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.

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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)

“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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