House Majority Leader McCarthy heckled during Sacramento speech

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At an appearance in Sacramento Wednesday, Bakersfield Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy was heckled by protesters demanding action on immigration reform.

McCarthy was in Sacramento giving a policy speech to the Public Policy Institute of California.

In that speech, he argued for tougher security at the US-Mexico border.

During the speech, about a dozen members from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, or CHIRLA, began heckling the Congressman.

After about five minutes, protesters peacefully left the room. They chanted in part, “McCarthy, where is your heart?”

For his part, McCarthy said the protest efforts were not productive and called on Republicans and Democrats to achieve a comprehensive immigration plan.

Outside the room, a protest organizer said McCarthy has refused to meet with immigration advocates in Bakersfield. They said Wednesday’s event was the only place to engage him.

McCarthy said he would not support any bill that does not include funding for a border wall. He also said the GOP-led tax reform bill is benefiting Californians and he does not support abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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