Mark Zuckerberg Affiliated Group Blast Airwaves to Back House GOP on Immigration

The $750,000 worth of television ads say “House Republicans want to fix the immigration problem.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R), R-Ohio, speaks during the House Republican Leadership press conference at the House Republican Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland, January 30, 2014, with Majority Leader US Congressman Eric Cantor (C), R-Virginia, and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington.
National Journal
Elahe Izadi
Jan. 31, 2014, 11:24 a.m.

House Re­pub­lic­ans look­ing to garner sup­port for lead­er­ship’s im­mig­ra­tion-re­form prin­ciples are about to get a little help from a group with ties to Mark Zuck­er­berg.

Amer­ic­ans for a Con­ser­vat­ive Dir­ec­tion is the GOP arm of pro-im­mig­ra­tion re­form or­gan­iz­a­tion FWD.us, which is backed by the Face­book chief ex­ec­ut­ive. And they will be air­ing roughly $750,000 worth of tele­vi­sion and ra­dio ads across the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to a source with know­ledge of the ad buy.

The ads, which will air for 10 days on ra­dio and cable tele­vi­sion, de­scribe the draf­ted prin­ciples un­veiled to the Re­pub­lic­an Con­fer­ence dur­ing their re­treat as a “con­ser­vat­ive solu­tion.” High­lighted ele­ments in­clude bor­der se­cur­ity and con­duct­ing back­ground checks on those in the United States il­leg­ally. The an­noun­cer states the pro­pos­al is not am­nesty. Chil­dren are shown while the an­noun­cer says the plan of­fers “a chance at the Amer­ic­an Dream for those brought here as chil­dren.”

“Step by step, House Re­pub­lic­ans want to fix the im­mig­ra­tion prob­lem, which will strengthen our eco­nomy,” the ad de­clares.

The next few weeks will be cru­cial in the im­mig­ra­tion-re­form de­bate, as mem­bers of the GOP caucus be­gin stak­ing out their po­s­i­tions on the prin­ciples and as lead­er­ship fig­ures out where a bulk of the law­makers are in terms of sup­port. Ad­di­tion­ally, FWD.us is look­ing to sway opinon on the Hill with a memo at­tempt­ing to dis­cred­it some groups op­posed to re­form as “anti-im­mig­rant.”

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