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Multiple far-right House Republicans have begun planning and promoting an America First Caucus aimed at pushing "uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions," Punchbowl News first reported.

The big picture: "The document was being circulated as the GOP is struggling to determine a clear direction as it prepares to try winning back control of the House and Senate in the 2022 elections," AP writes.

Of note: "The AP could not independently confirm the organization’s origins or current status, but Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said he was joining and indicated that fellow conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., was behind it." Punchbowl also noted that Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) involved.

Details: The caucus has distributed documents that say the group hopes to "follow in President Trump’s footsteps." The PDF that's been circulating adds that mass immigration has put the “unique identity” of the U.S. at risk.

  • In some of the most nakedly nativist rhetoric seen in the modern Congress, the document says: "The America First Caucus will work towards an infrastructure that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture."
  • The group focuses on different areas of policy — including immigration, education, foreign aid and election fraud it says should "be re-examined from the ground up to ensure that what remains keeps the interest of Americans at heart."

Zoom out: Several House Republicans have come out against the group, with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tweeting that "[t]he Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles."

  • Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) tweeted: "We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage. Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate."
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) tweeted: "I believe anyone that joins this caucus should have their committees stripped, and the Republican conference should expel them from conference participation. While we can’t prevent someone from calling themselves Republican, we can loudly say they don’t belong to us."

Worth noting: Greene tweeted on Saturday that she was not involved with the organization, saying the PDF is "a staff level draft proposal from an outside group that I hadn’t read."

Go deeper: Read the full 7-page document.

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Apr 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Anti-Trump lawmakers' private security expenses ballooned after Jan. 6 riot

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on April 14. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Image

Members of Congress are spending tens of thousands of dollars on personal security for them and their families in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot, according to an analysis of first-quarter Federal Election Commission reports by Punchbowl News.

Between the lines: Private security expenditures were especially common among anti-Trump Republicans and high-profile Democrats who earlier this year voted to impeach and convict the former president for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, signaling they fear for the safety of themselves and their families.

Updated Apr 15, 2021 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on immigration policy

On Thursday, April 15 Axios justice & race reporter Russell Contreras hosted a conversation on immigration policy, featuring Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and president of The LIBRE Initiative Daniel Garza.

Rep. Castro discussed the crisis at the border, the legacy of immigration in America, and his concerns about Title 42 being used as a means to expel refugees rightfully seeking asylum.

  • On congressional delegations making trips to the U.S.-Mexico border: "[These visits] have affirmed that our system for how we handle asylum-seekers...is broken. Our immigration system is broken."
  • On immigrants being used as scapegoats by politicians: "There's a history in our country, an ugly history of people using groups of people to scare others for political gain."

Daniel Garza discussed the goals of the LIBRE Initiative, a libertarian approach to immigration, and the need for a bipartisan approach to immigration.

  • On the long history and vital importance of immigration to the U.S.: "Throughout the arc of history, America has been strengthened because of immigrants that have come to America and we need to honor that legacy."
  • On Democratic and Republican consensus on immigration issues: "One party doesn't get to define what immigration reform is. They both have to come together and reach a consensus. And America is made stronger when the voices on both sides can come together and strike a balance between security and entry."

Axios Vice President of Growth Mia Vallo hosted a View from the Top Segment with Head of U.S. Local Media Relations at Bank of America Carla Molina, who discussed the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the Latino community. She unpacked Bank of America's multi-pronged approach to addressing systemic inequities focusing on health, small businesses, homeownership, and education.

  • "It's important to note that this commitment is really grounded in a long history ...Given everything that we saw [with the pandemic], it was important for us to really double down our efforts."

Thank you Bank of America for sponsoring this event.

Report: LGBTQ+ Afghans' lives "dramatically worsened" under Taliban rule

Taliban fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this month. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images

LGBTQ+ Afghans have been threatened, attacked and "faced an increasingly desperate situation and grave threats to their safety" since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan last August, per a report published Wednesday.

What they're saying: "We spoke with LGBT Afghans who have survived gang rape, mob attacks, or have been hunted by their own family members who joined the Taliban, and they have no hope that state institutions will protect them," per a statement from study co-author J. Lester Feder.