The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a new attack ad Tuesday accusing Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of being soft on “sanctuary cities.”
Mrs. Heitkamp is running for re-election against Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer in North Dakota, which is not home to jurisdictions that have thrown up roadblocks against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to agency data.
Still, her voting record on the thorny issue has dogged her, as Republicans see it as vulnerability in a state that President Trump won by about 36 points in 2016.
The NRSC ad features clips of Mr. Trump telling voters that Mrs. Heitkamp “voted in favor of the deadly sanctuary cities” and of the incumbent Democrat saying there are “very few cities” that not cooperated with ICE officials.
“Very few?” the narrator says. “Look at the map. They are everywhere — as close as Minneapolis.”
“Liberals fight Trump giving criminal illegals a free pass and Heidi Heitkamp is with them,” the narrator says.
Senate Democrats have opposed the GOP efforts to crack down on sanctuary cities, including a 2016 push that would have denied some federal criminal justice grant money to localities that refused to cooperate with immigration agents.
Mrs. Heitkamp voted against that proposal, which the Senate blocked on a 53-44 procedural vote. Two Democrats — Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — voted for it.
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