2015: Sponsored S. 153, the I-Squared Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
2015: S. 1812, the Improving Cooperation with States and Local Governments and Preventing the Catch and Release of Criminal Aliens Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
S. 1812, the Improving Cooperation with States and Local Governments and Preventing the Catch and Release of Criminal Aliens Act of 2015, would simply encourage jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agents rather than penalizing sanctuary cities. The bill would also include mandatory minimum sentencing for illegal aliens who re-enter the United States after being removed (Kate's Law), but overall, the bill would do nothing to discourage sanctuary cities.
2015: Cosponsored S. 2435, the Defend America Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
2015: Cosponsored S. 1843, the Criminal Alien Notification Act, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
S. 1843, the Criminal Alien Notification Act, would require the Department of Homeland Security to create a system by which the agency can share information on illegal aliens with local jurisdictions. The bill would require DHS to notify local authorities when they release criminal aliens.
2015: Cosponsored S. 1752, the Criminal Alien Deportation Act, introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
S. 1752, the Criminal Alien Deportation Act, would require the Department of Homeland Security to detain criminal aliens who commit serious crimes and complete the removal process within 90 days, thereby preventing their release and jeopardizing public safety. The bill would also encourage in increase in the number of immigration judges and promote Operation Streamline, which focuses on stopping illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border.
2015: Cosponsored S. 45, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. David Vitter (D-La.)
2015: Cosponsored S. 2394, the American Jobs First Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
2015: Cosponsored S. 2284, the Syrian Refugee Verification and Safety Act, introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)
2014: Vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-Ala.) Motion to Table "Filling the Tree" to S. 2648
2013: Vote on Sen. David Vitter's Amdt. 1228 to S. 744
2013: Vote on Sen. John Thune's (R-S.D.) Amdt. #1197 to S. 744
2013: Vote on Motion to Table Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) Amdt. #1200 to S. 744
2013: Vote on Motion to Table Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) Amdt. #1195 to S. 744
2013: Vote on Motion to Table Sen. John Cornyn's (R-Texas) Amendment #1251 to S. 744
2013: Vote on Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) Amendment #1208 to S. 744
2014: Senate vote on Corker-Hoeven amendment to S. 744
2014: Cosponsored S. 2631 introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
2014: Vote on Cruz Point of Order Motion to CRomnibus to defund Pres. Obama's executive amnesties
2014: Cosponsored S. 2619, the Children Returning on an Expedited and Safe Timeline Act, introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
2014: Cosponsored S. 2611, the HUMANE Act, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
2013: Cosponsored S. 2632 introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)
2013: Vote on Cloture Motion to end debate of S. 744, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
2013: Vote on Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (begin debate) to S. 744, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
1990: Senate floor vote on S. 358, the Immigration Act of 1990, introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)
2013: Senate Judiciary Committee vote on S. 744, the Gang of Eight's amnesty, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
2015: Senate motion to begin debate on S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
2015: Sponsored S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, would help end sanctuary policies that aim to protect criminal aliens. The bill would define sanctuary jurisdictions as any state or local jurisdiction that fails to communicate with federal immigration agents and refuses to comply with detainer requests. The bill would also block certain federal funds from sanctuary cities and shield local police from liability when acting on behalf of a federal immigration request.
Senate Floor Vote on S. 358 in 1990
S. 358 radically increased annual immigration numbers. Traditional American immigration had averaged around 250,000 a year until the 1980s when it dramatically rose to around 500,000. Then in 1990 Congress passed legislation that removed or increased limits in most immigration categories. Since then, immigration has risen to around 1,000,000 (one million) a year. The bill passed 81-17.
2016: Sponsored S. 2440 introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
A bill to provide access to counsel for unaccompanied children and other vulnerable populations.
S. 2435, the Defend America Act of 2015, would halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria or Iraq. It would also require the Department of Homeland Security to send information on refugees to the states before being resettled.
S. 2395 would open state assistance for incarcerating aliens charged with certain crimes (no longer just conviction) as well as aliens for whom immigration status is unable to be verified. The House companion bill is H.R. 5035.
S. 2365, the Protecting American Jobs Act, would reduce the number of H-1Bs issued each year by 15,000 and require DHS issue visas on the basis of descending salaries.
S. 2284, the Syrian Refugee Verification and Safety Act, would halt Syrian refugees from being resettled in the U.S. until Congress passes a joint resolution.
S. 2161, the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 2015, would allow Liberian nationals to adjust to permanent resident status if they: (1) have been continuously present in the United States between January 1, 2013, through the date of status adjustment application; or (2) is the spouse, child, or unmarried son or daughter of such an alien.
S. 2160, the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2015, would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who enlist in the military. It's estimated that approximately 40,000 would receive amnesty under this legislation.
S. 2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, would withhold certain federal funding from jurisdictions that enact sanctuary policies, require the Department of Homeland Security to create a public list of jurisdictions that have sanctuary policies in effect, protect local law enforcement from liability in holding criminal aliens for ICE pick-up, and increase penalties for illegal re-entry into the United States.
S. 2145, the Middle East Refugee Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2016, would provide funding to increase the number of refugees resettled in the United States each year from an average of 70,000 to 100,000 per year.
S. 2091, the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel Act of 2015, would weaken interior enforcement by allowing the Department of Homeland Security to waive the maximum refusal rate used to determine if a country is eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.
S. 2440, the Repeal ID Act of 2016, would repeal the REAL ID Act that requires U.S. citizens and legal immigrants to carry tamper-proof and secure forms of identification and to require states to share information. REAL ID would require use of the secure IDs to board airplanes among other things. It's repeal would make it easier for illegal aliens to live and travel in the United States. The House companion bill is H.R. 4375 introduced by Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.).
A bill to provide resources and incentives for the enforcement of immigration laws in the interior of the United States and for other purposes.
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and for other purposes.
S. 2394, the American Jobs First Act of 2015, would implement major reforms of the H-1B program including adding a minimum wage provision ($110,000), and increasing the fee for employers to $10,000. More than 90% of H-1Bs issued in 2013 were for positions that paid less than $110,000 per year. The bill would also end the Visa Lottery.