NRCC - Hodes Part of Political Barrier to Immediate Immigration Reform Vote

Blocks Bi-Partisan Immigration Enforcement Bill He Claims to Support


Washington- Rep. Paul Hodes (NH-02) is showing his true partisan colors, as he is standing loyally by his liberal Democrat leadership to block a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing America’s border security and illegal immigration crisis.

Paul Hodes has assumed an obstructionist role in Congress. Despite the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States today, and an ever increasing security threat resulting from porous borders, Hodes is doing the bidding of his liberal leaders in Washington by blocking a vote on the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act of 2007.

Against the wishes of Democratic leaders,” a bipartisan group of 181 members of Congress are working to bring this important legislation to a vote:

“The…bill would authorize an additional 8,000 guards to the Border Patrol over five years. It also seeks to streamline deportations of illegal immigrants and expand a database that employers can use to verify the eligibility of workers.” (Newport News Daily Press, 03/18/08)

Paul Hodes is instead choosing to side with the handful of Democrats who are holding up the legislation from receiving an up-or-down vote to improve border security, boost immigration law enforcement and mandate an employee verification program.

“Paul Hodes has alienated himself from a rapidly growing bipartisan effort to bring about an immigration enforcement bill that he claims to represent,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “The only thing Paul Hodes is accomplishing in Congress is proving that he favors obstructionist tactics over real solutions for major problems facing America.”

On the campaign trail, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats promised that they would “promote bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that …fixes our broken system.” When will Paul Hodes live up to his campaign promises and put the interests of his constituents in New Hampshire over the politics of his leadership in Washington?