As both Congressional Democrats and Republicans move closer and closer to a comprehensive immigration reform bill, one faction known for pouring fuel on the fire of political polarization is speaking out in fear of a “bait and switch.” That’s right, folks, the Tea Party is back, and this time, it wants to make sure a bill with a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants doesn’t see make its way to President Barack Obama’s desk.
In a letter to House republicans, 77 Tea Party group heads and 15,606 individuals wrote, “to express our opposition to House consideration or passage of any legislation, amendment, resolution or conference report that bears any resemblance to S. 744, the Senate amnesty bill that passed the Senate on June 27, 2013.”
The bill included a provision that would allow undocumented immigrants to attain citizenship through a lengthy process, a measure both Democrats and Republicans have considered and worked towards.
“We also oppose any effort by House Leadership to go to conference on the Senate bill, including any plan to pass a simple one-page bill that would allow the House to deceive the American public and pull a bait and switch to ultimately pass a conference report resembling the Senate bill,” they added.
“We wanted to let Congress know we understand the games they are trying to play,” Tea Party Patriots head Jenny Beth Martin told The Daily Caller, pointing to procedural maneuvers as the ”games.”
According to The Washington Times, “The letter is in part because it comes just a few days after nearly 100 top Republican donors and former Bush administration officials penned their own letter urging House Republicans to pass a bill that does include legalization.”
“Doing nothing is de facto amnesty. We need to take control of whom we let in our country and we need to make sure everybody plays by the same rules,” said the donors, led by Carlos Gutierrez, who was secretary of the Commerce Department in the Bush administration and headed President George W. Bush’s efforts to negotiate an immigration bill in 2007, wrote The News.