- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2014

House Democrats on Monday launched a Spanish-language web ad attacking Republicans for passing a border bills that it says ignores a humanitarian crisis on the border in favor of deporting children.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) targeted the paid online Spanish-language ads at six House Republican incumbents in districts where immigration is a potent issue, including Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman.

“Failure!” the ad’s text says in Spanish. “Congressman Coffman is part of the problem, and his leaders are hurting our DREAMers. He’s failing our community. Shame on him!”

The Democrats said the border bill was the latest evidence that comprehensive immigration reform, which would provide a path to citizenship for American’s approximately 11 million undocumented residents, would never advance while Republicans have majority control of the House.

“There’s no question that if voters want comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform, they need to send House Republicans home and elect Democrats who will make sure that we fix our broken system,” said DCCC spokesman Josh Schwerin. “At this point, the only obstacle to reform is Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans in Congress who keep supporting him.”

The bills passed Friday by House Republicans before Congress began its five-week vacation would revise a 2008 law to make it easier to deport unaccompanied alien children from Central America, the home to most of the more than 57,000 minors who have inundated the United States so far this year.

It also would reimburse governors who deploy their National Guard troops to the border, and includes money to boost enforcement.

Another bill would halt Mr. Obama’s non-deportation policy for so-called Dreamers, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that’s granted about 600,000 young adult illegal immigrants tentative legal status and work permits.

The bills remains in limbo during the recess and has virtually no chance of ever advancing in the Democrat-run Senate. President Obama also opposes the bill, though he previously supported changing the 2008 law but abruptly reversed in response to outcry from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other pro-immigration groups.