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Dems Were Asked to Support the Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Convicted of Violence and Sexual Abuse. Here’s How They Voted.

Posted by on Jan. 14, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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Dozens of House Democrats on Wednesday voted against a legislative proposal aimed at ensuring that illegal immigrants convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse or child abuse are a priority for deportation.

The vote suggests that immigration-related issues trump other traditional Democratic priorities, such as efforts to protect people from sex or violence-related crimes, especially against women.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other House Democrats voted against legislation Wednesday to prioritize the deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse or child abuse.
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Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) proposed the language as an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill. He argued it was needed because Obama’s executive action on immigration created different priorities for deportation that need to be adjusted.

For example, illegal immigrants suspected of terrorism or espionage or other felonies are top priorities for deportation. But illegal immigrants who are convicted of three or more misdemeanors, or one “significant” misdemeanor such as sexual abuse or domestic violence, are on a second tier priority for deportation.

On Wednesday, House Republicans put forward the DeSantis amendment to prioritize the deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse or child abuse. But they were met by significant Democratic opposition, including from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is widely seen as a champion of women’s issues.

Pelosi explained that she opposed the amendment because it was opposed by the National Catholic Conference of Bishops. That group said generally that it opposed all efforts to stop the Obama administration from implementing its immigration plan, and that it could somehow create obstacles to the reporting of domestic violence among immigrants.

“While presented as a measure that helps domestic violence victims, we fear that it actually would discourage many such victims from reporting abuse,” the group wrote, in a letter Pelosi read on the House floor.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) also explained that in many domestic violence cases involving illegal immigrants, police arrest both the abuser and the victim, and both can end up pleading to a misdemeanor just to speed up the process. “This happens all the time, all around the country,” she argued.

As a result, she said the GOP language could end up hurting victims as well as abusers.

Those arguments were met with disbelief from Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who sponsored the amendment. DeSantis said he was “perplexed” why anyone would vote against the amendment.

“Why would we have any tolerance for child molesters?” Desalts said. “If you’re not in our country legally, and you get convicted of an offense like that, you should be gone. We shouldn’t even be discussing this.”

“I think the people who are going to vote ‘no’ on this are basically saying, ‘we don’t want a zero-tolerance policy against child molesters and sexual offenders,’ ” he added.

In the end, the House approved the DeSantis amendment 278-149 vote. Thirty-five Democrats voted with Republicans on this measure, and one Republican voted against it.

But that left 148 Democrats voting against it. Below are all the “no” votes on the DeSantis amendment — all but one of them, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), are Democrats:

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by Platinum Member on Jan. 14, 2015 at 2:47 PM
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So, basically, the GOP is still trying to hold the Department of Homeland Security spending bill hostage, THIS soon after the terrorist attack on Paris?


As is repeatedly trying to throw in measures meant to turn Obama's immigration bill backwards, such as this one.

Yet, the spin is, "oooo those nasty Democrats, boy do they love them some illegal child molesters!"

Nice try.  But who are y'all gonna go whining at if the DHS isn't funded, and are hurt in a terrorist attack?  Ohhhh, right.  That's who I thought...


Two of the attached amendments are particularly troubling for all undocumented immigrants and set the tone for the kind of immigration legislation that will likely continue to come out of the Republican-controlled House. Endorsed by the immigration-restrictionist organization Center for Immigration Studies, the DeSantis Amendment, introduced by Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Martha Roby (R-AL), would prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from prioritizing the deportation of criminals over that of undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. Similarly, Reps. Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), and Lou Barletta (R-PA)’s amendment challenges the constitutionality of Obama’s executive action. DeSantis’ amendment also allows immigration agents to pursue deportations regardless of priority and without consideration of an individual’s ties to the United States.


(Reuters) - The deadly attack in Paris this week is complicating Republican lawmakers' plans to force a showdown with President Barack Obama over funding for the sprawling government agency that spearheads U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

Several prominent Republicans said on Thursday there should be no interruption in funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which is tasked with preventing attacks on U.S. soil and with securing the country's borders, airports and coastal waters.

The agency's funding expires on Feb. 27. Republican leaders had planned to use the deadline as leverage to challenge Obama's new program shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.


Such a move would likely draw a White House veto, risking a cut-off in DHS funding.

by KK on Jan. 14, 2015 at 2:53 PM

While this vote was about more than violent offenders being deported I have a question for hose that believe this is the correct course of action.  

Do the citizen victims who have been harmed in horrific ways by these individuals deserve justice, and is it served if these murders and rapists are set free in their home country?  

by Platinum Member on Jan. 14, 2015 at 2:57 PM says these offenders would be deported. They're on a second tier priority with espionage and terrorism on a first tier. So it seems to just be more politicking and positioning here. No one wants sexual predators roaming the streets, citizen or non.
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