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  • Tiahrt, Moran battle on illegal immigration

  • After the conclusion of their first televised debate in Topeka last week, U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt started to ramp up their attacks on the other regarding illegal immigration.



    A day following that first debate, the Moran campaign issued a television ad that called out Tiahrt’s support for illegal immigration.

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  • After the conclusion of their first televised debate in Topeka last week, U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt started to ramp up their attacks on the other regarding illegal immigration.
    A day following that first debate, the Moran campaign issued a television ad that called out Tiahrt’s support for illegal immigration.
    “One of the differences between Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt is that Jerry has a long record of being tough on illegal immigration and supporting stronger border enforcement,” said Moran Communications Director Dan Conston. “From supporting amnesty to supporting lower in-state tuition benefits and even driver’s licenses for illegals, Todd Tiahrt’s record is not what Kansans we’re taught to stand up for or what they believe.”
    Within that ad, Moran said his opponent supported amnesty for illegal immigrants and other benefits such as lower in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
    However, the Tiahrt camp was quick to respond to the ad by saying that Moran was doing nothing more than deflecting his own voting record on illegal immigration.
    “It is a ridiculous claim to say that Todd Tiahrt ever supported amnesty. Congressman Moran’s desperate attack shows just how close this race has become and how Congressman Moran’s dismal record of raising taxes, giving Constitutional rights to terrorist and protecting sanctuary cities is exposing him as just another Washington politician willing to say and do anything to get elected,” said Michelle Schroeder, spokesperson for the Tiahrt campaign.
    Schroeder went on to say that Tiahrt “strongly opposes amnesty” and that Moran showed his support of illegal immigrants by voting in favor of sanctuary cities. Schroeder went on to say that Moran’s attacks were “desperate.”
    “It’s awfully rich getting called desperate by a campaign that famously accused our campaign of push-polling because they were down in the poll,” Conston said. “While Tiahrt may try to hide Kansans from his controversial Washington record, here are a few facts: Todd Tiahrt twice cosponsored the DREAM Act, which provides amnesty to some illegal immigrants. He finally publicly admitted his support in Tuesday’s debate. That bill also provides lower in-state college tuition benefits to illegals.”
    During Tiahrt’s re-election campaign in 2002, his office sent out a mailer claiming support from the Hispanics For Life organization. In the documentation — sent out in both English and Spanish — Tiahrt said there is a need to “reform INS and create a status for undocumented, taxpaying workers that would make them eligible for drivers licenses.”
    The Tiahrt campaign continued to hammer on Moran’s vote against the Tancredo Amendment that would have denied federal funding to any city that provided sanctuary to illegal immigrants.
    Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140.

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