Anti-Immigrant Group Swipes At Paul Ryan In Wisconsin Ad (VIDEO)

The anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) launched an attack ad on Monday against Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in his home state over his support of comprehensive immigration reform.

The group said it would spend $200,000 in Wisconsin markets on the 30-second spot that accuses the former vice presidential nominee of ignoring local unemployment while advocating for “amnesty.”

The ad prominently features the unemployment numbers of major Wisconsin cities, claiming “Ryan wants to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and bring in millions more foreign workers to take our jobs.”

“Congressman Ryan needs to explain to thousands of Wisconsin workers, who are struggling to find jobs to support their families, why he wants to increase immigration in order to avert a labor shortage that clearly does not exist,” FAIR President Dan Stein stated in a press release. “Wisconsin has 210,000 unemployed workers. Does Congressman Ryan think they’re not good enough to get the job done?”

While FAIR is widely cited by immigration hardliners, the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the organization as a hate group. FAIR advocates for the reduction of both legal and illegal immigration to the United States, and the SPLC has noted that some of the group’s past ads have been rejected over racist content.

[via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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