OnTheIssuesLogo

Chris Coons on Immigration

 

 


Establish new guardrails against immigration bans

Pres. Trump instituted a travel ban on 8 countries, popularly nicknamed "the Muslim ban" since most of the countries it applied to were majority Muslim. Pres. Biden rescinded the policy on his first day in office. Currently, federal law bans discrimination when entering the US on the basis of 5 characteristics: race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence. The NO BAN Act would add another category: religion.

"The Muslim ban senselessly upended lives--separating thousands of Americans from their families and stripping fundamental protections from those with every right to be in the US," Sen. Coons˙said. "We've turned the page on this hateful policy, but we must ensure that no president can ever again act through fear and prejudice to discriminate based on religion or nationality. The [NO BAN Act will] establish new guardrails to ensure our immigration policies are rooted in our values, not in fear." [See details of NO BAN Act]

Source: GovTrack.us on 2020 Delaware Senate race , Jul 19, 2021

No pathway to citizenship; but pathway to legal residency

Q: A pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, you support that, right?

COONS: No. I support a pathway to being here legally. We've got roughly 12 million illegal immigrants in the US today. This is a huge problem. And immigration is a federal responsibility. But we need to recognize the situation we're in. There are whole industries that rely on the labor of those who are here illegally. My path forward on immigration would be, strengthen the borders. Second, hold employers accountable, particularly those who routinely employ folks who are here illegally, by giving them Real ID that can work. And then allow those who are here illegally and do not commit further crimes to come out of the shadows if they will pay taxes, learn English, pay a fine, and go to the back of the line. I would give them a path towards legal residence. I think there's more they'd have to do to ever earn citizenship.

O'DONNELL: Again, he's back tracking on things that he had said earlier on the campaign trail.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Oct 13, 2010

Supports comprehensive federal immigration reform

Chris strongly believes in the need for comprehensive federal immigration reform.
Source: Delaware Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test , Sep 25, 2010

Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Coons supports the F2A survey question on amnesty

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants '

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q12b on Sep 19, 2010

Supports full implementation of current border security laws.

Coons supports the F2A survey question on borders

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Full implementation of current border security laws'

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q12c on Sep 19, 2010

Allow more visas for STEM college graduates.

Coons co-sponsored Attracting the Best and Brightest Act

Source: HR6412/S3553 12-HR6412 on Sep 14, 2012

Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported.

Coons co-sponsored S.2540/H.R.4646

This bill authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint or provide counsel at government expense to aliens in removal proceedings.

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall provide an alien in removal proceedings with all relevant documents in its possession, unless the alien has knowingly waived the right to such documents.
  • DOJ may appoint or provide counsel to aliens in any INA proceeding.
  • DHS shall ensure that aliens have access to counsel inside all immigration detention and border facilities.
  • DOJ shall appoint counsel, at government expense if necessary, for an unaccompanied alien child or a particularly vulnerable individual.
  • DHS shall establish a pilot program to increase the court appearance rates of unaccompanied alien children and particularly vulnerable individuals by contracting with nongovernmental, community-based organizations to provide such aliens with case management services.
    Source: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act 16-S2540 on Feb 11, 2016

    Terminate national emergency at the Southern border.

    Coons voted YEA Joint Resolution on Proclamation 9844

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the national emergency declared by the finding of the President on February 15, 2019, in Proclamation 9844 is hereby terminated.

    Proclamation 9844 issued by the president on Feb. 15, 2019: Declares a state of national emergency at the southern border to address the issues of illegal immigration and criminal trafficking into the US: "The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency. The southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics. The problem of large-scale unlawful migration through the southern border is long-standing, and despite the executive branch's exercise of existing statutory authorities, the situation has worsened in certain respects in recent years. Because of the gravity of the current emergency situation, it is necessary for the Armed Forces to provide additional support to address the crisis."

    Opposing the Proclamation (supporting the Resolution), ACLU press release, 2/15/2019 The ACLU issued the following statement upon filing a lawsuit: "By the president's very own admission in the Rose Garden, there is no national emergency. He just grew impatient and frustrated with Congress, and decided to move along his promise for a border wall 'faster.' This is a patently illegal power grab that hurts American communities and flouts the checks and balances that are hallmarks of our democracy."

    Legislative outcome Passed House 245-182-5 roll #94 on Feb. 26; pass Senate 59-41 roll #49 on March 14; Vetoed by Pres. Trump; veto override failed, 248-181-3 (2/3 required), roll #127 on March 26

    Source: Congressional vote 19-HJR46 on Feb 26, 2019

    Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps.

    Coons co-sponsored the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

    Legislative Summary:This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%, and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. The bill also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas from FY2020-FY2022, by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability), EB-3 (skilled and other workers), and EB-5 (investors) visas for individuals not from the two countries with the largest number of recipients of such visas. Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85% shall be allotted to immigrants from any single country.

