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Immigration heats up as issue in Senate race

Posted: August 7, 2014 - 3:02pm

LITTLE ROCK — Immigration is heating up as an issue in Arkansas' closely watched Senate race, with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton targeting each other's records on border security in competing television ads.

Pryor's campaign on Thursday announced a new ad defending the two term lawmaker's record on immigration and border security. The 30-second spot pushes back against an ad Cotton began airing over the weekend that accuses the Democratic lawmaker of supporting amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally.

Cotton has criticized Pryor for supporting an immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last year. Pryor's ad features a quote from Republican Sen. John McCain defending the measure and saying it doesn't give amnesty.

Both candidates and outside groups have spent more than $18 million on the race.

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lachowsj
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lachowsj 08/08/14 - 08:46 am
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Pryor on border security

A fact checking article in USA Today pretty much debunks the Cotton ad, calling it "cherry picking", and describes Pryor as, "a longtime supporter of increasing and improving fencing along the southwest border with Mexico."

See the full article here:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/political-ad-tracker/2014/...

Rep. Cotton will have a hard time defending his own and his party's recent history of obstructionism, obfuscation and grandstanding on this issue. While Speaker Boehner and the House are suing President Obama for allegedly exceeding his presidential authority, the House goes on recess without resolving the current immigration crisis. And then Boehner says there are actions the President can and should take on his own to deal with this matter. It takes a lot of political skill to be able to simultaneously hold those two positions and express both with a straight face.

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mikeng1994 08/08/14 - 09:38 am
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Great, USA Today

Nothing biased to left in that paper.

The solution to the border and immigration crisis is to close all crossings, militarize the border and provide prison time for anyone who enters illegally. Who cares if the prisoners are 30 to a cell? They have no rights in this country, or at least they shouldn't.

Obama and the Democrats give way too much ear to the Mexican president on this issue.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 08/08/14 - 10:14 am
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So are you saying...

So are you saying Congress should pass such a law or are you saying Obama should ignore the law and act alone? The Senate has passed a law but the Republican Congress went on recess without passing any law. They can't govern, only criticize. And Tom Cotton fits right in with that crowd.

Yeah, that USA Today is just a mouthpiece for the Commies. The only real news comes from Rush, Fox and Drudge. Without being blanket dismissive, can you tell me which fact the USA Today article got wrong?

lachowsj
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lachowsj 08/08/14 - 10:19 am
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So are you saying...

So are you saying Congress should pass such a law or are you saying Obama should ignore the law and act alone? The Senate has passed a law but the Republican Congress went on recess without passing any law. They can't govern, only criticize. And Tom Cotton fits right in with that crowd.

Yeah, that USA Today is just a mouthpiece for the Commies. The only real news comes from Rush, Fox and Drudge. Without being blanket dismissive, can you tell me which fact the USA Today article got wrong?

If you don't like USA Today, how do you feel about the Wall Street Journal?
"The number of Border Patrol agents has more than doubled in the past decade, and apprehensions have fallen since the heyday of illegal immigration more than a decade ago. Even without new border-security measures from Congress, the current flow of migrants from Central America appears to be decelerating."
(http://online.wsj.com/articles/rick-perry-to-deploy-national-guard-at-u-...) Does that sound like way too much ear to the Mexican President?

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Corvette Fan 08/09/14 - 12:59 pm
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why don't we

have an election in each state and see how the voters actually feel about immigration and then see how our senators and representatives react to that. Do you think they would actually follow the constitution and follow the will of the people (of the people, by the people, and for the people?) or go on about business as usual and ignore their constituents? I know where I'd bet.

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