Research Report: Extending the Borders in the Immigration Debate

Immigration has always been a hot button issue, in the news and on the campaign trail.  Last year saw a heavy push from both Republicans and Democrats to pass their own versions of immigration legislation.  While the immigration issue has not been at the forefront of the news in 2011, immigration is still an intensely debated subject.  For this report, the First Street Research Group profiled two prominent pieces of immigration legislation, the Legal Workforce Act and the DREAM Act, as well as the two Members of Congress, Sen. Durbin and Rep. Smith, who introduced the bills.

Report Highlights

Since 2004

  • 1,733 immigration-related bills have been lobbied on.
  • Over 1,000 organizations have lobbied on immigration issues.
  • Over 7,500 lobbyists have lobbied on immigration issues including over 40 former Members of Congress and over 500 former congressional staffers.

Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885)

  • 33 organizations lobbied the Legal Workforce Act in 2011 Q3.
  • These organizations combined spent over $15 million on all of their lobbying activity in 2011 Q3.
  • 86 lobbyists lobbied the Legal Workforce Act, including 13 former congressional staffers.

Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2011 (S. 952)

  • 34 organizations lobbied the DREAM Act in 2011 Q3.
  • These organizations combined spent just under $15 million on all of their lobbying activity in 2011 Q3.
  • 165 lobbyists lobbied the DREAM Act, including 23 former congressional staffers.

Coalition Builder Image of Lobbying Activity on Legal Workforce Act and DREAM Act

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D IL)
First Street Analysis: Durbin’s leadership position and experience at building alliances have led to him having little political trouble in gaining reelection and campaign contributions. Like many other Democrats, he draws heavily on contributions from trial lawyers and law firms, pro-Israel groups, and public-sector unions. His Appropriations seat also has reaped him donations from financial industries, and he has been popular with health professionals as well.
Key Immigration Staffer

Joseph Zogby: Chief Counsel, Judiciary Committee

Immigration Legislation:  Since 1993 Sen. Durbin has introduced 54 bills dealing with immigration issues.
Former Sen. Durbin Staffers Who Have Lobbied on Immigration

Anne Steckel  
Lobbied on Immigration Issues As: Registered Lobbyist – American Farm Bureau Federation
Formerly: Legislative Assistant (Agriculture) – Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D IL)
Donni Turner  
Lobbied on Immigration Issues As: Registered Lobbyist – Podesta Group, Inc.
Formerly: Legislative Assistant – Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D IL)

Rep. Lamar Smith (R TX-21)
First Street Analysis:  For the last two decades, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, has been at the forefront of immigration debates. He has led the way among Republicans in demanding tougher border security and enforcement before examining other ways to stem the problem of illegal immigrants entering the United States.  Smith chaired Judiciary’s immigration subcommittee when Republicans first regained the majority in 1995, and a year later wrote the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act that became law. Since then, Smith has been adamant in stressing enforcement over finding ways to grant illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, though he has backed increasing visas for skilled workers at times when the economy was robust.   Smith draws political contributions from the finance, oil and gas, and health care industries as well as Republican lawyers and law firms and retirees.
Key Immigration Staffer

Sean McLaughlin: Chief of Staff – Committee on Judiciary

Immigration Legislation: Since 1993 Rep. Smith has introduced 51 bills dealing with immigration issues.
Former Rep. Smith Staffers Who Have Lobbied on Immigration Issues

Joseph Gibson
Lobbied on Immigration Issues As: Registered Lobbyist – The Gibson Group, LLC
Formerly: Chief of Staff – Rep. Lamar Smith (R TX)
Cameron Gilreath 
Lobbied on Immigration Issues As: Registered Lobbyist – Time Warner Inc.
Formerly: Senior Legislative Assistant; Counsel – Rep. Lamar Smith (R TX)
John Lampmann
Lobbied on Immigration Issues As: Registered Lobbyist – Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart, Inc.
Formerly: Chief of Staff – Rep. Lamar Smith (R TX)

112 H.R.2885: Legal Workforce Act
Introduced: 9/12/2011
Purpose: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make mandatory and permanent requirements relating to use of an electronic employment eligibility verification system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (R TX)
Co-Sponsors: 65 (0D, 65R, 0I)
Committee Assignments: Committee on Education and the Workforce, Committee on Judiciary, Committee on Ways and Means
2011 3Q Lobbying Activity:

