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Kline could face backlash over immigration

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under 2nd District, Minnesota congressional, Democrats, Republicans Updated: July 10, 2013 - 1:57 PM

U.S. Rep. John Kline is among the House Republicans who could face backlash from constituents if they vote against immigration reform, according to survey findings from Public Policy Polling.

The polling firm surveyed the districts of seven House Republicans facing potentially tough re-election battles and found that in each district, voters said they would be less likely to vote for their congressman if he opposes immigration reform.

In Kline's district, 44 percent of poll participants said they would be less likely to support him if he opposed comprehensive reform. Only 19 percent said a vote against immigration reform would make them more likely to support Kline.

The Second Congressional District covers the south suburban metro area.

"As Washington explores any immigration reform, Congressman Kline believes we must first come up with a plan to establish credibility on our borders," said Troy Young, Kline's communications director. "It is time for meaningful immigration reform, but we need to get it right."

Sixty-nine percent of poll participants in Kline's district support the immigration bill that passed the U.S. Senate last month. House Speaker John Boehner has said the House will not vote on the Senate legislation, which includes a 13-year path to citizenship for immigrations without legal status.

House Republicans will gather in private today to map out a strategy on immigration, an issue that has divided the party. While some GOP leaders favor of comprehensive overhaul, some conservative members, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, have criticized the legislation, arguing that it grants amnesty to illegal immigrants.

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