The Congressional Hispanic Caucus denied Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s membership bid Thursday, the newest volley in a nasty dispute between the Florida lawmaker and a few members of the all-Democratic caucus.
The group voted to oppose Curbelo’s bid to hitch after weeks of back-and-forth between him and a few members of the group who’ve questioned whether or not his intentions to hitch the CHC have been politically motivated.
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Curbelo represents a Latino-heavy district in Miami that may be a high goal for Democrats in 2018.
Some CHC members have been turned off by Curbelo’s refusal to again the Dream Act, their invoice to grant authorized standing to younger undocumented immigrants who may face deportation as quickly as March.
Members additionally mentioned a personal argument between Curbelo and CHC Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), by which he accused her and the caucus of discriminating in opposition to him, soured their emotions.
Curbelo has mentioned Democrats are those enjoying politics, refusing to let him into the group as a result of he’s a Republican.
In a press release after the choice, group spokesman Carlos Paz, Jr. mentioned the CHC “isn’t simply a company for Hispanics; it’s a Caucus that represents sure values. This vote displays the place of lots of our members that Rep. Curbelo and his report will not be in step with these values.”