Illegal immigration debate moves to forefront of Dole, Hagan campaigns
Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole is launching her first campaign ad of the year. It touts her work on illegal immigration. Meanwhile, Kay Hagan met Tuesday with sheriffs to discuss the hot topic.Posted — Updated
The ad, set to begin airing Wednesday, includes clips from a number of sheriffs who praise the first-term senator for helping link them to federal immigration tools.
Dole's campaign said it has spent about $500,000 to air the spot statewide for about two weeks. She has banked some $3.2 million for her re-election bid.
Rival Kay Hagan ran a couple of ads before her primary victory at the beginning of May. Hagan reported having just $317,000 cash on hand in mid-April.
Dole's advertisement comes one day after Hagan met with six sheriffs to discuss immigration.
"The citizens of North Carolina pay federal taxes," Hagan told a half-dozen sheriffs during a round-table in Raleigh. "Immigration is certainly a federal issue, and the federal government cannot be throwing another unfunded federal mandate down on us at the state level."
But Hagan said that she would not encourage sheriffs to participate in the 287 (g) program if it costs counties money. And the state senator from Greensboro also said she thinks the county-by-county participation creates a patchwork solution, so she warmed to the idea of a more regional plan she said could be more effective and efficient.
"The whole way we handle immigration in this country is flawed," Hagan said. "We don't have an immigration system, and that's why we have a border that's not secured."
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