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Top Immigration Votes 2019-2020 (cont'd)

4. Reporting Migrant Children's Deaths
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #294)
Voting 355-68, the House on June 13, 2019, adopted an amendment to HR 2740 requiring the Office of Refugee Resettlement to promptly inform Congress and the public whenever migrant children die in U.S. immigration custody. A yes vote was to approve the measure over Republican arguments that such deaths were already being reported.

5. Prohibiting Citizenship Question in Census
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #369)
Voting 192-240, the House on June 20, 2019, defeated a Republican effort to fund the Trump administration's proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The amendment was offered to a $690.4 billion spending package (HR 3055). The Supreme Court was weighing the constitutionality of a citizenship question, which Democrats say is a partisan tactic to deter undocumented aliens from taking part in the census. Under the Constitution, the decennial census is required to count all persons living in the United States. A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

6. Providing $4.5 Billion for Southwest Border
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #414)
The House on June 25, 2019, approved, 230-195, a $4.5 billion emergency package (HR 3401) to address an immigration influx and humanitarian crisis on the southwest border. The Democratic bill drew GOP opposition because it omitted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies for dealing with asylum-seekers from Central America. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

7. Adopting New Rules for 'Green Cards'
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #437)
Voting 365-65, the House on July 10, 2019, passed a bill (HR 1044) that would begin the allocation of "green cards" -- which grant permanent legal status -- on a first-come, first-served basis to skilled immigrants who are in the United States on H1-B employment visas. This approach would replace per-country caps that work to the disadvantage if H1-B holders from more populous countries. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

8. Requiring Humane Treatment of Migrants
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #507)
The House on July 24, 2019, voted, 233-195, to raise standards for the administration's treatment of migrants. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would have to conduct medical screenings within 12 hours of migrants' detention, or three hours for children, the disabled and pregnant women, and promptly provide health care as warranted. In addition, CBP would have to provide appropriate hygienic care including access to toilets, regular showers and drinking water and adequate clothing, bedding and incarceration space. A yes vote was to pass HR 3239.

9. Prohibiting Family Separation at Border
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #546)
Voting 230-194, the House on Sept. 25, 2019, set stricter rules for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) treatment of migrant families, including a prohibition on separating children from their parents within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border except under court order. The bill (HR 2203) would create a DHS ombudsman's office for receiving and acting on complaints related to immigration practices including the abuse of migrants. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

10. Reporting Crime in 'Sanctuary Cities'
(Votes Lookup at Roll Call #545)
The House on Sept. 25, 2019, defeated, 207-216, a Republican effort to allow victims of crimes by undocumented aliens in "sanctuary cities" to report the incident to a Department of Homeland Security ombudsman. More than 400 municipalities nationwide are known as sanctuary cities because they decline to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement on grounds that would disrupt their community policing efforts. A yes vote was to adopt the motion during debate on HR 2203 (above).

Copyright 2020, Thomas Voting Reports, Inc.