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NY Times: Vulnerable Republicans Pushing Immigration Vote

NY Times: Vulnerable Republicans Pushing Immigration Vote
Rep. Jeff Denham (Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 01 June 2018 02:38 PM

Republicans facing difficult reelection campaigns have begun pushing for a vote on immigration to protect young undocumented immigrants, The New York Times reports.

Members of the GOP from California, Florida, Colorado and Texas have all signed a petition calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to hold a vote on legislation that would protect Dreamers, as those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program were known.

Rep. Jeff Denham of California has been leading the charge as he faces a difficult, and unusual, primary on Tuesday. Only two of the seven candidates for the California 10th Congressional District, five Democrats and one Republican other than Denham, will appear on the ballot in the general election, regardless of political parties.

"There have been some critics who say that this could cost us our majority," Denham told the Times. "My concern is if we do nothing, it could cost us our majority. So yes, it’s risky. But it’s the right thing to do."

Denham, whose father was born in Mexico and became a naturalized citizen, said that the issue for Dreamers "is personal." He won the district, which is about 45 percent Latino, by three percentage points in 2016. Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton won it by the same margin.

Several other Republicans facing difficult reelections signed the bill. Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo faces reelection in a district that he won by 12 points and Clinton by 16; Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman won his district by eight points, Clinton won by nine; and Texas Rep. Will Hurd won his district by a single point, while Clinton won by three.

Hurd denied that his position on the vote was related to his reelection prospects.

"People every election say I have a difficult election," he said in an interview. "This is the right thing to do."

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