Remember how I wrote how anti-amnesty groups were spending money on ads to pressure Senator Mark Begich (D. AK) out of supporting comprehensive immigration reform?  Here's a reminder:


Looking to derail comprehensive immigration talks on Capitol Hill, the advocacy group NumbersUSA launched a new ad campaign Wednesday targeting Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, who is seen as one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2014.

The ad is part of the group’s “Say No to Amnesty” campaign (https://www.saynotoamnesty.com/), which also has targeted Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who is a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” that is hammering out a comprehensive immigration bill that could provide legal status as well as a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living here.

Mr. Begich is not part of the “Gang of Eight.” - Washington Times, 4/3/13

Well the SEIU have Begich's back on immigration reform:


SEIU is launching an ad in Alaska thanking the entire delegation for their support on immigration reform, a week after an anti-immigration group attacked Sen. Mark Begich (D) with an on-air ad.

The SEIU ad features a group of people removing a bent American flagpole and raising a repaired one.

"Today, our immigration system is broken. Now Alaska's delegation is working to fix it, in a new way that reflects Alaska values," a narrator says in the ad.

It closes with a prompt for viewers to call Sens. Begich, Lisa Murkowski (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) and thank them for their support for immigration reform.

The SEIU ad will run for a week in the Anchorage market, and is backed by a low five-figure buy. - The Hill, 4/8/13

Begich and the Alaskan delegation has stated that they are united for immigration reform:


Leading with an allusion to Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich’s successful fight for equality during the 1940s, and pointing out that Alaska’s civil rights movement preceded the national cause by roughly a generation, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Representative Don Young wrote that the 49th state may be considered the “reddest” of states by national political observers, but the reality on the ground shows it to be “a state that is highly diverse in population, culture and tradition.”

The delegation closes with a call to action for party leaders, asking for a three-pronged approach to be considered as discussion continues on the issue, including border security and enforcement, efficiency and well-crafted policy that is forward-looking:

Inspired by the words of our First Alaskans, and deeply committed to an inclusive state and nation, we join today to express our hope that the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill being drafted by our colleagues be brought to the floor of our respective bodies for consideration this session. Like our colleagues drafting the bill, we believe this legislation should secure our border, streamline our legal immigration system and provide a clear and responsible path to citizenship for those already here. - Political News, 4/7/13

If you live in Alaska or a supporter of Senator Begich, please contact his office and urge him to stay strong on supporting comprehensive immigration reform:

202-224 - 3004

You can also contact his colleagues, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R. AK) and Congressman Don Young (R. AK-AL) and urge them to stand strong on comprehensive immigration reform:

Murkowski: 202-224-6665

Young: 202-225-5765

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:15 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and LatinoKos.

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