Republican Scott Brown angled Thursday to make himself the border-security candidate in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, slamming rival Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for blocking legislation to deploy the National Guard on the border.
The Brown campaign blasted out an email that highlighted a 2010 vote by Mrs. Shaheen, a Democrat, that helped kill a bill that would have sent 6,000 National Guard to the southern border.
“Because of President Obama and Senator Shaheen, we have an immigration crisis on our hands,” said Brown campaign manager Colin Reed. “Rather than fix the problem, she has made it worse by opposing efforts to secure the border and by supporting amnesty for young illegal immigrants which has encouraged more people to come here in violation of the law.”
He said that Scott Brown, who voted for the 2010 bill when he was a senator from Massachusetts, still believes the National Guard “can help alleviate problems at the border by providing security and humanitarian assistance to people in need.”
Immigration has emerged as a top campaign issue in races across the country as the Obama administration has struggled to deal with the border crisis from an onslaught unaccompanied alien children arriving in the U.S.
New England voters are more opposed to illegal immigration than the rest of the country, with nearly 80 percent saying illegal immigrants threaten U.S. believes and customs, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The poll showed that 70 percent of Americans nationwide — including 86 percent of Republicans — say illegal immigrants threaten the country’s culture and the economy.