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Who says Immigration wasn’t an Election Issue?

America’s Voice has published a detailed analysis of the immigration ads used during the 2008 election year. The conclusion? Using immigration as a wedge issue was a colossal failure. 

Check out the full report here. And be sure to visit the site to vote for the worst anti-immigrant ad of 2008. Deciding which is the worst will be a tough call – there are so many awful ones to choose from.

I think that my personal favorite was the ad that Elizabeth Dole produced to demonize her opponent in North Carolina, Kay Hagan. According to America’s Voice.

While Hagan embraced some of the same immigration enforcement policies as Dole, according to her campaign web site she also supported a “practical solution that is fair to taxpayers and addresses the problem at its roots: by strengthening the borders, enforcing and upgrading laws that crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, and eliminating the shadow economy that drives down wages and working conditions. If North Carolina’s farmers and seasonal businesses are having trouble finding the help they need, Kay would support the reform of guest-worker programs to ensure farmers and businesses are able to meet their needs legally and stay competitive while protecting American workers’ jobs.” 

Sounds entirely sensible to me. And yet, Liddy Dole ran the advertisement below, painting Hagan as an enemy of the American People.

As you might expect, Dole lost. More proof that Americans want a common sense approach to immigration that doesn’t rely on hateful and hyperbolic rhetoric.

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