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 RyanUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Soaring deficits could put Trump in a corner if there's a recession Paul Ryan moving family to Washington 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE rescinded in September, urging Congress to pass legislation by the end of a six-month delay.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 GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview 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 HurdThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Democrat running for Will Hurd's seat raises over million in first 100 days of campaign Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (R-Texas) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarDemocratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration Katherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck 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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