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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
NumbersUSA Newsletter - Trump's V-P Pick Mostly Strong Immigration Record
This Issue: Trump's V-P pick has mostly strong immigration record in Congress and as Indiana governor
90 votes and co-sponsorships during 12 years in Congress (2003-12),
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence earned a Career B+ Grade from NumbersUSA.
That means he usually voted against
increases in immigration that would drive American wages down through a
looser labor market and that would force more rapid population growth
on local communities.
He nearly always voted for extra controls to reduce illegal immigration.
And he made several attempts to reduce overall legal immigration.
for one category (H-1B visas), the record shows Pence was a stalwart in
the battle for immigration policies that serve the interests of our
was a minor player in the effort to end chain migration. But he was
continuously involved in trying to eliminate the visa lottery.
He was a consistent supporter of mandating E-Verify to keep tourists and illegal migrants out of U.S. jobs.
showed leadership throughout his time in the U.S. House of
Representatives in trying to halt the practice of automatic citizenship
for births to tourists and illegal migrants.
SOLID ANTI-AMNESTY, EXCEPT . . .
congressional record is much better than many of us remember because we
tend to think first of something that was not a congressional action
and, thus, doesn't show up in our NumbersUSA scoring -- the infamous
Pence "touch-back amnesty." During the George Bush amnesty frenzy of
2006 and 2007, Pence floated the idea of what he thought would be a
giant compromise breakthrough in which all illegal aliens would be
invited to return to their home countries with most of them rewarded
with an opportunity to immediately return to the United States with
lifetime work permits and the chance to be a U.S. citizen.
public blowback was immediate and fierce. Pence never submitted
legislation, but the negative reaction from grassroots Republicans was
so great it knocked him from a national pedestal of previous adulation.
He may have learned something from the experience, as he compiled a
strong Career A-Grade anti-amnesty record, including a 2010 vote against
the Dream Act amnesty.
As governor, he said a bit ambiguously in 2014:
just always believe that we should not reward people with citizenship
whose first act in this country was a violation of the law, and I
continue to hold that view. But there's plenty of room here for
compassion and there's plenty of room here for crafting a solution that
will deal with this in the long term."
has been outspoken in his condemnation of Pres. Obama's executive
amnesties and praised the Supreme Court ruling that resulted in the
blocking of those amnesties. Indiana was one of the 26 states that had
brought the lawsuit.
EARLY SUPPORT FOR FOREIGN TECH WORKERS
Career immigration report card shows him with an A+ in four categories,
an A in four categories and an A-minus in the "Challenge Status Quo"
category (a much better grade than most get in that category).
in the category of "reduce unnecessary worker visas," Pence's six
actions earned him an F-minus grade. His support for big expansions in
the H-1B visas for high tech workers are causing watchdogs among
American tech workers to be wary of Trump's vice-presidential choice.
One positive sign is that Pence stopped promoting H-1B visas during his
final four years in Congress. However, we have yet to find a statement
from Pence indicating he understands the reality of the tech job market
or how immigration policy should relate to the fact that nearly 60
million working-age Americans don't work.
REFUGEES AND INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT
governor, Pence ordered state agencies to suspend the relocation of
any more Syrian refugees to Indiana until he received assurances from
the federal government that proper security measures have been taken.
He was active throughout his congressional career in fighting fraud in the asylum program.
Pence took 21 actions in Congress to deny rewards for illegal immigration, and 25 actions to strengthen border security.
boldest work may have been in the area of interior enforcement. His 35
actions were especially strong in the area of assisting local
governments in immigration enforcement.
Congress begins its 8-week summer recess this weekend! Here's what you can expect over the next 8 weeks:
Van will be sending alerts to individual districts as we
learn about public events where your Members of Congress will be
Next week, we'll be sending out a Summer Recess
Cheat Sheet listing the key issues and talking points that we'll be
pushing over the next 8 weeks.
We'll be posting Meeting Notes on your Action Board as we learn about Town Hall meetings in your area.
Making in-person contact with your Members of Congress while they're
home in the districts is the most impactful type of activism you can do!
The second half of July and August should provide lots of opportunities
to meet up with your elected officials, especially since many of them
will be up for re-election this fall.
If you're able to attend a public event or schedule a face-to-face
meeting with your Members of Congress, please send a message to Chris
Chmielenski (email@example.com) or Van Esser (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can provide you with talking points specific to the Member.
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are really easy to carry in a wallet, purse, pockets, etc. so you have
them handy to give them to others to visually show why immigration is of
a magnitude that demands attention.
Over the years, our members
have handed out more than 100,000 of these cards as a way to quickly and
politely introduce people to government numbers they probably have
never seen. They are the numbers that make so many Americans passionate
about the mission of NumbersUSA to reduce total immigration to a level
that serves the national interest.
And if you want to see a video presentation of the information on the foldover card, click here.
Recent events have brought a renewed focus on criminal justice reform in
Congress, and yesterday, the four Senators leading the effort in that
chamber called for the consideration of their legislation S. 2123 to
reform the federal sentencing guidelines. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa),
Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Corey Booker (D-N.J.) gave
consecutive speeches on the Senate floor, pushing for passage of the
bill, but not one of them talked about the benefit the bill would have,
if passed, for thousands of criminal aliens.
India says it will contest a bill to reform the H-1B and L-1 visa
programs, if passed, saying it would violate international trade
agreements. Last week, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Dana
Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) introduced the H-B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of
2016 that would prevent companies from misusing these visas to replace
The State Department puts foreign relations ahead of the safety of
American citizens with respect to immigration laws, according to Rep.
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) who chairs the House Committee for Oversight and
Government Reform. The committee listened to testimony from State
Department officials on Wednesday on the agency's use of a rarely used
provision that's been around since 1952, allowing it to deny visas to
countries that refuse to repatriate criminal aliens with deportation
While discussing the new GOP agenda at a CNN town hall yesterday,
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) repeated his support for a Gang of Eight
type amnesty of offering work permits to illegal aliens currently living
in the U.S.
"And then those people who need to get right with the law, give them a
way to earn their way, through fines, through penalties, learn English,
civics, reapply a policy of assimilation, so that they can get a work
permit to work," responded Speaker Ryan when asked about illegal
The result of the June 23 Brexit vote continues to cause much gnashing
of teeth on both sides of the Atlantic from those who expected the
United Kingdom would remain in the European Union; many of who
arrogantly dismissed the notion that the citizens of Britain might
actually want to regain control of their own affairs.