Report Reveals Only 23% of Senate Supported Enforcing Border and Immigration Laws in 113th Congress
Analysis of Immigration Votes Shows Stark Difference Between Parties
The overall immigration policy record of the 113th Congress can only be characterized as a failure.
– Dan Stein, President of FAIR
(October 17, 2014 — Washington, D.C.) — FAIR’s Congressional Voting Report for the 113th Congress tracked members’ votes on immigration-related legislation. A thorough analysis of the report revealed an unprecedented divide in opinion between parties.
“The 113th Congress let down Americans by failing to enact immigration reform legislation that would have protected the vital interests of the American people and secured our nation’s borders,” said FAIR President Dan Stein. “Instead, the legislation that received serious attention from Congress was directed at addressing the demands of corporations and open borders advocates.
“As American workers continued to struggle and illegal immigration surged, the vital interests of the American people were utterly ignored by the 113th Congress. The focus has been almost entirely on gaining amnesty for illegal aliens and increasing the number of new permanent and temporary workers admitted to the U.S.,” continued Stein. “FAIR’s analysis of the voting records of members of the 113th Congress indicates that neglect of the public interest in immigration policy cut across party lines. Democrats, uniformly, fell into line with President Obama’s amnesty and open borders agenda, while significant numbers of Republicans in both houses also backed amnesty and the importation of more foreign workers.
“While there were certainly some members who stood out in their defense of the interests of the American people, the overall immigration policy record of the 113th Congress can only be characterized as a failure. Thankfully, public opposition prevented harmful immigration legislation from reaching the president’s desk. The American people can only look forward hopefully to a new sense of service to the public interest on immigration policy from the 114th Congress,” Stein concluded.
FAIR’s intention in providing this statistical information is to educate the public about 184 members of Congress have been legitimate supporters of an “enforcement-first” approach to true immigration reform. FAIR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not endorse candidates.
Among the key findings of FAIR’s Congressional Voting Report:
House of Representatives
37% of all members voted consistently for enforcement-oriented legislation
70% of Republicans and 0% of Democrats voted consistently for enforcement-oriented legislation
34% of the House had mixed voting records (pushed for both amnesty and enforcement), including 30% of Republicans and 37% of Democrats
29% of total members opposed all enforcement-oriented legislation
0% of Republicans voted against all eight bills but 63% of Democrats opposed all enforcement-oriented legislation
A detailed analysis of each member’s votes on key legislation pertaining to immigration policy can be found here.
23% of all Senators voted consistently for enforcement-oriented legislation
51% of Republicans and 0% of Democrats voted consistently for enforcement-oriented legislation
34% of all Senators had mixed voting records (pushed for both amnesty and enforcement), including 49% of Republicans and 23% of Democrats
43% of all Senators consistently opposed all enforced-oriented legislation
0% of Republicans and 77% of Democrats voted consistently to oppose enforcement-oriented legislation
A detailed analysis of each Senator’s votes on key legislation pertaining to immigration policy can be found here.