 8oct04
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Support

    What it would do: The Hostettler Amendment represented a compromise on the expedited removal, asylum, and the Torture Convention provisions of H.R. 10. It would modify section 3006 (the expedited removal provision) to allow any alien who is subject to expedited removal to ask for asylum. The Amendment would modify section 3007 (asylum provision) to provide that aliens suspected of being terrorists by their home governments can receive asylum only if they can show that a central reason for the actions taken against them was animus on account of race, social group, sex, or political opinion. Finally, the Amendment would replace section 3032 of H.R. 10 by substituting language providing that aliens who are barred from restriction on removal and who are ordered removed can be detained pending removal.

    Ose Amendment (Douglas Ose R-CA) to help build last of San Diego border fence

    Result: Passed 252-160
    Date: Friday, 8oct04, 2:32 p.m.
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Support

    What it would do: The Ose Amendment would waive environmental laws to ensure completion of the last 14 miles of the San Diego border fence. This would serve as a physical barrier to additional illegal immigration

    Roll Call:
    See how your Representative voted

    'YES' VOTES
    215 Republicans
    41 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 256

    'NO' VOTES
    6 Republicans
    153 Democrats
    1 Independent
    TOTAL 160

    NOT VOTING
    5 Republicans
    11 Democrats
    0 Independent
    TOTAL 16

    Mica Amendment (Rep. John Mica R-FL) to check airline passengers against watch lists

    Result: Passed by voice vote
    Date: Friday, 8oct04
    NumbersUSA recommendation: Support

    What it would do: The Mica Amendment would require that the names of international airline passengers be checked against watch lists prior to take off of the flight.

  7. NumbersUSA analysis

    This represents the first time since 1996 that the House GOP leadership has thrown its full weight behind efforts to gain control of the nation's borders and re-establish the rule of law in local communities where illegal aliens have amassed.

    After years of trying to succeed without leaders from either party helping, the immigration-reduction movement is enjoying a rare set of victories being led by the leaders of one Party.

    Because Speaker Hastert and his top leaders made immigration reform such a priority, nearly all House Republicans stood solidly against illegal immgration in these votes. This is all the more remarkable when you consider that the Republicans in the Bush White House tried for a week to pressure House Republicans to strip immigration provisions out of the bill. Instead, House Republicans stood with the majority of the American people.

    We owe tremendous gratitude to Hastert, Rep. Tom Delay of Texas who is House Majority Leader, Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri who is the House Whip, and Rep. Deborah Pryce of Ohio who is the House GOP Conference Chair.

    Perhaps an even more exciting sign is the way so many Democratic House Members -- as voting progressed -- began breaking from THEIR leaders. Despite a continuing preference for nearly all open-borders options by House Democratic leader Rep. Pelosi (CA) -- and a similar position by Democratic Presidential Nominee Kerry -- dozens of House Democrats deserted Pelosi and Kerry and voted in the way that polls show rank and file Democratic voters want: for a crackdown on illegal immigration.

    Those 69 Democrats who voted for H.R. 10 showed that their concern for the American quality of life was stronger than obedience to their Party leaders. If you are represented by one of these Democratic Representatives, please go out of your way to express your appreciation.

    Although major Democratic figures have made the clearest call for immigration reductions in years past, the effort to achieve that goal has been led primarily by Republicans.

    Still, ever since a series of votes on immigration in 1996, I have said that it will take at least 50-75 House Democrats to ensure that we fully reform our immigration system. Even if the Republicans are in power (as they are now), I have said there will always be a large minority of them who will vote the open-borders side to please their corporate allies who want the cheap labor. Thus, the need for 50-75 Democrats.

    Democrats by principle should lead in reducing the importation of foreign labor and in opposing the forcing of massive population growth with its effect on natural resources. But history has shown that the Democratic Party has always lagged behind public sentiment on immigration because of counter-productive allegiances to special-interest power blocs claiming to represent recent immigrant groups.

    Impressively, we were able yesterday to have 69 Democrats voting to protect American workers from the illegal-alien workforce. Among them were some fairly high-ranking Democrats, including:

    • Rep. Jim Turner (TX), the ranking Democrat on the House Select Homeland Security Committee
    • Rep. Brad Carson (OK), the Democratic candidate for Senate in Oklahoma
    • Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD), House Democratic Whip
    • Rep. John Spratt (SC), Assistant House Democratic Leader
    • Rep. Ike Skelton (MO), ranking Democrat on Armed Services Committee
    • Rep. Patrick Kennedy (RI), a ....well, a Kennedy!

    I'm making such a big deal about passage of this bill and the votes on all the amendments because an opportunity like this comes along only once every few years. We rarely get a chance to force a Member of Congress to stand and be counted. Yesterday, they were counted over and over again. We are much clearer now than a week ago who stands with us and who needs some more of our guidance.

This weekend, the NumbersUSA Capitol Hill team will analyze each of these votes and decide how much to weight each one in relationship with other votes on immigration past and present. Early next week, Anne Manetas will enter all of yesterday's votes into our systems so that Immigration Vote Profiles and Immigration-Reduction Grade Cards will be fully updated.

There should be some significant shifts in grades as a result of yesterday's actions.

In the meantime, please keep sending all the faxes you can to build up pressure to push these reforms on through the Conference Committee process.

I'll let you know next week where else to apply pressure.

Thanks.

-- ROY


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