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Joe Manchin III on Immigration

Democratic Jr Senator; previously Governor

 


Give DREAMers a path to citizenship

Q: Support DREAM Act (DACA), allowing "Dreamers" who arrived illegally as children, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Joe Manchin (D): Yes. Member of bipartisan group who proposed legislation to give Dreamers path to citizenship while allocating $25 billion for border security.

Patrick Morrisey (R): No. "Lax immigration laws pose a security risk to our homeland." Joined lawsuit against DACA, calling it an unlawful, unilateral Obama action.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Issue Guide on West Virginia Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Opposes suing Arizona over immigration enforcement law

Gov. Manchin has stated he opposes the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over their immigration enforcement law, SB1070.

[Explanatory note from Wikipedia.com]:

The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB1070): US federal law requires all aliens who remain for longer than 30 days to register with the US government. The Arizona Act additionally makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying the required documents, requires that state law enforcement officers attempt to determine an individual's immigration status when there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is an illegal alien, bars local officials from restricting enforcement of federal immigration laws and cracks down on those hiring and transporting illegal aliens. The intent of the legislation embodies an "attrition through enforcement" doctrine. Critics of the legislation say it encourages racial profiling. Pres. Obama called it "misguided."

Source: NumbersUSA.com website, "Candidates" , Oct 28, 2011

Supports border infrastructure, according to CC survey.

Manchin supports the CC survey question on border security

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Increase Border Security Including Additional Infrastructures ' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-12 on Jul 1, 2018

Terminate national emergency at the Southern border.

Manchin 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: Supreme Court case 19-HJR46 argued on Feb 26, 2019

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