An anti-immigration advocacy group just released a series of eight political ads pressuring red state Democratic Senators to approve the wall budgetary provision that the House passed earlier last week. The organization – Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR – refers to itself as a “non-profit, non-partisan organization of concerned individuals who believe that our immigration laws must be reformed to better serve the needs of current and future generations.” On the other hand, the Southern Poverty Law Center refers to FAIR as a hate group that “maintains a veneer of legitimacy that has allowed its principals to testify in Congress and lobby the federal government.” FAIR targets Sens. Heidi Keitkamp, Bill Nelson, Bob Casey, Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly, Joe Manchin, Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester. The ads, which are all identical aside from the name of the Senator, begin by saying “President Trump promised to build a wall on the southern border.” The Senator targeted in the ad “says [they] don’t want to fund the wall.” The narrator continues, “America needs a wall for our security and safety. A wall to stop illegal immigration.” The ad then asks that viewers tell their Senator “it’s time to fund the wall.” The spending package passed by the House includes $1.6 billion to go towards construction of the wall – notably, President Trump campaigned on the promise that the wall would be paid for entirely by Mexico. Mexico refused and now taxpayer dollars are the only way to get the wall constructed. The bill increases spending beyond the limits enacted in a previous budget law. In order to be approved, there would need to be a bipartisan budget deal, but as of now that is at a standstill. Critics of the wall cite the current fencing as adequate enough. There are areas that do not have any physical barrier, but treacherous terrain makes it too difficult to cross. Additionally, there are areas that do not have a barrier because it would cause land disputes – which brings up the difficult topic of eminent domain. Building a border wall across those varying conditions is estimated to cost anywhere between $21.6 billion on the low end to as much as $70 billion according to even conservative estimates. In other words, much, much more than the maybe $8 to $12 billion Trump estimated on the campaign trail.