Zuckerberg's Immigration Group Defends Paul Ryan

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 03:05 PM

By Melanie Batley

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The immigration reform group formed by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is launching ads in Milwaukee defending Rep. Paul Ryan against claims he's soft on illegal immigration.

Americans for a Conservative Direction, the subsidiary of FWD.us specifically set-up to court the right, made a $350,000 television buy targeted at the Wisconsin Republican's congressional district, Politico reports.

The ad spend is almost double what the anti-immigration Federation for American Immigration Reform is spending on 30-second spots accusing Ryan of backing "amnesty," according to the website.

The ad begins with a picture of Ryan and says, "Amnesty? Not a chance." The spot continues by saying Ryan is working on a "conservative solution" to the immigration issue.

It highlights proposals popular with conservatives such as increased border security, E-verify (the employer verification system for immigrants), and proposals such as charging back taxes to illegal immigrants already in the country.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and 2012 vice presidential candidate, has been leading efforts in the House to forge a bipartisan immigration reform proposal.

The ads will run from Friday through September 3 on cable and broadcast networks.


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