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Odysseus
10-22-2010, 03:35 PM
Published October 22, 2010
AP
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/22/illegal-aliens-canvass-votes-wash-state/
http://www.foxnews.com/static/managed/img/Politics/102210_illegalvote_604x341.jpg
Oct. 16: Maria Gianni, an illegal immigrant, poses for a portrait at a phone bank in Seattle being used by OneAmerica Votes.

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 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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Okay, ICE, you know where this group of illegals is, you know what they're doing, and one of them even posed for a photo. When's the raid? ;)

AmPat
10-22-2010, 03:39 PM
Sort of a shame that we don't see anything near the treasonous activities of U.S. DIMoRATS advocating for our EXPATS overseas.:cool:

Apocalypse
10-23-2010, 12:14 AM
There is more going on then what is reported in that article.

OneAmerica is a 501c3 tax exempt ‘charity. 501c3s are supposedly prohibited by law from campaigning on the behave of any candidates for political office. From the Internal Revenue Service:

http://tinyurl.com/33t2of

Political Campaign Activity

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax.


Also the Internal Revenue Service also prohibits 501c3s from lobbying Congress over legislation, which is the single purpose of OneAmerica, to pass amnesty.

http://tinyurl.com/2j2spw


Lobbying Activity

In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying)…

An organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation.


And lastly, if you look at their funding report, you will note George Soros as well as SEIU keeping them well funded.

http://tinyurl.com/277poss

PoliCon
10-23-2010, 12:19 AM
It pisses me off when people call illegal aliens IMMIGRANTS. :mad: We need to stop letting the left use that term in their attempt to legitimize these people.

Odysseus
10-23-2010, 03:28 PM
There is more going on then what is reported in that article.
OneAmerica is a 501c3 tax exempt ‘charity. 501c3s are supposedly prohibited by law from campaigning on the behave of any candidates for political office. From the Internal Revenue Service:
http://tinyurl.com/33t2of
Also the Internal Revenue Service also prohibits 501c3s from lobbying Congress over legislation, which is the single purpose of OneAmerica, to pass amnesty.
http://tinyurl.com/2j2spw
And lastly, if you look at their funding report, you will note George Soros as well as SEIU keeping them well funded.
http://tinyurl.com/277poss
So, what you're saying is that beyond simply using illegals to influence elections, they are breaking other laws? Who would have thought that liberals who flout immigration laws in pursuit of power would also flout campaign finance laws?
I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you, to learn such a thing.
:rolleyes:

It pisses me off when people call illegal aliens IMMIGRANTS. :mad: We need to stop letting the left use that term in their attempt to legitimize these people.
Orwell was all over the left's manipulation of language in order to subvert rational thought. Still, they do overreach, like the MD governor who called them "New Americans."

MountainMan
10-23-2010, 04:21 PM
Guys, this is great news for the GOP in Washington State!!!!


It just goes to show you that the illegal aliens really are working the jobs that no one else is willing to do. What real American citizen WANTS to work for Patty Murray?

Odysseus
10-24-2010, 12:22 AM
Guys, this is great news for the GOP in Washington State!!!!


It just goes to show you that the illegal aliens really are working the jobs that no one else is willing to do. What real American citizen WANTS to work for Patty Murray?

Probably the same ones that would vote for her. Let's just hope that they don't sneak the illegals into the voting booths.

Lager
10-24-2010, 09:17 AM
It's a shame that this person actually feels proud of what she is doing. First off, to flaunt the fact that you broke the laws of this country and yet still feel you have a say in who governs it, and second, to want favorable attention because you are working for a candidate based on one and only one issue that is clearly only beneficial for yourself and a few others like you.

It's sad that politicians -- namely democrats-- have changed the mindset of citizens that they no longer care about voting for what's good for the Country, but voting more and more selfishly for what they feel is good for their narrow interests.

AmPat
10-24-2010, 11:26 AM
It is certainly both sides of the aisle but more common in the liberal world. Look at the GOP'ers voting for Tea Party conservatives. Vote the values and for America first is more common on the conservative side of the equation.

Back to the topic:

Where is ICE ICE baby? This criminal should be behind bars 10 minutes after the story broke. She is a criminal tresspasser in this country with no rights under our constitution. She should be given the same treatment that Mexico gives to gringos.

Apache
10-24-2010, 05:50 PM
Probably the same ones that would vote for her. Let's just hope that they don't sneak the illegals into the voting booths.

You know they will at least try...

Apache
10-24-2010, 05:54 PM
Back to the topic:

Where is ICE ICE baby? This criminal should be behind bars 10 minutes after the story broke. She is a criminal tresspasser in this country with no rights under our constitution. She should be given the same treatment that Mexico gives to gringos.

Street level are chomping at the bit to do their jobs, it's the higher ups, the Zero appointees that are dragging their feet...

PoliCon
10-24-2010, 06:05 PM
Street level are chomping at the bit to do their jobs, it's the higher ups, the Zero appointees that are dragging their feet...

The POLITICAL appointments of course.

Apache
10-24-2010, 07:00 PM
The POLITICAL appointments of course.

Yuppers! You know Zero would love to have those 20 million new voters...:rolleyes:

PoliCon
10-24-2010, 09:18 PM
Yuppers! You know Zero would love to have those 20 million new voters...:rolleyes:

Of course. Every good feudal lord rejoices when they get more surfs.

Odysseus
10-24-2010, 09:30 PM
Where is ICE ICE baby? This criminal should be behind bars 10 minutes after the story broke. She is a criminal tresspasser in this country with no rights under our constitution. She should be given the same treatment that Mexico gives to gringos.

DHS has clearly frozen ICE out of the game.

The hypocrisy of this is astonishing. Obama gets in front of the media and claims that the Chamber of Commerce is using foreign money, without proof (especially brazen, because not only did Obama receive millions of dollars in foreign campaign contributions through the disabling of the verification software on his website, but the Clintons hosted fundraisers in which hundreds of thousands of dollars were funneled from the People's Republic of China to the DNC in a host of illegal venues, including a tax-exempt Buddhist house of worship), then his operatives use illegal aliens to knock on doors and campaign? And the response from "an organizer for Respect WA, a group pushing for stricter immigration law in the Washington", is that "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"? Are they kidding me? How gutless is that?

Here is the message that should be getting out, and would be if the Washington State Republicans had their act together:


Iit is an outrage that the Democratic Party, having failed to sneak amnesty through the congress, and having gutted the deportation process, and having sued Arizona for enforcing the laws that the Feds are ignoring, has now chosen to empower illegals to campaign for Democratic politicians. Will they be voting next? Does Patty Murray support this blatant violation of immigration and election law?

This is the message that needs to get out. Our elites will flout the law, violate the Constitution and ignore the will of the people to get their way, and this is another blatant example of the contempt that Democrats like Patty Murray hold for the people that she is supposed to be serving.