January 29, 2004

Kerry's Voting Record

While Pashmina and Botox jokes are fun, a look at Kerry's voting record is in order as the Dems head to the Southwest primaries and Super Tuesday states with large immigrant populations.

Kerry's voting record on immigration and illegal aliens' rights doesn't match his campaign rhetoric:

From the Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Q: Would you support legalizing undocumented immigrants in this country?
KERRY: Absolutely. I supported and was prepared to vote for amnesty from 1986. And it is essential to have immigration reform. Anyone who has been in this country for five or six years, who's paid their taxes, who has stayed out of trouble, ought to be able to translate into an American citizenship immediately, not waiting.

    Kerry's Voting Record:
  • Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the U.S. for farm work.
    Vote to create a national registry containing names of U.S. workers who want to perform temporary or seasonal agricultural work, and to require the Attorney General to allow more foreign workers into the U.S. for farm work under H-2A visas.
    Bill S.2260 ; vote number 1998-233 on Jul 23, 1998
  • Voted NO on visas for skilled workers.
    This bill expanded the Visa program for skilled workers.
    Status: Bill Passed Y)78; N)20; NV)2
    Reference: The American Competitiveness Act; Bill S. 1723 ; vote number 1998-141 on May 18, 1998
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants.
    This amendment would have restored food stamp benefits to the children of legal immigrants
    Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)59; N)41
    Reference: Motion to table Kennedy Amdt #429; Bill S.947 ; vote number 1997-111 on Jun 24, 1997
  • Question: On the Amendment (Exon Amdt. No. 1109, as modified )
    Vote Number: 355 Vote Date: November 5, 1993, 03:13 PM
    Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Amendment Agreed to
    Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 1109 to S. 1607 (Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1993 )
    Statement of Purpose: To prohibit the payment of Federal benefits to illegal aliens. Kerry (D-MA) -Yea
  • Question: On the Amendment (roth amdt no. 1150 )
    Vote Number: 364 Vote Date: November 9, 1993, 05:41 PM
    Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Amendment Agreed to
    Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 1150 to S. 1607 (Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1993 )
    Statement of Purpose: To require State and local governments to cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding enforcement of immigration laws. Kerry (D-MA) -Yea

Kerry voted for much of the intrusive legislation that the Dems now condemn , in fact Kerry voted with Ashcroft for the following bills and/or amendments:

    Clinton Adminstration Bills approved by John Kerry (D-MA)
  • Immigration - Seeking to capitalize on a wave of anti-immigration initiatives, both the House and Senate passed bills that represented the most draconian and divisive immigration proposals in decades. Included were provisions that would strip the courts of jurisdiction over illegal and abusive INS actions and erect enormous and virtually insurmountable barriers for most people seeking political asylum. The House even approved a bill that would have effectively denied public education to American citizen children of undocumented immigrants. The Senate voted 97 to 3 to accept one version of the legislation; the House approved a harsher version by a vote of 333 to 87. The President (Clinton) signed the immigration legislation in September.
  • National ID Card - One of the most pervasive themes of the 104th Congress has been proposals to establish a national identification system as a means of tracking undocumented workers, so-called deadbeat dads and to monitor health insurance information. Various database schemes have been included in bills as diverse as immigration, welfare reform and health insurance.
  • Wiretapping - To make it easier for the FBI to wiretap to permitting law enforcement agencies to use more "roving" wiretaps (without specifying which phone is to be tapped), and more "emergency" wiretaps (without obtaining a prior court order).
  • Counter-terrorism - The bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building lifted from obscurity a Clinton Administration proposal to increase the powers of law enforcement in the name of fighting terrorism. The measure gave the government the power to use secret evidence to deport immigrants it accuses of being "terrorists" and to exclude aliens merely because they are members of a disfavored foreign group. (my emphasis) The bill won approval in the Senate by a vote of 91 to 8 and a vote of 293 to 133 in the House

Source: US Senate server, Pittsburg Independent Media Center and the ACLU

Posted by feste at January 29, 2004 10:35 AM | TrackBack

kerry fucking sucks. he is a goddamn liar

Posted by: Candyse at October 14, 2004 11:40 AM
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