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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-H3256 on Oct 25, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Deport Convicted Foreign Criminals Act
Source: H.R.3256
Congressional Summary:
  • Requires a quarterly report to Congress regarding each country that has refused or unreasonably delayed repatriation of an alien who is a citizen, subject, national, or resident of such country.
  • Prohibits the Secretary of State, upon the passage of specified periods of time, from issuing certain nonimmigrant (including certain diplomatic) visas and immigrant visas to a citizen, subject, national, or resident of a listed country.
  • Notifies the chief law enforcement officer of the state and of the local jurisdiction in which an alien who has been detained is released.

Opponent's Comments (American Immigration Lawyers Association letter, Nov. 17. 2011): AILA urges withdrawal of this unnecessary and deeply harmful bill from consideration. If enacted, H.R. 3256 would do serious damage to the U.S. visa processing system, jeopardize U.S. businesses and communities that depend on foreign national students, workers, and their families, and threaten America's economy and security. At a time when America's doors must be open for business, we cannot risk sending the message to the world that we have shut our doors.

The proposed bill's mandatory visa-denial scheme would place at risk America's relations with many of its most important trade, business and diplomatic partners. H.R. 3256 would mandate the denial of visas to any country that denies or unreasonably delays the repatriation of its nationals. If implemented today, scores of countries would risk having their visas cut-off because they failed to repatriate nationals within a 180-day period. Among those countries are some of our closest allies and key economic partners.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Question 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Immigration
  • Headline: Sponsored deporting foreign criminals;punish nations denying repatriation (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Deport foreign criminals;punish nations denying repatriation (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 4.
  • Headline: Sponsored deporting foreign criminals;punish nations denying repatriation (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Deport foreign criminals;punish nations denying repatriation (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 4 on Immigration: When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
    • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
    • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
    • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
    • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 11-H3256



Republicans participating in 11-H3256

Sandy Adams s2oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Renee Ellmers s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s2oNorth Carolina Republican 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
Kenny Marchant s2oTexas Republican 
Joseph Pitts s2oPennsylvania Republican 
Ted Poe s1pTexas Republican 
Dennis Ross s2oFlorida Republican 
Bob Turner s2oNew York Former Republican 
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia Republican 



Independents participating in 11-H3256



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 11
Independents: 0


















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