Sunday, October 27, 2013

Times: New Pro-Immigration Reform Coalition Could Cause Another Schism in GOP

Posted By on Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

A new effort to revitalize the push for immigration reform will storm Capitol Hill this coming week, but the troops this time will include a unusual coalition of prominent conservatives, faith leaders and some of the nation's wealthiest business executives—a group that The New York Times reports "threatens to create another schism in the Republican Party."

The strongest weapon in their arsenal? Money.

According to The Times' Eric Lipton and Ashley Parker, "several Republican executives and donors who are part of the lobbying blitz ... said they were considering withholding, or had already decided to withhold, future financial support to Republican lawmakers they believe are obstructing progress on immigration."

Among those expected to hit Capitol Hill, with particularly focus on the U.S. House, will include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the Partnership for a New Economy, which is led jointly by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bill Marriott Jr. and media titan Rupert Murdoch.

Members of the coalition said they concede that there are approximately 30 Republican members of the U.S. House that won't budge and would probably never approve any meaningful reform, "but they believe they can piece together a majority of the Republican caucus to pass certain bills," according to The Times.

"Doing nothing is not the answer," said Glen McCall, a Republican National Committee leader who is participating in the new lobbying effort.

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