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Scott Brown hits Jeanne Shaheen on immigration stance

Delving into an emotional national debate, Scott Brown today released a television ad focusing on illegal immigration.

In the 30-second spot, Brown, who is vying to unseat Democratic US Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, says Americans have to go through security to get on a plane, enter a government building or go to a ball game.

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But, “folks who come here illegally,” Brown says over video of a camera making its way through high grass, “they just walk across the border. That’s wrong.”

He says because of the “the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Senator Shaheen, we have an immigration crisis on our hands.”

The ad does not specify what those policies are, but in an e-mail to supporters today, Brown campaign manager Colin Reed wrote Shaheen had “...voted for amnesty ...”

Shaheen voted last year for a sweeping immigration reform bill, which would provide a path to citizenship for a large swath of the people in the United States illegally. New Hampshire’s other US senator, Republican Kelly Ayotte, who has endorsed Brown, also voted for that bill, which has subsequently languished in the House of Representatives.

In the ad, Brown goes on to say that “we respond with compassion” to the immigration crisis, “but it’s time for us to secure the border once and for all.”

In response to the spot, the New Hampshire Democratic Party issued a news release alleging the ad misrepresents Shaheen’s positions.

“Scott Brown knows both Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte voted for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that strongly increases border security,” Party spokeswoman Julie McClain said in a statement.

A Brown campaign aide said the spot will start running Tuesday on WMUR, WBIN and New Hampshire cable television for at least a week.

Brown faces a primary challenge on Sept. 9 but is expected to be the GOP nominee and face Shaheen in the Nov. 4 general election.

Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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