Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus

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The Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus is a political organization made up of members of the United States Congress.


According to the agenda posted on the founder's congressional website,[1] and repeated in subsequent caucus declarations,[2] the caucus was founded "to review current immigration policy, propose new immigration policies and provide a forum in Congress for addressing the positive and negative consequences of our immigration policies."



The caucus was founded in May 1999 by Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo to bring together members of Congress opposing increased immigration and paths to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.[3]

113th United States Congress 2013-2015[edit]

Chair: Ted Poe (R-TX)

Caucus members during the 113th US Congress included Congressmen Bill Flores (R-GA), Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) as well as Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN).[4]

110th United States Congress 2007-2009[edit]

Chair: Brian Bilbray (R-CA)

Caucus members during the 110th US Congress included Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Bill Sali (R-ID) and Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD).[5] As the bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 approached a floor vote, caucus members coordinated with NumbersUSA to engage key senators to oppose and ultimately collapse the bill.[6]

107th United States Congress 2001-2003[edit]

Chair: Tom Tancredo (R-CO)

Caucus members opposed amnesty for undocumented US residents, blocking expansion of Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tom Tancredo. "Proposed Agenda". Web Archive. Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b Tom Tancredo (2004). "Proposed Agenda for the 108th Congress". Minnesotans for Sustainability. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  3. ^ IPS Right Web (2013). "Immigration Reform Caucus". Right Web. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ Ted Poe (6 February 2013). "Poe named Chairman of Immigration Reform Caucus; holds kickoff meeting". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  5. ^ Ted Poe (1 June 2007). "Immigration Reform Caucus: Amnesty for millions is more than just a narrow slice of the proposed immigration bill". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  6. ^ Gulasekaram, Pratheepan and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan (2015). The New Immigration Federalism, p. 104. Cambridge University Press, New York. ISBN 9781107530867