Tom Cotton will not sign a pledge to oppose amnesty and increases in immigration levels because he is not singing any pledges this cycle — according to his U.S. Senate campaign, Cotton’s only pledge will be to the voters of Arkansas.
The anti-amnesty pledge from Federation for American Immigration Reform cements the candidates opposition to three key immigration issues: “1) amnesty; (2) increasing the number of guest workers; and (3) increasing the overall level of immigration.”
To date about 100 candidates for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have signed the pledge, 29 of who are running for Senate seats. The vast majority of those whom have signed the pledge are challenging incumbents. For example Dave Brat, who beat former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia primary, has signed it.
Cotton, who has touted his commitment to immigration enforcement and opposition to amnesty in his campaign against incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) has not, and according to his campaign, will not sign the FAIR pledge due to the blanket decision not to sign any pledges.
While he will not sign the pledge, his campaign stresses that he is a solid candidate when it comes to immigration issues — especially compared to his opponent Pryor, who voted for the controversial Senate immigration bill last year.
“Tom Cotton is the only candidate in this race for Senate who is committed to securing our border and opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants,” his spokesman David Ray said in a statement to Breitbart News.
“Senator Pryor has a long record of rubber-stamping President Obama’s immigration agenda by voting for amnesty, voting against a border fence three times, and voting to allow illegal immigrants to collect Social Security benefits for years they worked with forged identities. That record is simply out of-touch with Arkansas,” Ray added.
While the campaign says that Cotton will not sign the FAIR pledge due to a commitment not to sign pledges this cycle, Americans for Tax Reform still has his signature on file. According to his campaign, Cotton signed the ATR pledge during his run for the U.S. House.
Despite not signing the FAIR pledge, Cotton and the National Republican Senatorial Campaign have been hammering Pryor for his weak immigration record and touting Cotton as the only only one in the race who will be strong on immigration.
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