Eight House Republicans Whose Inaction On Immigration Reform Could Cost Them The Election

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"Eight House Republicans Whose Inaction On Immigration Reform Could Cost Them The Election"

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The only immigration bill that House Republicans brought to a floor vote this congressional year was to support an amendment drafted by immigration opponent Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that gives federal immigration authorities wider discretion to deport undocumented youths. That vote happened in early June, or 67 work session days before the end of the congressional calendar. Now with 17 remaining days left on the calendar, some House Republicans may do well to step away from that anti-immigration stance in order to remain politically viable in the 2014 election cycle.

Three House Republicans, Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) have come out in support of immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship in recent days. In a sign of growing in-party frustration, both Denham and Ros-Lehtinen publicly supported an immigration bill introduced by House Democrats, while Heck wrote an open letter criticizing House leadership for not acting on reform.

It’s unsurprising that these members of Congress are frustrated given that they represent districts with a heavy Latino population, the majority of whom support immigration reform. At least 75 percent of all Latino voters believe that immigration reform is either extremely or very important– they also believe that reform should be a top priority. According to the policy polling agency Latino Decisions, at least eight House Republicans are vulnerable in their upcoming elections if they do not act on reform:

California
Rep. Gary Miller
Support for King’s amendment: Yes
District Demographics: 44.4 percent Latinos of voter age
Percent of district that supports immigration reform with citizenship provision: 66 percent

Rep. David Valadao
Support for King’s amendment: No
District Demographics: 65.8 percent Latinos of voter age
Percent of district that supports immigration reform with citizenship provision: 77 percent

Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon
Support for King’s amendment: Yes
District Demographics: 35 percent Latinos of voter age

Colorado:
Rep. Mike Coffman
Support for King’s amendment: Yes
District Demographics: 16.7 percent Latinos of voter age
Percent of district that supports immigration reform with citizenship provision: 74 percent

Rep. Scott R. Tipton
Support for King’s amendment: Yes
District Demographics: 20.6 percent Latinos of voter age
Percent of district that supports immigration reform with citizenship provision: 77 percent

Florida:
Rep. Daniel Webster
Support for King’s amendment: Yes
District Demographics: 14.2 percent Latinos of voter age
Percent of district that supports immigration reform with citizenship provision: 63 percent

New Mexico:
Rep. Steve Pearce
Support for King’s amendment: Yes
District Demographics: 46.9 percent Latinos of voter age
Percent of district that supports immigration reform with citizenship provision: 79 percent of New Mexico Latinos

Texas:
Rep. Randy Weber
Support for King’s amendment: Yes
District Demographics: 19.2 percent Latinos of voter age

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