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Carlos Curbelo PAC says it's raised $75K for pro-immigration House Republicans


A political action committee created by Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo has collected more than $75,000 since January to back GOP members of the U.S. House who support immigration reform, Curbelo said Thursday.

The so-called leadership PAC, a type of organization that can fund a candidate's non-campaign expenses and contribute to other candidates, is named What a Country!, or "WACPAC."

"I am working hard every day in Congress to make immigration reform a reality, and WACPAC is an important part of these efforts," Curbelo said in a statement.

"There is growing momentum among House Republicans for overhauling and modernizing our country's immigration laws, and WACPAC will continue backing candidates who have the courage to lead on this important issue. Now is the time to secure our borders, reform our visa system, and find a fair solution for the many undocumented residents who are contributing to our economy."

Curbelo said the PAC has already contributed to the campaigns of 30 sitting House Republicans, though he didn't immediately name them or say how much each had received. 

Many are likely to have opposed an amendment to a national defense bill in May that erased language that would have pushed for immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Twenty House Republicans voted against the amendment, including Curbelo and fellow Miami Republicans Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

While the three local Cuban Americans face no backlash for their pro-immigration stance in a majority Hispanic community, many of their GOP colleagues do not have similar support from their constituents.