Posts Tagged ‘SAVE Act’

DW Editorial: Urge Donnelly not to sign discharge petition on the SAVE Act

March 12, 2008

The GOP is seeking signatures for a discharge petition (this is a means of bringing a bill out of committee and to the floor for consideration without a report from a Committee and usually without cooperation of the leadership – Wikipedia) to force a vote on the SAVE Act.

The SAVE Act stands for Secure America through Verification and Enforcement and represents an “enforcement first, second, and last” approach to immigration issues. This is not an example of comprehensive immigration reform and instead represents a disturbingly narrow-minded outlook on what is a complex issue.

Republicans are looking for both Democrats and fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives to sign this discharge petition. Regardless of Donnelly’s position on the SAVE Act (he supports it), a discharge petition is not the way to advance this bill’s consideration. Such an action works against the Democrat Party in this crucial period leading up to the November 2008 elections. Signing the discharge petition undercuts the Democrat leadership in the House and, ultimately, weakens the party. This is an effort orchestrated by the GOP against the Democrat Party and is intended to embarrass the Democratic presidential nominee, whoever this turns out to be.

Please consider writing or calling Rep. Donnelly’s offices and urging him not to sign this discharge petition.

Rep. Donnelly’s DC office: (202) 225-3915 Fax: (202) 225-6798

South Bend office: (574) 288-2780 Fax: (574) 288-2825

Email: http://donnelly.house.gov/contact/email.shtml

Thank you,

DW

Donnelly on immigration: “enforcement” first, second, and last

February 19, 2008

Rep. Joe Donnelly held a news conference yesterday (Monday Feb 18) dealing specifically with his stance on the immigration debate. Various news sources covered the event (here is WSBT’s coverage “Donnelly touts efforts to curb illegal immigration” and here is Fox28’s coverage “Donnelly works to close off border”).

Yesterday we raised the question of whether Donnelly supports deportation of immigrants. Supposedly, Donnelly claims he didn’t say this… hopefully, there will be follow-up on this question with the reporter.

The possibility that our Congressman was pandering to reactionary, far-right views and is now disavowing his comments out of political calculation is quite disturbing.

As an astute reader suggested to DW in an email message:

“How do you enforce the immigration laws which is Donnelly’s position and NOT be in favor of deportation? Deportation is exactly what happens when you have legal roundups.”

This cuts to the heart of the matter: where does Joe Donnelly truly stand on the issues? Where are his principles? Or is he most interested in projecting a “moderate” i.e. conservative Democrat image in order to, in his view, best ensure his re-election?

Is this what we elected him for? To be more concerned with re-election than standing up for what’s right?

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The immigration issue is very timely in Indiana now as the news came yesterday that the Indiana House Public Policy Committee voted 7-4 to pass what the Indianapolis Star yesterday called “one of the nation’s toughest illegal immigration bills.”

This bill, if eventually passed by the full House and signed into law, would very likely have a chilling effect on many communities across Indiana not to mention the negative consequences to the Hoosier economy.

It is indeed quite sad and discouraging that, yet again, too many are ready to scapegoat immigrants in a convoluted attempt at addressing complex social and economic issues.

Unfortunately, history is littered with examples of this sort of behavior yet it appears that Congressman Donnelly and others representing us in the Indiana state legislature are more concerned with their political careers than standing on principles.

Donnelly endorses immigration bill

February 6, 2008

From the Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN)

Congressman Joe Donnelly has endorsed what he describes as a bipartisan measure aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.

In a news release, Donnelly voiced support for a measure introduced by Congressman Heath Shuler, D-NC, called the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement, or SAVE, Act offers a three-part plan to reduce illegal immigration by securing the nation’s borders, requiring employer verification of prospective employees’ legal status and bolstering resources needed for enforcement of our immigration laws. Donnelly is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

“Our immigration system is broken,” said Donnelly, D-Ind. “Under the current administration, our immigration policy has failed to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants and to sufficiently enforce the law. I am committed to supporting a solution to the immigration problem. I believe the SAVE Act is an important first step.”

Specifically, the SAVE Act calls for the hiring of 8,000 new border patrol agents. In addition, the legislation provides the tools and resources necessary to recruit and retain these agents, as well as the technology and equipment they need to protect the border effectively.

“Secure borders are fundamental to our national security and a critical component of a sound immigration policy,” Donnelly said. “The SAVE Act would ensure that we are not understaffing our borders, and that Border Patrol Agents are equipped with the proper training and technology to do their jobs effectively.”

The SAVE Act would also require use of the E-Verify program by all employers within four years to ensure that their employees are here legally. The program would begin with the federal government, federal contractors and employers with 250 employees or more. Smaller businesses would be phased in over a four-year period.

“Until we crack down on businesses that employ illegal workers, the number of illegal immigrants in this country will continue to grow,” said Donnelly.

Finally, this act would increase the enforcement capacity of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, by employing more agents and training additional state and local law enforcement personnel. The legislation would also expedite the removal of illegal immigrants by expanding detention capacity and increasing the number of Federal District Court judges.

“Illegal immigration has become nothing short of a crisis in this country,” Donnelly said. “The SAVE Act offers an immigration policy that strengthens our borders and enforces our employment laws. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get the bill to the floor.”