What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Immigration Law Reform : H.R. 418. REAL ID Act/Vote on Final Passage of Bill to Make Broad Changes to Various Aspects of U.S. Immigration and Asylum Law, Including Making It Harder for Asylum-Seekers to Prove Their Cases. (2005 house Roll Call 31)
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H.R. 418. REAL ID Act/Vote on Final Passage of Bill to Make Broad Changes to Various Aspects of U.S. Immigration and Asylum Law, Including Making It Harder for Asylum-Seekers to Prove Their Cases.
house Roll Call 31     Feb 10, 2005
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House passed The REAL ID Act (H.R. 418), a bill to make broad changes to certain aspects of U.S. immigration and asylum laws. H.R. 418, sponsored by Sensenbrenner (R-WI), contains numerous provisions, including restricting standards for those claiming asylum, expanding the authority of immigration judges in asylum proceedings, standardizing procedures for obtaining driver's licenses amongst the states and limiting their use for federal purposes, forbidding entry into the United States of those people who have supported terrorist organizations, and removing local and state barriers to construction of a border fence at San Diego. According to Republican supporters, the bill was designed to keep terrorists out of the country. Progressives opposed the bill, stating that it would make it unjustifiably difficult for legitimate asylum-seekers to prove their cases. Republicans countered in part by comparing the asylum process to other judicial proceedings, asserting that H.R. 418 would merely grant to immigration judges the same tools that are already used by other judges, and asserting that the bill "is about protecting our borders and making our country safer." (Chabot, R-OH.) The bill passed by a vote 261-161; thus the bill containing new restrictions on driver's licenses and erecting new barriers for those who seek asylum was sent to the Senate for its consideration.

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