Brown calls for securing the border in new ad
Scott Brown released his sixth TV ad in his U.S. Senate bid yesterday, this one focusing on immigration and securing the border.
His call to secure the border comes on the heels of recent discussions over how to handle the flood of immigrant children from Central America now crossing the border.
“Americans go through security before they go on a plane, enter a government building or attend a ballgame,” Brown said in the ad. “But folks who come here illegally, they just walk across the border. That’s wrong.”
Brown then goes on to blame the border crisis on President Obama and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. For weeks he’s been arguing their “pro-amnesty” policies are encouraging more people to come across the border illegally. Shaheen supported the Dream Act, which would have created a path for children brought here illegally to become citizens, while Brown did not.
“Thanks to the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Sen. Shaheen, we have an immigration crisis on our hands. We respond with compassion, but it is time for us to secure the border once and for all,” Brown says.
Brown’s rejection of amnesty efforts and calls to strengthen the border is a common position among Republicans. But some Republican strategists have argued it may not be a smart one.
“I think that whatever progress the party may have made in the last 18 months has basically been unwound in the last two weeks. How can Hispanics (in the U.S.) not hear the message that ‘They don’t really like us’?” Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the state Republican Party, told the Wall Street Journal this weekend.
Last summer, several other state Republicans came to the defense of U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte when she voted for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that drew criticism from some on the right. Cullen, as well as former party chairmen Steve Duprey and Wayne McDonald, defended her vote for the bill, which included a lengthy path to citizenship for people already here.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne.)