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Rep. John Duarte, Will You Continue to Empower the Extreme Rhetoric and Anti-Immigrant Legislation Pushed by Your Colleagues?

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The House GOP is teeing up a vote on H.R. 2, a hate group-backed bill filled to the brim with anti-asylum and anti-immigrant proposals — and California Republican John Duarte stands to be a deciding vote in whether or not this odious and unworkable legislation advances.

Duarte told his hometown paper Modesto Bee that we “need a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) fix and strong immigration policy that allows people to come to America to pursue their futures. We need welders as much as we need teachers right now. We need plumbers and electricians.” But H.R. 2 tackles none of this.

H.R. 2 is a nativist wish-list that offers no solutions to our nation’s broken immigration system, and instead proposes a slew of Trump-era proposals, including stripping unaccompanied minor children of critical protections. It’s unclear whether GOP leadership actually has the votes to pass this cruel agenda, but as part of their political theater, they’re staging a vote on May 11, the date that the Biden administration is scheduled to end Title 42. 

This means all eyes are now on Duarte, who’s also among Republicans that represent districts won by President Biden in the 2020 presidential election. If he’s truly solutions-focused, this bill isn’t it. Will he stand up to his party’s unworkable proposal  – or continue to empower the rhetoric and legislation pushed by the most extreme members of his caucus?