Here we go: Republican candidate launches first major anti-amnesty ad of the midterms

posted at 6:01 pm on August 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Michael Warren and DrewM, a milestone out of Arkansas courtesy of Tom Cotton’s campaign. Granted, an ad like this is a lower-stakes gamble in a red state; you probably won’t see Cory Gardner try something like it in Colorado, for instance, where the Latino population is larger. But the fact that Cotton’s willing to try it at all given the endless refrain from the commentariat that immigration’s a liability for the GOP is proof that at least some Republicans think the wind is blowing a different way now. And it’s also a warning to Obama that this is now officially a live issue in the midterms, with unpredictable results to follow if he goes ahead with that executive mega-amnesty he’s planning. Make a note: As of today, Cotton leads Pryor by anywhere from two to four points. If his lead starts to widen after this, other red-state Republican candidates will follow with amnesty attacks and if they gain ground, maybe O and his team will have a huddle about that mega-amnesty after all.

Speaking of which, Luis “They Hate Our Children” Gutierrez all but admitted on Friday that Ted Cruz and other conservatives are right. DACA, Obama’s 2012 amnesty for DREAMers, is in fact an incentive for illegals to cross the border, whether intentionally or not:

“I have 15-year-olds in my office today, who came to my office today, and you know what we told them? ‘You don’t qualify for DACA.’ Why? Because they came here four years ago, when they were 11, and they weren’t here by 2007,” Gutiérrez told reporters Friday evening as the House prepared to vote on a border supplemental bill and legislation freezing the DACA program.

Gutiérrez continued:

You had to be like seven or eight in 2007 to be 15 today to qualify for DACA. Look, here’s what I do believe happened: the criminal enterprises that exist in El Salvador and Guatemala said, ’Hm, let’s confuse the people. Let’s use lies and falsehoods to entice people to pay me $6,000 under a false premise and a false promise.’ I mean, if I ask you for $6,000 just to get you to the border, you might say, ‘maybe;’ if I say, ‘hey, by the way, once I get you there you get permiso, a permit, it’s a very different thing. And what they’re talking about — a permit is really, I believe is, you’re required to show up under the law. I think that’s what they’re talking about. I don’t know, I’m not a part of the criminal enterprise, but you can imagine. So do I think that there is some of that going on? I think there is some of that going on.

DACA gave traffickers a reason to tell kids abroad, “The U.S. is letting young illegals stay now,” even though that’s untrue for children who weren’t already here at the time. Whether that was a deliberate lie or a misunderstanding is unclear, but here we are. Obama could, a la Cruz, announce that enrollment in DACA is now closed and then broadcast that fact to Central America; instead he’s planning to expand the program further to incorporate five million adult illegals. What do you suppose traffickers will do with that development?

Update: Aha, turns out Cotton’s not quite the first candidate to flag immigration in an ad. I missed this one from last week from Scott Brown — who’s not, needless to say, running in a deep red state.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Um, AP, Scott Brown has already run an anti-immigration ad against Jeanne Shaheen.

OK, you updated it.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Hell yes!!

Now this is what more of them should be doing.

bluegill on August 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

‘It’s time to retire Pryor.’

Catchy.

changer1701 on August 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

AP also Chris McDaniel formally challenged the election.

sorrowen on August 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

They’ll both vote for Mitch McConnell as leader, even though McConnell is a huge supporter of legalizing criminal aliens.

joekenha on August 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

You had to be like seven or eight in 2007 to be 15 today to qualify for DACA. Look, here’s what I do believe happened: the criminal enterprises that exist in El Salvador and Guatemala said, ’Hm, let’s confuse the people. Let’s use lies and falsehoods to entice people to pay me $6,000 under a false premise and a false promise.’

Dear sucker jackass liberals — we know how this works; you are transparently scummy in your deceit. DACA will leave millions more illegal aliens who did not qualify, and the moment it goes into effect the liberal jackasses in both parties will be asking the perfectly logical question “why doesn’t this apply to these other poor urchins?”

The illogic of amnesty for invaders has no cutoff point in age or time here as an illegal. It will make just as much sense to the dope liberals for the next batch as it does for this batch. Only idiots will fall for it.

Jaibones on August 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Theses ads are great but they are all talk right now. And talk is cheap. Let’s see how they vote if and when they get to Washington or in Brown’s case back to Washington.

bgibbs1000 on August 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

This is huge. Because the immigration menace is going to be a major winning issue for us. But this ad could just as well be run against the Republican senator from Tennessee Lamar Alexander (primary Aug 7th), who also voted for Schumer’s amnesty bill.

