Updated 02:18 AM EST, Sun, Nov 29, 2020

Donald Trump's Presidential TV Ad to 'Stop Illegal Immigration' Doesn't Really Show Latinos Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border [Watch Video] 

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Donald Trump has been criticized about his racial slurs and stance on immigration, among other things, but in his latest TV Ad campaign, he is calling for an end to "Illegal Immigration," although it seems that he is not calling out Latinos crossing the US-Mexican border.

Trump's video started with a photo of the former State secretary and current Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton standing beside President Barack Obama. It then cut to photos of the Sand Bernardino shooters, with a mention of the threat of "radical Islamic terrorism." The ad explained that the threat is Trump's basis for his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US.

Then, the ad touched on Trump's plan to minimize the flow of illegal immigration by building a wall on the US-Mexican border and having Mexico pay for it. Footage of Mexicans and other Latin Americans was then shown as they scramble across the border.

While it seems a bit on the tough side, the problem lies not in the message that Trump's camp is trying to say, but in the video itself. This is because, according to Politifact, the video showed not Latin American immigrants, but North Africans. The scene was not set at the border either, but in Morocco.

Politifact said that they were able to trace to the footage to an Italian television network named RepubblicaTV from May 2014, when they posted a video of Moroccans crossing the border into Melilla, one of the encalves in the Moroccan coast that is still held by Spain.

A spokesperson for Trump denied that the campaign purposely used footage to give a false impression, saying that she did not know where the video came from.

However, an official statement from the campaign via NBC on Twitter said, "the use of this footage was intentional and selected to demonstrate the severe impact of an open border and the very real threat Americans face if we do not immediately build a wall and stop illegal immigration. The biased main stream media doesn't understand, but Americans who want to protect their jobs and families do."

The Telegraph noted that the 30-second "Great Again" advertisement will be broadcast repeatedly in Iowa and New Hampshire, as these are the first two states to vote in the Republican nomination early next month. The business mogul is said to be planning on spending $2 million a week in adverts to run up his votes. He now has half a dozen videos in production that he plans on broadcasting "for months."

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