Campaign 2010

Feb 22, 2013

Congressman Jeff Denham Can’t Escape His Extreme Immigration Record

Congressman Jeff Denham has been a diehard opponent of reforming our broken immigration system, but he now wants voters to believe he supports it, according to KPCC.


Congressman Denham voted against the DREAM Act to give undocumented young people brought here as children a chance to earn scholarships to state schools and contribute to their communities, and he voted against the STEM Jobs Act to boost our economy by making visas available to immigrants with advanced degrees that will boost our economic competitiveness and he “fully supported” Arizona’s controversial immigration law.


“Congressman Denham cannot hide his record opposing reforms to our broken immigration system, and voters will see through his sudden conversion for political expediency,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “When you praise the radical Arizona immigration law and oppose the DREAM Act, as Congressman Denham did, it’s hard for Californians to take you seriously when you’re just paying lip service to real reform. The families of the 10th District want real solutions to fixing immigration – not doublespeak from a Washington politician like Congressman Denham, who’s trying to go however the winds are blowing.”


Background: Congressman Jeff Denham’s Real Immigration Record


  • Supported the Arizona Immigration Enforcement Law. In 2010, Denham opposed calls for California to boycott Arizona because
of its new immigration law and that he fully supported the law. Denham told the Modesto Bee: “a ‘You boycott me, I'll boycott you’ scenario is a risk California
cannot afford to take. Arizona has every right to protect its citizens
and I fully support its immigration law.”[Modesto Bee, 6/25/10]


  • Voted Against DREAM Act in State Senate Education Committee. In 2008, Denham voted against a version of the DREAM Act in the California State Senate Education Committee that would allow undocumented students to be eligible for scholarships and grants offered by California’s community colleges, state universities and campuses in the University of California system. [Sacramento Bee, 4/14/08]


  • Voted Against the STEM Jobs Act to Make Visas Available to Immigrants with Certain Degrees. In 2012, Denham voted against the STEM Jobs Act that would amend the 
Immigration and Nationality Act to make up to 55,000 visas available to immigrants who hold a U.S. doctorate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and agree to work in their field in the United States for at least five years. [HR 6429, Vote # 613, 11/30/12; American Institute of Physics, 12/06/12]