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    Invoking Ronald Reagan, new TV ad targets GOP presidential hopefuls’ immigration comm

    Invoking Ronald Reagan, new TV ad targets GOP presidential hopefuls’ immigration comments

    By Ed O'Keefe September 13 at 7:00 AM

    An immigration reform group backed by business, political and religious leaders plans to air a hard-hitting television commercial that juxtaposes the words of three Republican presidential candidates against those of a revered GOP figure: former president Ronald Reagan.

    The National Immigration Forum Action Fund will air the ad in the coming days on CNN before, during and after the presidential debate that the network is hosting Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The six-figure ad buy also includes time on MSNBC and Fox News Channel during their pre- and post-debate coverage, according to a spokesman for the group who shared details of the ad buy first with The Washington Post.



    The ad calls out candidates Donald Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), all of whom have voiced support for ending birthright citizenship or have suggested that undocumented immigrants from Mexico are rapists or other kinds of criminals.

    Their words are mixed with clips from Reagan's January 1989 farewell address, in which he harked back to his long-held belief that the United States is a "shining city on a hill" that should be welcoming to all people.

    "I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life," he said. "God-blessed and teeming with people of all kinds, living in harmony and peace."

    The ad then flash-forwards to "Today."

    "They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists," Trump said. "If I’m elected, they’re gonna get out of there Day One."

    Walker is heard being asked whether he believes — as Trump does — that birthright citizenship should be ended. "Yeah. Absolutely," he said.

    Cruz adds: "I’ve said we should end birthright citizenship."

    Then, Trump again: "I will build a great, great wall."

    The ad concludes with Reagan's words: "In my mind, it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans. And, if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it — and see it still."

    The general gist of the ad is clear: Some of today's Republicans strongly disagree with the former president they all say they revere. Invoking Reagan in an ad that will air during the CNN debate is especially notable, given that the GOP candidates will be gathered Wednesday night at the library dedicated to his presidency.

    The ad comes as many Republican leaders — and some of the party's presidential candidates — are increasingly concerned that fiery comments about immigrants could further damage the party's image with minority voters. Several polls this summer have shown that Trump especially is broadly unpopular among Hispanics and that the GOP's overall image has suffered within the nation's fastest-growing voting bloc.

    [Poll finds Hispanic disapproval of Trump rhetoric on illegal immigrants]

    And the new ad mirrors another one being aired by the Latino Victory Project — a group co-founded by Democratic National Committee Chairman Henry Muńoz and the actress Eva Longoria. The group confirmed Friday that it is launching a campaign in Colorado and Nevada aimed at grabbing the attention of Hispanic voters.

    In the LVP ad, actors read lines said by Trump, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal about undocumented immigrants. Like Trump, Bush and Jindal have defended the term "anchor babies," a term deemed offensive by many Hispanics.

    Trump and Cruz have stood by their previous comments on birthright citizenship, but Walker has shifted course. He said in mid-August that he agreed with Trump that the 14th Amendment granting birthright citizenship should be repealed, but he later backtracked.

    "My point is any discussion that goes beyond securing the border and enforcing laws are things that should be a red flag to voters out there who for years have heard lip service from politicians and are understandably angry," Walker told ABC News in late August as he clarified his position.

    The National Immigration Forum Action Fund is the separate political arm of a group that was founded at the height of the 2013 immigration reform debate and united an unlikely alliance of business, religious and law enforcement leaders.

    Many backers of comprehensive immigration reform believed that the National Immigration Forum's "Bibles, Badges Business" alliance would help win over skeptical Republican lawmakers or at least provide them political cover. Despite their work, immigration legislation failed to advance in the Republican-controlled House last year.

    That group — whose board includes Laura Foote Reiff, a top executive at Greenberg Traurig; Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto; Jeb Bush Jr., the son of the presidential candidate; and Louis Malfaro, a top leader of the American Federation of Teachers — didn't pay for the new ads.

    Instead, the National Immigration Forum Action Fund — led by Craig Regelbrugge, a major Republican agricultural advocate; Larry Kleinman, a health-care executive; and Felicia Wong of the Rockefeller Institute — produced the ad. But the group counts several notable allies, including businessman Steve Case, tax activist Grover Norquist and Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), all of whom issued statements in support of the new campaign.

