September 11, 2018 Fact Checks

FACT CHECK: McConnell Tries and Fails Yet Again to Mislead Missouri Voters on Behalf of His ‘Golden Boy’

MISSOURI — Today, Mitch McConnell and his Washington allies launched another desperate attack to mislead Missouri voters on behalf of their ‘golden boy’ Josh Hawley. While Hawley endorsed the Administration’s family separation policy, Claire has been endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council because they know that she will always put border security above partisan politics.

Mitch McConnell and his Washington allies can’t change the facts:

  • Claire has been endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council in this race because they have seen how hard she works to support our border patrol agents and get them the resources they need to keep us safe.
  • Claire has long fought to secure our border, working with Border Patrol agents to crack down on illegal immigration. Claire cosponsored legislation to provide $600 million for border security; introduced a bill to allow the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents; and introduced an amendment that would require Customs and Border Protection to hire 500 additional officers per year and provide additional funding for those hires until they meet their staffing needs.
  • After meeting with agents at the U.S.-Mexico border and hearing how they need new technology, Claire fought for a bipartisan bill to get them new technology and took action after reports that agents were using faulty equipment.
  • There are no sanctuary cities in Missouri, but Claire has voted to crack down on sanctuary cities.
  • Claire has repeatedly cracked down on on employers hiring unauthorized immigrants and introduced legislation to make the voluntary E-Verify program mandatory for all employers.
  • Claire was a key member of the bipartisan “Common Sense Coalition” that crafted legislation to protect immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, through no fault of their own and voted for a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that would strengthen border security. Republican Senator Susan Collins said “McCaskill played an instrumental role in negotiations and was ‘very constructive,’” as a member of the coalition.
  • Meanwhile, Josh Hawley supported the Administration’s family separation policy, refused to take a position on DACA, and has no realistic plan to secure the border.

“Once again, Mitch McConnell and his allies are trying to mislead Missouri voters on behalf of their golden boy, but they can’t change the facts. Claire is endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council and has led efforts to reform our immigration system and support stronger border security,” said McCaskill for Missouri Press Secretary Eric Mee.

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