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The immigration angle

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2006 at 1:39 PM

Can Republican Stubby Stumbaugh get something going against Rep. Marion Berry in the First District on immigration? He thinks so. His news release on the jump. Also Berry's response.


On July 20, Marion Berry introduced a House Resolution that asked Congress to appropriate funding to the nation’s border security initiative, in what was a desperate attempt to make the voters think he really cares about our illegal immigration problem.  In reality, Marion has supported amnesty at least 6 different times, and has a career F rating with the nation’s top immigration reform groups.
“Marion Berry has said Immigration is ‘the biggest political issue to come across in my lifetime, including social security,’ yet he has a record to show that he thinks otherwise” said Mayor Stumbaugh.  “My opponent has once again shown that he will tell the people what they want to hear, proving yet again that he does not have the truth in him.”
“While I applaud the effort to increase funding and provide more border patrol, I still wonder why it has taken ten years in Congress and nearly four years in the Clinton administration for him to figure out we had a problem with illegal immigrants.”
“Unlike anything Marion Berry will do, I have pledged, and I am committed, to working towards a bipartisan effort to securing our borders and ports, cleaning up our federal documents, and providing better interior enforcement.”
Berry’s Immigration Reform Group Ratings
-         Americans for Better Immigration – 54% career rating;
-         Americans for Better Immigration Survey Results:
-         On issues important to the U.S. Border Control in 2003-2004, he voted in their favor only 12% of the time.
-         In 2005, when immigration became a hot topic in Washington, and their were rumors that Mayor Stumbaugh would join the race, Marion had a 71% rating with Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
-         Every year prior to 2005, he had an F rating:
o       2004 – 10%
o       2003 – 0%
o       2002 – 0%
o       2001 – 0%
Berry on Amnesty
-         2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2006
o       Berry voted against an amendment by Rep. Tom Tancredo that would have kept funds from being used to give extensions of the Temporary Protection Status
-         Co-Sponsored H.R. 3142, 2003
o       Would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants working in agriculture
o       While it had support from both parties, it sill is not something the average Arkansan agrees with
-         H.R. 365, 2002
o       Rewarded illegal aliens by allowing them to pay a $1,000 fine to get their green cards with out fear of being deported
-         Extension of Section 245(i), 2001
o       A four month extension that allowed illegal immigrants to pay a fee and avoid a 1996 law that would bar them from coming to the U.S. for 10 years on a legal visa
-         Signed a letter in support of amnesty to President Clinton, 200
o       A letter by 151 House Democrats saying he would sustain a veto on an end of session appropriations bill if it did not include amnesty for 3.4 million aliens.
o       Would have been the largest amnesty ever in the U.S.
-         H.R. 2267, 1997
o       Berry vote against a motion from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that would have killed Section 245(i) that allowed illegal immigrants to pay a fee and avoid a 1996 law that would bar them from coming to the U.S. for 10 years on a legal visa.


“Congressman Berry’s position on immigration is clear.  He has consistently stated that securing the border has to be the first step in any pursuit of immigration reform.  He supports immigration legislation that secures our borders and protects American workers and is opposed to amnesty.   Congressman Berry voted for the toughest border security and enforcement bill this session, H.R. 4437.  H.R. 4437, which passed last December, included the following provisions:


o       Makes illegal presence in the country a felony, punishable by a year and a day in jail.

o       Raises fines for an employer who hires illegal immigrants from $5000 to $25,000.

o       Hires 2000 more Border Patrol agents each year for the next 4 years

o       Increases the use of technology for border surveillance

o       Constructs a fence along the southern border



Congressman Berry has voted 15 times to improve border security funding.  Had Republicans not defeated these amendments, our country would now have over 6,600 more border patrol agents, 14,000 more detention beds and 2,700 more immigration and customs agents. “


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