Pro-immigration attack ads to target House Republicans
November 7th, 2013
01:58 PM ET
9 months ago

Pro-immigration attack ads to target House Republicans

(CNN) - A new union-backed ad buy will look to drum up support for passing comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives by targeting vulnerable chamber Republicans, according to a statement.

The Service Employees International Union said Thursday they are spending more than $500,000 on attack ads targeting seven House Republicans who face tough re-elections next year, and House Speaker John Boehner. SEIU has already spent more than $2.5 million promoting immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, the group said.

According to the statement, the 30 seconds ads will target Boehner in the Washington, D.C. market while going after Reps. Gary Miller of California, Joe Heck of Nevada, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Rodney Davis of Illinois, David Joyce of Ohio, John Kline of Minnesota and Michael Grimm of New York in their home districts.

Among the candidates, Grimm is particularly vulnerable. The Staten Island Republican is the only GOP representative for heavily liberal-leaning New York City.

The ad buy marks the second Thursday to name Heck, albeit the other ad is from the conservative Americans for Prosperity, praising his opposition to Obamacare.

For Heck and the other representatives, the message is clear, SEIU Executive Vice President Rocio Saenz said in the statement.

"Enough talk – it is time for action. If Republican members support commonsense immigration reform, they must tell Speaker Boehner that that time is now to bring a bill to the floor for a vote that includes a pathway to citizenship," Saenz said.

The ads are all but identical to each other, changing only the names of the Republican in question. The one attacking Boehner is the only one even remotely different, albeit only slightly.

"The Senate passed bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform months ago," the announcer says, but there has been no movement by "House Republicans to fix our broken immigration system."

Obama puts immigration back in spotlight

Immigration has virtually stalled since the Senate passed a bill in June that Republicans have refused to take up. Boehner has instead said he prefers a series of piecemeal immigration bills rather than one large bill.

There has been limited progress in recent weeks however, with most House Democrats and a handful of House Republicans saying they're in favor of comprehensive reform.

GOP Rep: Many House Republicans will sign onto immigration bill

The most prevalent conflict in the House is over the 13-year pathway to citizenship for some of the country's estimated 11 million undocumented migrants, a pathway passed in the Senate legislation that many Republicans blast as amnesty for lawbreakers.

Also at issue, the Senate bill has no provisions requiring that the U.S. border be certified as secure before the pathway to citizenship can commence, although the Senate version did vastly expand the border patrol.

A large majority of Americans have consistently said they support immigration reform. In the most recent poll, from CBS last month, more than three-quarters of Americans supported an eventual pathway for the vast majority of undocumented immigrants. But the survey also indicated a slight majority of Americans said securing the border was a higher priority than citizenship.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    None of these republican thugs are fit to be re-elected. Fire all these thugs. Nation's evil goes away.

    November 7, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. A True Conservative

    Very interesting. When we are talking about the ACA the left says "It's the law!!"....when we talk about illegal immigrants the left says "We need to change the law!!"....hey it's the law....deal with it......you can't have it both ways...oh....wait....I forgot.....the left lives in an alternate universe where they can have it both ways.....my bad. It's only the right that lives in reality.....

    November 7, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. simplyput

    No one in his right mind will support anything this president puts forward until he cleans up the healthcare *mess* he has created. We don't need illigals destroying the county when Obama is doing such a fine job all by himself. Why is someone once affiliated with LA RAZA running our domestic policy, Ms. Munoz. The *race* is definitely the only agenda the democrats have, so don't move *forward* on this one. The dems will pass it in the middle of the night and nobody will bother to read the Unaffordable Immigration Act.

    November 7, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. just saying

    the democrat smoke and mirror show to deflect and change the subject from their ongoing obamacare disaster. it ain't happening.

    November 7, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    "Also at issue, the Senate bill has no provisions requiring that the U.S. border be certified as secure before the pathway to citizenship can commence, although the Senate version did vastly expand the border patrol."

    The immigration battle will come down to that very point. "Certified Secure Border"? - utter gibberish, like the Wars on Terror and Drugs, a goal that will never be reached, let alone even defined.

    If I'm Harry Reid, I say, "We'll talk about Border Patrol officers and walls all day long, but y'all can just forget about yer phantom 'secure border certificate', my little droogies."

    November 7, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "certified as secure"

    LOL. In other words, all the GOP/Teatroll-controlled red states along the border are trying to have a commission created on which they alone sit so they alone can determine when (i.e., never) the border is "certified as secure" and can indefinitely thwart any pathway to citizenship in order to protect the GOP/Teatrolls from those states' immigrant populations' voting habits

    November 7, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    @A True Conservative,

    "Very interesting. When we are talking about the ACA the left says "It's the law!!"....when we talk about illegal immigrants the left says "We need to change the law!!""

    (shrugs) Dems have a majority in the Senate, so they can try to implement or change laws whenever they wish. The GOP House has the right to legislatively disagree. The President can sign bills into laws or veto 'em.

    America!

    November 7, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -A True Conservative

    Very interesting. When we are talking about the ACA the left says "It's the law!!"....when we talk about illegal immigrants the left says "We need to change the law!!"....hey it's the law....deal with it......you can't have it both ways...oh....wait....I forgot.....the left lives in an alternate universe where they can have it both ways.....my bad. It's only the right that lives in reality.....
    ***********
    Reality? the Right does not understand reality even as it repeatedly bites them in the nether regions. The job of the Congress is to pass and help implement laws, so, SHOCKER, sometimes laws get changed and laws get passed even without their help. Apparently, the Right wants to live in the universe where they can cut taxes, balance the budget and increase defense spending: guess how that turned out? It was about as realistic as Clint Eastwood's conversation with a chair he had about 15 months ago. Oh, by the way: run any climate models lately? You knwo, the ones you are criminally incompetant to run, yet you felt your ideology and your bias trump the work of atmospheric Chemists who have studied it for years. Yep, you live in reality all right: just not the correct one.

    November 7, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. PaulCat

    Why are republicans so hateful?

    Could it be that they are not very happy in their own personal life?

    November 7, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. US Citizen

    So will they be legalizing breaking-and-entering also?

    November 7, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. simplyput

    Laws don't matter to democrats, even though they are the party of lawyers! With this President, he gets to pick and choose which laws he will enforce, remember? Reality is not a problem for Obama. Is he still smokin'?

    November 7, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Thomas

    @A True Conservative
    Very interesting. When we are talking about the ACA the left says "It's the law!!"....when we talk about illegal immigrants the left says "We need to change the law!!"....hey it's the law....deal with it......you can't have it both ways...oh....wait....I forgot.....the left lives in an alternate universe where they can have it both ways.....my bad. It's only the right that lives in reality.....

    =======

    What Reality will you live in when the ACA program becomes successful and people like it ?

    November 7, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Thomas

    @A True Conservative

    What Reality will you live in when the ACA program becomes successful and people like it ?

    =====

    The answer : The same closed minded , obstructionist , non visionary world you live now.

    November 7, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Askal

    This union must have majority of their members are illegal aliens who need to be deported.

    November 7, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. just saying

    obama has refused to implement obamacare as the bill was passed. he has repeatedly, unilaterally and illegally changed the law to suit his own political needs. he will do the exact same thing with any immigration law. he will refuse to enforce parts he does not like. there is no deal to be made with this serial liar and his serial liar democrats.

    secure our borders before we even talk about anything else. until that is done, nothing else should be done. democrats need to regain the trust of the american people after their lies of the last 5 years with obamacare.

    November 7, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. tom l

    @PaulCat
    "Could it be that they are not very happy in their own personal life?"

    Actually, there has been studies done on that. Guess what? Study after study shows that repubs are much happier than dems.

    November 7, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    A True Conservative

    Very interesting. When we are talking about the ACA the left says "It's the law!!"....when we talk about illegal immigrants the left says "We need to change the law!!"....hey it's the law....deal with it......you can't have it both ways...oh....wait....I forgot.....the left lives in an alternate universe where they can have it both ways.....my bad. It's only the right that lives in reality.....

    Very interesting... I haven't seen the Senate vote on this 40 some odd times (or is it 50) with the foreknowledge it had no path to pass. The ACA is the law... didn't you read Judge Robert's opinion (I haven't watched FAUX in awhile, maybe they haven't told you all that... You do know Romney lost, right?) Yeah, and slavery used to be okay and now it's not. And discriminating against people of color used to be all right and now it's not (though, I think the te abag gers in the House have a couple of bills trying to reverse that) and beating your wife and kids used to be all right and now it's not (well, most states). And alcohol used to be all right, and then it wasn't, and now it is....
    Now, What was that 'reallity' issue you were having a problem with?

    November 7, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. TONE

    @Tom wrote study after study shows that repubs are much happier than dems.

    How could they be happier with so much anger, and racist garbage or you mean the one percenters (rich republicans) are happier,and the other 99 percenters are sad.

    November 7, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    Why would we treat people who ignore our laws to enter this country the same as we treat those who follow our laws to enter our country?

    "Oh, but wait, this is the LAST TIME we offer them AMNISTY. Honest.

    Is it realistic to expect anyone to respect our laws if we keep rewarding those who ignore our laws?
    If our laws about entry into this country are so worthless, let's replace the Border Patrol with free lemonade stands.

    "Come One, Come All"
    "Welcome to the land of Opportunity"
    "There's Plenty to Go Around"
    "We'll Make your Children FULL CITIZENS"

    Now that's a sure way to control our borders.

    November 7, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    @PaulCat
    "Could it be that they are not very happy in their own personal life?"

    Actually, there has been studies done on that. Guess what? Study after study shows that repubs are much happier than dems.
    ***********
    Well, the absence of a conscience can lead to that: the side eftects do include a certain Dennis Miller-type smugness, as well as an insistance that problems can be solved by ignoring them. The procedure accomplishes much the same thing as a lobotomy, so can you tell us when you had your's?

    November 7, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. tom l

    @PaulCat
    Not to mention if you look on these boards who is angrier. Just look at Sniffit. The guy might be the angriest most miserable person I have ever interacted with. Clearly he is single with no wife.

    November 7, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Thomas

    @just saying
    obama has refused to implement obamacare as the bill was passed. he has repeatedly, unilaterally and illegally changed the law to suit his own political needs. he will do the exact same thing with any immigration law. he will refuse to enforce parts he does not like. there is no deal to be made with this serial liar and his serial liar democrats.

    secure our borders before we even talk about anything else. until that is done, nothing else should be done. democrats need to regain the trust of the american people after their lies of the last 5 years with obamacare.

    ===========

    GW Bush 2016
    Love is never having to say your sorry ?

    November 7, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Me

    Thomas

    @A True Conservative

    What Reality will you live in when the ACA program becomes successful and people like it ?

    =====

    The answer : The same closed minded , obstructionist , non visionary world you live now.
    _____________
    LMFAO, you have to answer your own question cause EVERYONE but the left know if won't!!!!! Freakin hilarious!!!

    November 7, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Me

    The Real Tom Paine

    -A True Conservative

    Very interesting. When we are talking about the ACA the left says "It's the law!!"....when we talk about illegal immigrants the left says "We need to change the law!!"....hey it's the law....deal with it......you can't have it both ways...oh....wait....I forgot.....the left lives in an alternate universe where they can have it both ways.....my bad. It's only the right that lives in reality.....
    ***********
    Reality? the Right does not understand reality even as it repeatedly bites them in the nether regions. The job of the Congress is to pass and help implement laws, so, SHOCKER, sometimes laws get changed and laws get passed even without their help. Apparently, the Right wants to live in the universe where they can cut taxes, balance the budget and increase defense spending: guess how that turned out? It was about as realistic as Clint Eastwood's conversation with a chair he had about 15 months ago. Oh, by the way: run any climate models lately? You knwo, the ones you are criminally incompetant to run, yet you felt your ideology and your bias trump the work of atmospheric Chemists who have studied it for years. Yep, you live in reality all right: just not the correct one.
    ________________
    Man you have gone off your rocker Tom P. You used to be reasonable and claimed you were independent, you are farther left then sniffy I think!!! Nothing like a word salad instead of directly answering ATC's question which is COMPLETELY valid by the way and to which you have NO answer to obviously!!!

    November 7, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Me

    Ol' Yeller

    A True Conservative

    Very interesting. When we are talking about the ACA the left says "It's the law!!"....when we talk about illegal immigrants the left says "We need to change the law!!"....hey it's the law....deal with it......you can't have it both ways...oh....wait....I forgot.....the left lives in an alternate universe where they can have it both ways.....my bad. It's only the right that lives in reality.....

    Very interesting... I haven't seen the Senate vote on this 40 some odd times (or is it 50) with the foreknowledge it had no path to pass. The ACA is the law... didn't you read Judge Robert's opinion (I haven't watched FAUX in awhile, maybe they haven't told you all that... You do know Romney lost, right?) Yeah, and slavery used to be okay and now it's not. And discriminating against people of color used to be all right and now it's not (though, I think the te abag gers in the House have a couple of bills trying to reverse that) and beating your wife and kids used to be all right and now it's not (well, most states). And alcohol used to be all right, and then it wasn't, and now it is....
    Now, What was that 'reallity' issue you were having a problem with?
    ____________________________
    Ya and too bad they weren't successful, but the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WISH THEY WERE!!!!!! Look at any poll and you will see well over 50% DON’T WANT obamacare!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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