Cotton Releases New Ad: “Southern Border”

New ad highlights Senator Pryor’s support for amnesty and his out-of-touch positions on border security

U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton released a new ad this morning that highlights Senator Mark Pryor’s out-of-touch positions on immigration and border security, including his support for amnesty and votes against construction of a border fence.

The ad, titled “Southern Border,” holds Senator Pryor accountable for his vote on a 2013 immigration overhaul that contained amnesty provisions, as well as his multiple votes against construction of a border fence. The ad includes footage of Senator Pryor from a recent interview where he made the eyebrow-raising statement that our border with Mexico is more secure today than it was ten years ago.

Speaking about the ad, Tom Cotton said: “Washington has made a mess on our southern border by refusing to enforce our immigration laws year after year. Senator Pryor’s solution has been to vote for a Senate bill providing amnesty and to allow President Obama to continue with his planned executive amnesty. That’s a position that is out-of-touch with Arkansas, and I will continue to insist that we secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.”

Last week, Senator Pryor voted to block a measure that would have prohibited President Obama’s planned executive amnesty.

The new ad is a six-figure buy and is began running statewide over the weekend. It can be viewed here.

Background:

Pryor Voted To Pass The 2013 Immigration Overhaul Bill That Would Create A Path To Citizenship For Most Illegal Immigrants In The Country. (S. 744, CQ Vote #168: Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 2-0, 6/27/13, Pryor Voted Yea)

Pryor Voted For Cloture On An Immigration Overhaul Bill That Would Allow Illegal Immigrants Working In The U.S. To Earn Permanent Legal Residency After Six Years. “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Specter, R-Pa, substitute amendment that would overhaul U.S. immigration policies. It would allow illegal immigrants working in the United States to earn permanent legal residency after six years, provided meet certain requirements that include paying fines, passing criminal background checks and showing a commitment to learn English. Those illegal immigrants would be on track to earn citizenship five years later. It would create a guest worker program for foreigners who wish to come to the United States to work. (S. 2454, CQ Vote #88: Motion Rejected 39-60: R 0-55; D 38-5; I 1-0, 4/6/06, Pryor Voted Yea)

Pryor Voted For Passage Of The Immigration Overhaul Bill That Allowed Illegal Immigrants In The Country More Than Five Years To Stay And Earn Citizenship. “Passage of the bill that would overhaul U.S. immigration policies and offer a path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants in the country. It would subdivide illegal immigrants into three groups based on how long they had been in the United States. Illegal immigrants in the country more than five years would be able to stay and earn citizenship; those here between two and give years would have three years to file paperwork for a temporary work visa, after which they would be eligible for permanent legal residency; and those here less than two years would have to return to their native country and go through normal channels if they want to return. It would create a guest worker program that could accommodate an additional 200,000 immigrants a year. It also would authorize increased border security and enforcement provisions, including a requirement for businesses to verify documents of all prospective employees through an electronic system managed by the Department of Homeland Security.” (S. 2611, CQ Vote #157: Passed 62-36: R 23-32; D 38-4; I 1-0, 5/25/06, Pryor Voted Yea)

Pryor Voted Against A Border Fence Three Times

Pryor Voted Against Cloture On An Immigration Overhaul Bill That Would Increase Border Security And Would Set Up The E-Verify Program. “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the bill that would  overhaul U.S. immigration policies and direct the secretary of Homeland Security to purchase additional technology to aid in border security, construct additional fencing along the Mexican border, and develop a national strategy for border security of all ports of entry into the United States and U.S. international land and maritime borders. It would also set up a mandatory electronic employment  verification process that would be phased in for all businesses within five years.” (S. 2454, CQ Vote #90: Motion Rejected 36-62: R 34-20; D 2-41; I 0-1, 4/7/06, Pryor Voted Nay)

Pryor Voted Against Additional Funding For A Border Fence. “Sessions, R-Ala., amendment no. 4659 that would provide an additional $1.83 billion to construct 370 miles of double-layered fencing and at least 461 miles of vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. It would be offset by an across-the-board cut in the bill’s other discretionary spending.” (H.R. 5411, CQ Vote #200: Rejected 29-71: R 27-28; D 2-42; I 0-1, 7/13/06, Pryor Voted Nay)

Pryor Voted Against Requiring The Completion Of A Border Fence. “DeMint, R-S.C., motion to suspend Senate Rules to permit the consideration of the DeMint amendment no. 4177 that would require completion of a 700-mile southern border fence to restrain all pedestrian traffic. It would also instruct the Homeland Security secretary to submit a report to Congress within 180 days of the bill’s enactment detailing progress toward the fence’s completion. (H.R. 4899, CQ Vote #172: Motion rejected 45-52: R 39-1; D 6-49; I 0-2, 5/27/10, Pryor Voted Nay)