Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: On the fringe FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno Presidential hopefuls still bank on retail politics MORE is pushing to have ads running across South Carolina and in parts of Georgia pulled from the air that say he “proposed mass legalization of illegal immigrants.”
The ad was produced by the anti-Cruz Super PAC American Future Fund, according to a news release from Cruz's campaign.
Eric Brown, Cruz campaign's general counsel, said in an email to station managers that the PAC "disseminate[s] a false and misleading advertisement lying about Senator Ted Cruz's record."
Brown wrote that Cruz had "led the fight" in Congress against immigration legislation proposed by rival Marco RubioMarco RubioLatino Republicans split on Trump's outreach Illegal immigration foe: Trump shift the 'death knell of his candidacy' Analysis: Clinton speaks at higher grade level than Trump MORE, among others. That legislation would have "created legal permanent status for millions of people in the country unlawfully."
In the email, Brown said the network is liable for spreading the false claims and argued that they stop airing the ad.
"Because this advertisement makes a flatly false factual claim for which your station is ultimately liable, we strongly urge you to exercise your discretion as a licensee to refuse to continue to broadcast this advertisement, and, because it is already airing, immediately pull the advertisement from your rotation," the email said.
On Sunday, fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpQuinnipiac pollster: 'Red flags' in Trump campaign Trump will begin campaigning in communities of color Trump media feud moves from Megyn Kelly to ‘Morning Joe’ MORE threatened Cruz with legal action over his own attack ads if he didn't "take down the false ads and retract his lies."
Trump said Cruz had created false attack ads against him and called him "the single biggest liar" he has ever come across.