Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), the vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, has changed his mind and now opposes any efforts to grant amnesty to America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants. Poe said his stance is a specifically a result of President Barack Obama’s style of dealing with congressional Republicans during the recent government shutdown and debt ceiling battles.
"The President has proven over the last few weeks that ‘negotiating’ means conservatives must give in and that it's his way or no way,” Poe said in an email to Breitbart News. “In his opinion, there is no compromise, just intimidation with inflammatory rhetoric. The President is putting his political agenda ahead of what's best for America."[...]
Poe’s decision to turn against amnesty comes on the heels of Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), a supporter of immigration reform, saying it would be “crazy” for House GOP leadership to negotiate with the Senate and President Obama on the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill because Obama’s motives with it are not pure. Obama is using this debate to try to “destroy” the Republican Party, Labrador said.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee, similarly came out publicly against Obama’s new push for immigration reform this year, saying in response to Obama’s claims that immigration was next on the congressional legislative agenda: “No, it’s not.”
Gowdy had originally been open to some kind of immigration reform deal, but like Labrador and now Poe, he is closed to doing anything because of Obama’s brash style of negotiation.