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 RyanStudents arrested protesting gun violence outside Paul Ryan’s office Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan 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 TrumpMexican presidential candidate vows to fire back at Trump's 'offensive' tweets Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate Jim Carrey takes aim at Kent State grad who posed with AR-10 MORE rescinded in September, urging Congress to pass legislation by the end of a six-month delay.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 GoodlatteGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Farm bill revolt could fuel Dreamer push Overnight Finance: House rejects farm bill in conservative revolt | NAFTA deal remains elusive as talks drag on | Dodd-Frank rollback set for House vote 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 revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Democrats are geared up for primary runoff D-Day in Texas Pelosi: Discharge petition won't promote Trump's wall MORE (R-Texas) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Pelosi: Discharge petition won't promote Trump's wall Pelosi: GOP discharge-petition holdouts helping Ryan ‘save face’ 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. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamFarm bill revolt could fuel Dreamer push Overnight Finance: House rejects farm bill in conservative revolt | NAFTA deal remains elusive as talks drag on | Dodd-Frank rollback set for House vote Dems give members green light to sign immigration petition MORE (Calif.), Steve Knight (Calif.), David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoPelosi: GOP discharge-petition holdouts helping Ryan ‘save face’ Dems withhold support for immigration petition Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (Calif.), Mimi Walters (Calif.), Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanDems withhold support for immigration petition Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP GOP lawmakers back discharge petition to force immigration votes MORE (Colo.), Scott TiptonScott R. TiptonAmericans want to protect public lands, Congress should listen Two GOP Reps questioned by Israeli police during visit to holy site: report Progressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration MORE (Colo.), Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloAnti-Maduro Venezuelans not unlike anti-Castro Cubans of yore Farm bill revolt could fuel Dreamer push Three Republicans join climate change caucus MORE (Fla.), Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastTrump to nominate acting VA secretary to lead department GOP split on immigration is a crisis for Ryan’s team The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by FICO — Paul Ryan’s rough ride MORE (Fla.), Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (Ill.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisSenate GOP wary of new tax cut sequel Ryan to retire as Speaker in January DCCC adds first black candidates to list of top candidates MORE (Ill.), Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamVulnerable GOP lawmakers have toned down tax rhetoric since January: Reuters Biz group launches bus tour to promote GOP tax law GOP House super PAC reserves million in fall TV ads MORE (Ill.), Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderOvernight Finance: House panel to take up bill toughening review of foreign deals | Trump acknowledges Cohen payment on disclosure form | Officials set for new round of China trade talks Carter, Yoder advance in appropriations committee leadership reshuffle GOP House super PAC reserves million in fall TV ads MORE (Kan.), Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenOvernight Energy: Pruitt taps man behind 'lock her up' chant for EPA office | Watchdog to review EPA email policies | Three Republicans join climate caucus Three Republicans join climate change caucus Trade experts, lawmakers say NAFTA deal within reach MORE (Minn.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Leonard LanceLeonard LanceGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Immigration fight threatens GOP farm bill Supreme Court strikes down law banning sports betting MORE (N.J.), Thomas MacArthur (N.J.), Daniel DonovanDaniel (Dan) Michael DonovanProgressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration NY GOP House hopeful: No nude photos May special election set to pick Grimm successor MORE (N.Y.), John FasoJohn James FasoTensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP GOP lawmakers back discharge petition to force immigration votes Vulnerable GOP lawmakers have toned down tax rhetoric since January: Reuters MORE (N.Y.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoGOP split on immigration is a crisis for Ryan’s team Pelosi: GOP discharge-petition holdouts helping Ryan ‘save face’ Two more Republicans back immigration discharge petition MORE (N.Y.), Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Partisan fractures in Pennsylvania’s primary GOP lawmaker calls on Trump to fire aide who mocked McCain's health MORE (Pa.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickPrimary win gives resurgent left a new shot of adrenaline The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Big night for women in primary elections Partisan fractures in Pennsylvania’s primary MORE (Penn.), Lloyd SmuckerLloyd K. SmuckerJudges refuse GOP request to block new Pa. district boundaries Pennsylvania Republicans sue to overturn new district map Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE (Pa.), Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsDemocrats are geared up for primary runoff D-Day in Texas May brings key primaries across nation US needs to respect Latin American leadership on Venezuela crisis MORE (Texas), Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockCongress — when considering women’s health, don’t forget about lung cancer GOP split on immigration is a crisis for Ryan’s team Chao names participants selected for drone pilot program MORE (Va.), Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerSenate panel to vote next month on maternal mortality bill Overnight Health Care: Maternal deaths rising in US | Judge rules against Trump officials for ending teen pregnancy funds | Rep. Ann McLane Kuster on her sibling's struggle with opioids Maternal deaths keep rising in US, raising scrutiny MORE (Wash.), Hurd and Ryan.