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7/30/2014 2:50:00 PM
Scorecard on immigration votes splits Arizona lawmakers on party lines
Jose Calderon, the president of the Hispanic Federation, holds up a copy of the 2014 National Immigration Score Card that was produced by his and other immigrant-advocacy organizations. (Cronkite News Service photo by Aubree Abril)
Jose Calderon, the president of the Hispanic Federation, holds up a copy of the 2014 National Immigration Score Card that was produced by his and other immigrant-advocacy organizations. (Cronkite News Service photo by Aubree Abril)
Keeping Score
A scorecard by imigration advocates on House members votes on immigration-related measures split the Arizona delegation along party lines, with all four Republicans getting a zero and Democrats getting no less than an 73.

- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick: 82 percent

- Rep. Ron Barber: 73 percent

- Rep. Raul Grijalva: 100 percent

- Rep. Paul Gosar: Zero

- Rep. Matt Salmon: Zero

- Rep. David Schweikert: Zero

- Rep. Ed Pastor: 91 percent

- Rep. Trent Franks: Zero

- Rep. Kyrsten Sinema: 91 percent

Cronkite News Service

WASHINGTON - All four Republican representatives from Arizona got a zero on a new national scorecard that rated all House members for their votes on nine immigration-related measures and statements on the issue.

Arizona's Democrats fared better on the 2014 National Immigration Score Card, released Monday by a coalition of 10 immigration advocacy groups, getting scores ranging from 73 to 100 percent.

The scorecard is meant to "make sure that our communities truly understand who and how our leaders in Congress fail on the one issue that is so important to all of us," said Rocio Saenz, a board member of Mi Familia Vota, at a news conference to release the report.

The ratings are based on representatives' positions on nine immigration-related bills or amendments, on everything from border security to proposals aimed at keeping immigrant families intact.

It also weighed statements that members were asked to make in favor of immigration reform with a path to citizenship and in support of family reunification.

Given the groups who were behind the scorecard, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero score in an email Monday.

"I am proud to have a zero percent score from a collective that is seeking to undermine the fabric of our country," Gosar's statement said. "I welcome lawful immigration. I will continue to fight illegal immigration, amnesty and open borders."

In his statement, Gosar noted the affiliation of the groups that released the scores. Sponsors of the scorecard included the League of United Latin American Citizens, Mi Familia Vota, the National Council of La Raza, the Japanese American Citizen League, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and others.

"The groups sponsoring this score are far-left, race-based groups that undermine our national sovereignty and harm citizens, children and taxpayers," his statement said.

The state's other three Republican lawmakers - Reps. David Schweikert of Fountain Hills, Matt Salmon of Mesa and Trent Franks of Glendale - did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, said he was "honored" by his 100 percent score.

"I urge my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to recognize the benefits - both economic and humanitarian - in reforming our system," he said in a statement.

"It's time to get this done for the American people and for all those around the world who aspire to be our fellow citizens," his statement said.

Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, had the lowest score of Arizona's Democrats, at 73 percent. He fell short for not supporting a perceived pro-immigrant position on three of the scorecard's key votes.

Barber explained his votes in a statement by saying he is "fighting for substantial fixes while insisting that our border must be secured."

But the advocates behind the scorecard said it is time for voters to act.

"We are here to tell ... our communities who stands with us and who doesn't," said Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation. "This is what this document contains, who stands with us on immigration reform and who does not."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

Split the Omnibus Immigration Bill into manageable sections.

As amended and re-amended in the Senate, every section in the current behemoth is a mess. The most important sections "reform" reforms it has taken decades to get through Congress, pushing immigration policy back to the bad-old 80's. Anyone, Democrat or Republican, that would vote for it in its current form needs their partisan heads examined--especially members of the Hispanic communities, whom this bill would hurt the most.

Some sections are salvageable. Some need to be totally recrafted. Some should be thrown out at high noon with a stake driven through their hearts.

Tear this monster down, Mr. Boehner, and get on with fixing what can be fixed. Stop playing politics with people's lives.

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Article comment by: nutso fasst

I decided to look up an item on LULAC's National Immigration Score Card to compare scorecard results between Gosar and Kirkpatrick, both of whom I thought were doing a good job in Congress. You read the score card criteria here:

The third criterion which determines a positive score is whether the legislator voted NO on Rep. Steve King’s Amendment 136 to H.R. 2217, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.

Raising the question: What was Amendment 136 and why is voting NO a good thing?

Amendment 136 stopped funding for nine DHS/ICE memos implementing formal measures to relax the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. You can read about these memos here:

As examples of what these memos are about: #8 institutes the failed DREAM Act administratively and #9 prohibits ICE agents from taking an illegal alien into custody UNLESS they have committed an offense independent of their unlawful status.

Do you believe executive department heads should able to bypass Congress and ignore federal law via internal memos? Do you want your tax dollars being spent to investigate whether an alien known to be in the country illegally has committed some other offense before that illegal alien can be detained for deportation?

I was disappointed to find that Kirkpatrick, by voting NO on defunding the memos, answered YES to those questions.

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