President Obama’s campaign-turned-nonprofit, Organizing For Action, has stepped beyond party lines in its attempt to back the president’s preferred immigration reform plan. On Monday, OFA began sending members to districts held by Congressional Republicans wavering on the Senate’s amnesty-first immigration reform plan. Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Joe Heck (R-NV), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Paul Ryan (R-WI), Aaron Schock (R-IL), and Dan Webster (R-FL) were targeted by OFA as key members.
Congregating at Ryan’s congressional headquarters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a few OFA members met to record questions they wanted to ask Ryan at a townhall meeting. Special issue organizer Dennis Hughes explained that the OFA members were pressing for immigration reform because “it will keep families together, make our streets safer, and it is the humane thing to do.” Hughes added, “He has already said he wants to vote on immigration reform. We want him to call for a vote. He’s been a leader on this issue.”
Meanwhile, in Illinois, OFA sent thanks to Schock’s office. OFA Chapter Lead Scott Cross told the media, “”To Mr. Schock, I would say we’re very encouraged by what you’ve been saying, and you’re moving in the right direction and we will be there to see that you vote correctly. But I do believe that he has listened to his citizens and his district.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).