Concerned that their side was "losing badly" on immigration reform, a trio of congressional hardliners appeared on Glenn Beck's Blaze TV program on Thursday to ask him to help their cause.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), appearing alongside Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), suggested that there was a visibility issue surrounding the ongoing debate over a reform package.
“A lot of your viewers don’t even know we are in the middle of that fight right now, and we’re losing badly,” Bachmann said. “Why? Because members of Congress don’t even know this fight is going on, so we need your viewers to melt the phone lines and say 'Don’t vote for any immigration bill until the border is secure.'”
Questions over how immigration reform will proceed still remain in Congress. Earlier this week, legislation passed a procedural hurdle in the Senate, though it's clear that there is still plenty of right-wing opposition to a comprehensive package that provides a path to citizenship and doesn't focus primarily on border security.
King is one of the most vocal opponents of immigration reform, and on Thursday he claimed that supporters of the measure were getting "selected information designed to support the bill," which he said would "destroy" the rule of law. Gohmert chimed in, suggesting that some people had finally opened their eyes to the "termites destroying the framework" of the nation, but that lawmakers were choosing to ignore it by supporting immigration reform.
Both King and Bachmann also promoted an event slated to be held in front of the Capitol next week, at which they'll hold a "Lincoln-Douglas-style debate" decrying the current reform effort.
Beck promised support from his viewers for the opposition effort and suggested that he might appear at their event next week.