Republicans are still savoring their midterm election triumph, but some immigration hard liners are already gearing up to protest any comprehensive immigration reform bill that would give a path to citizenship for people living in the United States illegally.
With the shift in the House of Representatives favoring the right, many who believe in strictly strengthening border security are feeling like their voices have a chance to be heard over the fray. "We’ve played mostly defense,” Ron Bass, head of the United Patriots of America, a group that advocates for strict immigration enforcement told Fox News Latino. “The other side introduces an amnesty bill, and then we strike it down. The political left has had control of the playing field for many years. Now we’ll have leaders who will take immigration enforcement seriously. They’re not going to be fooling around.”
But Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice in Washington D.C., sees the situation as a bit more complicated than just shutting down the border and kicking out all of the estimated 10-12 million undocumented immigrants in this country. “Almost 70 percent of the people who are here illegally have lived in this country for more than 10 years,” Sharry told Fox. “They are in families where there are legal immigrants and U.S. citizens. The answer to the problem is not, as the other side wants, mass expulsion.”