The Service Employees International Union, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign, and the immigration group, America’s Voice, are up with Spanish-language radio ads in Miami and 8 other cities, accusing Republicans of blocking immigration reform efforts -- including the Dream Act.
The groups say the $300,000 ad buy is the largest national ad campaign from pro-immigration organizations, and marks the start of a voter mobilization drive. The ads also will run in Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Orlando, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston and McAllen, TX - all areas where Hispanic voters could play decisive role in the November election.
"Last week, the same Republicans who have rallied their support behind Arizona's ‘papers please’ law made a clear choice to crush the dreams of tens of thousands of high-achieving immigrant youth," said SEIU Secretary Treasurer Eliseo Medina. "Today, it is critical that our community understands who is on their side and what is at stake if we do not hold our elected leaders accountable in November.”
Click here to hear the ad. Script after the jump.
"What would you do if a group of politicians were denying your hopes, your dreams? Thousands of us have taken to the streets to fight for what’s right: access to a college education and a path to citizenship…
"We’re the undocumented students of the DREAM Act…the “soñadores”… Without papers, and without fear, we fight so our generation doesn’t get left behind.
But who opposed this bill? Who wants to quash our dreams? Republicans. The same people who opposed the extension of unemployment benefits. Republicans. Who try to deny immigrant rights in Arizona and other states. Republicans. Who always seem to stand with big corporations against working families.
President Obama, the Armed Forces, Chambers of Commerce, universities and a majority of the public are on our side. And they need our help. This November 2nd, in [insert state here] – vote for the candidates who support our families, and make our dreams come true.
"This ad is paid for by the Service Employees International Union, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign and America's Voice."