Ted Poe comes out in favor of Amnesty for illegals, comes under withering attack from hardlinersWednesday, December 19, 2012
The Houston Chronicle
“Our immigration system is broken,” Rep. Ted Poe wrote in an op-ed for POLITICO this past weekend.
The Republican from Humble declared that “it’s time for Republicans to take the lead on immigration reform,” noting that a proposal by Texas Republicans and business interests dubbed “The Texas Solution” is a good starting point for the GOP.
The Texas solution:
In his piece for POLITICO, Poe specifically came out in support of a guest worker program that is at the core of the Texas solution package.
Rep. Ted Poe (Brad Doherty / The Associated Press)
Americans for legal immigration PAC (ALIPAC) did not take well to Poe’s proposal. Shortly after Poe’s piece was published, they launched a withering campaign against Poe, claiming that he has joined “illegal alien invasion and Amnesty supporters.”
However, Poe clearly stated that “amnesty is not an option.”
ALIPAC issued the following call to action:
Poe remains opposed to amnesty, Poe’s spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes told ABC News.
“If a guest-worker program was implemented, he would not support a pathway that included citizenship,” she said.
“The legislation must get rid of the purposeless visa lottery system.”
Earlier this month, the STEM Jobs Act sponsored by San Antonio Republican Rep. Lamar Smith was blocked by Senate Democrats because it eliminated the visa “diversity” lottery. Poe condemned this decision, writing that “the legislation must get rid of the purposeless visa lottery system.” Poe was one of the original co-sponsors of the STEMS Jobs Act.