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Immigration activists take aim at Rubio in new radio ads



As they warned two weeks ago, a key immigration activist group has launched new Spanish-language radio ads slamming U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio over his support of Donald Trump and encouraging Latino voters to pick Democrat Patrick Murphy on Election Day.

Specifically, the new 30 second ad from America's Voice takes issue with Trump's promise to reverse President Barack Obama's executive actions that delay potential deportation of children brought to the United States at a young age by undocumented immigrant parents. Those children are often called Dreamers, because of a 2010 proposed law called the Dream Act that would have permanently ceased deportation of those children.

Rubio in 2012 reached out to Dreamer families and promised to file legislation to help them. Despite months of working on the idea, Rubio never filed a bill. He said his plans were shelved after Obama's executive actions, which Rubio has called unconstitutional. He said Obama's actions ruined any chance of a legislative solution.

When he ran for president earlier this year, Rubio joined with other Republicans like Trump in calling for repealing Obama's actions. But doing so would leave more than 750,000 people who have been protected from deportation under Obama's order in jeopardy again, according to America's Voice.

The ad features Dreamer Juan Escalante who says Obama's action allows him to live and work without fear of deportation.

"However, Donald Trump has promised to eliminate it on his first day as president," Escalante says in Spanish according to a translation from America's Voice. "Marco Rubio supports Trump. Patrick Murphy supports Dreamers. This November I am asking you, a citizen, to vote for me."

The issue has gained increasing scrutiny from Murphy's campaign over the last two week. Murphy met with immigration activist last week and launched campaign mailers statewide highlighting Rubio's position on repealing Obama's orders.


[Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2016 2:01pm]


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