Looking to derail comprehensive immigration talks on Capitol Hill, the advocacy group NumbersUSA launched a new ad campaign Wednesday targeting Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, who is seen as one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2014.
The ad is part of the group’s “Say No to Amnesty” campaign (https://www.saynotoamnesty.com/), which also has targeted Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who is a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” that is hammering out a comprehensive immigration bill that could provide legal status as well as a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living here.
Mr. Begich is not part of the “Gang of Eight.”
“Who thinks Sen. Mark Begich’s plan to bring in foreign workers to take Alaska jobs is a good idea?” the narrator says in the 30-second ad, which features a series of questions before jumping to individuals who respond, “Not me.”
“Who wants him to support a Senate proposal to bring millions more immigrant workers to America?” the ad asks.
“Who thinks Senator Begich should support amnesty for illegal aliens giving away Social Security benefits?”
The NumbersUSA campaign includes a petition signed by more than 238,000 people that, among other things, says, “I oppose the Senate Gang of Eight’s amnesty proposal to legalize millions of illegal immigrants in a time of budget deficit crisis and high unemployment.”