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Senate Considered Two Immigration Amendments to CJS Appropriations Bill

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07101766 (posted Oct. 17, 2007)"

On 10/16/07, thanks in part to the swift action of AILA advocates, the Senate rejected a harsh local immigration enforcement amendment (S.AMDT. 3277) introduced by Senator Vitter (R-La) to the Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill (H.R. 3093).

The amendment, if passed, would have barred the use of funds in the bill for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which provides grants to local law enforcement agencies, from going to so-called "sanctuary cities" that prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal agencies looking for illegal immigrants.

Fortunately, Senator Mikulski (D-Md.) introduced a motion to table (kill) the Vitter amendment which passed by a vote of 52-42. Visit Contact Congress to find out how your senators voted on the Vitter amendment.

The defeat of this amendment is a victory for immigration advocates, and a blow to restrictionist lawmakers who were once again rebuked in the Senate for attempting to introduce ill-conceived, and mean-spirited immigration legislation.

Another important amendment added to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations measure on 10/16/07 was an amendment offered by Senator Mikulski (S.AMDT. 3311) that would extend the "returning worker exemption" in the H-2B program for fiscal year 2008. The amendment was passed by unanimous consent.

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