In fact, Toomey has sought to make illegal immigration a major part of this campaign. Since the Keystone State is not exactly near the border (well the Southern one anyway), the Senator has focused on sanctuary cities, specifically Philadelphia’s status as one.
Toomey’s latest TV ad, titled “Work Hard”, again touches on these themes.
The commercial then turns to McGinty.
“Katie McGinty’s liberal agenda?,” the narrator states. “Higher taxes on every Pennsylvanian, fewer natural gas jobs, citizenship for illegal immigrants, making them eligible for welfare. You work hard for a living. Katie McGinty would make it harder.”
The first two claims relate to proposals from Governor Wolf when McGinty was his Chief of Staff. The latter two to her support for the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate but stalled in the House.
“Senator Toomey has a strong record of reaching across the aisle to create more quality jobs for Pennsylvania’s middle-class families and putting the taxpayers first,” said Toomey for Senate spokesman Ted Kwong added in a statement accompanying the thirty-second spot. “Katie McGinty’s record couldn’t be more different — her extreme liberal agenda would slam the middle class with higher taxes and fewer jobs, and even give citizenship to illegal immigrants, making them eligible for taxpayer-funded welfare benefits.”