For Immediate Release: July 7, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
ANGIE PACCIONE CONDEMNS MUSGRAVE ATTACK ADS
“While Marilyn is on vacation, we’re working overtime to solve the immigration problems that she’s contributing to.”
FORT COLLINS—State Rep. Angie Paccione today responded to recent attack ads by Marilyn Musgrave, calling on Musgrave to stop misleading the public to divert attention away from her own abysmal record on immigration.
“I’ve sponsored and passed some of the toughest immigration reforms in America this year,” Paccione said. “I’m getting results while Marilyn sits on her hands and allows millions of illegal immigrants to flood into America.”
Musgrave and the Republican-led Congress are holding field hearings to drag out the process instead of enacting legislation. Experts predict no immigration reform measures will be passed this session. Musgrave, who has a history of inaction on immigration, signed a letter requesting a hearing in Colorado. Paccione has called the hearings “a traveling road show.”
Marilyn Musgrave has voted repeatedly to cut necessary funding for border patrol and immigration enforcement agents.
The Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 authorized an additional 2,000 border patrol agents and 800 immigration enforcement agents per year for five years, but for FY2006 Marilyn Musgrave voted to provide funding for only 1,000 border patrol agents and only 350 immigration enforcement agents. For FY2007, Marilyn Musgrave supported a plan that falls short of specified levels by 800 border patrol agents and 500 immigration enforcement agents.
“I’m working to solve problems with immigration. Marilyn is creating problems,” Paccione said. “She’s actually voting to cut border security and workplace enforcement. That’s abominable.”
Paccione sponsored and supported several laws targeting traffickers of illegal immigrants, punishing state contractors who hire illegal immigrants, and increasing cooperation between local authorities and federal immigration officials. Paccione was the prime House sponsor of SB-225, which creates a Colorado State Patrol division to crack down on trafficking and smuggling.
Musgrave’s ads incorrectly stated that Paccione has voted for amnesty. Paccione called on Musgrave to back her claims with evidence.
“I’ve never voted for amnesty and I never have supported amnesty. I’m 100 percent against amnesty,” Paccione said, “I support increased border security and tougher penalties for employers who knowingly break the law.”
In the current special session, Paccione has been extremely vocal about solutions to Colorado’s immigration problems and has co-sponsored HB-1017, which increases fines fivefold for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.
“If we’re serious about stopping illegal hiring—and we are—the fines ought to be serious as well,” Paccione said. “While Marilyn is on vacation, we’re working overtime to solve the immigration problems that she’s contributing to.”
Paccione also supports limiting state services to illegal immigrants, and the legislature is expected to pass legislation doing just that.
Marilyn also labeled Paccione a “New York liberal,” an accusation Paccione found somewhat ironic, given Musgrave’s recent $1,000-per-plate fundraising dinner at the elite Harvard Club in New York.
“She’s the one taking money from elite New Yorkers,” Paccione said. “Colorado is my home, and more than 80 percent of my donations come from Colorado. Where does her money come from? The corporate elite and special interests. It’s just more evidence of how out of touch Marilyn is with Coloradans.”
Paccione anticipates several more misleading attack ads before the election is over.
“There she goes again. This isn’t the first time she’s spouted lies intended to mislead the voters, and it won’t be the last,” Paccione said. “She’s trying to keep her job, not do her job. That’s why it’s time for a change.”