Hard-right House Republicans on Friday are forming an America First Caucus, which one document has described as championing ‘Anglo-Saxon political traditions’ and warning that mass immigration was putting the ‘unique identity’ of the U.S. at risk.
The paper, was first reported by Punchbowl News, a news outlet covering Capitol Hill.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R‑Fla., said he was joining and indicated that fellow conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R‑Ga., was also behind it.
The group calls for limiting legal immigration ‘to those that can contribute not only economically, but have demonstrated respect for this nation’s culture and rule of law.’ It voices support for infrastructure ‘that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture.’
Democrats including Representative Peter Welch denounced the caucus on Twitter as ‘nakedly racist and disgusting.’ ‘This supposed caucus and its members represent a dangerous nativist perspective that hurts our country, but sadly is not surprising,’ Welch added.
Representative Don Beyer referred to the group as the ‘White Supremacist Caucus’ on Twitter.