Chamber of Commerce launches immigration-focused ad campaign for Texas candidate

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hailing Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Key impeachment witness retires | Duckworth presses for information | Subpanel advances defense measure | Democrats press for end to military transgender ban Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening MORE's (R-Texas) support for "Dreamers" in its first immigration-focused campaign ad of the 2018 election cycle.

"Will Hurd is fighting to protect the Dreamers," the ad, released on Thursday, says. "He's also leading the charge for new border security measures that will keep our communities safer. Will Hurd is working for all of us."

The term Dreamers refers to immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, some of which are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily shielded some such immigrants from deportation and gave them permission to work in the U.S.


President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE rescinded that program last year, although a court order temporarily protected it. Hurd is among a group of moderate Republicans pushing Congress to pass legislation extending protections for Dreamers.

Hurd will face off against Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones in the Nov. 6 election. USA Today reported that the Chamber is set to spend six figures on television and digital ads supporting Hurd. 

The Chamber of Commerce has opposed the Trump administration's stance on immigration, pressing lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to earn legal status.

The group has also criticized Trump's decision to rescind DACA, arguing that doing so weakens the U.S. economy.