Friday, October 22, 2010

Illegal Aliens Canvass for Votes in Wash. State

FOX NEWS:  SEATTLE -- When Maria Gianni is knocking on voters' doors, she's not bashful about telling people she is in the country illegally. She knows it's a risk to advertise to strangers that she's here illegally -- but one worth taking in what she sees as a crucial election.
The 42-year-old is one of dozens of volunteers -- many of them illegal immigrants -- canvassing neighborhoods in the Seattle area trying to get naturalized citizens to cast a ballot for candidates like Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, who is in a neck-to-neck race with RepublicanDino Rossi.
Pramila Jayapal, head of OneAmerica Votes, says the campaign is about empowering immigrants who may not feel like they can contribute to a campaign because they can't vote.
"Immigrants really do matter," Jayapal said. "If we can't vote ourselves, we're gonna knock on doors, or get family members to vote."
So far the illegal immigrants going door-to-door aren't meeting opposition. Craig Keller, an organizer for Respect WA, a group pushing for stricter immigration law in the Washington, said he doesn't mind illegal immigrants volunteering for vote drives, he just wants to make sure mistakes on the voter rolls don't allow them to vote.
"Anybody can go out and wave a sign, but when it comes to who's making the choices, there's no question they need to be citizens," Keller said.
In close elections across the country, the immigrant and minority vote is considered key for candidates, especially Democrats.
Earlier this week in Nevada, a television ad urging Latinos not to vote sparked outcry from Democrats, who called it a dirty trick meant to keep Hispanics home and boost Republican candidates. Univision and Telemundo -- the nation's two largest Spanish-language networks -- canceled the ad, which the Republican group Latinos for Reform had planned to eventually run in Nevada, Florida, California, Texas and Colorado through the Nov. 2 election.
Seattle is home to a wide array of immigrant communities, from Latinos to east Africans and Asians.
Congress declined this year to consider overhauling the country's immigration law, much to the chagrin of immigrant advocates who had expected Democrats to do so by now.
Still, OneAmerica Votes launched one of the largest get-out-the-vote campaigns in the state on behalf of Democratic candidates. The organization is an offshoot of OneAmerica, one of the state's largest and the most influential immigrant-rights advocacy group.
Through home visits, phone banks and mailings the organization is aiming to reach about 40,000 registered voters in the Seattle area in an attempt to help Democrats gain ground in key races. Volunteers include other types of people who can't vote, such as legal permanent residents.
About 150 volunteers rolled out in nine cities across Washington this past week, knocking on 3,000 doors.
In Bellevue, a city of nearly 123,000 east of Seattle, Gianni knocked on 25 doors and spoke to 15 people, she said.
One man, a naturalized citizen from the Philippines, said he knew what she was going through after she shared she was in the country illegally.
"There's always a risk," Gianni said in Spanish about her legal status. "But if there's a change, I would feel like I contributed, even in a small part, to a change we all need."
Gianni arrived in the United States on a visa 13 years ago looking for work and stayed. For a while her only son lived here, but has since moved back to Mexico.
"In order for there to be a change to our broken immigration system," she said, "I believe one has to fight."
Well isn't that just fine and dandy.  Illegals canvassing the streets promoting Democratic candidates.  This really ticks me off.  They should be arresting and deporting this woman along with the rest of her cohorts! And yet they are given free reign to walk our streets with absolutely no fear or repercussions from the authorities.  How do like them apples?
Seems to me the illegals have more rights than the average American. Maybe we should quit paying taxes, resign our legal citizenship and come in as illegals and get all the perks they seem to get.
I am so furious right now.  I am disgusted with our government and I hate that I am helpless to stop the convoy of illegals coming into my country. They stomp, burn and deface our American flag, millions of dollars are wasted on them, and to top things off, they feel the have the RIGHT to march on our streets as legal citizens. Talk about audacity!!!
I am so fed up I could spit nails.  Nuff said!


Z said...

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? This is happening? I'm sending your post to Spokane friends......

And the libs will say "What's the matter with you conservatives, you don't want EVERYONE to vote?" As IF.

Imagine illegals trying to get the vote out for THEIR guy (palm open for more money, please!)...that isn't fraud?

Leticia said...

Pretty unbelievable, Z, but it is definitely happening.

William Stout said...

What does it say about a political party that must enlist the aid of illegals to win an election? The politicians in Washington have learned nothing about the people they allegedly represent. In my opinion, this is yet one more reason to fire them all.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

EXCUSE EM MOI! But why the hell do we have to empower illegals for anything, other then to empower them to get their butts the hell out. Then if they love the U.S. so much, let them come back legally.

Patrick Carroll said...

Hopefully your anger will be reflected in the outcome of the November election Leticia!

Joe said...

Why shouldn't we expect liberals to enlist the aid of illegal imigrants? They have been enlisting the aid of other illegals (jail-birds, the dead, etc.) for ages.

Always On Watch said...

God help one of these illegal-invader canvassers if one appears at our door. Mr. AOW could "take care of the matter" and not even go to trial.

Leticia said...

FYI, I have already gone and early voted. I even voted to allow hunters to continue to hunt legally and carry firearms.

William, they are without shame, morals and conviction. They are are deceitful people.

Abouna, my sentiments exactly, my friend.

Joe, how true. Well, Obama did say at one his infamous speeches of seeing the dead out in the audience.

AOW, I can almost see it.

Silverfiddle said...

And if anyone thinks they are just signing up "legal" naturalized immigrants, I've got a bridge to sell you...

It's also a BS smokescreen about legalized citizen immigrants being intimidated into not voting. That's just to combat efforts to do citizenship checks that screen out illegal democratic voters.

If a US citizen is so dumb as to be intimidated from voting, they are too dumb to vote, and the "intimidation" tactics in place are doing us all a favor.

Leticia said...

Silver, spot-on! My friend. The thing is too many people bow out when things get just a little warm.

Karen Howes said...

Unbelievable, Leticia. I would have turned her butt in if she'd knocked on MY door.

WomanHonorThyself said...

this is so telling Leticia..good grief!!!

MK said...

I hope someone calls the police on her and they deport her illegal ass back to mexico.

Then again i guess it all depends on politics how they'll prosecute felons these days.

Leticia said...

Karen, exactly and that's what people should do, but apparently no one is turning her or any other illegal in.

Angel, it is downright despicable that illegals are given such freedom on our streets and advertising for Democrats.

MK, the police aren't doing a darn thing and I don't believe they will. The politicians are too corrupt to enforce laws.