Illegal immigrants and other advocates of immigration reform have run out of patience waiting on the Republican Party to capitulate to their demands and plan to “punish” those who stand in the way.
The groups plan a more aggressive campaign that includes “confronting Republican lawmakers at public appearances, congressional hearings and events back in home districts,” Politico reported.
“Obviously, persuasion only got us so far,” said Kica Matos, a spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. “What we are now doing is to switch tactics from persuasion to punishment.”
Matos comments mimic the words of former Service Employees International Union president Andy Stern, who once said, “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”
Fair Immigration Reform Movement’s goal is to shame Republicans, according to Politico. A goal that is consistent with the tactics of SEIU, which fully supports immigration reform despite the added competition for American jobs it will bring.
The change in attitude comes on the heels of House speaker John Boehner expressing doubts last week that immigration reform could be passed this year — a sign that he does not have the votes needed among fellow Republicans.
Matos said the confrontations can be expected for the next two months, with House Republicans in Latino-heavy swing districts being targeted.