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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Ahead of the Republican debate at the Reagan Library, a migrant-advocate group was running ads on CNN that evoked Ronald Reagan while taking a shot at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and other candidates.

The National Immigration Forum Action Fund used Reagan's famous speech in which he talked about a "shining city on a hill." The ad includes the line in which Reagan says that if that city needs a wall, there will be doors in the wall to welcome those who want to join those in the city.

The ad was a direct response to Trump's proposal to build a "great, great wall" at the border with Mexico to prevent illegal immigrants, including rapists and murderers, from entering the U.S.

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The ad reportedly also will call out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who, like Trump, said they would support ending birthright citizenship.