Campaign 2010

Nov 15, 2013

Congressman Heck’s Very Busy Year Pushing for Immigration Reform

Congressman Joe Heck declared this summer that he was committed to getting immigration reform done this year. So what did he do to make that happen?

 

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“There’s a good reason why Nevadans are calling out Congressman Heck for letting bipartisan immigration reform die—Heck’s opposition to the bipartisan Senate reform bill stalled crucial momentum,” said Matt Inzeo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Heck has had all year to contribute to immigration reform, yet the only action he has taken was to vote to resume deportation of young immigrants who want to contribute to our future.”

BACKGROUND

Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy: House Will Not Vote on Immigration Reform This Year. “The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that lawmakers won't vote this year on the issue, confirming what many had long assumed […]Although House Republican leaders say they want to resolve the issue, which has become a political drag for the GOP, many rank-and-file House Republicans have shown little inclination to deal with immigration.” [Associated Press, 11/08/13]

Heck: “I Would Vote No” on the Senate Immigration Bill. At a townhall on immigration, Heck said he would vote “no” on the Senate immigration bill. “As it [Senate immigration bill] is currently written I would vote no,” said Heck. [Heck Townhall Windmill Library, 7/02/13]

  • …Even After Senators McCain and Heck Worked Across the Aisle and Voted for Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform. According to the New York Times: “The Senate on Thursday approved the most significant overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in a generation with broad support generated by a sense among leading Republicans that the party needed to join with Democrats to remove a wedge between Republicans and Hispanic voters. The strong 68-to-32 vote in the often polarized Senate tossed the issue into the House, where the Republican leadership has said that it will not take up the Senate measure and is instead focused on much narrower legislation that would not provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country.” Senators McCain and Heck voted for the bill. [New York Times, 6/27/13; S 744, Vote #168, 6/27/13]

Congressman Heck Voted to Restart the Deportation of an Estimated 800,000 DREAM Act Eligible Young People. In 2013, Congressman Joe Heck voted for an amendment to the 2014 Homeland Security appropriations bill that would’ve prohibited the use of Immigration and Customs Enforcement funds to implement President Obama’s June 2012 order that protects the “DREAMers” from deportation—those estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The amendment also prohibits other prosecutorial discretion policies that ensure the agency's immigration enforcement resources are targeted at serious criminals, and not at those who pose no threat to U.S. communities, such as victims of domestic violence and other crimes who come forward to seek protection and identify their abusers. The amendment passed, 224-201. [H.R. 2217, Vote #208, 6/06/13; Associated Press, 6/06/13]

  • Headline: House votes to resume deporting young DREAM Act immigrants [Associated Press, 6/06/13]