High-tech lobbying groups that represent Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg are planning to redouble their efforts to pass amnesty legislation by falsely claiming Republicans will not be hurt by backing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
According to The Hill, “advocates plan to convince House Republican lawmakers that the issue is not a political liability when voters head to the polls.”
Those talking points contradict two prominent national polls that have been recently conducted.
An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found that 42% of Americans, a plurality, would be “less likely” to vote for candidates who support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, “while thirty-six percent said they would be ‘more likely’ to support a candidate who supports amnesty. Twenty percent of those surveyed were indifferent.”
In addition, a national ABC News-Washington Post poll “found that 39% of registered voters were less likely to vote for a candidate who supports amnesty. That poll found that only 27% of registered voters were more likely to vote for candidates who support amnesty, while 31% said it would not make a difference.”
“If I were someone who was a little nervous about this issue, I would look back at our primaries and be heartened by what’s happened,” Rob Jesmer, the Republican campaign manager for Zuckerberg’s FWD.us, claimed to The Hill. The Partnership for a New American Economy, which “represents more than 500 mayors and corporate executives, including tech leaders like Zuckerberg, Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey,” also will redouble their efforts.
As The Hill notes, these groups have said that Reps. Rep. John Carter (R-TX) and Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) won their primaries even though they “were actively willing to engage on immigration as part of a House working group.” They fail to mention, though, that both dropped out of that working group ahead of their respective primaries, partly because they were concerned their involvement would hurt their chances of getting re-elected.