Progressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration

Progressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration
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A left-leaning advocacy group on Tuesday launched a series of ads targeting moderate House Republicans and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit Former Trump aide says he canceled CNN appearance over 'atrocious' Helsinki coverage MORE (R-Wis.) for their role in the stagnated debate over "Dreamers."

iAmerica Action announced it will spend $250,000 in 27 House districts, many of which have large Hispanic populations.

The campaign comes after a failure in the Senate to pass a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE rescinded in September, urging Congress to pass legislation by the end of a six-month delay. That March 5 deadline is fast approaching.

The program allows immigrants who were brought here illegally as children to stay in the country without fear of deportation.

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House leadership has pledged to whip a conservative bill introduced by Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteFormer FBI lawyer Lisa Page gets closed-door grilling from House Republicans 5 takeaways from wild hearing with controversial FBI agent GOP lawmaker asks FBI agent about lying to wife over affair MORE (R-Va.) but has largely ignored bipartisan measures supported by many of the representatives targeted by the ad, most notably a proposal introduced by Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGOP lawmaker: Trump is 'getting played by' a former KGB agent Dem, GOP groups prepare spending blitz for midterms GOP rep: Phone number for HHS conference call on family reunifications didn’t work MORE (R-Texas) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarImmigration compromise underlines right’s clout Pelosi, Dems hammer GOP for ‘derailing’ DACA debate Hoyer warns GOP: Don’t dabble with DACA compromise bill MORE (D-Calif.).

The targeted ad also comes as many moderate Republicans who've openly supported a path forward for Dreamers voted in favor of a wide-ranging budget deal that did not include immigration provisions.

Immigration activists are incensed at what they perceive as a bad-faith effort by Republicans in Congress and the White House to give the issue lip service without putting in the political capital necessary for a compromise.

"After the White House-Republican leadership collusion to sink the bipartisan Dreamer deal, it’s clear that our work is far from over," said iAmerica Action President Rocio Sáenz.

The ads carry a variety of messages, including a plea to not "let the White House hold Dreamers hostage to attack legal immigration," and a call for the "party of family values" to "not separate families."

The ads will target GOP Reps. 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