What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Human Rights Abuses : H.R. 2360. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Prevent Homeland Security Funds from Going to State and Local Governments that Refuse to Share Information with Federal Authorities. (2005 house Roll Call 177)
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H.R. 2360. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Prevent Homeland Security Funds from Going to State and Local Governments that Refuse to Share Information with Federal Authorities.
house Roll Call 177     May 17, 2005
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to prevent Homeland Security funds from going to state and local governments that refuse to share information with federal authorities. H.R. 2360 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Tancredo alleged that "many local governments adopt policies that explicitly prevent their police officers from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. When local governments refuse to share information with Federal immigration authorities, police departments often stop and/or arrest criminal aliens time and again, only to release them without ever having checked their immigration status. As a result, instead of being deported, these aliens move on to commit other crimes oftentimes." Taking the Progressive position, Martin Olav Sabo (D-MN) argued that because no registry or list existed of states and localities that follow these policies, the impact of the amendment was unknown and unpredictable. Joe Crowley (D-NY) also noted that this amendment would "coerce[] state and local police officers to step into the role of federal immigration agents." The amendment, argued Democrats, would not better protect crime victims, but it would endanger homeland security. Progressives won this vote 165 to 258, with 65 Republicans crossing party lines to vote with the Democrats and to defeat this amendment. Thus, no language conditioning state and local government homeland security funds on information-sharing with the federal government was added to the bill.

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