A new level of provocation came to the immigration fight last week when Democratic members of Congress paraded a quartet of undocumented immigrants on the Capitol grounds and used them as a backdrop to taunt the Republicans.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York, speaking Spanish to the cameras, counseled Latinos not to vote Republican. “As long as Republican candidates cling to radical anti-immigrant ideology they will lose another generation of Hispanic voters,” she said in English.
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa of Texas accused Republicans of “a slap in the face.” Rep. Silvestre Reyes, another Texan, accused likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of being a “basher” of immigrants’ hopes.
Though they stood just steps from the Capitol, they made no pretense that their appearance was anything but campaigning. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, the first speaker, took just 12 seconds to confess that he expects no legislative action this year on…
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