An immigration reform advocacy group will target House Speaker Paul Ryan and 26 other Republican members of Congress with a six-figure digital ad campaign starting this week.
iAmerica Action will run ads in the 27 districts urging congressional action to protect nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children and accepted into the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The ads running in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District encourage voters to call Ryan. One reads, "It's not fair for dreamers to lose the only home they've ever known." Another says, "The party of family values should not separate families."
"While the fight is about protecting young Americans who live here, work here, go to school here, and pay taxes, at its core it's about something far greater. Will we become an isolated nation that fears outsiders? Or continue with a rich tradition of welcoming immigrants who help make our country innovative and more competitive," said iAmerica Action president Rocio Sáenz in a statement.
The group ran a smaller ad campaign last month targeting Republican senators after President Donald Trump reportedly referred to some countries as "shithole" countries during an immigration discussion.
The ad campaign comes one week after the Senate failed to advance a bipartisan proposal to offer a pathway to citizenship for the "dreamers" while providing $25 billion for border security.
Trump had previously set a March 5 expiration date for for DACA, but because of several legal challenges, it's unclear exactly when it will come to an end.
Ryan said last week that Congress needs to address the issue in March.
A House proposal from Republican Reps. Robert Goodlatte of Virginia and Michael McCaul of Texas would give Dreamers renewable periods under which they could remain in the country legally, and would eventually allow them to apply for green cards.
"Our hope (is) that our Democratic colleagues are more interested in finding a solution than preserving an issue for campaigns," Ryan told reporters last week. "We’re there for a solution. We’re not trying to preserve an issue."