Illegal immigration amnesty discharge petition final test for House leadership

May 24, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging House Republican leadership to stop the discharge petition to bring illegal immigration amnesty to the floor of the House:

“I had always hoped that the Ryan-McCarthy-Scalise House leadership team would do what was right when it came to the handling of the illegal alien issue that played a critical role in defining President Trump’s successful 2016 campaign.

“Unfortunately for the country, the current House leadership is refusing to do what is politically and legislatively necessary to defeat those who would bring amnesty to the floor of the House. By Ryan and McCarthy’s own admission, allowing this discharge petition is the death knell to the Republican majority in November. The fact that they refuse to stop it demonstrates either extraordinary weakness or willful deception about their opposition to the Democrats’ running the table on amnesty.

“I still hold out hope that Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise will take the necessary steps to kill the amnesty discharge petition and instead bring the Goodlatte immigration reform bill, and only the Goodlatte bill, to the floor with no amendments for an up or down vote. This is the final test for House leadership.”

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