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Burr’s Xenophobic Record Matches Trump’s Xenophobic Rhetoric
As Deborah Ross and Richard Burr make their final preparations for tonight’s debate, two things are crystal clear: Senator Burr not only stands by his endorsement of Donald Trump, but he has a voting record on immigration that matches Trump’s divisive and xenophobic rhetoric.
Over the course of his campaign, Donald Trump called Mexicans rapists and criminals and pledged to create a deportation force to tear apart families, to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, and to build a wall. He demonized refugees from around the world and advocated for banning Muslims from entering the United States.
Though Senator Burr is running a duck-and-dodge campaign, he cannot hide from his voting record on immigration, which shows a clear voting record supporting Trump-like policies. In 2013, Senator Burr voted against comprehensive immigration reform and to deport both DREAMers and the parents of US citizens. Senator Burr also defended Trump’s Muslim ban.
Senator Burr received A+ ratings from the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA on a range of issues including his efforts to end birthright citizenship and his obstruction of bipartisan efforts to reform our immigration system.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that Burr not only continues to endorse Donald Trump, but he joined Trump’s campaign as a top advisor as was reported last Friday, the same day the now infamous Trump tapes emerged.
During tonight’s debate, Senator Burr will have to explain his continued support for Donald Trump despite his behavior that has shown, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he is not fit to be the President of the United States.
“On the first day of his campaign, Donald Trump disqualified himself from the presidency, and, through his continued support of Trump, Senator Burr disqualified himself from the Senate,” said Tim Eakins, Director of North Carolina’s Voice. “While the vast majority of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Senator Burr has run in the opposite direction — aligning himself with Trump’s xenophobic campaign and assuming a prominent position as a senior advisor for the Trump campaign. North Carolinians have the opportunity to reject not only an aspiring dictator this Nov. 8 but also his chief apologist here in North Carolina.”