Conservatives Determined to Derail Leadership Efforts on Immigration

Image: Conservatives Determined to Derail Leadership Efforts on Immigration Rep. Steve King

Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:23 AM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Conservatives in the House are making a concerted effort to derail any plans by the GOP leadership to pass immigration reform by the end of the year after Speaker John Boehner mocked them last week for not having the gumption to get it done.

According to Politico
, a group of conservatives are meeting this week to develop a strategy. Many of the conservative lawmakers oppose provisions in a bill that passed the Senate providing a pathway to citizenship for the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants. 

Boehner later admitted the comments went too far, but the episode got conservatives' backs up and inflamed divisions that were already simmering. 

"We have to man the watchtowers 24/7," Iowa Rep. Steve King told Politico, referring to a feeling among hardliners that House leaders will try to get immigration measures through the back door.

Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks, who is involved in the effort, declined to disclose any details of the meeting or how many lawmakers would be involved.

"It is difficult to plan a specific course of action when the leadership keeps tossing out vague ways to give amnesty to illegal aliens," Brooks told Politico. "When we see a specific plan from the House leadership, then those of us who favor American citizens first will have a better idea of where the leadership is specifically going and how we will specifically respond."

Since the beginning of the year, the leadership made it clear it intended to pass immigration reform in 2014.  Boehner outlined specific proposals at the Republican retreat at the end of January.

Nevertheless, a February Roll Call survey of every Republican member of the House revealed that only 19 representatives were willing to go on record backing Boehner's immigration reform guidelines.

Since the most recent spat between the leadership and conservatives, anti-immigration reform lawmakers are now scouring House bills, looking for provisions that could potentially lead to a House-Senate immigration conference, King said, according to Politico.

Some proponents of reform are now concerned that if the House doesn't put immigration bills on the floor by July, reform efforts could be dead, Politico reported.

Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart believes a GOP reform bill is possible and says he has found that more and more colleagues are coming to realize that it's important to take action, and puts the chances of a bill passing in 2014 at 45 percent, Politico reported.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Immigrant Children Landing in Every State - Texas Has Most

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 20:45 PM

More than 30,000 children who've poured over the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an unprecedented flood of migrants have b . . .

Reps. Fleming, Sessions Spar Over House GOP Border Plan

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 20:27 PM

A proposal by House Republicans to slash President Barack Obama's emergency aid request to address the illegal immigrant . . .

Issa's House Oversight Panel Rebukes Obama WH for Ignoring Subpoena

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 20:25 PM

A top White House political adviser's refusal to testify twice before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committe . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved