2:01 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two GOP Senate candidates in blue states are running new TV advertisementss knocking their Democratic opponents over immigration. In Michigan, Republican Terri Lynn Land's campaign has released an ad knocking Democratic congressman Gary Peters for "flip-flopping" on border enforcement and being "two-faced on immigration."
The 30-second spot shows Peters speaking in April 2013 to an immigrant rights group, saying "certainly, enforcement is very important." Next, Peters is shown in July 2013 speaking to a chamber of commerce group in which he says, "immigration reform is not about more enforcement."
"Peters plays both sides," says a voiceover. "But in Congress, Peters obstructed efforts to support the border and supported amnesty for illegal immigrants who take American jobs." Watch the ad below:
Land and Peters are both vying for the seat held by outgoing Democrat Carl Levin, and the race is a toss-up. Peters has led in several recent polls, but his average lead is just four percentage points.
Meanwile in New Hampshire, Republican Scott Brown has another ad connecting his Democratic opponent, incumbent senator Jeanne Shaheen, with Barack Obama on immigration.
"Want to know why there's lawlessness on our border? Ask Senator Shaheen," says Brown, looking into the camera, before a shot of Shaheen standing with Obama is shown. "She voted against border security twice and for amnesty." Watch the 15-second spot below:
At this point, Brown has a tougher task defeating Shaheen than Land does beating Peters in Michigan. Shaheen, a former governor and well-known politician throughout New Hampshire, has led Brown in nearly every poll of the race and has an average advantage of about 10 points. The race currently leans Democratic.
Land and Brown aren't the only GOP Senate candidates to hit their Democratic rivals hard on immigration. Tom Cotton of Arkansas recently put out an ad calling out Democratic senator Mark Pryor for his vote for the Gang of 8 immigration bill.
Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, lashed out at President Obama over the border crisis. Since last fall, more than 40,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have been caught illegally trying to enter the country. Cuellar called Obama’s response “aloof,” “bizarre,” and “detached.” He might have added “predictable.”
The monopartisan president. Jun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38 • By FRED BARNES
"My goal was to get something done,” President Obama said at a Chicago fundraiser in May. Yet he’s pursuing a strategy that makes it nearly impossible to achieve that. He’s not acting in his own interest.
The president refuses to deal with Republicans in Congress. He claims they’re committed, above all else, to obstructing his entire agenda. So he’s boycotting them, except on rare occasions when he summons Democratic and Republican leaders together to the White House for a formal meeting. That hasn’t occurred since April 3.
4:32 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Dave Brat, a college professor challenging House majority leader Eric Cantor in next week's Republican primary in Virginia, has a 60-second ad touting his conservative credentials.
"I will fight to defund and repeal Obamacare. I will fight to stop the reckless spending in Washington. I will fight to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants," says Brat, matter-of-factly. "Eric Cantor voted to fund Obamcare. He voted to give President Obama a clean debt ceiling increase in this past January, and he is pushing for amnesty for illegal immigrants." Watch the ad below:
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:55 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on his memo to the House GOP, and how the GOP can position itself for a successful 2014.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:20 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on the week that was, Obamacare, the Sochi Olympics, immigration reform and the 2014 election cycle.
Hosted by Michael Graham5:30 PM, Jan 31, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on why the Republicans shouldn't move aggressively on immigration reform this year.
10:13 AM, Sep 10, 2013 • By MARIA SANTOS
Catholics across the country are now hearing their priests and bishops urging them to reform—not just their immortal souls, but immigration policy. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is promoting an extensive effort to persuade their congregations to back comprehensive immigration reform.
The debate in Australia over who gets in.Sep 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01 • By FRED BARNES
A century ago, Australia used a “dictation test” to keep non-whites and selected others from entering the country. It required an immigrant to write 50 words in any language chosen by the customs official who administered the test. The most notorious example occurred in 1934, when a Czech immigrant was told to write a passage in Scottish Gaelic. The test was abolished in 1958.
Republicans, Democrats, and illegal immigrants.Aug 12, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 45 • By PETER SKERRY
These days, the precocious teenage political junkie who lives across the street from me understands that the notorious intransigence and truculence of House Republicans can be explained in great part by their ingeniously gerry-mandered, extremely homogeneous congressional districts. Yet in the past couple of weeks, it has been Democrats who have dug in their heels, as Republican stalwarts have begun to budge on one of the most contentious issues currently facing America: immigration reform.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:35 PM, Jul 29, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on President Obama's second term plans and how the GOP should respond.
Not impossible, but not that great.Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By FRED BARNES
At a dinner gathering in Washington last week, the members of Congress in attendance were asked if they think immigration reform will pass this year. The two Democrats said yes, the six Republicans no.
A hate-love relationship.Jul 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 43 • By FRED BARNES
Concern over surges of immigration by unfamiliar groups is a hardy perennial of American history: Scotch-Irish (1763-1775), Irish and Germans (1846-55), Ellis Island arrivals from Eastern and Southern Europe (1892-1914), Mexicans and other Latinos (1982-2007). That’s the list from Michael Barone, the political sage and immigration expert.
12:20 PM, Jul 10, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports finds that 50 percent of Americans say they support the Senate's recently passed immigration reform bill, and when told that the Congressional Budget Office has figured that the plan would only cut illegal immigration by half, only 39 percent of those same Americans say they still support the plan.