The National Immigration Forum Action Fund (NITAF) is preparing to air ads that will attack GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for championing immigration positions that serve the interests of Americans.
The ad, titled “Better,” is set to run during Wednesday’s CNN debate. It shows clips of former president Ronald Reagan’s 1989 farewell speech, sans context, with the three GOP contenders prescribing policy solutions to end unchecked, unpopular mass immigration. It minces Reagan’s words to make him appear soft and non-threatening, a kindly grandpa rather than one of the most successful presidents in U.S. history who faced down the Soviet Union.
“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life… God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace,” Reagan says as gentle piano music plays in the background.
“TODAY,” a blue placard warns, and the video cuts to remarks made by Trump, Walker and Cruz.
“They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump can be heard saying. “If I’m elected, they’re going to be out of there, day one.”
“Yeah, absolutely,” Walker cheerfully responses to a reporter asking him if birthright citizenship for anchor babies should be ended.
“We should end birthright citizenship,” Cruz says.
“I will build a great, great wall,” Trump declares.
“RONALD REAGAN HAD A DIFFERENT VISION FOR AMERICA,” another blue placard reads. “In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans,” Reagan says.
“And if there had to be city walls — ” the video cuts to a still featuring immigrants (including two Muslims wrapped up in scarves), “the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”
The video concludes with the message: “WITH FREEDOM, NOT FEAR… #AMERICAISBETTER.”
Ironically, the ad features clips of the very sort of blue collar workers whose wages are beaten down year after year by waves of immigrants welcomed by Big Business.
And that’s about all I have to say tonight, except for one thing. The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the ‘shining city upon a hill.’ The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined.
What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.
I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity.
And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.
Trump echoed Reagan’s words during the first GOP primary, saying, “We need to build a wall, and it has to be done quickly. And I don’t mind building a big, beautiful door in that wall, so people can come to this country legally.“
Reagan also cited America’s founding stock: English settlers and their descendants who built this country, not Mexicans who broke through the border a week ago.
The New York Times reports that the National Immigration Forum Action Fund, which leftist billionaire George Soros has funded during previous immigration battles, spent about $750,000 on the 60-second ad. NITAF falls under the umbrella of National Immigration Forum (NIF), on whose board of directors sits Jeb Bush, Jr.
The Times also notes that NIF runs a “conservative coalition” called Bibles, Badges, and Business. During the battle to pass the Gang of Eight bill in the summer of 2013, Soros used Bibles, Badges, and Business as a front to create the impression that Christians, cops, and business owners supported mass amnesty and hugely increased levels of immigration. That drew harsh criticism from the Center of Immigration Studies, which called them the “false prophets of Baal.”
Bibles, Badges, and Business and sister group the Evangelical Immigration Table — which admitted to Breitbart News it didn’t legally exist — are front groups for the institutional Left that seeks to drown the traditional American nation. NIF accepted millions from Soros in order to push for legislation that benefits Democrats and businesses with no stake in the country beyond the next quarter’s profits.
Americans have suffered severe economic harm from politically-engineering mass immigration: 689,000 Americans lost jobs in August as foreign job gains outpaced natives’ by 2.6 to one.
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