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 RyanPelosi slated to deliver remarks during panel hearing on poverty Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection 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 TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE rescinded in September, urging Congress to pass legislation by the end of a six-month delay.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 GoodlatteTop Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling 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 HurdHouse passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban House passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data MORE (R-Texas) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarHouse passes bill to protect 'Dreamers' House passes bill to protect 'Dreamers' Pro-business Dem group sees boost in fundraising 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."

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