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November 14, 2017 6:17 AM
War between Hispanic pols puts Dreamers in cross hairs
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A clash between Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and Latino Democratic lawmakers over his attempt to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has gotten so nasty that it’s threatening to derail momentum for a year-end deal to save Dreamers from deportation.

CHC members accuse Curbelo, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the House, of seeking membership to the all-Democratic caucus just to boost his reelection chances in his Latino-heavy district. And they’re angry he’s pressing to be admitted even as he refuses to sign on to their signature bill, the DREAM Act — support they say would lend the proposal much-needed GOP muscle.

“Curbelo is clearly [the] leading [Republican] in this space, and we’d like him to lead in a more productive direction,” CHC Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) said in an interview. “I would like for him to do that, and he knows that. We would all like for him to do that.”

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