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Republicans Say They're Turning Pro-Immigration. In Congress, they Act Against It

Congressional Republicans continue to put on a good media show to make it look like they are moving to support immigration, after an election in which it became clear that most Americans are tired of the GOP’s blame-an-immigrant strategy. But look closely at their “efforts” and you’ll notice there’s no actual legislation involved — just talk. In the meantime, House and Senate Republicans show hardly any inclination to support pro-immigration legislation that does exist.

The Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 717 in the House) and the Uniting American Families Act (H.R. 519 in the House and S. 296 in the Senate) would act as a relief valve from illegal immigration by creating greater avenues for legal immigration. The idea is to broaden the list of family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are allowed to enter the country and obtain their own lawful permanent resident status. The Republicans say they favor legal immigration. They say they want to preserve families. This would seem to be their kind of legislation.

And yet, the following is the distribution of supporters of the bills:

Number of Senators Supporting S. 296

Number of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Supporting H.R. 519

Number of the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives supporting reasonable immigration reform immigration bill H.R. 717

Once again, the GOP is all talk with no action to support immigration.

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