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2012 Arab American Institute - Positions on Arab-American Issues 6% 2011-2012 Americans for Better Immigration - Positions 7% 2011-2012 The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association - Positions 60% 2011-2012 The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans - Positions 20% 2011 Arab American Institute - Positions on Arab-American Issues 29% 2009-2010 American Immigration Lawyers Association - U.S. Senate Score 80% 2009-2010 Federation for American Immigration Reform - Positions 7% 2009-2010 The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association - Positions 75% 2007-2010 National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute - Positions 100% 2007-2008 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 60% 2007-2008 English First - Positions on English as the Official Language F 2007-2008 Federation for American Immigration Reform - Positions 25% 2007-2008 The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association - Greek American Issues Score 76% 2007-2008 United States English - Positions on English as the Official Language F 2007 English First - Positions 0% 2007 National Council of Agricultural Employers - Positions 29% 2006 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 100% 2006 English First - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Americans for Better Immigration - Positions 28% 2005-2006 Federation for American Immigration Reform - Positions 43% 2005-2006 Iranian American Political Action Committee - Positions 100% 2005-2006 United States Border Control - Positions 8% 2005 Federation for American Immigration Reform - Positions 0% 2005 National Council of Agricultural Employers - Positions 100% 2005 National Council of La Raza - Positions 100% 2004 Federation for American Immigration Reform - Positions 0% 2003-2006 Americans for Better Immigration - Positions 14% 2003-2005 Americans for Better Immigration - Positions 31% 2003-2004 National Hispanic Leadership Agenda - Positions 100% 2002 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 0% 2001-2002 National Hispanic Leadership Agenda - Positions 81% 2001 Californians for Population Stabilization - Positions 100% 2001 English First - Positions 0% 2000 National Hispanic Leadership Agenda - Positions 50% 1999 National Hispanic Leadership Agenda - Positions 100% 1997-1998 National Hispanic Leadership Agenda - Positions 91% 1996-1998 Americans for Immigration Control - Positions 0% 1996 Americans for Immigration Control - Positions 15% 1996 Federation for American Immigration Reform - Positions 25% 1995-2004 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 87% 1989-2013 NumbersUSA [Americans for Better Immigration] - Overall - Career (Feb 11, 2013) 30% 1989-2002 Americans for Better Immigration - Lifetime Score 23% 1989-2001 Americans for Better Immigration - Lifetime Score 23%

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