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GOP’s Immigration “War Room”

In Culture jamming, Economic Justice, Immigration, International politics, International Trade, Laws & Regulation, New York City, US Politics on July 18, 2006 at 12:36 pm

The Hill reports that House Republicans have created a communications “War Room” specifically for their War on Immigrants.

“After the hard-fought victory of GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray in California’s special election, House Republicans have increasingly hung their hopes of retaining the majority on their unwillingness to compromise on enforcement-first immigration reform… The ‘war room’ is not a physical space but rather a coordinated strategy to monitor local and national media coverage of the immigration debate and to saturate those markets with favorable comments about the House bill… The staffers involved hold a conference call every morning at 8:30 to report on clips they have compiled from the local press each day… The goal is to place opinion pieces and win positive coverage in regions where immigration reform is a prominent issue. To do that, leadership staff will co-opt rank-and-file members from those regions to place op-eds in their local papers or conduct television and radio interviews supporting the House bill.”

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