What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Immigrants : H.R. 1950. State Department Authorization/Vote to Increase the Difficulty for Immigrants Seeking Employment in the United States. (2003 house Roll Call 367)
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H.R. 1950. State Department Authorization/Vote to Increase the Difficulty for Immigrants Seeking Employment in the United States.
house Roll Call 367     Jul 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

For over 130 years, the Mexican Embassy located in Washington, D.C. has been issuing consular identification cards to its foreign nationals who are employed in the United States. The consular cards are meant to identify those individuals who have been approved by the Mexican government to represent Mexican commercial interests in the United States. During debate on the State Department authorization bill, Representative Hostettler (R-IN) offered an amendment which would have established new regulations governing the issuance of consular identification cards by Mexico (and other foreign missions) in the United States. Hostettler argued that his amendment was necessary to insure that accurate records on foreign nationals in the U.S. were maintained. Progressives opposed the Hostettler amendment and argued that the new regulations included in the proposal would have made it nearly impossible for immigrants, including Mexicans, to qualify for employment in the United States. In the view of Progressives, Hostettler's amendment was a thinly-veiled attempt to both discourage Mexicans from seeking employment in the United States and deny them status as foreign nationals. Despite opposition from Progressives, the Hostettler amendment was adopted on a vote of 226-198.

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