What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Civil Rights : H.R. 2155. Drunk Driving at U.S. Borders/Senate Passage of a Bill to Allow INS to Arrest Drunk Drivers Which Lacked Protections for Motorists Against Racial Profiling. (2002 house Roll Call 465)
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H.R. 2155. Drunk Driving at U.S. Borders/Senate Passage of a Bill to Allow INS to Arrest Drunk Drivers Which Lacked Protections for Motorists Against Racial Profiling.
house Roll Call 465     Oct 16, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The House adopted legislation on October 16 to allow agents of the Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to arrest drunk drivers intending to cross into the United States. Progressives voiced concerns that the bill included no safeguards against racial profiling and voted in opposition to the measure on those grounds. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) drafted an amendment to the bill which would have required the INS to keep records on motorists detained for drunk driving as a way to guard against racial profiling; GOP leaders, however, opposed the Jackson-Lee amendment and prevented the measure from being debated on the House floor. The legislation allowing the INS to arrest drunk drivers was adopted on a 296-94 vote.

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