The “Gang of Seven,” the bipartisan group of House Representatives supporting and working towards comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) has been rapidly dwindling. On September 20, Texas Republicans John Carter and Sam Johnson announced they were leaving the group. Republican Raul Labrador of Idaho left the Gang in June after a disagreement on health care access for immigrants.
Carter and Johnson determined Friday that, despite having worked diligently for nearly four years toward a bipartisan solution, they were ready to call it quits. In a joint statement, the Representatives stated, “After years of hard work and countless meetings, we have reached a tipping point and can no longer continue working on a broad approach to immigration…We want to be clear. The problem is politics.”
CIR already had an uphill battle once it reached the House in June, but now many supporters have deemed the departures of Carter and Johnson to be the “fatal blow.” Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a key immigration supporter and member of the Gang, stated he did not believe the House would be producing a CIR bill anytime soon.