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Immigration, impeachment on minds of GOP congressman’s constituents

PLANT CITY – U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross got an earful of complaints and opinions at a Jan. 18 public forum at the local American Legion post.

About 100 people crowded into the legion hall for the meeting, the Lakeland Republican’s first of the year in Plant City. Topics ranged from immigration to Amtrak to terrorism.

Several people advocated that Ross and his colleagues in the House of Representatives start impeachment proceedings against President Obama.

Ross, however, said while he’s not happy with Obama’s presidency, it would be impossible to impeach him given that the Senate is controlled by the Democrats.

“It will do more harm than good,” said Ross, who added that an impeachment attempt would be doomed and feed critics that conservative Republicans are extremists.

Many of the comments were about immigration reform, which Ross said he feels is necessary. But there was wide disagreement among members of the audience on the topic.

Ross said he has empathy for those born in other countries because, “I am the grandson of an immigrant myself. I understand your plight. I really do.”

Ross said at the end of the 70-minute meeting that he and his staff members are accessible through his district and Washington offices.

Ross, who recently announced plans to run for his third term, represents parts of Polk and Hillsborough County, including Plant City.

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