ARIZONA

Ducey Touts Hawkish Approach to Immigration in New Ad

60 Plus Association on TV with an ad attacking Republican Scott Smith for his views on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Karyn Bruggeman
July 3, 2014, 7:10 a.m.

In a new TV ad, state Treas­urer Doug Ducey (R) speaks to how he would ap­proach im­mig­ra­tion and bor­der se­cur­ity as gov­ernor, and takes a hawk­ish view, stat­ing “trans­port­a­tion of thou­sands of il­leg­al im­mig­rants from Texas to Ari­zona is in­hu­mane and un­ac­cept­able,” pledging “as gov­ernor, I’ll fight back with every re­source at my com­mand.” At the end Ducey says “if Barack Obama won’t do the job, Ari­zon­ans will.” (re­lease)

For con­text, Ari­zona is feel­ing the im­pact of the cur­rent child mi­grant crisis on the Texas bor­der. As of early June it was es­tim­ated “more than 1,000 chil­dren” filled an Ari­zona “de­ten­tion cen­ter as the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to deal with the surge of un­ac­com­pan­ied minors ap­pre­hen­ded cross­ing the bor­der il­leg­ally in the Rio Grande Val­ley of Texas,” with hun­dreds more ad­ded since “from south­ern Texas in­to a make­shift way sta­tion set up in a Bor­der Patrol de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity in No­gales, Ar­iz[ona].” (Ari­zona Re­pub­lic)

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“A new 30-second tele­vi­sion ad quietly went up late last week” from the 60 Plus As­so­ci­ation, a na­tion­al ad­vocacy group for seni­or cit­izens, “cri­ti­ciz­ing” former Mesa May­or Scott Smith’s (R) sup­port for the Kyoto Pro­tocol, “an in­ter­na­tion­al treaty de­signed to re­duce emis­sions of green­house gases.” As a former pres­id­ent of the U.S. Con­fer­ence of May­ors, Smith “was one of 1,000 may­ors across the coun­try to sup­port the Kyoto Pro­to­cols.” (Ari­zona Daily Star)

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