    Explanation from the Countable.US: Under the current immigration system, immigrants from any one country can claim no more than 7% of the 140,000 employment-based green cards issued annually to foreign nationals working in the U.S. This significantly disadvantages immigrants from larger countries that more immigrants come from.

    For example, China (population 1.3 billion) and India have large backlogs of workers wishing to immigrate to and work in the U.S., but they have the name visa caps as countries such as Iceland or Estonia (population 1.3 million), which have both much smaller populations and far fewer citizens seeking to immigrate to the U.S.

    The net effect of this is that immigrants from India and China can face decades-long waits, averaging 2-3 times the wait times for immigrants from other countries, for green cards, and many have to return home because they can't get permanent residency; meanwhile, countries such as Iceland and Estonia never come close to reaching their visa limit caps.

    Legislative outcome Roll call 437 in House on 7/10/2019 passed 365-65-2; referred to Committee in Senate 7/9/2019; no action as of 1/1/2020.

    Source: S.386/H.R.1044 19-HR1044 on Feb 7, 2019

    Anti-border security, according to CC survey.

    Coons opposes the Christian Coalition survey question on border security

    The Christian Coalition inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Increase Border Security Including Additional Infrastructures ?' Self-description by Christian Coalition of America: "These guides help give voters a clear understanding of where candidates stand on important pro-family issues" for all Senate and Presidential candidates.

    Source: CC Survey 20CC-12 on Sep 10, 2020

    Sponsored bill to disallow religion-based immigration ban.

    Coons sponsored NO BAN Act

    The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (NO BAN Act) imposes limitations on the President's authority to suspend or restrict aliens from entering the US. It also prohibits religious discrimination in various immigration-related decisions, such as issuing a visa. The President may temporarily restrict the entry of any class of aliens after determining that the restriction would address specific and credible facts that threaten U.S. interests such as security or public safety.

    GovTrack.us analysis (4/21/21): President Donald Trump instituted a travel ban on eight countries: Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. The Supreme Court upheld the travel ban 5-4 in the 2018 decision Trump v. Hawaii. Trump's travel ban was popularly nicknamed "the Muslim ban" by its Democratic critics since most of the countries it applied to were majority Muslim, and because Trump as a 2016 candidate had indeed proposed a Muslim ban. Regardless, President Joe Biden rescinded the policy on his first day in office. Currently, federal law bans any person from being discriminated against when entering the U.S. on the basis of five characteristics: race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence. The NO BAN Act would add another category: religion.

    Rep. Tom McClintock in OPPOSITION: President Trump invoked this authority against countries that were hotbeds of international terrorism and that were not cooperating with the US in providing basic information about travelers coming from these countries. The left called it a 'Muslim ban.' What nonsense. Without this authority, the president would have been powerless to take simple, prudent precautions against terrorists and criminals from entering the US.

    Legislative Outcome: Passed House 218-208-3 on April 21, 2021, rollcall #127; introduced in Senate with 42 co-sponsors but no further Senate action during 2021.

    Source: H.R.1333/S.1891 21-HR1333 on Feb 25, 2021

    Other candidates on Immigration: Chris Coons on other issues:
    DE Gubernatorial:
    Colin Bonini
    David Lamar Williams
    John Carney
    Julianne Murray
    DE Senatorial:
    Chuck Boyce
    Gene Truono
    James DeMartino
    Jessica Scarane
    Lauren Witzke
    Rob Arlett
    Tom Carper

    DE politicians
    DE Archives
    Senate races 2021-22:
    AK: Incumbent Lisa Murkowski(R)
    vs.Challenger Kelly Tshibaka(R)
    vs.2020 candidate Al Gross(D)
    AL: Incumbent Richard Shelby(R) vs.U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks(R) vs.Ambassador Lynda Blanchard(R) vs.Katie Britt(R) vs.Judge Jessica Taylor(R) vs.Brandaun Dean(D) vs.State Rep. John Merrill(R)
    AR: Incumbent John Boozman(R)
    vs.Candidate Dan Whitfield(D)
    vs.Jake Bequette(R)
    AZ: Incumbent Mark Kelly(D)
    vs.CEO Jim Lamon(R) vs.Blake Masters(R)
    vs.A.G. Mark Brnovich(R) vs.Mick McGuire(R)
    CA: Incumbent Alex Padilla(D)
    vs.2018 Senate candidate James Bradley(R)
    vs.Lily Zhou(R)
    vs.State Rep. Jerome Horton(D)
    CO: Incumbent Michael Bennet(D)
    vs.Eli Bremer(R)
    vs.USAF Lt. Darryl Glenn(R)
    CT: Incumbent Richard Blumenthal(D)
    vs.Challenger Joe Visconti(R)
    vs.2018 & 2020 House candidate John Flynn(R)
    FL: Incumbent Marco Rubio(R)
    vs.U.S.Rep. Val Demings(D)
    vs.U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson(D)
    GA: Incumbent Raphael Warnock(D)
    vs.Navy vet Latham Saddler(R)
    vs.Gary Black(R)
    vs.Herschel Walker(R)
    HI: Incumbent Brian Schatz(D)
    vs.Former State Rep. Cam Cavasso(R ?)
    IA: Incumbent Chuck Grassley(R)
    vs.State Sen. Jim Carlin(R)
    vs.Michael Franken(D)
    vs.Bob Krause(D)
    vs.Former U.S. Rep IA-1 Abby Finkenauer(D)
    ID: Incumbent Mike Crapo(R)
    vs.James Vandermaas(D)
    vs.Natalie Fleming(R)
    IL: Incumbent Tammy Duckworth(D)
    vs.U.S.Rep. Adam Kinzinger(? R)
    vs.Peggy Hubbard(R)
    IN: Incumbent Todd Young(R)
    vs.Challenger Haneefah Abdul-Khaaliq(D)
    vs.Psychologist Valerie McCray(D)
    vs.Thomas McDermott(D)
    KS: Incumbent Jerry Moran(R)
    vs.Michael Soetaert(D)
    vs.Mark Holland(D)
    vs.Joan Farr(R)
    KY: Incumbent Rand Paul(R)
    vs.State Rep Charles Booker(D)
    LA: Incumbent John Kennedy(R)
    vs.Luke Mixon(D)
    vs.Gary Chambers(D)

