WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) co-sponsored two immigration amendments introduced by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Ky.) to improve the underlying Senate immigration legislation (S. 744). To read Senator Blunt’s statement on the base bill, please click here.

“I’ve long said that when addressing immigration reform, we must first secure our nation’s borders, then fulfill our legitimate workforce needs, and determine how we deal with people who come to the country illegally or overstay,” said Blunt. “These important amendments introduced by Senator Paul will help ensure that Congress takes an active role in our nation’s border security plans, and only American citizens vote in federal elections.”

Background Information:

  • Senator Blunt co-sponsored Senator Paul’s “Secure the Vote” Amendment, which would help protect the integrity of the ballot process from illegal votes. The amendment requires anyone who is in the United States on a Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI), blue card, asylum, refugee, legal permanent resident, or any other permanent or temporary visa status, who intends to remain in the U.S. for longer than six months, to submit an affidavit to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The affidavit would state that they have not cast a ballot in any federal election in the past, and while they are in such status, they will not register to vote or cast a ballot in any federal election. Click here to learn more about the amendment.

  • Senator Blunt co-sponsored Senator Paul’s “Trust but Verify” Amendment, which mandates that Congress pass an annual joint resolution in order for DHS to continue processing RPI applications. The yearly joint resolution must certify a number of criteria, including: Double-layered fencing will be completed within five years of enactment; effective exit-entry registration system is on track for completion; 95 percent effective rate has been achieved or on pace to be achieved not later than five years after enactment; security infrastructure in the nine Southwest border sectors achieved; and a 100 percent incarceration rate for all newly captured illegal entrants and those who overstay visas. The Secretary may not grant RPI status under the bill until the first joint resolution is enacted by Congress. Click here to learn more about the amendment.

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