It seems the Republican National Committee intends to run Spanish-language radio ads in Las Vegas, among other places, arguing that it’s Democrats like Nevada Senator Harry Reid who are responsible for recent legislation making illegal immigration a felony.
As described in an article from the Las Vegas Sun (Republicans plan anti-Reid ads on Spanish-language radio):
“Reid’s Democrat allies voted to treat millions of hardworking immigrants as felons,” the ad says, “while President Bush and Republican leaders work for legislation that will protect our borders and honor our immigrants.”
Josh Marshall explains how dishonest the argument is in this piece at Talking Points Memo: Emerging RNC bamboozle…
The argument is really pretty egregious even by GOP standards. House Republicans put up a bill to make being an illegal alien a felony. An amendment was proposed that would have made it a misdemeanor. As the AP reports, “Democrats, including members of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, voted against the amendment, arguing they did not support criminal penalties. Nevada Republicans Jon Porter and Jim Gibbons also voted against the amendment, which failed. The felony provision remained in the bill, H.R. 4437, and it passed the House on a largely party line vote.”
So Democrats wouldn’t vote for criminalizing at all. Ergo, they’re for making it a felony.
This sort of bald-faced lying really should be called out.
Okay. I hereby do so. Liar, liar. Nyah nyah.