Republicans disclosed a Spanish-language radio advertising campaign designed to shoulder Democrats with the responsibility for legislation passed by the GOP-controlled House that would make illegal immigrants subject to felony charges.
The ads are scheduled to air in New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada — states with large Latino populations.
The Senate has not voted on the issue of penalties. In the House, Republicans drafted legislation to make illegal immigrants subject to felony charges. Democrats say they were denied a chance to eliminate criminal penalties from the bill.
At another point, Republicans tried to substitute misdemeanor charges for felonies in the bill. Democrats opposed that effort, with at least some of them saying they wanted no criminal penalties at all. Republicans then passed the overall bill — including felony charges — on a largely party-line vote.
Friday, April 14, 2006
GOP LIES TO HISPANICS IN NEW AD CAMPAIGN
The immigration debate is cluttered by a Republican effort to blame Democrats for something the GOP did. The Los Angeles Times reports:
The radio ads say Democrats wanted to slap a felony charge on illegal immigrants. Leave it to the GOP to blame others for their own droppings.