As members of Congress try to pass a controversial tax bill and a measure to keep the federal government funded, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is hitting Republicans hard over another unresolved issue: the legal status of hundreds of thousands of people brought to the country illegally as children who could face deportation if lawmakers don’t act.
Amid negotiations over a long-term spending bill, Democratic leaders have been pushing their GOP colleagues to include a fix for those who were granted temporary protection under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. President Trump announced an end to the program earlier this year and gave Congress a March deadline to address it.
Funny or Die and BOLD PAC released a video Friday featuring comedians skewering GOP members, including two in California, for their inaction.
In the video, Oscar Nuñez, best known for his role on “The Office,” calls out Reps. Steve Knight (Palmdale), Ed Royce (Fullerton), Carlos Curbelo (Florida) and John Culberson (Texas), who “get to go ahead and celebrate as thousands of Dreamers are banished from the only country they’ve ever called home.”
“How many broken promises can fit in a stocking?” Nuñez asks later. “I’m asking for a congressman.”
The political action committee says it’s spending six figures on the weeklong buy, which will go out nationwide across Funny Or Die’s social media channels. They are known for blasting out irreverent, often viral parodies that play to young audiences.
The video will also be targeted to constituents in each of the four congressional districts. A separate video released by the ACLU last week also urged members of Congress to strike a deal on DACA.
Many California Republicans have remained mum on the issue, particularly those facing tough races in 2018. So far, only Reps. David Valadao (Hanford), Jeff Denham (Turlock) and Mimi Walters (Irvine) have pressured fellow Republicans to come up with a solution before Congress breaks for Christmas.
Following Trump’s decision, Knight said the issue should “receive attention by Congress.” Royce, who has taken hard-line stances on immigration in the past, urged his colleagues to provide a “permanent, legislative solution that gives certainty to these kids.” Neither elaborated on what that solution should be.