Immigration activists say Ayotte proposal will come back to haunt her if (when) she seeks higher office
If Sen. Kelly Ayotte seeks higher office, immigration activists warn her proposal to offset the extension of unemployment benefits by eliminating child tax credits for undocumented workers will come back to haunt her.
Lia Parada, legislative director for America’s Voice, told Roll Call that Ayotte’s proposal “will follow her everywhere and will be damaging” with Latino voters:
Parada said that Ayotte’s amendment is the latest in a record the GOP is building on the immigration issue and it is contrary to a Republican National Committee effort, following the 2012 election, to try to reach out to the Hispanic community.
The Ayotte amendment comes after the House passed an amendment offered by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that would prohibit implementation of a White House 2012 order protecting from deportation young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children, provided they met certain requirements, akin to the Dream Act legislation long sought by the Obama administration.
“This [Ayotte] amendment is incredibly damaging to the Republican brand,” Parada said. “First in the House we saw the Steve King amendment come up for a vote to deport Dreamers … now we have the Ayotte amendment that attacks working families and immigrant children.
“The tally is adding up,” Parada said.