Adam Putnam on Immigration
Republican Representative (FL-12)
Don't let illegal aliens vote for anything
Some cities are not only allowing violent illegal aliens to remain within their boundaries without the threat of getting caught, but are going so far as to grant illegal aliens the right to vote. They have lost their American values, and have been
overrun by liberals. The right to vote should not be allowed to anyone not born in our country or who has not become a citizen of our nation. It s too precious to grant to those who have not earned it.
Source: 2018 Florida Gubernatorial website AdamPutnam.com
, Sep 1, 2017
Vetting for refugees from Muslim countries
Weakened border security endangers the lives of Americans. As governor, we'll work with President Trump to cut funding for sanctuary cities. We'll support tighter border security and vetting for refugees from Muslim countries. Together we'll support our
troops, keep out criminals and terrorists, and keep Florida safe.
[Note: in Dec. 2015, Putnam denounced Trump's Muslim ban; the Supreme Court added rules for vetting instead of an outright ban; hence Putnam supports that vetting but not a ban.]
Source: YouTube video, "Immigration Reform and Border Security"
, May 16, 2017
Opposed anti-immigrant laws that might affect workers
Putnam has been vocal in his opposition to what he considered anti-immigration legislation. Back in 2011, Putnam pointed to proposals in Georgia and Alabama which he considered anti-immigrant and said nothing like that would happen in Florida.
Putnam also has been a longtime critic of Arizona's immigration law.
He took aim at the Arizona law in 2011 and continued his criticism into 2012. Earlier this year, Putnam slammed a proposal to bring an Arizona style immigration law to Florida.
Of course, the agriculture community, which Putnam has deep ties to, have been critical of efforts to crack down on immigration.
Source: Sunshine State News on 2018 Florida gubernatorial race
, Apr 2, 2016
Muslim ban is offensive to American values
Putnam denounced a proposal by Donald Trump to prevent Muslims from entering the country. "It was a ridiculous statement. It was offensive to American values," Putnam said.
Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the
United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." [Trump later identified seven particular countries for the immigration ban, and the Supreme Court added additional rules for vetting instead of a ban.]
Source: WJXT-Channel 4 on 2018 Florida gubernatorial race
, Apr 2, 2016
Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border.
Within 18 months, achieves operational control over U.S. land and maritime borders, including:
Defines "operational control" as the prevention of all unlawful U.S. entries, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, narcotics, and other contraband.
- systematic border surveillance through more effective use of personnel and technology; and
- physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful border entry
Proponents support voting YES because:
It is obvious there is no more defining issue in our Nation today than stopping illegal immigration. The most basic obligation of any government is to secure the Nation's borders. One issue in which there appears to be a consensus between the Senate and the House is on the issue of building a secure fence. So rather than wait until comprehensive legislation is enacted, we should move forward on targeted legislation which is effective and meaningful. The legislation today provides over 700 miles of
two-layered reinforced fencing, and for the rest of the border provides a virtual fence, via integrated surveillance technology.
Opponents support voting NO because:
Just to build the fence is going to cost us at least $7 billion. Where is the money coming from to pay for it? How much is it going to cost to maintain this 700-mile fence? Who is going to do it? This bill contains no funding.
This bill also ignores real enforcement measures, like hiring more Border Patrol personnel, and instead builds a Berlin Wall on our southern border. So long as employers need workers in this country, and while our immigration systems impede rather than facilitate timely access of willing workers to those opportunities, undocumented immigration will never be controlled.
Walls, barriers, and military patrols will only force those immigrants to utilize ever more dangerous routes and increase the number of people who die in search of an opportunity to feed and clothe their families.
Reference: Secure Fence Act;
Bill H R 6061
; vote number 2006-446
on Sep 14, 2006
Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project.
Voting YES on this amendment supports the Minuteman Project, a group of volunteers who have taken on surveillance of the Mexican border for illegal immigrants. The amendment states that US funds will not be used to tell the Mexican government about the whereabouts of the Minuteman Project volunteers. Proponents of the Minuteman Project say that they are volunteer citizens doing what the federal government SHOULD be doing, but has failed to do. Opponents of the Minuteman Project say that they are vigilantes at best and anti-Mexican racists at worst. The amendment states:
None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide a foreign government information relating to the activities of an organized volunteer civilian action group, operating in the State of California, Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona, unless required by international treaty.
