Down on Dreamers? Teachers' union targets Fla. GOP members of Congress - Florida Politics

Down on Dreamers? Teachers’ union targets Fla. GOP members of Congress

The nation’s second largest educators union is targeting two South Florida Republicans over their position on DACA.

It comes as the clock continues to count down for Congress to find a solution for the young immigrants known as “Dreamers” before President Donald Trump will cancel an Obama-era executive order known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Action).

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is launching an advertising campaign around the issue. It targets Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and 32 other Republican members of Congress who signed a letter saying they would vote for a DACA bill.

The ads call on these 34 members to demand Speaker Paul Ryan hold a vote.

The union is working with a number of progressive organizations on these ad campaign, including AFSCME, Hispanic Federation, APALA, NARAL, SEIU, Mi Familia Vota, United We Dream, National Immigrant Law Center and more.

There are also Pandora radio ads that AFT began running this morning in those same 34 congressional districts.

The ad is disingenuous and is obviously designed to mislead people,”said Curbelo spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez. “No one in Congress – Republican or Democrat – has done more to force a compromise to help Dreamers than Congressman Curbelo. AFT should stop using teachers’ membership dues ‎to spread lies.”

House Democrats expressed frustration Thursday that Republicans were moving the goal posts regarding a DACA deal.

The Hill reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “a solution is in sight,” but also expressing concerns that Republicans are pushing to hard to add border security measures to a final agreement.

“We, all along, were going along with what the president said: He supports the Dreamers … and he wants to have some border security,” Pelosi said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. “Then this week it emerged that he wanted to change immigration policy [by] addressing family unification initiatives … and ending the diversity visa [program].

You can see lists to the ad targeting Curbelo below.



Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at
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