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August 28. 2014 10:16PM

Shaheen opponents go after her votes on immigration

Senate Republican hopeful Scott Brown is accusing U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., of a “flip-flop” on support for the President’s policy on illegal immigrants.

Brown said Shaheen has both supported and opposed President Obama’s executive action concerning young, illegal immigrants. His campaign cited a Washington Post article in which a Shaheen adviser said New Hampshire’s senior senator did not support a “piecemeal approach issued by executive order.”

Shaheen said the immigration system needs comprehensive reform, including beefing up border security, which she has voted for.

Brown supporters, state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, a Republican, and Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard criticized Shaheen’s position in a conference call Thursday.

Hilliard said Granite Staters deserve to have confidence that the border is secure and laws are being enforced.

“We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws,” he said.

Bradley called Shaheen a “loyal and steady supporter of President Obama’s amnesty policies,” and cited her support for a policy that defers deportation for certain young people in the country illegally. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy was established in June 2012.

“Senator Shaheen’s record on immigration is pretty troubling, quite frankly,” he said.

Harrell Kirstein, a spokesman for Shaheen, said Shaheen and Ayotte supported the same legislation in 2013 to reform the system.

“The fact is that just like Kelly Ayotte, Jeanne Shaheen voted to strengthen border security with the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform package that included the Dream Act,” Kirstein said in a statement. “But rather than let this common-sense solution move forward, partisan obstructionists like Rick Perry, Scott Brown and House Republicans are standing in the way.”

The New Hampshire Democratic Party called Bradley a “flip-flopper” on the issue. The Democrats said Bradley opposed a bill to increase border security when he served in Congress in 2006.

dtuohy@unionleader.com


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