Religious, business groups defend pro-immigration Republican Senator Graham

NBC Latino
March 13, 2013

The South Carolina airwaves have become the latest battleground between pro- and anti-immigration reform groups. Today, three different groups – a group of Southern evangelical leaders, a conservative Republican super PAC, and a bipartisan group of U.S. Mayors and CEOs announced the release of two ads supporting South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsay Graham. The Republican Senator has come under fire in an ad campaign for his support for comprehensive immigration reform. The ad, by Numbers USA, has a narrator asking questions like “Who elected Lindsey Graham to demand millions more immigrant workers when so many South Carolinians are jobless?” and then features several people answering, “Not me.”

Joining the Republican super PAC in support of Senator Graham was the Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan group of Mayors and business leaders, including San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. ”We think it’s fundamentally important that business leaders speak up – we’ve been doing a huge amount of work with South Carolina leaders,” said Partnership’s Jeremy Robbins.

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