A Super Bowl commercial from Budweiser is wading into the immigration debate.

The one-minute ad, "Born the Hard Way," is a departure from the beer maker's more lighthearted commercials of years past, featuring puppies and the Clydesdales.

Released ahead of the big game, the ad depicts Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch coming to America from Germany in the 1850s.

"You're not wanted here! Go back home!" people shout at him as he arrives in the United States.

At the conclusion of the Hollywood-esque production, a graphic states: "When nothing stops your dream, this is the beer we drink."

The company said the ad was in the works since May and the timing has nothing to do with President Donald Trump's recent executive orders.

"There's really no correlation with anything else that's happening in the country," Budweiser VP Ricardo Marques told Ad Week.

Nonetheless, the ad has generated a lot of discussion on social media, earning criticism and praise.

The ad has been viewed more than 2.5 million times on YouTube in just 24 hours.

Super Bowl LI will be played Sunday in Houston between the Patriots and Falcons and will be be aired on FOX broadcast network.

What's your take on the ad?


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