Las Vegas, NV – In a sit-down interview with KLAS last week, accidental Congressman Cresent Hardy doubled down on his extreme opposition to bipartisan immigration reform with an earned path to citizenship, reiterating that he’s against “amnesty in any way shape or form” and would only support a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants. Hardy represents a district that is nearly 30 percent Latino.
PolitiFact has previously found the standard for defining “amnesty” is the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, supported and signed by Republican President Ronald Reagan. Hardy’s opponent, State Senator Ruben Kihuen, came to the United States from Mexico when he was just eight years old, and his family is only here today because of Reagan’s immigration reform plan.
“There’s nothing even remotely compassionate about Congressman Hardy flippantly dismissing a path to citizenship that would help keep immigrant families together,” said Nevada Assemblyman and Democratic National Committeeman Nelson Araujo.“Bipartisan immigration reform with a legal way to earn citizenship would empower undocumented families to come out of the shadows so they can pay their taxes and grow Nevada’s economy. Congressman Hardy is a Tea Party extremist who would rather perpetuate a dysfunctional immigration system than work across the aisle, and that’s why Nevada voters are going to replace him in November.”