For years, Republican opposition to immigration reform has exacted a steep political cost, the enmity of Latino voters.
But now some are pivoting to a less perilous argument for their opposition to reordering the nation’s immigration laws: It’s not about keeping out Latinos. It’s about keeping out Islamic State terrorists.
Georgia Senate candidate David Perdue laces into his Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn in a new ad:
“She’s for amnesty while terrorism experts say our border breakdown could provide an entry for groups like ISIS,” the ad says, referring to the Islamic State militant group, which was targeted by U.S. airstrikes in Syria on Tuesday.
“Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country,” he says.
Contrary to the suggestions in the ads, national security officials have said they have no evidence of Islamic State plans to attack on American soil, much less their presence at the border.
Hey, lies sell, and big lies sell bigger.