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Chamber Ad Uses Rand Paul to Push Immigration Reform

The Chamber of Commerce has a new television ad that, while not explicitly touting the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill, which the Chamber supports (and co-authored), is clearly intended to do just that. It features clips from Gang member Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Gang supporter Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), and urges viewers to call “call Congress” to “support conservative immigration reforms.”

Interestingly, it also features a clip of Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.), who announced his opposition to the immigration reform bill in an op-ed published today in Politico.

“Let’s secure our borders, welcome our new neighbors, and practice the values of freedom and family,” Paul says in the ad. But his op-ed makes clear that, while Paul supports the concept of immigration reform, he thinks the Gang of Eight’s bill is little more than an assembly of “Washington parlor tricks disguised as reform” that “has simply failed to address our immigration problem with any competence,” particularly on the issue of border security:

The authors of the current bill gloss over these core immigration issues by saying they will simply put more people on the border. This is like using a Band-Aid to cure a cold, and further shows Washington’s ignorance of the deep, systematic flaws that have contributed to our immigration dilemma.

It is now up to the House to champion real immigration reform. If we’re going to fix our broken borders and overhaul the system, the House will have to lead the way; the Senate version has simply failed to address our immigration problem with any competence.

Voters have noticed. A Rasmussen poll released Monday indicated that only 28 percent of Americans believe the federal government will secure the border if the current immigration bill passes.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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