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Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey criticized Republicans for not supporting a controversial Senate immigration bill earlier this month, drawing criticism from Republicans who say he pushed certain immigration solutions over the years. elections and voted against them in off years, a characterization that Casey’s office disputes.

“Now that Bob Casey is in the race of his life, he hopes Pennsylvanians will forget that he opposed building a border wall and even supported mass amnesty and taxpayer-funded health care for illegal immigrants,” he said. Phillip Letsou, spokesman for the National Republican Senate. Committee, told Fox News Digital

“Casey will say anything for power, even if it means lying to Pennsylvanians.”

“Today we had the opportunity to pass the strongest border security bill in decades, and Senate Republicans walked away,” Casey said in a news release last week, accusing Republicans of playing politics in the failed Senate immigration bill.

“After insisting that border security was such an emergency that it needed to be addressed immediately, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are now brazenly admitting that this issue can wait until after the November election. Everyone knows why. insult to “The American people is that Senate Republicans are kneeling before their presidential candidate because he would rather campaign on this crisis than fix it.”

Since taking office in 2006, Casey has voted several times against border security measures during the years he was not running for re-election, while calling for stronger border security in the years when his name was on the ticket.

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Senator Bob Casey (Getty Images)

This year, Casey has supported drug detection at the border and legislation introduced in January “with the goal of strengthening security along the southwest border.” However, Casey voted against border drug screening twice in 2021 and 2022. In both years, Casey did not run for re-election.

When Casey ran for the Senate in 2006, he campaigned against amnesty, saying it was a “big lie” that his Republican opponent, Sen. Rick Santorum, said he supported it.

“Bob Casey opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants,” read a 2006 Casey campaign ad.

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Casey pledged to “defend” American workers by opposing the amnesty and criticized Santorum for not being strong enough on immigration.

Years later, when he did not run for the Senate in 2007 and 2013, Casey supported legislation that included a path to citizenship, which his critics called a de facto amnesty.

casey voted in favor of a motion in 2007 to invoke cloture, which limits debate, on the 2007 immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship and voted several times in June of that year to advance immigration reform.

Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania at an event in Philadelphia

Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania. (AP)

A month earlier, in May 2007, Casey nay an amendment that would have removed a path to citizenship from the immigration reform law.

When the immigration deal failed in Congress, Casey said in a Press release that Congress had “buried its head in the sand.”

Six years later, when a comprehensive immigration reform bill was on the table in 2013 and Casey was not up for re-election, the Pennsylvania Democrat voted for the package that included a gradual path to citizenship.

casey defended that vote pointing to its many strong security measures, including increasing the number of border patrol agents.

Casey’s campaign told Fox News Digital this week that the senator “supports combining pathways to citizenship measures with border security.”

Casey supported a fence on the southern border when he ran for the Senate in 2006, saying it was needed at “strategic” points. Securing the border was something he mentioned several times, including in May 2006, when he said, “Congress must enforce existing laws and secure the borders before putting illegal immigrants on the path to citizenship.”

Two years later, when Casey was not running for re-election, he opposed a border fence when voted in March 2008 against an amendment that would have added a border fence and deployed 6,400 national guards to the border.

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In July 2009, Casey did not run for re-election and nay an amendment that would have required the construction of a border fence before the end of 2010.

Casey voted twice more, in 2010 and 2013, although he was not up for re-election, against amendments that would have required the completion of a border fence.

Casey supported sanctions on businesses that hired illegal immigrants while running for the Senate in 2006, supporting that year’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act and boasting about how the legislation would crack down on the hiring of illegal immigrants.

Casey said that while the bill was not perfect, he supported a proposal that would have doubled fines for employers who hire illegal immigrants, added immigration hiring inspectors and implemented an electronic verification system.

Migrants crossing the border into Texas

An aerial view shows a group of immigrants at the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, on February 1, 2024. (Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Casey even criticized Santorum for not doing enough to punish companies that hired illegal immigrants, saying he “speaks well (about border security)” but “voted against it seven times.”

Several times during the election campaign, Casey called for stricter punishments against companies that hire illegal immigrants and argued that Santorum was soft on the issue.

“I support tougher penalties for corporations that hire illegal immigrants. My opponent voted against tougher penalties for those corporations.” Casey said At the time.

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During a debate with Santorum in 2006, Casey criticized the Republican for voting “against holding employers accountable” with an employer verification system.

Three years later, with Casey not on the 2009 ballot, voted to kill amendments that would have strengthened electronic verification.

casey supported a motion by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce a Republican amendment in 2009 that would have required federal agencies to ensure that government contractors verified employees’ citizenship status.

Also in 2009, Casey voted “Yes” in a vote to present an amendment that would have extended electronic verification.

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Republican US Senate candidate Dave McCormick witnessed photographic evidence of Hamas attacks. (Dave McCormick Campaign/Fox News Digital)

In 2006, Casey ran for the Senate and openly opposed the idea of ​​federal benefits for illegal immigrants.

“I don’t do it, and no one does,” Casey said of Santorum’s “claim” that he supported Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants.

Over the next decade, Casey voted in favor of federal benefits going to illegal immigrants several times during the years in which he was not running for re-election, including vote against an amendment requiring people to sign affidavits affirming their citizenship before receiving Obamacare health care benefits.

Casey was not running for Congress in 2015 when nay cloture a bill that would prohibit federal benefits for illegal immigrants and ended up voting against cloture a total of four times on Homeland Security funds that would have prevented federal benefits for illegal immigrants.

“Bob Casey is complicit in this crisis,” Casey’s Republican rival David McCormick told Fox News Digital. “He has had 18 years in the Senate to take decisive action and help secure the border.”

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Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick on September 30, 2023, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. McCormick is joined on stage by Republican state Auditor General Timothy DeFoor (left) and Treasurer Stacy Garrity (center). (Dave McCormick Campaign)

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“Instead, he has spent his time enabling weak policies that have made Pennsylvanians less safe and harmed our economy. Our community deserves a leader who makes closing the border to illegal immigration his top priority.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Maddy McDaniel, Bob Casey’s Senate communications director, said: “Casey has a long history of working to strengthen border security and pass bipartisan legislation to combat fentanyl smuggling across the border. border.

“David McCormick refused to support a bipartisan bill that was called ‘the toughest border and immigration law in modern history,’ was supported by the Border Patrol and would have cracked down on fentanyl trafficking; that’s why the “Pennsylvanians know McCormick can’t be trusted.”

The campaign pointed to several examples of Casey “working across both sides to strengthen border security,” including the INTERDICT Act and the STOP Act of 2017, which provided funding for drug detection and tracking of fentanyl shipments from China through the Postal Service.

The campaign also noted that Casey’s previous votes on immigration were also supported by some Republicans.

By Sam