What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H.R. 2360. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Prohibit Use of Funds in the Bill to Close Any Immigration or Customs Detention Facility that was In Use in 2005. (2005 house Roll Call 178)
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H.R. 2360. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Prohibit Use of Funds in the Bill to Close Any Immigration or Customs Detention Facility that was In Use in 2005.
house Roll Call 178     May 17, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House agreed to an amendment offered by Gregory Meeks (D-NY) to prohibit the use of funds in H.R. 2360 to close any immigration or customs detention facility that was in use in 2005. H.R. 2360 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Meeks, who represents part of New York City, offered this amendment in response to what he called "the recent actions of the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to begin closing the only secure detention center in New York City for noncriminal foreign nationals who enter our country illegally." Taking the Progressive position, Meeks maintained that the only way the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could determine if a person initially detained at J.F.K. Airport (JFK) in New York was "'high risk' or 'low risk'" was to detain them at the detention facility in Queens, New York, not far from JFK, where an investigation could be undertaken to determine if the person had criminal intent. Failing to do this, he argued, would simply be to release potentially dangerous people "into the streets." Republicans countered that Meeks's amendment would unduly "tie the hands" of the ICE, "unnecessarily limit[ing] ICE's ability to efficiently manage the limited detention bed space that it has." (Harold Rogers (R-KY).) Progressives, most other Democrats and 22 Republicans backed Meeks's effort, but he did not have enough support to win and the House defeated this amendment by a vote of 199 to 223. 18 Democrats crossed party lines to vote no with the Republicans. Thus, the bill continued to permit the Department of Homeland Security to close a detention facility in Queens that has the purpose of detaining for investigation people suspected of having criminal motives who are entering the country through JFK.

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