What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Immigrants : H.R. 2799. Fiscal 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations/Vote to Cut Federal Funding to State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies if Those Agencies Fail to Provide Citizenship or Immigration Information to the Department of Homeland Security. (2003 house Roll Call 409)
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H.R. 2799. Fiscal 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations/Vote to Cut Federal Funding to State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies if Those Agencies Fail to Provide Citizenship or Immigration Information to the Department of Homeland Security.
house Roll Call 409     Jul 22, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

During debate on the 2004 Commerce, Justice, and State appropriations bill, Congressman Tancredo (R-CO) offered an amendment which would have denied federal law enforcement funding to any state or local government that failed to transmit information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status to or from the Department of Homeland Security. Progressives opposed Tancredo's amendment and pointed out that laws were already on the books-such as the Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996-which required information-sharing among local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Moreover, Progressives argued, Tancredo's attempt to revoke federal funding for local or state law enforcement was irresponsible and harsh. In their view, Congress should promote cooperation, and not conflict, among the levels of the law enforcement bureaucracy. An overwhelming number of Democrats voted against the Tancredo amendment and, with Republicans divided on the vote, the Tancredo amendment was torpedoed 122-305.

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