Donald Trump’s first television advertisement slams Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, warning that Clinton’s policies on immigration and national security would endanger American lives.
The ad, “Two Americas,” a $4 million buy and the campaign’s first in the general election, is set to air in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania through Aug. 29. By comparison, the Clinton campaign shelled out $52 million last week alone.
“In Hillary Clinton’s America, the system stays rigged against Americans.”
The spot begins by painting a picture of a Clinton presidency, suggesting Clinton’s immigration policies would harm American citizens.
“In Hillary Clinton’s America, the system stays rigged against Americans,” a narrator says. “Syrian refugees flood in. Illegal immigrants convicted of crimes get to stay, collecting social security benefits, skipping the line. Our border open.”
The ad hammers the Democratic nominee for proposals to push an even more radical immigration agenda than the one pursued by President Obama.
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“It’s more of the same,” the narrator says. “But worse.”
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The Obama administration has come under fire for its efforts to weaken and even ignore large portions of immigration law, including “prioritizing” the deportation of those illegal aliens who have committed a crime (other than entering the U.S. illegally). Yet Clinton wants to go further and only deport those who had committed violent crimes, guaranteeing an increase in victims of illegal alien crime.
Clinton also advocates increasing the flow of refugees entering the United States from war-torn terrorist hotbeds like Syria. This year, the Obama administration is on track to reach its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country by September, already a five-fold increase over the number admitted a year ago. Yet Clinton has proposed bringing in an additional 55,000 Syrian refugees to the United States annually — a 550 percent increase.
According to background released in late June by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Hillary’s proposal would result in the annual admittance of roughly 155,000 refugees from around the world, or 620,000 in her first term alone. The subcommittee also noted that since Sept. 11, 2001, at least 40 individuals who entered the U.S. as refugees have been convicted for, or implicated in, terrorism or terrorism-related offenses. It also cited Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who expressed concern that terrorists will “infiltrate operatives among” the refugee flow.
The subcommittee also noted there are substantial costs associated with refugee resettlement that neither the administration nor Clinton have addressed. For example, the State Department and Health and Human Services Department’s refugee budgets do not account for the costs of providing entitlements such as Medicaid, food stamps, cash welfare, and Social Security — benefits which, unlike for most immigrants, refugees are immediately eligible to receive. Citing The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector’s estimate on the lifetime cost of refugees, it concluded that the 620,000 refugees admitted in a first Clinton term would carry a lifetime price tag of more than $400 billion.
Sessions further spelled out the challenges of screening and approving massive amounts of refugees in an Aug. 10 statement. “Plainly, there is no way to properly vet these refugees. Our intelligence databases are only as good as the information that goes into them — meaning that the absence of derogatory information in our systems about an individual does not mean that admitting that individual carries no risk,” Sessions said. “Nor do we have an effective method to screen refugees for the possibility of potential post-entry radicalization.”
In addition to dramatically increasing refugee numbers, Clinton has promised to allow illegal aliens to receive Obamacare, proposed closing illegal alien detention centers, pledged amnesty in the first 100 days of her administration, and suggested taking President Obama’s executive amnesty even further.