Ever since an immigration reform bill passed through the Senate in June, conservatives and liberals in the House of Representatives have been at odds over how to proceed on the issue. House Speaker John Boehner has not brought the bill to the floor. A bipartisan group has been working to push the bill forward, but many Republicans have chosen to tackle immigration reform through a piecemeal approach instead. However, a group of about 300 conservative activists from around the country hope to change that.
Making a pitch
According to USA Today, this group of conservatives will arrive at Capital Hill on Oct. 28 to meet with Republican lawmakers. The group plans to speak on behalf of immigration reform. They believe that they can better connect with GOP leaders as they share many of the same ideals.
“I’m not an advocate of open borders. I’m not an advocate of blanket amnesty. I just see (undocumented immigrants) who are hurting and want to contribute to their family … and the system is not working for them,” Jeremy Hudson, a pastor whose Fellowship Christian Church operates in House Speaker John Boehner’s Ohio district, told USA Today.
The meeting is not meant to be a rally or demonstration, rather a way to keep the immigration reform conversation going and to appeal to Republicans in the House.
The group of 300 is made up of conservatives from many different backgrounds, including farmers, pastors, police officers and business owners. The group conducted a similar fly-in in June to push for the immigration reform bill to pass in the Senate.
According to Dairyherd.com, Rancher Terry Jones of Idaho will be making the trip. The 70-year-old recently sold his dairy herd after having trouble finding legal workers.
“I was getting too old to fuss with finding the labor,” Jones said. “We’re not here wanting to break the laws. Heavens to Betsy, we’ve got stewardship of the land and our animals, employees we want to treat right and pay a fair wage to. But the government is just interested in … who’s going to get the credit, who’s going to get the votes.”