American Insanity

22 10 2010

I cannot control my anger so I’m just going to post the story.

Gio-

Illegals Working For Candidates (Dems of course)

SEATTLE (AP) — 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 Republican Dino 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.”


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23 10 2010
DCG

Oh this is news up here in Seattle alright & people are MAD as heck about it! The comments on local web pages are telling. Murray is in a neck & neck race w/ Rossi and this just might help him win. I PRAY we turn red on 11/02.

Can you imagine living in a foreign country and actively pushing for candidates? And the libs cry hysterically over foreign money repubs get yet THEY use foreigners & Soro’s money to do their dirty work. Hypocrisy is their motto…

23 10 2010
koa

We are giving our sovereignty away. We now have crminals err sorry, “hard working family orientated undocumented workers” (gag) working for candidates who they know are going to push for amnesty and entitlment continuation and expansion in this country. Add this up with the “Friend of the court briefs” that Mexico and others have filed in regards to the Arizona law. The condemnation by our own secretary of state in her report to the United Nations on Americas human rights violations (what the hell?) and you can see it all circling the drain. I have long said there is no such thing as a job americans dont want to do. Who used to do all these jobs? Solve immigration with massive deportments, border enforcement, get rid of the automatic citizenship status for babies of illegals and there will be a job glut on the market like you wouldnt beleive. Nothing gets me going more than the statement that you cant deport or find them all so why even try. This latest in Seatttle just smacks of foreign interests trying to influence American elections. Because they are foreigners, here illegally, they are not citizens. Even though are tax dollars support them and their families they still rally in protest, waving the mexican flag. I could possibly have some sympathy if their amnesty and citizenship protests were held waving the American flag, if they worked at learning english and tried to assimilate to the country. But they have no interest in that. They left their country for a better life, then when they get here they try to change our country to what they left.

30 10 2010
michele

I can’t take any of this anymore!!!!! Now Arizona has been shot down and told that illegals are allowed to vote. WTF!!!!!????!!!!

31 10 2010
giovanniworld

Michele,

I’ve been real busy this weekend, can you post a little info or link.

Thanks,

Gio-

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