Now Lamar is “digging in” with his support of amnesty:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/23/Sen-Lamar-Alexander-Digs-In-On-Immigration-Reform

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/04/Lamar-Alexander-Refuses-To-Support-Marsha-Blackburn-Anti-DACA-Bill

Do whatever you can to help Joe Carr defeat the climate change pushing amnesty shill Lamar Alexander on August 7th.

anotherJoe on August 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Speaking of which, Luis “They Hate Our Children” Gutierrez all but admitted on Friday that Ted Cruz and other conservatives are right. DACA, Obama’s 2012 amnesty for DREAMers, is in fact an incentive for illegals to cross the border, whether intentionally or not:

It’s worth noting that Gutierrez also tacitly admits that there is no amount of time an illegal alien is present in the United States or any other condition or qualification that he and his fellow open borders enthusiasts are willing to accept as a limit or deadline on admission under DACA or any other amnesty legislation. In their minds it’s simply not ‘fair’ to deny anyone citizenship in the United States.

Gutierrez may begin with demands for legalized status, work permits, etc. but he and his group would then advance to permanent legal resident status ( green cards all around) and then demand citizenship for all and no border or barrier to anyone who just chose to walk into the nation and set up shop.

The only reasonable answer to Gutierrez and his open borders group is “No.”

thatsafactjack on August 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Ander Crenshaw has been running no amnesty as part of his laundry list of platforms here in Florida. The other thing that is going on that is kind of fun (potential to be a big mess) is that a judge has decided that two of Florida’s districts are jerrymandered and have to be fixed by this election. One of the districts is that of Corrine Brown and she IS NOT happy. Apparently a district that meanders throw eight counties is suspect. Who knew?

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2014 at 6:17 PM

If his lead starts to widen after this, other red-state Republican candidates will follow with amnesty attacks and if they gain ground, maybe O and his team will have a huddle about that mega-amnesty after all.

.
Two aspects to this EO amnesty nonsense. First, it wasn’t done in 2009 or 2010 because the Democrats KNEW it was political poison even though they more than had the votes.

Second, while the KneePad Media will do anything they have to in order to keep the deep disaffection this is causing the Democratic base under wraps, the reality is easy to find for yourself.

Just find your Congressperson’s next scheduled town hall or, even easier, tele-conference town hall scheduled during August.

The one I listened in to had people asking WHY impeachment was “off the table according to John Boehner”?

NO ONE was taking offense at the idea.

The African-American constituents are very upset with the idea of lots of new CHEAPER labor being added to the mix and the benefits pool.

PolAgnostic on August 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

re: Gardner probably wouldn’t do this in Colorado

I had planned to send money to Gardner. But then he voted against a Republican bill to repeal DACA.

Votes speak louder than websites.

The House is suing the administration on its lawlessness on just this issue.

Yet Gardner refuses to stand up and be counted with conservatives.

To have voted “no” is to say “I’m for amnesty for ‘dreamers.’”

I won’t support someone who makes amnesty easier.

EastofEden on August 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

No Amnesty candidate will ever get my vote. If both candidates are for Amnesty, who wants to stand in line on such a chilly November day?

MaiDee on August 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

This piece explains how little difference Hispanics are likely to make in the fall election for Senate seats. Except perhaps – yes – for Colorado.

Half the eligible Hispanic voters live in just 65 of the 435 House seats.

EastofEden on August 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

For some reason the link isn’t showing up…it’s from the Washington Examiner, today, by Justin Green.

EastofEden on August 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I like the cut of this fellow Cotton’s jib.

True American values will win. Fascist-democrat lite will not.

jukin3 on August 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM

“We have amnesty today,” Alexander said. “Turning your head while 11 million people are already here illegally is perpetual amnesty. I voted along with 67 other United States senators to end perpetual amnesty.”

NO sir, YOU LIE! We now have TEMPORARY amnesty for 11 to 20 million illegal aliens. You voted to make it PERMANENT.

YOU have been turning YOUR head away from the SAVE Act and the 2005 Sensenbrenner bill and every other enforcement-only bill for years. YOU are the problem!

He and other open-borders fans continue to offer this false dichotomy, ignoring attrition through law enforcement, which is both a winning political issue

http://www.jmisys.com/immigrationmarches/zogby5.html

AND a very effective policy — WHEN it is actually used:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxe1WO27B_I

fred5678 on August 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

But the fact that Cotton’s willing to try it at all given the endless refrain from the commentariat that immigration’s a liability for the GOP is proof that at least some Republicans think the wind is blowing a different way now.

I’m sure the wind is blowing in a different way, and not in the dims favor.

Good ad by Cotton. He’s a good candidate and will make a great Senator.

cat_owner on August 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Will the GOPe start running ads calling Cotton’s supporters racist now?

ConstantineXI on August 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Michelle Malkin Blasts ‘Double-Talking Weasel’ Lamar Alexander

http://cnmnewz.com/malkin-blasts-double-talking-weasel-lamar-alexander/

Add this to endorsements for Carr by Sarah Palin, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin.

anotherJoe on August 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

The African-American constituents are very upset with the idea of lots of new CHEAPER labor being added to the mix and the benefits pool.

