Campaign 2010

Jan 29, 2013

Will House Republicans Stand Up to the Tea Party on Immigration?

An individualized version of the following release has been sent to these districts:  Mark Amodei (NV-02); Jeff Denham (CA-10); Joe Heck (NV-03); Darrell Issa (CA-49); Buck McKeon (CA-25); Gary Miller (CA-31); Steve Pearce (NM-02); David Valadao (CA-21); Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03); Michael Grimm (NY-11); Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02); Scott Garrett (NJ-05); Mike Coffman (CO-06); Scott Tipton (CO-03); Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27); Pete Sessions (TX-32)

Senate Republicans joined with Democrats yesterday to announce a bipartisan immigration reform proposal that is tough, fair and practical.

Despite the bipartisan support, the only group that isn’t willing to compromise on immigration reform appears to be Tea Party House Republicans. Politico reports that the bipartisan plan “landed with a thud” among Tea Party Republicans.

The Senate’s bipartisan proposal would strengthen border security and create an employment verification system while  requiring undocumented immigrants to register for legal status, pass a criminal background check, and pay their taxes.  The proposal would provide a pathway to eventual citizenship, but would require undocumented workers to go to the back of the line and learn English before they could qualify.

“Our immigration system is broken and the American people are demanding House Republicans abandon their Tea Party extremism and back commonsense, tough, fair and practical immigration reform” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Elected leaders on the left and right are willing to support comprehensive reform that is tough and smart – it fixes the broken system with new border security, tough employment verification and legal status for aspiring citizens who learn English and pay taxes, but House Republicans seem too tied to the out-of-touch Tea Party agenda to work for real compromise.”


  • Bipartisan immigration reform plan lands with a “thud” in Tea Party-dominated House. “The Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform plan was lauded by the White House and advocacy groups around town on Monday. But with House Republicans, it landed with a thud.” [Politico, 1/28/13]
  • Boehner “mum” on bipartisan immigration proposal. Speaker John Boehner isn’t taking a position on the bipartisan Senate immigration proposal. [Politico, 1/28/13]
  • McCarthy: We should not provide amnesty to those who “defy our laws.” “We should not provide any amnesty that would benefit those who defy our laws and enter the United States illegally […] We should also ensure that illegal immigrants are not receiving any of the benefits that are reserved for American Citizens.” [, accessed 1/28/13]