Illegal Aliens should not be here, first of all.
They should not be allowed ANYWHERE near the election process.
How dare these people NOT report them?
These people should be penalized for obstruction of justice and HARBORING fugitives.
In Wash., illegal immigrants canvassing for votes
Oct 22 11:26 PM US/Eastern
By MANUEL VALDES
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.
<She should be deported!>
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 is a term used for legal purposes. These are not IMMIGRANTS. I am an immigrant. They are NOT. They are not legal. They didn’t wait their turn. They push ahead of ANYONE and EVERYONE else. What makes THEM believe that THEY are ANY more Special than anyone else?>
“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 stricterimmigration 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.
<HE should mind. Every LEGAL immigrant should mind. The unlawful conduct by these individuals is reprehensible. They are at BEST committing GRAND LARCENY. They have done even worse for the reputations of LEGAL Immigrants. Especially, the Hispanic legal immigrant. Because people see a person and they say, “are you a citizen?” and the person says, “no, I’m an immigrant.” So, many times the person is embarrassed and has to quickly add, I’m a legal immigrant. This is a TERM STOLEN by the illegitimate ALIEN. The IMMIGRANTS reputation has been soiled by these vagabonds.>
“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.
<Haiti has a Cholera epidemic going on. How soon will we being seeing the cases here? Illegals carrying it in? yes. They don’t screen illegals for shots or health. Health crisis in Haiti: Cholera epidemic kills 194, sickens thousands: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/23/1887953/more-haitians-sickened-by-cholera.html?asset_id=1887001&asset_type=gallery#ixzz13DAzd2R8
Could the epidemic have been started Zimbabwe and exacerbated by Haiti’s poor conditions due to the earth quakes? Zimbabwe cholera crisis escalates>
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.
Charlie McAteer, OneAmerica Votes’ spokesman, says the organization would back candidates from any party. He says they’re looking for candidates who demonstrate commitment to immigrant communities or issues.
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.
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.”
“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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