RECENT VOTES

Immigration

On September 14, 2017, the House considered H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. This bill was introduced in the House just last week. It has not gone through the regular legislative process and Republicans did not allow any amendments to it. H.R. 3697 broadens the legal definition of “gang members” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Under the updated definition, someone can be classified as a gang member if they are part of a group of 5 or more and are involved in generally defined criminal activity. That sounds good so far, everyone wants to target gang members, but the legislation goes too far by including as gang activity “harboring” an undocumented immigrant. H.R. 3697 broadens the definition in such a way that a humanitarian or religious group offering food, shelter or transportation to an undocumented immigrant could be classified as a gang subject to punishment. H.R. 3697 joins the too long list of actions that can only be described as anti-immigrant. If this bill becomes a law, how would it apply during a natural disaster like a hurricane? Would aid workers now be required to establish proof of citizenship before providing assistance? Will they risk punishment if they don’t? I voted NO. H.R. 3697 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

222

1

0

16

DEMOCRAT

11

174

0

9

TOTAL

233

175

0

25

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0