David Vitter (R-LA)

Vitter Ran An Attack Ad That Included “Illegal Aliens” Sneaking Through A Fence And Accepting Giant Check. According to the Times-Picayune, “Sen. David Vitter’s campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate is running a anti-immigration TV ad against Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, that is being denounced as ‘racist’ and ‘reprehensible’ by the Louisiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a leading national immigrant advocacy group. The ad, done in the broad, comic style of Vitter’s ad-maker John Brabender, shows Hispanic ‘illegal aliens’ sneaking through a hole in a fence and being welcomed by folks holding a Melancon banner, a giant check made out to ‘all illegal aliens’ and signed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The immigrants also are greeted by a band playing ‘America the Beautiful,’ fireworks and a limo that drives them away. Darlene Kattan, executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, characterized the ad as ‘racist’ in the way that it plays off a ‘Hollywood stereotype image of Latino workers.’ ‘It is totally unacceptable and we demand an immediate apology and the removal of the ad,’ Kattan said. She added that the spot ‘uses the word ‘illegal’ too many times, and we stress that word.’” [The Times-Picayune, 10/8/10; Vitter For Senate Ad, 10/6/10]

Vitter: DREAM Act Is “The Illegal Alien Student Bailout.” According to a press release from Sen. Vitter, “‘I am extremely pleased that the U.S. Senate has once again rejected the illegal alien student bailout known as the DREAM Act,’ said Vitter. ‘The American people have made it very clear that they favor border enforcement over policies that encourage lawlessness, and today’s bipartisan vote reaffirms what I have long argued – the American people will not tolerate amnesty in any form. In these difficult economic times, when unemployment rates are on the rise and government spending is unsustainable, the last thing legal tax-paying American citizens need is to see their hard-earned money used to finance the education of illegal aliens. Amnesty and economic incentives only exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration, and despite the efforts of liberals to push it yet again, I am pleased that we were once again able to defeat this irresponsible legislation,’ said Vitter.” [Vitter.Senate.gov, 10/9/10]

Vitter Described Birthright Citizenship As “A Magnet To Attract More And More Adults Into Our Country Illegally” That Violates The 14th Amendment. According to an op-ed from Sen. Vitter, “America’s illegal immigration problem is out of control. To change this, we must better protect our borders, particularly the Mexican border, and ensure that only citizens and those in our country legally can be hired for jobs. Another change we must make is to stop babies born in this country to two illegal immigrant parents from automatically becoming U.S. citizens as they do now; this happens tens of thousands of times in the U.S. every year. This is just flat wrong, and it serves as a magnet to attract more and more adults into our country illegally. I believe the policy of birthright citizenship is incompatible with both the text and the legislative history of the 14th Amendment, which is why I recently introduced legislation so that a person born in the United States to illegal immigrants does not automatically gain citizenship unless at least one parent is a legal citizen, a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) or an active member of the Armed Forces.” [Sen. Vitter Op-Ed via CNN.com, 2/15/11]