Tea party groups on Friday warned House Republicans they fear GOP leaders are preparing to â€œpull a bait and switchâ€ that will ultimately allow a broad immigration bill pass that legalizes illegal immigrants.
The 75 signers, which include major tea party and conservative organizations, said they worry House Republican leaders will try to pass a narrow, conservative immigration bill but will then agree to negotiate with the Senate and, in the end, will accept the Senateâ€™s broader bill â€” including what the groups termed an â€œamnestyâ€ for illegal immigrants.
The groups urged lawmakers to tell GOP leaders not to enter into those negotiations with the Senate.
â€œWe are calling on each member of the House of Representatives to take immediate action to halt the Senateâ€™s ill-conceived amnesty bill,â€ wrote the groups.
The letter is in part because it comes just a few days after nearly 100 top Republican donors and former Bush administration officials penned their own letter urging House Republicans to pass a bill that does include legalization.
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