Paul Ryan isn’t sure if the race-baiting ad is “necessarily productive” in shutdown talks.
On Saturday, President Trump’s official reelection campaign released a provocative new ad that claimed Democrats are somehow “complicit” in murders committed by undocumented immigrants. The ad advances the some in the Republican party’s false narrative that immigrants pose an especially dangerous and criminal threat, and lands amid a federal government shutdown because lawmakers have been unable to strike a spending deal. The impasse is immigration — Republicans and Democrats are stuck in a standoff over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects about 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Democratic and some Republican senators voted against a short-term spending bill on Friday to force urgency around immigration negotiations and a DACA fix.
(It’s important to note that despite the White House’s fear-mongering on the dangers of illegal immigrants, there is no proof immigrants raise crime rates in America or are particularly prone to crime. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary showing immigrants — both legal and unauthorized — are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. There is not extensive data on the exact number of homicides committed by undocumented immigrants.)
The 30-second ad opens with images of a recent courtroom outburst by Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported undocumented immigrant accused of killing two California deputies in 2014. It then cuts between footage of President Donald Trump, people who are purported to be undocumented immigrants, and Democratic lawmakers. The ad implies that Democrats are to blame for any bad actors: “Now Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants,” the ad’s narrator says during the Read More Here