2000 H-1B increase (final committee S.2045)

Voted in 2000 against tripling the number of H-1B visas available annually
Sen. ZZlastnameZZ voted, as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to protect American workers by voting AGAINST S.2045 (the Abraham bill). This legislation nearly tripled the number of H-1B visas available annually. S.2045 also granted H-1Bs virtual permanent residency by allowing foreign high-tech workers and their families to stay in the U.S. as long as they have an application for a green card or visa on file.

2000: Senate 245i, CJS Appropriat. Sen. version of H.R.4690

Voted in 2000 in committee againstrestoring section 245(i)
Sen. ZZlastnameZZ, as part of the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary, voted against helping illegal aliens and against the restoration of section 245(i) in the Senate version of the CJS Appropriations bill (H.R. 4690). Section 245(i), which allows an illegal alien to pay $1000 to remain in the country and adjust their status to avoid sanctions was repealed in 1996.

On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 2417 to S. 1723 (American Competitiveness Act)

Attempted to protect U.S. high-tech workers in 1998
Before the Senate passed the H-1B doubling bill (S.1723), Sen. ZZlastnameZZ voted for a Kennedy amendment that would have protected American
workers from the worst abuses that the federal Inspector General found in the H-1B program. ZZgender1CZZ voted to required U.S. firms to check a box on a form attesting that they had first sought an American worker for the job. That failed 39-59.

On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 2418 to S. 1723 (American Competitiveness Act)

Attempted to protect U.S. high-tech workers in 1998
Before the Senate passed the H-1B doubling bill (S.1723), Sen. ZZlastnameZZ voted for the Kennedy amendment (A-2418) that would have protected American workers from the worst abuses that the federal Inspector General found in the H-1B program. ZZgender1CZZ voted for the Kennedy amendment

S. 1943: 

IN-STATE for Dreamers Act of 2014

Sponsored by:  Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA] in the 113th congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

S. 1943, the IN-STATE for Dreamers Act, would provide $750 million in grants over a 10-year period for States that provide in-State tuition and financial assistance to “Dreamer students.” Though the fundamental requirements are that the alien student initially entered prior to age 16 and can provide a list of secondary schools attended in the U.S., those two requirements shall be waived for those who demonstrate compelling circumstances for an inability to comply.

H.R. 3921: 

IN STATE Act of 2014

Sponsored by:  Rep. Jared Polis [D-CO2] in the 113th congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

H.R. 3921, the IN-STATE for Dreamers Act, would provide $750 million in grants over a 10-year period for States that provide in-State tuition and financial assistance to “Dreamer students.” Though the fundamental requirements are that the alien student initially entered prior to age 16 and can provide a list of secondary schools attended in the U.S., those two requirements shall be waived for those who demonstrate compelling circumstances for an inability to comply.

H.R. 4300: 

Family Unity and Employment Opportunity Immigration Act of 1990

Sponsored by:  Rep. Bruce Morrison [D-CT3, 1983-1990] in the 101st congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

H.R. 4300 was a bill to radically increase annual immigration numbers by removing or increasing limits in most immigration categories. As well, H.R. 4300 created the diversity visa lottery. Traditional American immigration had averaged around 250,000 a year until the 1980s when it dramatically rose to around 500,000. Largely as a result of H.R. 4300, annual legal immigration has risen to around 1,000,000 (one million) a year.

S. 358: 

Immigration Act of 1990

Sponsored by:  Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy [D-MA, 1962-2009] in the 101st congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

S. 358 was a bill to radically increase annual immigration numbers by removing or increasing limits in most immigration categories. As well, S. 358 created the diversity visa lottery. Traditional American immigration had averaged around 250,000 a year until the 1980s when it dramatically rose to around 500,000. Largely as a result of S. 358, annual legal immigration has risen to around 1,000,000 (one million) a year.

H.R. 2302: 

Immigration Technical Revisions Act of 1997

Sponsored by:  Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart [R-FL21, 1993-2010] in the 105th congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

H.R. 2302, the Immigration Technical Revisions Act of 1997, would have allowed 540,000 illegal immigrants from Central America to apply for amnesty, even though they previously had been denied asylum in the United States. Congress eventually passed a much-expanded version of this proposed amnesty by slipping it into an appropriations bill for the District of Columbia (see the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act of 1997).

H.R. 3553: 

Central American and Caribbean Refugee Adjustment Act of 1998

Sponsored by:  Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL4] in the 105th congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

H.R. 3553, the Central American and Caribbean Refugee Adjustment Act, would have awarded amnesty to almost 1.2 million illegal immigrants, in addition to the almost one million who were granted amnesty in 1997.

S. 1723: 

American Competitiveness Act

Sponsored by:  Sen. Spencer Abraham [R-MI, 1995-2000] in the 105th congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to assist the United States to remain competitive by increasing the access of the United States firms and institutions of higher education to skilled personnel and by expanding educational and training opportunities for American students and workers.

S. 1504: 

Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998

Sponsored by:  Sen. Bob Graham [D-FL, 1987-2004] in the 105th congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

S. 1504, the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act, would grant amnesty to 50,000 illegal aliens from Haiti who came to the U.S. before December 31, 1995. It also granted amnesty to their spouses and children, bringing the total number of Haitians to be amnestied to about 125,000. This provision was slipped quietly into an omnibus appropriations bill, and was fully endorsed by President Clinton who signed it into law.

H.R. 4966: 

Restoration of Fairness in Immigration Law Act of 2000

Sponsored by:  Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13] in the 106th congress

NumbersUSA's Position:  

Oppose

H.R. 4966, the Restoration of Fairness in Immigration Law Act, would have granted amnesty to some 3.6 million aliens from Central America and Haiti. This would have been the largest amnesty in the history of the country, larger even than the 1986 IRCA Amnesty.

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