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Some of Congress’s Fiercest Immigration Critics Lead Groups That Celebrate Immigrants

Immigrants at Ellis Island, New York, sometime between 1907 and 1917.George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress via AP

Eleven supporters of an extreme Republican anti-immigration measure chair caucuses that celebrate ethnic heritage.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) thinks President Donald Trump’s immigration framework goes too easy on undocumented immigrants. Appearing last week on a Baltimore radio program, he blasted Trump’s proposed pathway to citizenship for Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who came to United States as children—as an “amnesty” plan. Instead, along with 87 colleagues, he supports a more extreme House Republican proposal that would sharply curtail legal immigration and treat Dreamers as criminals if they fall into poverty.

So it might come as a surprise that Harris is a leader of a group that celebrates an immigrant tradition. The son of immigrants who fled Hungary and Ukraine after World War II, Harris co-chairs the Congressional Hungarian Caucus, a bipartisan group that aims to “represent interests of Hungarian American constituents.”

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