The National Immigration Forum Action Fund has released a TV commercial criticizing three Republican presidential candidates a few days ahead of the second presidential primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The ad features an old speech from former President Ronald Reagan that called for America to welcome all people into the country. It juxtaposes that speech with the comments of three current GOP presidential candidates who are anti-immigration. Donald Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have all been on record saying they favor an end to birthright citizenship. They and other Republican candidates have been vocal about changing the immigration reform policies of this country.
The ad does an excellent job contrasting the Republican candidates’ views on immigration with those of one of the party’s most revered former presidents. The commercial specifically compares Donald Trump’s remarks to Reagan’s ideologies. For example, Trump has proposed that a wall be built along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out the immigrants who are “rapists” and “bringing crime.” Reuters makes the observation that this goes against the views of Reagan, who said, “If there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.” These observations were from his farewell speech from the White House in 1989.
This ad will be airing nationally all week leading up to the debate on CNN. In addition, the ad can be seen on MSNBC and Fox News. The debate will include Republican presidential candidates Trump, Walker and Cruz in addition to Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson and will be held in Simi Valley, California. Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post maintains that the ad has a clear message: “Some of today’s Republicans strongly disagree with the former president they all say they revere.”