Jeanne Shaheen votes with President Obama 99 percent of time. Not a good statistic for someone running for reelection to the United States Senate at a time when a decisive majority of Americans are outraged by the tsunami of children from Central America coming into America illegally through Mexico because they believe they will receive “amnesty.”
Rather than defend her support for Obama’s unpopular open-border/amnesty policies, Shaheen instead is attempting to defend herself by using Kelly Ayotte as a human-political-shield. More specifically, Shaheen is claiming that she and Ayotte share the same position on illegal immigration. No they don’t!
Let’s start with a border fence. Shaheen twice voted against a border fence. The first vote was before Ayotte was in the Senate. It was: “An Amendment to require the completion of at least 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the southwest border by December 31, 2010.” (S. Amdt. 1399 To S. Amdt. 1373 To H.R. 2892, Roll Call Vote #220: Adopted 54-44, 7/8/09) Judd Gregg voted for the fence.
The second instance where Shaheen voted against a border fence was: “An Amendment to require the completion of the 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing described in section 102(b)(1)(A) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted and to require the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be adjusted to permanent resident status.” (S.Amdt. 1197 To S. 744, Roll Call #151: Amendment Rejected 39-54-7, 6/18/13) Ayotte was in the Senate at this point and voted in favor of the border fence.
Shaheen has also voted to leave the border under-protected. More specifically, in 2010 she voted against sending 6,000 National Guard troops to help secure the border. (S.Amdt. 4214 To H.R. 4899, Roll Call #165: Amendment Rejected 51-46, 5/27/10). Ayotte who was not in the Senate yet strongly criticized Democrats like Shaheen for voting to leave the border under-protected.
Perhaps what is most disingenuous by Shaheen is that she and Ayotte again took opposite positions on Obama’s 2012 executive order that caused the current crisis, by deferring action on childhood arrivals. And they have opposite positions on how to deal with the current crisis. Ayotte supports the CREST Act: “Ayotte, R-N.H., has publicly backed legislation introduced July 17 that would return unaccompanied minors to their families in their home countries. The Children Returning on an Expedited and Safe Timeline (CREST) Act, introduced by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jeff Flak, R-Ariz., would also increase the number of immigration judges to more quickly dispose of cases.” Shaheen in contrast supports de facto amnesty for these children, under which they are released with the United States and scheduled for a hearing to see if they qualify for asylum, but there is no effective mechanism to repatriate them if they do not appear for the hearing.