The amendment's sponsor said on its behalf:
Reference: Department of Homeland Security appropriations;
Bill HR 5441 Amendment 968
; vote number 2006-224
on Jun 6, 2006
- What this amendment does is it clarifies Congress' position on a Border Patrol
practice or a practice of the US Government that tips off illegal immigrants as to where citizen patrols may be located.
- As a response to the lawlessness along the Mexican border, a group has sprung up called the Minutemen Project, and the Minutemen Project is definitely not politically correct in Washington DC. However, they filled a void which the government was unable to fill.
- There are over 7,000 volunteers in the Minutemen organization, and their help has been productive and good.
- What my amendment does is simply says that the U.S. Government cannot tip off the Mexican officials as to where these folks are located. Plain and simple, nothing fancy about it. I am sure the Border Patrol will say, oh, no, we are not doing that, and yet one of the Web pages of the Secretary of Mexico had the information very explicit, and we just do not believe that is a good practice.
Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment.
Vote to pass the bill that would require hospitals to gather and report information on possible illegal aliens before hospitals can be reimbursed for treating them. The bill would also make employers liable for the reimbursements if an undocumented employee seeks medical attention, unless the employer meets particular conditions for exemption. The bill would specify that hospitals aren't required to provide care to undocumented aliens if they can be transported to their home country without a significant chance of worsening their condition.
Reference: Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments;
Bill HR 3722
; vote number 2004-182
on May 20, 2004
Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules.
Vote on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend by four months a law allowing some immigrants to remain in the country while pursuing legal residency.
Reference: Motion sponsoerd by Gekas, R-PA;
; vote number 2001-127
on May 21, 2001
Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration.
Putnam scores 100% by FAIR on immigration issues
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, non-profit, public interest membership organization of concerned citizens united by their belief in the need for immigration reform. Founded in 1979, FAIR believes that the U.S. can and must have an immigration policy that is non-discriminatory and designed to serve the environmental, economic, and social needs of our country.
FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interestómore traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.
With more than 70,000 members nationwide, FAIR is a non-partisan group whose membership runs the gamut from liberal to conservative.
The ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Source: FAIR website 03n-FAIR on Dec 31, 2003
Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance.
Putnam scores 92% by USBC on immigration issues
OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2005-2006 USBC scores as follows:
About USBC (from their website, www.usbc.org):
- 0%-30%: open-border stance (approx. 197 members)
- 30%-70%: mixed record on open borders (approx. 70 members)
- 70%-100%: sealed-border stance (approx. 202 members)
U.S. Border Control, founded in 1988, is a non-profit, tax-exempt, citizen's lobby. USBC is dedicated to ending illegal immigration by securing our nation's borders and reforming our immigration policies. USBC [works with] Congressmen to stop amnesty; seal our borders against terrorism and illegal immigration; and, preserve our nation's language, culture and American way of life for future generations.
Our organization accepts no financial support from any branch of government. All our support comes from concerned citizens who appreciate the work we are doing to seal our borders against drugs, disease, illegal migration and terrorism and wish to preserve our nation's language, culture and heritage for the next generations.
Source: USBC website 06n-USBC on Dec 31, 2006
Declare English as the official language of the US.
Putnam co-sponsored declaring English as the official language of the US
This bill declares English as the official language of the United States, establishes a uniform English language rule for naturalization.
Source: English Language Unity Act (H.R.997) 2007-HR997 on Feb 12, 2007
- The United States is comprised of individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, and continues to benefit from this rich diversity.
- Throughout the history of the United States, the common thread binding individuals of differing backgrounds has been the
- Federal Representatives of shall have an obligation to enhance the role of English as the official language of the Federal Government.
- The official functions of the Government of the United States shall be conducted in English.
- All citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the US.
- All naturalization ceremonies shall be conducted in English.
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