NHDP: Brown Continues To Mislead on Immigration in New Attack Ad

Despite Fellow GOPer Calling Attacks A "Cynical Play," Brown Continues to Spread False Information for Political Gain

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown is continuing to spread false, misleading information in an attempt to score political points. Today he released a new ad attacking Senator Jeanne Shaheen and using what even Republicans have called a "cynical play" to exploit the immigration crisis at our border for political gain, all while refusing to support bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that Senators Shaheen and Ayotte fought to pass.  The truth is that the bipartisan bill that Shaheen supported would in fact "ratchet up" security along our borders.

Last week Brown was also caught attacking a provision he once voted for while serving in the Massachusetts legislature.

"Scott Brown’s attacks are disingenuous and full of half-truths that have left even Republicans calling him out for his cynicism and blatant political posturing,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Brown has even resorted to attacking provisions he once voted for, further proving that his rhetoric is solely designed to distract and confuse voters. New Hampshire voters will see right through these tactics.”  



Former NHGOP Chair Called Brown’s Use Of Immigration Issue A “Cynical Play.” “‘I’m sure the polling is on his side: Who is against having a secure border?’ said Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire GOP. ‘But it’s a cynical play, and I’m disappointed in Brown for using this issue this way. Immigration is a complex issue with a lot of nuance, and border security is just one part of it. He knows that.’” [Washington Times, 8/4/14]

Contrary To Brown’s False Claim, Shaheen Voted For Commonsense, Bipartisan Immigration Reform That Would Drastically Increase Security At The Border

Shaheen Voted For Comprehensive Immigration Reform That Increased Border Security And Put In Place A Workplace Verification System. [Vote 168, 6/27/2013]

·       Senate Immigration Reform Bill “Ratchet[ed] Up Security Along The Mexican Border. “The U.S. Senate gave final approval Thursday to a roughly 1,200-page bill that promises to overhaul immigration laws for the first time since 1986, creating a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents while ratcheting up security along the Mexican border.” [CNN, 6/28/13]

·       Senate Bill Increased Border Security, Required Mandatory Workplace Verification Of Immigration Status. “The measure would not only increases security along the border, but requires a mandatory workplace verification system for employers, trying to ensure no jobs are given to immigrants who are not authorized to work in the United States. It also includes a new visa program for lesser-skilled workers – the product of negotiations between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and labor unions. And it shifts the country’s immigration policies away from a family-based system to one that is focused on more on work skills.” [Politico, 6/27/13]

Shaheen Voted For “Border Surge” Amendment That Would Mean 700 Miles Of Fencing Along The Border And Would Double Border Security Agents

Shaheen Voted For Border Security Provisions That Included Additional Border Fencing, Border Agents And Technology, And An Entry-Exit System At Airports And Seaports. In June 2013, Shaheen voted for Leahy, D-Vt., amendment no. 1183 that would require the Homeland Security Department to complete certain security measures before illegal immigrants who receive provisional legal status can become permanent residents. It would make available $30 billion for the department to hire 19,200 border control agents, $8 billion to build 700 miles of border fencing and $6.5 billion for technology such as cameras and drones. It would mandate starting removal proceedings for at least 90 percent of visa overstays, or individuals who enter the United States legally but who stay beyond the duration of their visas. It also would prevent immigrants from claiming Social Security benefits for work they did while unauthorized and bar non-citizens from receiving public assistance. [CQ; Vote 163, 6/26/13]

The Border Surge Amendment To The Bipartisan Immigration Reform “Would Double The Number Of Border Patrol Agents Along The Southern Boundary, Pour $3 Billion Into New Technology, And Complete” 700 Miles Of Fencing Along The Border. The Senate on Wednesday passed the so-called border surge proposal that would dedicate tens of billions of dollars to securing the United States-Mexico border by employing more agents, adding more high-tech surveillance equipment and finishing hundreds of miles in fencing. The 69-29 vote propels the Senate closer to approving the comprehensive immigration reform bill by the end of the week. The border surge amendment from Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota, clears the path to the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster on the overall bill. It would double the number of border patrol agents along the southern boundary, pour $3 billion into new technology, and complete a 700-mile fence along the border.” [Politico, 6/26/13]

·       Reuters: “Federal Agents On The U.S.-Mexican Border Would Double To About 40,000 Under A Deal Reached On Thursday In The Democratic-Led Senate To Draw More Republicans To A Landmark Immigration Bill Headed Toward Anticipated Passage.” [Reuters, 6/20/13]

·       Wonkblog: “The Bill Also Requires The Establishment Of An Electronic Exit Checking System At Airports And Sea Ports In Order To Track The Movements Of Visa Holders.” [Washington Post, Wonkblog, 4/16/13]

Politico: Border Surge Addition To Immigration Bill “Would Cut The Rate Of Illegal Immigration To The United States By As Much As 50 Percent.” “The ‘border surge’ addition to the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill would cut the rate of illegal immigration to the United States by as much as 50 percent, according to a congressional analysis released Wednesday. The original version of the Gang’s bill would reduce illegal immigration by 25 percent compared to what would happen under the status quo. But the ‘border surge’ amendment, written by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) would lower that anywhere between one-third and one-half of the current rate.” [Politico, 7/3/13]

Bipartisan Reform Bill Supported By Ayotte & Shaheen Included A Version Of The DREAM Act

Ayotte & Shaheen Voted For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill That Included A Version Of The Dream Act. “A version of the DREAM Act has been incorporated into the RPI program to address the special situation of many undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children.” [Vote 168, 6/27/2013 ; Immigration Policy Center, Accessed 7/30/14]