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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S2709 on Mar 5, 2008

Signature Legislation: bill for zero tolerance for border crossing via increased prosecution
Source: Border Crossing Deterrence Act (S.2709)
Expand Operation Streamline (the zero-tolerance prosecution policy for illegal entry and reentry) to all 20 border sectors. Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to:
  1. revise and increase criminal penalties, including establishing mandatory minimum penalties, for an alien's entry into the United States at an improper time or place; and
  2. revise criminal penalty and related provisions, and establish mandatory minimum sentences, respecting the reentry of an alien who has been removed from the United States.
Amends the federal criminal code to establish a mandatory minimum criminal penalty of five years for an alien's destruction of U.S. government-installed border barriers or infrastructure.


    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: Zero tolerance for border crossing via increased prosecution (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Zero tolerance for border crossing via increased prosecution (Score: -2)

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Democrats participating in 08-S2709



Republicans participating in 08-S2709

Tom Coburn s2oOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Jim DeMint s2oSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Pete Domenici s2oNM Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
James Inhofe s2oOK Republican Sr Senator 
Pat Roberts s2oKS Republican Sr Senator 
Jeff Sessions s1iAL Republican Sr Senator 
David Vitter s2oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 



Independents participating in 08-S2709

Elizabeth Dole s2oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 7
Independents: 1


















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