PolAgnostic on August 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Freezing ALL welfare spending at current dollars is a great idea. Bring on the blue on blue violence.

monalisa on August 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

“I have 15-year-olds in my office today, who came to my office today ….”

The worst possible age: too old to educate … just the right age for gangs … and we will be supporting him for 65 years while he votes Democratic/Socialist.

bw222 on August 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Wasnt that long ago we thought Obamacare would be the main issue for the midterms.

It’s going to be the border crisis and illegal aliens.

cat_owner on August 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

I don’t believe Obama will grant a blanket amnesty by EO or any other means.

If Obama had wanted to grant amnesty to illegal aliens he could readily have done so in 2009 with a super majority in congress. They could have passed anything they liked and the GOP wouldn’t have had the votes to stop them.

The reason I believe Obama has failed to grant the amnesty he promised repeatedly is that if he did the Democrats would be surrendering their most effective cudgel to get Latino’s to the polls to vote for them, and they’d lose the best weapon they have to try and frame the GOP as anti-Latino for wanting to enforce the law and maintain the rule of law.

Why would the Democrats willingly surrender their most effective weapons to control their base?

If Obama does anything toward an amnesty for illegal aliens it will be only for a specific subset of that vast group. Probably those who can demonstrate that they’ve been at large in this nation for 10-20 years. have paid taxes during that tenure, and have no criminal record other than immigration offenses. Democrats would see this group as the most sympathetic beyond the DREAMER’s.

DACA has been toxic to this nation, as evinced by the invasion of illegal aliens from all over the world, not just those from Central America. Leaked CBP Report Shows Entire World Exploiting Open US Borders. And any further EO amnesty will only make this problem worse.

thatsafactjack on August 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

If facts prevail, conservatives will win on amnesty. If emotions prevail, we lose.

bw222 on August 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Hell yeah.

crrr6 on August 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I have been very impressed every time I have heard Tom Cotton speak.

You can learn more about Tom Cotton at his Campaign website:

http://www.tomcotton.com/

If you like what you see, please do what you can to help Tom Cotton win this seat in the U.S. Senate.

wren on August 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

But the fact that Cotton’s willing to try it at all given the endless refrain from the commentariat that immigration’s a liability for the GOP is proof that at least some Republicans think the wind is blowing a different way now.

Or that, with the TP types having destroyed any chance of convincing latino the right doesn’t absolutely hate them, GOP politician’s best bet is to double down on xenophobia and pray they can work the white vote for a cycle or two more.

It probably will work in 2014. It’ll fail in 2016. It might work in 2018. Past that…

Tlaloc on August 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

The House is suing the administration on its lawlessness on just this issue.

Yet Gardner refuses to stand up and be counted with conservatives.

To have voted “no” is to say “I’m for amnesty for ‘dreamers.’”

I won’t support someone who makes amnesty easier.

EastofEden on August 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I agree with virtually all of your sentiment about Gardner’s no show on the House bill. That said, don’t kid yourself that the House lawsuit is premised on Obama’s lawlessness on the immigration issue. Make no mistake: it’s sadly not.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384382/why-doesnt-boehners-lawsuit-mention-immigration-andrew-c-mccarthy

BuckeyeSam on August 4, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Whoops, looks like Cotton just lost any support from those Tyson folks in Arkansas. They would go out of business if the illegals had to leave.

Sergeant Major on August 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Tyson was voting for Pryor anyway.

Realdemocrat1 on August 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM

anotherJoe on August 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I heard Fred Thompson endorsing ‘conservative’ Lamar today. Such a disappointment. I’ve copied a link to an article listed on Drudge today about all gains in employment in the state of Tennessee since 2000 have been in the immigrant community though 60% of population growth has been in the native population. Alexander (and Corker) both voted for that immigration bill. I will be sending an email to everyone I know this evening when I get home and can get off this darned phone.

pannw on August 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I heard Fred Thompson endorsing ‘conservative’ Lamar today. Such a disappointment. I’ve copied a link to an article listed on Drudge today about all gains in employment in the state of Tennessee since 2000 have been in the immigrant community though 60% of population growth has been in the native population. Alexander (and Corker) both voted for that immigration bill. I will be sending an email to everyone I know this evening when I get home and can get off this darned phone.

pannw on August 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

The article you want is on CNBC and you can’t post links to them on HA. Here is the article that CNBC’s post references: All of Tennessee’s Employment Growth Since 2000 Has Gone to Immigrants, Yet Natives Accounted for Two-Thirds of Population Growth

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

pannw on August 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Thompson, Huckabee and Gingrich always go for the old establishment RINOs. That’s no surprise.

cat_owner on August 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM