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Congressman Patrick Murphy Feels the Heat

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Advocates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Push Back on Murphy’s Co-Sponsorship of the Immigration “Bridge to Nowhere”

Washington, DC – America’s Voice announced today the beginning of an online advertising campaign to encourage Americans to contact Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-PA) and demand that he remove his name from controversial immigration resolution H.Res. 1026, the so-called “BRIDGE Resolution.”

Murphy has come under fire from religious, progressive, and community leaders for joining with the virulently anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to co-sponsor the resolution.  The BRIDGE Resolution has been dubbed the “Bridge to Nowhere” by those tired of politicians who offer symbolic “get-tough” measures but refuse to roll up their sleeves and pass bipartisan reform legislation that would truly fix our broken immigration system.  The resolution calls on Congress to adopt King’s vision for immigration policy: tightening immigration enforcement, whatever the cost; keeping our immigration system broken; and hoping that 12 million undocumented immigrants will simply pick up and leave the country.

The Irish Immigration Center in Philadelphia launched the pushback by calling on Murphy to remove his name from the controversial resolution.  The call was amplified by Markos Moulitsas, founder of the progressive political blog Daily Kos, who called it a “cheap anti-immigrant shot.” 

Adam Luna, political director for America’s Voice, had this to say: “Congressman Murphy should be leading the fight to pass real comprehensive immigration reform, not following hard-line Members of Congress like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) down this ‘Bridge to Nowhere.’  We need our leaders in Washington to propose practical solutions to the broken immigration system, not empty resolutions that simply perpetuate the status quo.”

The America’s Voice ad campaign will appear on progressive and Latino blogs and on Facebook, in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Click here to see the ads.

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