What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H.R. 1817. Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Clarify State and Local Authority with Regard to Illegal Aliens and to Require the Department of Homeland Security to Develop Training Manuals for Law Enforcement. (2005 house Roll Call 185)
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H.R. 1817. Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Clarify State and Local Authority with Regard to Illegal Aliens and to Require the Department of Homeland Security to Develop Training Manuals for Law Enforcement.
house Roll Call 185     May 18, 2005
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House passed an amendment offered by Charlie Norwood (R-GA) to clarify state and local authority with regard to illegal aliens and to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop training manuals for law enforcement. Norwood offered his amendment to H.R. 1817, which was a bill to authorize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the first bill brought by Congress to exercise its oversight authority since the Department's inception. Many Democrats, including Progressives, argued that the amendment would grant new authority to state and local law enforcement to "pick up immigrants and deport them unilaterally." (Bennie Thompson (D-MS).) They also argued that the amendment would divert state and local law enforcement's limited resources away from dealing with crimes like murder, rape, etc., and that it would place an "unfunded burden" on states and localities. (Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX).) Most Republicans disagreed. Norwood argued that state and local law enforcement already had the authority they needed to "assist[] in the apprehension, detention, and transport of illegal aliens in the routine course of their daily duties," and that his amendment would merely clarify that authority. He maintained that his amendment would not permit local law enforcement to deport anyone. The House defeated the Progressive position and passed this amendment by a vote of 242 to 185, with 26 Democrats crossing party lines to vote for the amendment, and 11 Republicans voting against it with the Democrats. Thus, language was added to the bill stating that state and local law enforcement officials could assist in enforcing certain aspects of immigration law and that DHS ought to develop training manuals to state and local officials regarding this topic.

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