Lobbying Firm Client  Amount 
Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A. Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A.  $10,010,000
AFL-CIO AFL-CIO  $920,000
National Retail Federation National Retail Federation  $750,000
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.  $730,000
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees  $720,000
National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association  $663,000
American Farm Bureau Federation American Farm Bureau Federation  $560,000
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO  $250,000
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  $202,246
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives National Council of Farmer Cooperatives  $190,000
Society For Human Resource Management Society For Human Resource Management  $135,190
International Franchise Association International Franchise Association  $100,000
American Meat Institute American Meat Institute  $98,000
Network Network  $75,000
College and University Professional Association For Human Resources College and University Professional Association For Human Resources  $60,000
New York Farm Bureau, Inc. New York Farm Bureau, Inc.  $50,000
Illinois Agricultural Association Illinois Agricultural Association  $40,000
Michigan Farm Bureau Michigan Farm Bureau  $40,000
National Small Business Association National Small Business Association  $40,000
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Iowa Farm Bureau Federation  $38,341
National Immigration Forum National Immigration Forum  $30,000
The Mita Group, Inc. Numbers USA  $30,000
Florida Farm Bureau Federation Florida Farm Bureau Federation  $27,600
CJ Lake, LLC (Formerly CJ Strategies, LLC) Agriculture Coalition For Immigration Reform (ACIR)  $20,000
Federation For American Immigration Reform (FAIR) Federation For American Immigration Reform (FAIR)  $20,000
Seyfarth Shaw LLP USA Farmers, Inc.  $20,000
Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.  $20,000
American Immigration Lawyers Association American Immigration Lawyers Association  $10,067
Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs Morphotrak  $10,000
CJ Lake, LLC (Formerly CJ Strategies, LLC) American Meat Institute  < $5,000
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society  < $5,000
NVG, LLC. United Farm Workers Foundation  < $5,000
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Pennsylvania Farm Bureau  < $5,000
Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations National Public Employer Labor Relations Association  < $5,000
Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations Tree Care Industry Association  < $5,000

112 S.952: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2011
Introduced: 5/11/2011
Purpose: A bill to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children and for other purposes.
Committee Assignments: Committee on Judiciary
Sponsor: Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D IL)
Co-Sponsors: 34 (32D, 0R, 2I)
2011 3Q Lobbying Activity:

Lobbying Firm Client  Amount 
Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A. Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A.  $10,010,000
Hewlett-Packard Company Hewlett-Packard Company  $1,500,000
National Restaurant Association National Restaurant Association  $663,000
Cummins Inc. Cummins Inc.  $519,835
American Civil Liberties Union American Civil Liberties Union  $328,218
American Bar Association American Bar Association  $215,000
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  $202,246
University of California University of California  $190,000
Yale University Yale University  $140,000
Northwestern University Northwestern University  $131,000
Harvard University–President and Fellows of Harvard College Harvard University–President and Fellows of Harvard College  $115,000
Stanford University Stanford University  $110,000
University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh  $100,000
University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Madison  $90,000
Network Network  $75,000
National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities  $55,000
National Association For The Advancement of Colored People National Association For The Advancement of Colored People  $50,000
Loyola University New Orleans Loyola University New Orleans  $45,000
American Council on Education American Council on Education  $38,673
American Association of University Women American Association of University Women  $34,000
American Association of Community Colleges American Association of Community Colleges  $30,000
American Jewish Committee American Jewish Committee  $30,000
Anti-Defamation League Anti-Defamation League  $30,000
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities  $30,000
First Focus Campaign For Children First Focus Campaign For Children  $30,000
Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC Council on Social Work Education  $30,000
National Immigration Forum National Immigration Forum  $30,000
The Mita Group, Inc. Numbers USA  $30,000
Association of Community College Trustees Association of Community College Trustees  $20,000
Federation For American Immigration Reform (Fair) Federation For American Immigration Reform (Fair)  $20,000
NVG, LLC. Latina Reproductive Health Project  $20,000
People For The American Way People For The American Way  $20,000
American Association of Colleges For Teacher Education American Association of Colleges For Teacher Education  < $5,000
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society  < $5,000

Comments

  1. The pro-illegal immigration, pro-amnesty crowd sure is well-funded. So many cheap labor lobbyists pushing for the eradication of sovereignty and the cheapening of citizenship. Sad.

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