Wall Street Journal Washington Wire: Group Seeking Immigration Curbs Launches Web Ads

Wall Street Journal Washington Wire (9/30/08)

Group Seeking Immigration Curbs Launches Web Ads

Immigration has largely disappeared as a campaign issue. But to make sure it’s not forgotten, the immigration-restrictionist group NumbersUSA is launching a $1 million Web-based ad campaign targeting voters worried more about population growth and competition for resources than illegal border crossers.

The group says it will spend another $1.5 million raised from its members for other election-related activities this fall, including promoting the scorecards it keeps on the immigration positions of the presidential candidates and the immigration votes cast by every member of Congress.

On those scorecards, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Republican rival, John McCain, get grades ranging from “poor” to “abysmal” on most of 12 measures. Obama gets his only “good” for his votes to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants and McCain gets his only “good” for promoting tougher border-security plans.


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