Ted Hesson and Matt Spetalnick / Washington
Leading Republicans fighting to dismiss Arizona’s Democrats in an important U.S. Senate race next year talk about Democrat Joe Biden’s “failed border policy” and occasionally claim their financial position. Throwing explosives and getting hot when accusing him of the cost and what he says is a threat They pose to Americans.
Candidate Arizona Attorney General Mark Benovich is convinced that this message will resonate with voters who need to be mobilized in the 2022 elections to change the balance of power in Congress. There is.
“Immigrants themselves are not a bad thing,” Benovich, the son of immigrants from Montenegro and Croatia, said in an interview with Reuters. “But illegal immigrants undermine the rule of law.”
Reflecting some of the tough rhetoric of former Republican President Donald Trump, Benovich supports the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico and stricter immigration law enforcement.
His opponent, incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly, is a well-known retired astronaut and husband of former US House of Representatives Gabrielle Giffords. His seat was rated vulnerable by election trackers after a close victory in last year’s special elections.
Arizona Race is one of the hottest contests where immigrants are emerging as a Republican attack line, but the strategy is not limited to the southwestern border states.
Republicans across the country are targeting Biden’s policy vulnerabilities. Biden’s administration is struggling to curb record arrests of immigrants on the US-Mexico border. Some critics say he couldn’t find a consistent approach to immigration, maintained some Trump policies, rolled back other policies, and led to attacks on both the right and left. increase.
Emma Bone, a national spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said she played a central role in shaping the party’s election strategy. “Immigrants don’t just affect border towns. It affects Americans everywhere.”
Reuters polls support the idea that immigrants are the main motivation for Republican voters. In a Reuters poll of about 1,600 Republicans in October, immigrants were at the top of the list of “very angry” issues if the government acted against their views. I found out.
Democrats, on the other hand, did not rank migrants in any of the top 12 anger-inducing issues. Researchers have found that anger is more likely to encourage voting than other emotions.
For the November 2022 midterm elections, the Democratic Party now controls both parliaments by a small margin. The Senate has 48 Democrats and two independents, holding caucuses for 50 Republicans and giving Vice President Kamala Harris a tiebreaker vote. In the House of Representatives, the Democratic Party holds 221 seats compared to the Republican Party’s 213 seats, leaving one vacant.
As Attorney General, Benovich has filed four proceedings this year to challenge Biden’s immigration behavior. This includes a lawsuit in which Biden was unable to assess the environmental impact of illegal immigrants, such as pollution and stress on natural resources.
Democrat Kelly also criticized Biden’s approach to the southern border and recently sent a letter to the president on December 16 asking him to fill the existing gap in the Arizona border barrier. At the same time, Kelly urged Biden to repair the areas damaged by the construction of the Trump-era border wall.
“Your government must prioritize addressing these issues,” Kelly wrote. “Arizona is better worth from the border Washington.”
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will focus on expanding the Arizona border to fill the remaining “small gaps” from previous border wall construction and take steps to carry out other construction work. Was announced.
Kelly’s tougher border stance, in contrast to most of his Democratic colleagues who despise Trump’s immigration tactics, reflects the threat that immigration-focused attacks on incumbents could pose in the race. doing.
Biden took office in January and promised to roll back almost all of Trump’s restrictive immigration measures, but so far has been plagued by internal tensions and ongoing court battles within his administration. I am.
Some of the friction has been revealed at the president’s domestic policy conference. According to former U.S. officials who are aware of the situation spoken on condition of anonymity, council director Susan Rice tends to promote stricter enforcement at the border, and sometimes her own more liberal. I collided with a staff member.
Immigrant advocates who joined the Biden administration are disappointed with his approach to the border, including the mass deportation of Haitians captured trying to cross from Mexico, a second official said on anonymous terms. Said to Reuters.
Some Biden officials have internally acknowledged that a large number of immigrants arriving at the border could upset the president’s broader immigration agenda, Reuters reported earlier this year.
Biden wants to retain the Trump-era border expulsion policy that took place when the Covid-19 pandemic began and revive another hard-line Trump program that keeps immigrants waiting in Mexico as the U.S. asylum progresses. Ordered by the court — both moves that disappointed supporters.
A White House spokesperson said all Biden staff were “committed to implementing a fair and orderly immigration system,” denying tensions between Susan Rice and the staff of the National Policy Council.
A spokesperson who spoke on condition of anonymity added that the Republicans also focused on immigration before the 2018 midterm elections, but only lost the House of Representatives to the Democrats.
Republicans and their allies are already broadcasting immigration-themed commercials. This could be a preview of what the Democrats can expect next year.
The US Immigration Reform League, a group that supports low-level immigrants, launched a six-digit digital advertising campaign last week in Texas and Arizona that attacked Biden and other Democrats, portraying borders as lawless.
“President Biden has hampered the country’s immigration regulations,” a man said in an ad over a video of immigrants clashing with Mexican authorities. This ad will be broadcast in Spanish and English to reach Hispanic voters.
Governor of Texas Greg Abbott and Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis are both Republicans facing re-election in 2022 and have emerged as major critics of Byden’s immigration policy. Abbott and DeSantis are considered Republican presidential candidates in 2024, and the White House is closely following their governor’s elections, according to a third US official.
The Biden administration is working with allies outside the government to neutralize criticism, officials who demanded anonymity to discuss internal plans said.
One strategy was to remind voters of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” border policy, which separated thousands of migrant children from their parents and caused international criticism, officials said.
The White House has also entrusted banks that its efforts to speed up asylum at the southern border, a highly advertised plan that has not yet produced significant results, will gain momentum next year.
However, many immigration activists are still unconvinced, including Jennifer Quigley, senior director of government affairs at Human Rights First, an immigration support organization.
“They do not consider the humane and legal entry of asylum seekers to be a political victory,” said Quigley. — Reuters
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