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.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.