Rosemary Jenks

Director of Government Relations for NumbersUSA

Ending DACA is a priority for Rosemary Jenks and her employer, NumbersUSA. According to disclosure paperwork filed this year, the group has lobbied Congress to do just that.  NumbersUSA, has publicly supported the Paxton-led strategy to sue the Trump administration over DACA, saying that Paxton was “providing a way for Pres. Trump” to “stop this DACA program.”

About

  • Rosemary Jenks is the Director of Government Relations for NumbersUSA. In this role, Jenks serves as a primary link between the anti-immigrant movement’s grassroots base and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
  • Prior to joining NumbersUSA in 2001, Jenks worked as a senior fellow and legislative analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

Beliefs

  • Jenks is not shy about her ties to former Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who previously received support from white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. At a lobbying event in Washington, which former Rep. Tancredo attended, Jenks announced that if anyone was looking for her, they could find her in the offices of Representative Tancredo, where she and Linda Purdue (who has long worked with Tanton) were “virtual staffers.”
  • Jenks is a close associate of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney. Since 2010, Jenks has been a guest on Gaffney’s radio program multiple times. Jenks also contributed to Gaffney’s 2013 book, “War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World” and has spoken at multiple events organized by Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy.
  • During a 2010 anti-immigrant rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Jenks lauded former State Sen. Russell Pearce for his efforts to pass Arizona’s bigoted SB 1070.
  • Jenks works closely with key anti-immigrant representatives including Rep. Steve King, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Rep. Lamar Smith.

Attacks on DACA

  • According to lobbying disclosure paperwork filed in 2017, NumbersUSA lobbied the 115th Congress on “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”
  • In a Los Angeles Times interview, Jenks stated, “I certainly am very happy that Secretary Kelly ended DAPA … that is a good thing and needed to happen — but it does not fulfill Trump’s campaign promise. DACA needs to be ended…You can’t continue to do something that is unconstitutional.”
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