A new radio ad makes the connection between concern about Colorado's growing population of illegal aliens and taxpayer resistance to higher spending. The ad began running this week in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Grand Junction. "I’m voting no on Referendum C & D to force our politicians to address the expensive and dangerous problem of illegal aliens and open borders," says a woman in the spot. Listen to the radio ads: Broadband Dial-up See below for more details. The ad is entitled "Stop Subsidizing Lawbreakers." The woman's voice is that of Kathy Redmond, a single mom and crime victim who lives in Jefferson County.
Also heard on the ad is State Rep. Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs), who recently led a legislative delegation on the Mexican border to learn more about the influx of illegals into this country.
It's wrong, says Schultheis, for politicians supporting C & D "to take your TABOR refund to pay for all this."
Backbone Issue Committee, chaired by former Senate President John Andrews, produced the radio spot as the third in a series opposing the tax and borrowing proposal.
"Illegal aliens undeniably add to the burden on public services in our state," Andrews said, "and law-abiding citizens are left to foot the bill. That rankles a lot of voters."
The script is below.
"STOP SUBSIDIZING LAWBREAKERS" Radio Ad by Backbone Issue Committee
Man - Referendum C & D supporters say the budget deficit is several hundred million dollars, and they want to increase your taxes to pay for it.
Woman - Think about what else is costing us several hundred million dollars. That?s right, illegal immigration. an estimated 275,000 illegal immigrants now reside in Colorado and the numbers are growing.
Man - I'm State Rep. Dave Schultheis. I recently visited the border and witnessed the illegal immigrant invasion for myself. Both Arizona and New Mexico have declared states of emergency andyet oour state Our government wants you to foot cost using your TABOR refund. That?s wrong.
Woman - I'm Kathy Redmond, a single working mom and former crime victim. I'm voting no on Referendum C & D to force our politicians to address the expensive and dangerous problem of illegal aliens and open borders. Don't reward our government for failing us!
Man - It's time to stop subsidizing lawbreakers in our schools, hospitals, and jails. Vote no on the C & D tax increase.
Announcer - Paid for by Backbone Issue Committee, John Andrews, Chairman