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Mark Kennedy on Immigration

Republican Representative (MN-6)


Good fences make good neighbors

Q: What should we do on our southern border?

KLOBUCHAR: I believe we need to have order. We need to have adequate border controls, the fence, & no amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants; as well as earned citizenship.

KENNEDY: Ms. Klobuchar came out first for a bill that had nothing in there for a fence. I [didn't agree with that bill] that we should give a veto right to Mexico to control our border.

KLOBUCHAR: For 6 years, this Congressman and this Congress had the ability to do something about immigration. We need comprehensive immigration reform. It hasn't happened. The Fargo Forum debunked his claims on my stands on immigration, and said they were distorted and not true.

KENNEDY: We have passed 700-mile fencing along the border. I believe that good fences make good neighbors. We've doubled the border patrol; we've ended catch-and-release. We have more to do, but it begins with a conviction that a country that can't control its own borders can't control its own security.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment.

Vote to pass the bill that would require hospitals to gather and report information on possible illegal aliens before hospitals can be reimbursed for treating them. The bill would also make employers liable for the reimbursements if an undocumented employee seeks medical attention, unless the employer meets particular conditions for exemption. The bill would specify that hospitals aren't required to provide care to undocumented aliens if they can be transported to their home country without a significant chance of worsening their condition.
Reference: Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments; Bill HR 3722 ; vote number 2004-182 on May 20, 2004

Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules.

Vote on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend by four months a law allowing some immigrants to remain in the country while pursuing legal residency.
Reference: Motion sponsoerd by Gekas, R-PA; Bill HR1885 ; vote number 2001-127 on May 21, 2001

Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration.

Kennedy scores 0% by FAIR on immigration issues

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, non-profit, public interest membership organization of concerned citizens united by their belief in the need for immigration reform. Founded in 1979, FAIR believes that the U.S. can and must have an immigration policy that is non-discriminatory and designed to serve the environmental, economic, and social needs of our country.

FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interestómore traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.

With more than 70,000 members nationwide, FAIR is a non-partisan group whose membership runs the gamut from liberal to conservative.

The ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.

Source: FAIR website 03n-FAIR on Dec 31, 2003

Other candidates on Immigration: Mark Kennedy on other issues:
MN Gubernatorial:
Tim Pawlenty
MN Senatorial:
Amy Klobuchar
Ford Bell
Mark Dayton
Michael Cavlan
Norm Coleman
Robert Fitzgerald

2004 Presidential:
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Sen.John Kerry
Ralph Nader

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Sen.Hillary Clinton
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Sen.Russ Feingold
Rudy Giuliani
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