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Vote number 2006-135 giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship
on May 18, 2006 regarding bill S.Amdt.3969 to S.2611 Kyl Amendment to Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act
Results: Motion to table passed, 58-35

This amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act would prohibit H-2C nonimmigrants ("Guest Workers") from adjusting to lawful permanent resident status. Voting YEA on the motion to table (which would kill the amendment) indicates supporting a path to citizenship for guest workers. Voting NAY on the motion indicates opposing any path to citizenship. The amendment says:
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, an alien having nonimmigrant status is ineligible for and may not apply for adjustment of status.''
    Proponents of the amendment say to vote NAY because:
  • The Immigration Reform Act purports to create two different paths to citizenship for those, first of all, who are in the country living outside of the law in an undocumented status, and secondly, for those who are not yet present in the country but who want to come here at some future date to work.
  • We have given the somewhat misleading name of ''guest worker'' to the so-called future flow. A guest is not ordinarily defined as someone who moves in with you and never leaves.
  • These so-called guest workers could work here up to 6 years, after which they then apply for a green card. They then get on the path to American citizenship 5 years later.
  • It is important for us to debate this issue honestly. The amendment simply makes the point that a guest worker ought to be temporary.
    Opponents of the amendment say to vote YEA because:
  • If this amendment should pass, that whole compromise is destroyed because a fundamental part of that compromise was that those who have been here for 2 to 5 years would be eligible for green card status and citizenship. This amendment would destroy that compromise.
  • We have examples today in Europe of having people living in your country with no hope to ever be a part of that society. No hope, no opportunity, no future, but we will let you work.

Categorized under Immigration

Voting YES counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship;
Voting NO counts for -2 points on VoteMatch question 12.

Voting YES counts as answer A on AmericansElect question 4;
Voting NO counts as answer D on AmericansElect question 4

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


Democrats voting on 2006-135

Max Baucus YESMT Democratic Sr Senator
Robert Byrd NOWV Former Democratic Senator
Maria Cantwell YESWA Democratic Jr Senator
Tom Carper YESDE Democratic Sr Senator
Hillary Clinton YESNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State
Mark Dayton YESMN Former Democratic Senator (Retired 2006)
Richard Durbin YESIL Democratic Sr Senator
Russell Feingold YESWI Former Democratic Senator
Dianne Feinstein YESCA Democratic Sr Senator
Tom Harkin YESIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye YESHI Democratic Sr Senator
Tim Johnson YESSD Democratic Sr Senator
Ted Kennedy YESMA Former Democrat Senator (until 2009)
John Kerry YESMA Democratic Sr Senator
Mary Landrieu YESLA Democratic Sr Senator
Frank Lautenberg YESNJ Democratic Sr Senator
Patrick Leahy YESVT Democratic Sr Senator
Carl Levin YESMI Democratic Sr Senator
Blanche Lambert Lincoln YESAR Former Democratic Senator
Robert Menendez YESNJ Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Barbara Mikulski YESMD Democratic Sr Senator
Patty Murray YESWA Democratic Sr Senator
Ben Nelson NONE Democratic Sr Senator
Bill Nelson YESFL Democratic Sr Senator
Barack Obama YESIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008)
Mark Pryor YESAR Democratic Sr Senator
Jack Reed YESRI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid YESNV Democratic Sr Senator
Ken Salazar YESCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009)
Paul Sarbanes YESMD Former Democrat Senator (Retired 2006)
Charles Schumer YESNY Democratic Sr Senator
Arlen Specter YESPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican)
Debbie Stabenow YESMI Democratic Jr Senator
Ron Wyden YESOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 2006-135

Lamar Alexander YESTN Republican Sr Senator
George Allen NOVA Republican Challenger
Robert Bennett NOUT Former Republican Senator
Conrad Burns NOMT Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007)
Richard Burr NONC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Lincoln Chafee YESRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006)
Saxby Chambliss NOGA Republican Sr Senator
Tom Coburn NOOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Thad Cochran YESMS Republican Sr Senator
Susan Collins YESME Republican Jr Senator
John Cornyn NOTX Republican Jr Senator
Michael Crapo NOID Republican Sr Senator
Jim DeMint NOSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Mike DeWine YESOH Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006)
John Ensign NONV Republican Jr Senator
Michael Enzi NOWY Republican Sr Senator
Bill Frist NOTN Former Republican Senator (retired 2006)
Chuck Grassley NOIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch NOUT Republican Sr Senator
James Inhofe NOOK Republican Sr Senator
Johnny Isakson NOGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Richard Lugar YESIN Republican Sr Senator
John McCain YESAZ Republican Sr Senator
Mitch McConnell NOKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski YESAK Republican Sr Senator
Pat Roberts NOKS Republican Sr Senator
Rick Santorum NOPA Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006)
Jeff Sessions NOAL Republican Sr Senator
Olympia Snowe YESME Republican Sr Senator
Jim Talent NOMO Former Republican Jr Senator (MO, 2002-2007)
Craig Thomas NOWY Former Republican Senator (deceased in office 2007)
John Thune NOSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter NOLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 2006-135

Jim Jeffords YESVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006)



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Democrats: YES 32; NO 2
Republicans: YES 9; NO 24
Independents: YES 1; NO 0