Democrats go after Republicans over deportation vote
June 10th, 2013
08:56 PM ET
9 years ago

Democrats go after Republicans over deportation vote

(CNN) - Some House Republicans who voted last week to end President Barack Obama's deportation rule will get hit with new Spanish language radio ads in their districts over the next week.

Spending five figures on the ad buy, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting nine members who voted for an amendment that would defund a program that allows some young undocumented immigrants to defer deportation.

Last week's vote appeared to be a symbolic move, as the bill has little chance of going anywhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The new radio ad criticizes the members for wanting to restart deportations for young people "who grew up in this country, worked hard, and are just looking for their chance to achieve the American Dream."

"Now, instead of celebrating the first anniversary of the deferred action program, our young DREAMers again face an uncertain future," the narrator says in the ad.

The president's decision, made last June, would allow people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military to apply for a two-year deferral from deportation.

This policy is a directive from the Department of Homeland Security, rather than an executive order from the president, though it could still be reversed by future presidents.

Last week's vote came as Congress works to tackle immigration reform. While the Senate starts debate on its comprehensive package this week, the House has been working to propose its own version, though its efforts seem to be on the rocks.

The ads will target:

Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado
Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas
Rep. John Kline of Minnesota
Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada
Rep. Buck McKeon of California
Rep. Gary Miller of California
Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota
Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico
Rep. Frank Wolf Virginia

Responding to the ads, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee said Democrats were simply trying to "divide Americans."

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that Democrats would use an important issue like this to score political points and divide Americans. While everyone agrees we need a workable solution to this issue, Republicans don’t believe federal bureaucrats should be able to unilaterally determine which laws should be enforced, and which should not,” Andrea Bozek said.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Kevin Liptak and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

Filed under: DCCC • House • Immigration • Republicans
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Looks like these Republican/Tea Party Congressmen did not receive the Outreach Effort to Hispanics memo from RNC chairman Priebus.

    June 10, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. simplyput

    Making any appeals in Spanish on radio should be non-starter. Learn English or leave.

    June 10, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. California

    The Obama Administration = The Scandal Administration

    June 10, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Pete

    Nothing republicans can do that will change voters conception of them as self centered ,uncaring,bigotted, racists that hate anyone that's not only white but isn't American born..Republicans have railed politically against gays,,kids,women,disabled,immigrents ,Hispanics,Muslims and others too many to list..At least they don't discriminate spreading the hate almost equally around because republicans while after Pres.Obama took office have held every group of people here hostage to push their agenda trying to make Pres.Obama a one term president and even after failing there they still haven't stopped in their approach in repeatedly trying to repeal the ACA bill over 37 times to date!So republicans you're good at creating scandals with political witch hunts with Issa that cause political unrest costing millions if not billions of taxpayers dollars and you still haven't fixed what your partys previous administration has done to this country and its people..I just wish republicans were as enthusiastic about creating jobs,infastructure bills as they've done in filibustering,obstructing the very bills they repeatedly voted against but you know republicans the sanctumonious ones that do more wrong than anything ever right,especially for our country and its people!!

    June 10, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein

    Can't really blame the Democrats for going after the GOP for this one. What has the GOP really done to endear itself to the immigrant community? I would have to say nothing.

    June 10, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. just sayin

    illegals need to go back to wherever they came from and dream about coming here legally, just like everybody else trying to come here. why is it that the democrats are always looking to break or circumvent our laws in order to reward law breakers? answer: their own political gain at the expense of us taxpayers and the country.

    June 10, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Name lynn

    Thats right democrater go after them republicans just because they think they have it like that, democrates show them thugs what kinda power you all have.

    June 10, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    A classic example of republicans
    a) Showing their true colors.
    b) Shooting themselves and their party in the foot.
    This age group has parents in the US and as a parent I say attack ( = deport) my child you attack me... and the y still believe they can get Hispanic votes!? Lol

    June 11, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  9. stars

    Let"s throw out the racist bigot all of them come on latino we got your back. vote like your life depend on it. Oh it does.

    June 11, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  10. Getoverit

    "Some House Republicans who voted last week to end President Barack Obama’s deportation rule will get hit with new Spanish language radio ads in their districts over the next week."
    Spanish language radio ads. Says it all right there, doesn't it?

    June 11, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  11. ghost

    2014 & 2016 will be new days for this country.

    June 11, 2013 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  12. Richard Long

    Need to add to this story:
    CNN has volunteered for the DCCC to be the spearhead for the attack campaign against the nefarious Republucan traitors that sought to steal money away from a program that was set up by Executive Order rather than be voted in like real legislation.

    June 11, 2013 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  13. K Brown

    We have a LOT of American talent and have no need for criminals who refuse to adhere to the law and depart this country by ignoring the law. I'm pleased by the way the House voted. We need the Senate to do likewise.

    June 11, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  14. Vence

    California Reps. are toast.

    June 11, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Gop has destroyed this nation with wars. It is so Pathetic on immigration. Nation now just is recuperating from the mess and wars created by rethuglicans idiots. Drive these animals out in 2014. Period.

    June 11, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  16. Vence

    Colorado, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico will follow.

    June 11, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  17. Bill

    Great – that's all we need is more Spanish in our country. Why don't they just make TV shows, radio plays Spanish speaking shows in prime time. Hey if they work hard enough maybe they can make it out national language.

    June 11, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  18. Ed1

    How about we go after Obama for picking what laws to enforce the Republicans are just doing their jobs you might want to try it and stop having class warfare.

    June 11, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |