Friday, October 29, 2010

Political ads: Fear and loathing on immigration - CNN.com

Political ads: Fear and loathing on immigration - CNN.com

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle says in a campaign ad that Democratic incumbent Harry Reid is the "best friend an illegal alien ever had." According to her, he tolerates illegal people "sneaking" across the border and receiving "illegal Social Security benefits."

One Democratic commercial isn't much better. Rep. Walt Minnick of Idaho has a spot accusing his opponent, Raul Labrador, of helping illegal immigrants stay in the United States and running a website offering advice on how to seek amnesty.

Not to be outdone, Delaware GOP candidate Christine O'Donnell calls for "closing the border." She argues we need to stop illegal border crossings before any other legislative action is taken on immigration.

These and other appeals heard on the campaign trail this year are inflammatory and move the immigration issue in the wrong direction. They are based on erroneous assumptions and misguided arguments. These claims play to popular fears and emotions rather than reasoned debate over the controversy.

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