Klobuchar, Franken differ on immigration votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just because Minnesota now has two Democratic senators doesn’t mean that they are always going to see eye-to-eye, especially — it would seem — when it comes to immigration.

In two votes today on the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010, Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken ended up on opposite sides despite their shared caucus, with Franken allying himself with the Democratic leadership and Klobuchar largely bucking the party.

The first amendment, offered by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and championed by the GOP, would make the E-Verify system mandatory for all federal contractors. The original Senate version of the bill would have reauthorized E-Verify for three years, but would not have made it mandatory. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows employers to electronically check the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

Klobuchar voted in favor of this amendment, which passed. Senate Republicans and a handful of more conservative Democrats joined her in supporting the mandatory use of E-Verify. Meanwhile, Franken and the Democratic leadership voted against the measure.

Neither Klobuchar nor Franker were immediately available for comment.

The second amendment, offered by Jim DeMint, R-S.C., would require the completion of at least 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the southwest border of the United States by Dec. 31, 2010.

This Republican-supported measure also passed with the help of Klobuchar, conservative Democrats and some Democrats from southwest-border states like California and Arizona.

Franken again sided with the Democratic leadership in voting against the measure.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dave Francis on 07/08/2009 - 03:22 pm.

    DON’T STOP NOW–WE ARE ON A ROLL?

    KEEP CALLING YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE AT 202-224-3121
    Great News! Your harassment of our Senators and Congressman must have scored an impact for E-Verify? Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) after multiple failures finally got approval of an amendment to require E-Verify for all employees on federal contracts. We got 53 votes! We even got Sen. DeMint (R-S.C.) winning on amendment to require the completion of 700 miles of fencing along the Mexican border. We got 54 votes!

    BUT WE ARE NOT FINISHED YET? Sen. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) amendment to allow all employers voluntarily to use E-Verify to check the legal status of all their existing employees. Amazingly, federal law currently prohibits a company from checking on employees that were hired in the past before they started using E-Verify–FOR NEW HIRES. In addition, Sen. Vitter’s (R-La.) amendment to–RE INTRODUCE– the “no-match letter notification” system in which the Social Security Administration alerts all employers of all employees whose SS numbers don’t match records and orders the companies to fire employees who can’t resolve the discrepancies.

    NOW WE ARE ON A WINNING STREAK AND FOR ONCE–THE PEOPLE–HAVE SMASHED THE OPEN BORDER, FREE TRADERS, CONSPIRING TO PUSH FOR FREE MOVEMENT OF CHEAP ILLEGAL LABOR ACROSS OUR COUNTRY.

    SO GET ON THE PHONE AND TELL THESE PUBLIC SERVANTS, ENFORCE THE 1986 IMMIGRATION LAWS, AND IMPLEMENT TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW. A PERMANENT–ALL EMPLOYEE–TO IDENTIFY ILLEGAL LABOR. UPGRADE THE 287(g) LOCAL POLICE DETAINMENT, THE REAL ID ACT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT NO MORE AMNESTIES. NO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. NO CHAIN MIGRATION. ADD AMENDMENT TO CURRENT LAWS. READ FACTS NOT LIES ABOUT PROGRESSION TOWARDS OVERPOPULATION IN 40 YEARS. FIND THE TRUTH AT NUMBERSUSA, CAPSWEB & AMERICANPATROL

  2. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 07/08/2009 - 03:33 pm.

    With AF you can predict the way he will vote.

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