New Push for Immigration Reform Will Target 9 House Republicans

Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post, November 7, 2013

With a year to go until the midterm elections, immigration reform advocates hoping to jump-start debate on Capitol Hill are planning to target a handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to suffer political consequences next year if Congress fails to act on immigration reform.

A campaign set to be announced Thursday will marry the financial and political power of the AFL-CIO and SEIU labor unions with smaller grass-roots immigrant advocacy groups, including America’s Voice, PICO National Network, Mi Familia Vota and CASA in Action, to target nine House GOP lawmakers who support establishing a way for eligible immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship.

The campaign will target Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), David Valadao (R-Calif.), Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), Gary Miller (R-Calif.), Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Joe Heck (R-Nev.). They represent districts with sizable Latino voting populations where President Obama won or performed well last year. They also have publicly voiced support for revamping the nation’s immigration laws.

Organizers said the goal of the campaign is to pressure the lawmakers to match their public statements by lobbying colleagues and House Republican leaders to permit votes on a series of immigration bills introduced in recent months. If the nine lawmakers fail to convince their colleagues by the end of the year, the groups plan to devote more resources to defeating them in next year’s elections and to expand their campaign.

“This is designed to tell Republicans that if you don’t take action on reform, there will be people who will take action in districts where Republicans are vulnerable to mobilize Latino and immigrant voters to reward or punish a member of Congress,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, a leading national immigration advocacy group.


The House is unlikely to consider any immigration legislation before Congress passes another short-term spending plan in mid-January, according to top Republican aides. {snip}

House lawmakers are on recess this week, but a visit to Capitol Hill last week by hundreds of conservative business and religious leaders helped persuade some GOP lawmakers to take another look at the issue, said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who cosponsored the Senate plan passed this summer.


The campaign launching Thursday will include outreach to nearly 90,000 voters in the nine districts through door-to-door outreach and phone calls. Additionally, the AFL-CIO announced plans Tuesday to spend more than $1 million on a bilingual television ad campaign in Bakersfield, Calif., Denver, Atlanta and Orlando and in the Washington, D.C. market. The SEIU plans to announce a similar ad campaign Thursday, according to people familiar with the plans.

Of the lawmakers targeted, Denham and Valadao have endorsed a comprehensive immigration bill authored by House Democrats that merges elements of the bipartisan Senate immigration plan passed over the summer with a bipartisan border security plan passed unanimously by a House committee in MayDenham said last week that he met with a good reception when he discussed the bill with colleagues during their weekly caucus-wide meeting.

Several of the other targeted Republicans reiterated their support for immigration reform this week but said they’re still reviewing the various proposals.


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  • Spartacus

    Both parties are the same deep down… You guys need secession, the sooner the better.

    • JohnEngelman

      Most of the states with most of the conservative whites also have the largest black populations.

      • Spartacus

        They can get rid of them .

  • Kit Ingoldby

    So the logic is,

    Mexican migrants support the Democrats, therefore the Republicans should welcome more of them.

    Got it.

    And Republicans actually fall for this?!

    • Pro_Whitey

      You raise a good point. It is possible they could be that stupid, but it seems unlikely. I figure the GOPers pushing for this are being paid off handsomely for the fact that amnesty will cause the GOP to lose almost all national power for decades. I think they might also think they can continue to run the scam by talking tough to raise contributions, and then caving. I know that if the Republican National Committee ever sends me a request for a contribution, I’m going to wrap their postage paid return envelope around a brick in the hope that they’ll be charged the postage.

    • Erasmus

      Watching Rubio shill for the democrats to get the Senate’s immigration reform(sic) bill passed, I’m now certain many were the times someone affixed a “Kick Me!” sign to the back of his shirt or coat.

    • Wethepeople

      The GOP is run by corporations. These corporations will make billions more dollars a year from the lowered wages. So these shills are just doing what their masters say, the only color they see is green. We need politicians who are more concerned with what is..white.

  • Erasmus

    The GOP had better hold fast. When Mexicans flood the country there chances of winning elections fall. When they help flood the country with Mexicans, their chances of winning elections completely disappears. By supporting amnesty they not only guarantee millions of new Democrat party supporters, they further alienate their base, who’ll stay home on election day.

    (I hope real conservatives and members of the GOP who still love their country will remember that George W. Bush aided and abetted the invasion of this country from México when he was president. Instead of fixing a problem that would win him broad political support from all Americans, he chose not only to ignore a problem that would eventually doom his party and his country but with his talk of amnesty encouraged it.)

    • Pro_Whitey

      One basic lesson. Never vote for a Bush again! What a bunch of sleazebags.

  • Oil Can Harry

    These GOP pols had better realize that whether they vote for amnesty or not these loony lefties will be gunning for them anyway, particularly if they’re in vulnerable districts.

  • borogirl54

    I read something today that was interesting. The Hispanic voter bloc is not as big as their population is because many of them are immigrants and cannot legally vote the same is true with the Asian American population.

  • Truthseeker

    They claim to be American, yet they give their organizations Spanish-language names. No, no, they’re not trying to displace us. How could anyone possibly get that idea?

  • So CAL Snowman

    All this talk about the GOP being for illegal immigration simply to exploit their labor is non sense. The GOP and the corporations that support it already have more than enough labor to exploit in this country. There are already upwards of 55 million hispanics here, and how many of them are unemployed? There simply is not enough work here to take advantage of all of that cheap labor. GOP power players are simply being forced to destroy the last vestiges of a fragmented America.

    • Lewis33

      Cheap labor is only half of it. A place to sell their cheap goods is another…don’t want to see the golden goose die with baby boomers on the way out. Hispanics are just as good if not better than boomers when it comes to buying cheap crap.

      • GenX asset = iPhone.

  • kenfrombayside

    Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
    – text everybody in your cell phone queue now.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    I heart comprehensive immigration reform.

    Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make America more prosperous.

    Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

  • mobilebay

    Immigration Reform = Immigration Surrender.
    The nation carved out by our forefathers is being given to every third world inhabitant who can manage to reach or shores, or sneak acoss our borders. What a sad ending to the greatest country in the world.

  • WASP

    You can say I’m a conspiracy nut, but I see the illegal immigration issue as part of a larger conspiracy by global elites to bring this country down and into the New World Order the Bushes talked about so much. What has happened to this country simply defies logic; it’s so unbelievable.

  • Spartacus

    The government is nowhere near as strong as you’re making it out. A few hundred thousand White people not paying taxes anymore could probably collapse it with few problems .

  • george00

    OK, let’s analyze this together shall we:
    The people who control the media want amnesty so the media makes Stars out of the few republicans they can find that are for amnesty. Their names are always being mentioned and they’re on TV being interviewed etc. so a lot of people think, “Well golly those Republicans are just like Democrats”, WRONG, the Fact is the last time amnesty was voted on in Congress just a few Republicans voted for it and just a few Democrats voted against it.