Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots
WND World – Multiple new polls show tea-party activists see the border crisis as the most important issue of the 2014 midterm elections, and the movement once known for its insistence upon less spending and smaller government is ready to make border security a critical issue heading into November.
Surveys from Gallup, Polling Company Inc. and the Tea Party Patriots show immigration as the top issue for voters in 2014. Democrats historically have an edge in the debate due to their insistence that the vast majority of those in the country illegally are good people trying to make a better life for their families and they are deserving of a chance. However, the recent flood of illegal border crossings has changed some opinions, including those of congressional Republicans.
GOP leaders from the Republican National Committee to House Speaker John Boehner to 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan consistently pushed for comprehensive immigration reform in the wake of President Obama’s re-election. Their plans were scuttled by GOP House members earlier this year. By July, while the border crisis raged, most Republicans seemed very hesitant to move in that direction.
Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin said she thinks Republicans officially got the message.
“What we saw happen at the end of July in the House of Representatives showed that the House of Representatives was finally listening to the people and doing what the people want,” she said. “People do not want amnesty granted to people who have broken the law and come to our country illegally.”
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