“Racism may be a part of it,” Steeper admitted. “The Republican Party needs to stop pandering to that.”
Steeper then gave Republicans some blunt advice on the matter.
“The Republican Party needs to throw in the towel on the immigration issue," he said.
The prospects of immigration reform have been shrouded in doubt after months of inaction by the GOP-led House of Representatives on a bill that passed the Senate. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who helped lead the push to pass that legislation, said earlier this week that Congress should dial back its reform efforts.