updated 8/17/2006 7:10:18 PM ET 2006-08-17T23:10:18

Democrats dropped an ad that Hispanics had criticized as unfairly depicting illegal immigrants as terrorists.

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The ad had disappeared from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s Web site Thursday. A link that had led to the advertisement now leads to a different ad.

No announcement was made about what happened to the ad. A DSCC spokesman did not return phone calls and an e-mail message seeking comment.

Democratic and Republican Hispanics had complained Wednesday about the ad. The 35-second ad questioned GOP homeland security and anti-terrorism policies. It featured images of Osama bin Laden and North Korea’s Kim Jong Il and two people scaling a border fence and the words “Feel Safer?”

Houston City Councilwoman Carol Alvarado, a Democrat, was among those who asked the DSCC to pull the ad. She said it could alienate Latino voters. The Republican National Hispanic Assembly and Latino groups also criticized the ad.

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