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Dem rep.: GOP must stand up to tea party to get immigration reform

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Congressman Steve Israel, a Democrat from New York, said Monday on Jansing & Co. that  immigration reform has the potential for success.

“It’s all about whether House Republicans are willing to stand up to their tea Party base,” Israel said. ”You’ve got a bipartisan group of Senators left and right advocating a path forward, you’ve got the President of the United States who unveiled his views on a path forward.  What this comes down to now is—will these House Republicans, who have pandered to their intolerant Tea Party base, who have fed into the extremism of that tea party base, are they willing to stand up to the tea party and do what’s right for America?” Israel said.

A bipartisan group of Senators is unveiling a plan to deal with immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.  It will also include a guest worker program, border security, and an enhanced e-verify system.

“When you’ve got Republicans Senators who are willing to support this, it’s time for House Republicans to support it as well,” Israel said.

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Dem rep.: GOP must stand up to tea party to get immigration reform

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