After House Speaker and Republican John Boehner made comments about moving an amensty bill through the House in 2013, many GOP Members of Congress have expressed an interest in moving immigration legislation. But several GOP Members have resisted the temptation, instead calling for more enforcement to stop illegal immigration.
Here are the GOP Members that have spoken out against amnesty since last week:
Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana
I'm concerned that Speaker Boehner is getting ahead of House Republicans when he commits to getting a 'comprehensive approach' to immigration taken care of 'once and for all.'
There's been zero discussion of this issue within the conference, and I'm urging the Speaker to talk with House Republicans before making pledges on the national news. The first thing we need is for President Obama to finally enforce current immigration law and strengthen our borders. To take up any other agenda is bad policy for the American people and bad politics for Republicans. The Speaker needs to pull back on this issue and stop negotiating in public.
Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana
"[W]e should remember" that in 2007 popular outrage over a George W. Bush bill giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship triggered so much grassroots opposition that the bill died.
Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska
If they're willing to sit down and talk about things like border security and a true, solid E-verify program, then there's a lot of room for discussion after that.
Rep. Adrian Smith of Nebraska
[U]pholding the rule of law must be a priority.
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska
(paraphrased) focus on the need to secure the border, crack down on employers and streamline the process for those seeking to enter the country lawfully.
Sen Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Immigration may be a problem, but I don't know whether it's a sure thing that if we Republicans help pass an immigration bill that it's going to get us a lot of Hispanic votes
Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina
We lost many demographic groups. The issue to me is why. I don't think we are one comprehensive immigration bill away from winning Hispanic voters, any more than we are one marginal rate increase from economic nirvana.
Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama
The Democrats did an excellent job of falsely demagoguing to Hispanic voters. In Alabama, the party that has taken a strong stance on illegal immigration gained ground.
I believe that we need to secure our borders and that only people lawfully in America should be here.
Originally Published: Thu, Nov 15th 2012 @ 12:43pm EST