Posted: 6:37 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013
In an effort to overcome their 2012 electoral losses and reach out to Hispanic voters, the Republican National Committee is stressing the need to “champion” comprehensive immigration reform.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is leading the Senate efforts to pass legislation. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., told a conference of conservative activists immigration reform was crucial to U.S. economic growth. The signs all point to a GOP ready to embrace immigration reform and renew outreach efforts to the Hispanic community. The only problem? No one seems to have convinced the party’s base.
Wednesday on Capitol Hill, staunch immigration foe Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, held a six-hour press conference to oppose the immigration legislation currently being debated. He was joined by hundreds of Tea Party and conservative activists who had some choice words for immigration reform advocates and who booed even the mention of Rubio’s name.
“You can never enforce immigration if you grant amnesty,” read one poster in the crowd.