    Jeb Bush Jr. and the two Miami-area congressmen are actively backing Jeb Bush's presidential campaign. But the ad they are supporting doesn't mention Bush's defense of the term "anchor babies."

    A preview of the ad came in a Washington Post op-ed published on Friday by Case, the co-founder of America Online and CEO of Revolution. He wrote that Trump's rhetoric and ideas on immigration "are too extreme and his language too caustic."

    "The argument for standing up to the current anti-immigration fever goes beyond purely economic considerations," he added. "The United States is an immigrant nation. Nearly all of us are immigrants or the offspring of someone who immigrated here. Some of our ancestors were welcomed, others were greeted by earlier waves of hostility. Yes, we’re a nation of laws, but we’re also a nation of opportunity, and a nation that prides itself on welcoming the tired and poor to our shores."

    [Business leaders must speak out against Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric]

    Reagan's most notable work on immigration reform came in 1986, when he signed legislation that required employers to verify workers' immigration status and made it illegal to knowingly recruit and hire undocumented immigrants. But the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, as it was known, also granted legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants who had entered the country before Jan. 1, 1982, and had lived in the country lawfully.

    Most Republican lawmakers and GOP presidential candidates now consider the law ineffective and a jarring example of government-backed "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants.

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    Reagan was wrong on immigration, many of us knew that then, and the whole country knows it now.
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    This is ad is going to backfire on these pro invasion traitors. They are underestimating America's antipathy to illegal immigration and overestimating their ability to influence this issue with slick expensive ads.

    Ronald Reagan got amnesty for illegals passed in 1986 and they lied about all the enforcement promises made to get the amnesty through. Reagan's amnesty for 1 million turned into 3 million which brought us the 15 million we have today.

    If we allow politicians to repeat Reagan's mistake, we can safely estimate a new batch of 45+ million illegals within 20 years.W
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    Reagan? Really?

    More Reagan Worship...?

    Personally, Ronald Reagan caused me to leave Breda, The Netherlands in 1988
    after a nuclear deal with the Soviets: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interm..._Forces_Treaty

    The Dutch people are some of the best people I have met in my life.

    Apart from that, he was in bed with Apartheid South Africa
    http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/1...pported_racist

    We have to do better.
    "Reagan Worship" is not en vogue for most of America and the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Reagan was wrong on immigration, many of us knew that then, and the whole country knows it now.

    And he later admitted it..............
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    The 1986 amnesty was supposed to have been a one time only event with the border secured in perpetuity. There were supposed to be very strict precondition for aliens to qualify for amnesty. Other than amnesty (without strict preconditions) none of the other promises were kept.

    Since then there have been about half a dozen smaller limited amnesties (look them up on the internet). It has been 14 years since the sneak attack on 9/11 and still the border is wide open. You would expect securing the border would have been done immediately after that.

    How about the government passing legislation reaffirming it will finally fulfill the promises made in 1986? How about they demonstrate they will stop lying to the American people about immigration?

    David Horowitz (a one time1960’s hardcore leftist turned conservative) with Jacob Laksin have written a thoroughly researched and documented book, The New Leviathan, that exposes the huge money machine financing left wing organizations.


    In the appendix he compares the money given in federal grants to “conservative” immigration groups (opposing open borders and illegal immigration) to federal grants for “progressive” groups (for open borders and amnesty) He documents that only 1 “conservative” group, The National Policy Institute, received a federal grant of $18,094. While 111 “progressive” groups received $325.3 million in federal grants! There is a similar pattern for other types of left wing groups.

    Additionally, Virtually every major, private, philanthropic organization is now controlled by leftists who channel money to leftwing groups. He estimates that the political left has 10 times the assets of rightwing groups.

    Now you know why there are these big expensive ads running on TV.
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    NO AMNESTY

    Don't reward the criminal actions of millions of illegal aliens by giving them citizenship.


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    Quote Originally Posted by csarbww View Post
    . . . Virtually every major, private, philanthropic organization is now controlled by leftists who channel money to leftwing groups. He estimates that the political left has 10 times the assets of rightwing groups.

    Now you know why there are these big expensive ads running on TV.
    "The Koch operation intends to spend nearly $889 million in the run-up to the 2016" election

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