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Pro-Amnesty Attack on Scott Brown Doesn't Hold Up to Scrutiny

Democrats, with help from liberal media are attempting to use a solitary procedural vote by New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown to suggest he's attacking Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for something he supported. However, the Democrat's charge does not hold up to scrutiny.

New Hampshire GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown has been making immigration into a key campaign issue, attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on border security in an ad and criticizing President Barack Obama for falling down on the job in an op-ed. But he has found himself in a bit of a bind, since one of the reforms he's campaigning against is something that he once voted for.

A thorough review of the record over time supports Brown's claim that he has been consistent in his opposition to in-state tuition for illegals, as well as amnesty, and also that it was merely a procedural vote Democrats attempted to co-opt to no real effect.

As part of the 544th vote on the Massachusetts state budget that year two Republican senators posed a motion to remove language relating to in-state tuition. At this point a Democratic senator proposed replacement language that actually re-instated the in-state tuition idea. The new language passed, but was later vetoed by then Gov. Mitt Romney.

Here it's documented that Brown opposed both in-state tuition and amnesty for illegals as far back as 2006.

In 2006, when a simple bill to allow in-state tuition was up for a vote, Brown voted against it.

“Scott Brown has been against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants for nearly a decade,” said Brown campaign spokeswoman Lizzy Guyton.

And here is yet another independent report from 2010 re-affirming his opposition to same in 2010 - when it mattered.

Mass. Gov. Patrick Vows In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants

by Christine Cassis November 29, 2010

Massachusetts advocates include Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo who will join a coalition of religious leaders today to speak at a DREAM Act rally at St. Paul Cathedral in Boston.

Speakers will urge Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown to support the bill in Congress. Brown, who is opposed to the bill, called the program a form of amnesty. "I am opposed to illegal immigration, and I am deeply disappointed that Washington politicians are playing politics with military funding in order to extend a form of amnesty to certain illegal immigrants."

Brown's demonstrably consistent position on the issue from 2006 up to the present contrasted with one insignificant procedural vote renders the current media driven attack on him a sloppy bit of mis-reporting, at best.


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