Dems dinging Steve Southerland on young immigrants

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A Democratic super PAC this morning is criticizing Florida congressman Steve Southerland and seven other House Republicans – with an eye toward eight targeted members – for what it calls “hypocrisy” about immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, reports Elizabeth Titus and Emily Schultheis of POLITICO’s Morning Score.

House Majority PAC’s attack comes ahead of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing this morning on the issue that Republicans are billing as part of its “step-by-step process” on immigration reform. Democrats are contrasting the hearing with last month’s House vote “to cut off funds for an Obama administration initiative to block deportations for DREAM Act immigrants.”

“That kind of hasty flip-flop would give anyone whiplash,” said House Majority PAC communications director Andy Stone in a statement. The other targeted members are Mike Coffman (CO-06), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Joe Heck (NV-03), David Joyce (OH-14), John Kline (MN-02), and Gary Miller (CA-31).

The attack is in line with $175,000 the super PAC just put into ads on Spanish-language TV targeting Miller, Coffman and Heck over immigration. POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt writes that those ads “provide an early preview into how Democrats plan to turn immigration into a key issue in the midterm elections.”

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