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Anti-immigration reform TV ads target Rubio in Florida

Already seen in Brevard County, anti-immigration reform TV ads have popped up in Tampa and Orlando that target Sen. Marco Rubio and try to stoke fears of millions of new people flooding the state, taking jobs and welfare. Claims that are disputed if not false.

Californians for Population Stabilization said it has spent $100,000 to run a week's worth of ads ending today. One spot (embedded here) suggests millions of new immigrants will get welfare. But the bill Rubio and others are working on would preclude people under a legalization program from getting federal benefits.

The 33 million figure comes from a study promoted by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is trying to kill the bill.

Air time was purchased in Tampa on WWSB, WTSP, WTVT as well as WFLA radio. In Orlando: Fox News, WRDQ, WESH, WFTV, WKCF, WOFL plus WDBO radio, according to the group.

[Last modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 5:05pm]


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