    MD: Incumbent Chris Van Hollen(D)
    vs.Colin Byrd(D)
    MO: Incumbent Roy Blunt(R)
    vs.Eric Greitens(R) vs.Scott Sifton(D)
    vs.Eric Schmitt(R) vs.Lucas Kunce(D)
    vs.Mark McClosky(R) vs.Vicky Hartzler(R)
    vs.Tim Shepard(D) vs.Billy Long(R)
    NC: Incumbent Richard Burr(R,retiring)
    Erica Smith(D) vs.Mark Walker(R)
    vs.Ted Budd(R) vs.Pat McCrory(R)
    vs.Cheri Beasley(D) vs.Rett Newton(D)
    vs.Jeff Jackson(D) vs.Marjorie K. Eastman(R)
    ND: Incumbent John Hoeven(R)
    vs.Michael J. Steele(D)
    NH: Incumbent Maggie Hassan(D)
    vs.Don Bolduc(R)
    vs.Chris Sununu(R ?)
    NV: Incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto(D)
    vs.Adam Laxalt(R)
    NY: Incumbent Chuck Schumer(D)
    vs.Antoine Tucker(R)
    OH: Incumbent Rob Portman(R,retiring)
    Bernie Moreno(R) vs.Tim Ryan(D)
    vs.Jane Timken(R) vs.Josh Mandel(R)
    vs.JD Vance(R) vs.Mike Gibbons(R)
    vs.Morgan Harper(D) vs.Matt Dolan(R)
    OK: Incumbent James Lankford(R)
    vs.Nathan Dahm(R)
    vs.Joan Farr(R)
    OR: Incumbent Ron Wyden(D)
    vs.QAnon adherent Jo Rae Perkins(R)
    vs.Jason Beebe(R)
    PA: Incumbent Pat Toomey(R,retiring)
    vs.Everett Stern(R) vs.Jeff Bartos(R)
    vs.Val Arkoosh(D) vs.Carla Sands(R)
    vs.John Fetterman(D) vs.Malcolm Kenyatta(D)
    vs.Kathy Barnette(R) vs.Sharif Street(D)
    vs.Conor Lamb(D) vs.Sean Parnell(R)
    vs.Craig Snyder(R) vs.Mehmet Oz(R)
    SC: Incumbent Tim Scott(R)
    vs.State Rep. Krystle Matthews(D)
    SD: Incumbent John Thune(R)
    vs.State Rep. Billie Sutton(? D)
    UT: Incumbent Mike Lee(R) vs.Allen Glines(D)
    vs.Austin Searle(D) vs.Evan McMullin(I)
    VT: Incumbent Patrick Leahy(D)
    vs.Scott Milne(? R)
    vs.Peter Welch(D)
    WA: Incumbent Patty Murray(D)
    vs.Challenger Tiffany Smiley(R)
    WI: Incumbent Ron Johnson(R) vs.Tom Nelson(D)
    vs.Sarah Godlewski(D) vs.Alex Lasry(D)
    vs.Chris Larson(D) vs.Mandela Barnes(D)
    Abortion
    Budget/Economy
    Civil Rights
    Corporations
    Crime
    Drugs
    Education
    Energy/Oil
    Environment
    Families
    Foreign Policy
    Free Trade
    Govt. Reform
    Gun Control
    Health Care
    Homeland Security
    Immigration
    Jobs
    Principles
    Social Security
    Tax Reform
    Technology
    War/Peace
    Welfare

    Other Senators
    Senate Votes (analysis)
    Bill Sponsorships
    Affiliations
    Policy Reports
    Group Ratings

    Contact info:
    Mailing Address:
    Senate Office SR-383, Washington, DC 20510
    Search for...





    Page last updated: Jan 11, 2022