Wall Street Journal
By Reid Epstein
January 28, 2016
The latest TV ad broadside against Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump features footage of him backing citizenship for undocumented immigrants after his campaign launched and accused him of profiting from illegal workers.
The new 60-second ad is part of a $1 million Iowa TV ad buy from Our Principles PAC, an anti-Trump group run by former Mitt Romney aide Katie Packer.
It begins by noting that Mr. Trump is skipping Thursday’s Fox News debate in Des Moines because “Trump can’t handle tough questions, like why he’d let millions of illegal immigrants stay in America and even supports a pathway to citizenship.”
Mr. Trump has made staunch opposition to illegal immigration a centerpiece of his campaign. In his mid-June announcement speech he referred to Mexicans as “rapists” and has since proposed deporting some 11 million undocumented people.
But the ad contains footage from a late June Chicago appearance in which Mr. Trump appears to favor allowing illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship.
“You have to give them a path and you have to make it possible for them to succeed,” Mr. Trump says in the ad. “You have to do that.”
Mr. Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The ad comes as Mr. Trump has taken a lead over rival Ted Cruz before Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest in the Republican presidential contest. Mr. Cruz on Wednesday launched his most pointed attacks to date against Mr. Trump, reminding voters in West Des Moines that the New Yorker once supported abortion rights, gay marriage and the 2009 economic stimulus packaged pushed by President Barack Obama.
The advertisement concludes by accusing Mr. Trump of using illegal workers to build his namesake hotels in New York and Washington.
“Why does Trump support amnesty? Maybe because Trump makes big money off illegal immigrants,” the ad’s narrator intones. “Amnesty for illegal immigrants. Big money for himself. Can conservatives trust Donald Trump?
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