New McCain Immigration Ad Cites Latino Military Service
John McCain's newest ad attempts to humanize the nation's immigration debate by citing the military service and sacrifice of Latino veterans. It's a reminder to viewers that McCain once led immigration reform efforts, which died in Congress but proved popular with Latinos.
"God's Children" is a 60-second message that uses clips from an answer McCain gave to a question about immigration during a June 5, 2007 CNN debate. It will air in California, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Here's what McCain says:
I want you the next time you're in Washington, D.C. and go to the Vietnam War Memorial. Look at the names engraved on black granite. You'll find a whole lot of Hispanic names. When you go to Iraq or Afghanistan today, you're going to see a whole lot of people who are of Hispanic background.
You're even going to meet some of the few thousand that are still green card holders who are not even citizens of this country, who love this country so much that they're willing to risk their lives in its service in order to accelerate their path to citizenship and enjoy the bountiful blessed nation.
Let's, from time to time, remember that these are God's children. They must come into our country legally, but they have enriched our culture and our nation as every generation of immigrants before them.
Latino immigrants accounted for three of the first casualties of the Iraq war back in 2003. Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, who immigrated illegally from Guatemala at age 14, was the first service member killed in Iraq. Cpl. Jose A. Garibay and Pfc. Francisco A. Martinez Flores were born in Mexico. They and others were posthumously granted U.S. citizenship.
More about U.S. casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can be learned at washingtonpost.com's Faces of the Fallen project.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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