Skip to comments.Advocates to GOP allies: Use Tea Party tactics to move immigration
Posted on 11/07/2013 11:20:50 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Advocates of immigration reform are calling on their House Republicans allies to adopt Tea Party tactics to force party leaders to bring legislation to the floor by the end of the year.
A week after hailing a trio of Republicans for signing on to a comprehensive immigration bill, liberal advocates turned up the heat on two of them and vowed to campaign for their defeat if they didnt do more to pressure Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Lovely as it is that three Republicans have put their names on H.R. 15, thats not nearly enough, said Tom Snyder, the immigration campaign director at the AFL-CIO. He was referring to House immigration legislation introduced by Democrats that is modeled on the bipartisan Senate bill that passed in June.
Snyder and other advocates held a press conference Thursday to announce actions, including television ads, targeting nine House Republicans that hail from swing districts with a significant share of Latino voters. Two of those lawmakers, Reps. Jeff Denham (Calif.) and David Valadao (Calif.), won praise from immigration reformers last week when they endorsed the House Democratic bill.
A third Republican co-sponsor, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), is not a target of the lobbying effort because she is not as politically vulnerable and has long supported immigration reform, the advocates said.
The three Republicans supporters are well short of the party majority that Boehner has said is needed before any immigration legislation is brought to the floor. But Snyder pointed to the success in September of a few dozen determined Tea Party Republicans in forcing party leaders to back a government shutdown that they initially tried to resist.
We need them to create something similar, Snyder said. Its great that they co-sponsored, but the work doesnt stop there. We have to have results, and the Tea Party shutdown is a perfect example of what we want to get to in that it wasnt a majority of Republicans who wanted to shut down, it was a small group of Tea Party Republicans who organized their colleagues.
Thats what we want Denham and Valadao to do, he added.
The groups behind the effort have dubbed it the Cost of Inaction campaign, and it is a shift toward a campaign posture for Democratic-aligned groups like the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union.
The groups here are going to be throwing down in a whole new way, said Frank Sharry, a leading immigration reform advocate and the executive director of Americas Voice.
The other seven Republicans they are targeting are Reps. Buck McKeon (Calif.), Gary Miller (Calif.), Scott Tipton (Colo.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Daniel Webster (Fla.), Steve Pearce (N.M.) and Joe Heck (Nev.).
The group plans to hold events in those lawmakers' districts and organize activists to make direct contact with their constituents.
House GOP leaders have not announced plans to vote on any immigration proposals, and with just a few weeks left in the 2013 legislative schedule, a vote this year is unlikely.
B/S! No amnesty!! FUGOP!!
Sounds like the words of a thug lusting for jail time.
Because there’s a groundswell of grassroots support for Amnesty among Conservatives.
Amnesty is electoral suicide.
The AFL-CIO is too stupid to realize that when more illegals water down the labor pool, more Americans will be out of work, more people on welfare, more businesses shutting down because of an even worse economy.
Someone should teach math to those ignorant mugs.
To put it VERY mildly.
The AFL-CIO and SEIU are looking for excuses to oppose these Republicans. They’ll keep raising the bar until they get to it.
Yeah, GOP - Brilliant move.
Make sure you lose any advantage in 2014 you might have undeservedly picked up from the Obamacare mess.
Strategically pure genius!!!!
They understand the tea Party about as well as they understand Democrats.
Their bosses need to get a grip. Their lust for slave labor is not compatible with stewardship of this country.
Even if they get it, their grandchildren will suffer greatly.
Geeze, they are so complacent.
WHere are their wives to clue them in?
Mothers, women, go home and quit worrying about birth control and yourselves.
Take care of your families and advise your husbands, no one else is doing that most important job.
Their corporate greed is set to ruin our country.
Advocates of Immigration?
Those would be the people we oppose, right?
What makes the Tea Party different than liberal ‘activist groups’ is we’re real - and they’re paid professionals pretending to be protesters. Astrotruf is the word for liberals...
When you assume they want to win, their behavior confuses.
Another example of how politicians and the left don’t have a clue about the Tea Party Supporters.
Go find a list of members, leaders, etc. You won’t. There is no place to “sign up” (officially) as a member. At least not around me.
The “Tea Party” is grass roots. Liberals do not know what grass roots is (”Astroturf” is what they are used too). They can’t fathom how, without any provocation, thousands and thousands of people can decide to spontaneously wait in line at Chik-Fil-a for 90 minutes just to make a political statement.
Great minds and all that....
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But Snyder pointed to the success in September of a few dozen determined Tea Party Republicans in forcing party leaders to back a government shutdown that they initially tried to resist.
What fools. They obviously do not understand what was really behind the shut down - nor will they be able to recreate it.
“The AFL-CIO is too stupid to realize that when more illegals water down the labor pool, more Americans will be out of work, more people on welfare, more businesses shutting down because of an even worse economy.”
Your comment assumes that the leadership of the AFL-CIO gives a rat’s ass what happens to their membership. Amnesty = Permanent Democrat Rule = a lifetime of assured wealth and perks for the AFL-CIO leadership.
Does the GOP leadership care about its constituents? Why would union leadership be any different?
This is the deal.
Democrat LEFTIST immigration activists want the 3 Republicans who are with them on immigration - Denham and Valadao (they’re letting Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen off the hook ostensibly because she’s supported immigration before) - to start a stink in the House, threaten fellow Republicans if they don’t get action on an immigration bill.
They’re getting union thugs to target Republican representatives that have large Hispanic constituencies - Reps. Buck McKeon (Calif.), Gary Miller (Calif.), Scott Tipton (Colo.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Daniel Webster (Fla.), Steve Pearce (N.M.) and Joe Heck (Nev.) - calling this effort, the Cost of Inaction campaign - where union members make contact with those constituents — lean on the GOP real good to “grow” the House numbers to “Tea Party-like” proportions that opposed funding Obamacare....... and....and....
Go figure, it sounds nuts to me.
If they pass amnesty
The GOP vanishes in the 2014 elections