Grijalva said Pence has never voted for anything with the Hispanics and shot down his 2006 proposal with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to make illegal immigrants return to their home country, go to a processing center and then re-enter the U.S. legally. At the time, Pence took heat from conservatives in his own party for the proposal, known as the touchback provision.
That approach to resolving illegal immigration was also discredited and opposed by Hispanics, said the Arizona Democrat.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who chairs the CHCs Immigration Task Force, said he couldnt think of anything Pence had done to help the Hispanic community. He wouldnt be, like, my first pick for winning the award, he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.