Immigrant advocates release anti-shutdown ad campaign

An immigration advocacy group on Wednesday released a digital ad campaign against a potential government shutdown threatened by President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE over border wall funding.

The group, the left-leaning iAmerica Action, said it will run the ads until Congress passes funding bills to prevent a partial shutdown.


In one ad, an image of Trump's face is accompanied by the caption, "I will shut it down."

The ad is referencing a highly combative meeting Tuesday in the Oval Office between Trump, Vice President Pence, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-Calif.).

In the meeting, Trump told Schumer he would "be proud to shut down the government" if Congress does not fund his proposed wall.

The three other ads feature images of Trump or of immigrants, and the captions "Jobs not walls" and "Healthcare and jobs not walls." All of the images feature the phrase "No Trump shutdown."

According to Rocio Saenz, president of iAmerica Action, the ads reflect the message sent by voters in November.,

“On Election Day, voters sent a clear message: We want good jobs, not a wasteful border wall. We need affordable health care and higher wages, not divisive policies that hurt our communities,” Saenz said. “Nevertheless, because of an ego-driven president and his divisive party, we are preparing for a destructive and unnecessary partial government shutdown.”

Democrats picked up 40 House seats in November's election, reclaiming the majority in the lower chamber, and most polls show that health care was a top issue for voters.

The new Democratic majority will be sworn in in January, giving Trump a few weeks to attempt to pass wall funding through the outgoing Republican majority.

Congress has until Dec. 21 to pass a funding bill or face a partial government shutdown.