Senate Leadership Fund critical of McCaskill's shifting stance on illegal immigration

“Amnesty” points out that Sen. Claire McCaskill has cast votes in support of sanctuary cities as well as amnesty for illegal immigrants.   Contributed image

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has been called out for her inconsistent words on illegal immigration. 

The Senate Leadership Fund, which kicked off a $1.8 million advertising campaign targeting McCaskill’s comments, noted the senator has a record of promising one thing to Missouri voters and doing something else when she’s in Washington.  

"Claire McCaskill broke her promise to oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants and voted in favor of dangerous sanctuary cities," Senate Leadership Fund spokesman Chris Pack said.  "After 12 years in the Senate, it is clear that McCaskill has gone Washington and left Missouri behind.”  

The ad, which is called “Amnesty,” will run statewide in Missouri on multiple channels.  

SLF’s short ad zeroes in on McCaskill’s conflicting statements on illegal immigration. When she’s in Washington, McCaskill seems to follow the Democrat Party line. She’s thrown her weight behind supporting sanctuary cities and illegal immigration. Conversely, when she’s in Missouri, she tries to express opinions that Missouri voters would like.  

McCaskill's campaign paints her as a centrist. However, when it comes to voting on immigration issues, she has historically sided with the Democrats. “Amnesty” points out that McCaskill has cast votes in support of sanctuary cities as well as amnesty for illegal immigrants. Last February, she voted against President Donald Trump’s immigration plan. At the same time, she voted in favor of an immigration bill that would have provided a way for 1.8 million undocumented young people, referred to as “Dreamers,” to receive citizenship.  

The SLF ad highlights comments McCaskill previously made about amnesty. She voices both her support and her disapproval.  

McCaskill has spent the past 12 years in the Senate. SLF suggests that she’s “gone Washington” and needs to retire. The McCaskill who is presented to rural Missouri voters is different than the McCaskill who works at Capitol Hill.  

SLF’s ad can be viewed here.  

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