- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A national nonprofit that advocates for immigrants is airing ads in South Carolina urging residents to oppose legislation that requires refugees to register and holds liable those who help them resettle.

National Immigration Forum spokesman Dan Gordon says the 30-second ad will air Monday through June 3 on 13 radio stations.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to debate the bill Tuesday.

No one testified for the bill at last month’s hearing. The two dozen opponents included ministers and refugees from Afghanistan who worked with U.S. soldiers. The bill passed the Senate in March.

The ad features clips from President Ronald Reagan’s farewell address in 1989. In it, the Republican icon calls America a “shining city,” with doors “open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.”

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