Both Dean Phillips and Collin Peterson campaign as moderate voices. One of the first tests of their independence came during a vote on H.R 6 which is an immigration bill that would provide green cards to criminals, including gang member and people who committed potentially serious crimes as juveniles.
Republican in the US House tried to make arguments that H.R 6 would prioritize mass amnesty over public safety however both Congressman Peterson and Phillips ended up voting with Nancy Pelosi.
Phillips defended the bill saying “The bill gives a pathway to permanent resident status for DED and TPS holders who have been in the United States for three years and do not have any felony convictions or more than one misdemeanor.”
In reality, the language of the bill allows criminals sentenced to under ten years, or that have had less than three state or federal convictions, to be given amnesty.
Collin Peterson did not issue a statement.
RNC spokesperson Preya Samsundar released a statement saying “Dean Phillips and Collin Peterson have voted to reward the behavior of those coming into our country illegally by giving criminals and gang members the promise of amnesty and a pathway to citizenship. While putting dangerous criminals back on the street only puts the safety and security of Minnesotans at risk, it’s clear that Phillips and Peterson have one main concern – to remain in the good graces of Nancy Pelosi.”
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