Skip to comments.In WA, illegal immigrants canvassing for votes
Posted on 10/22/2010 2:42:30 AM PDT by markomalley
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.
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Has she hit up the cemeteries yet?
Criminals, campaigning for criminals.
That’s the Democratic party, 2010 version.
She can get deported for that. I had an Australian friend who gave parties for little local election issues and nearly saw America in her rear view mirror with her family. Cost them more than $100,000 to get it all straightened out with the authorities. Her husband had to put his business under the direction of an American citizen for 5 years while they battled it out in court.
I don’t understand why American’s can’t just turn these people in. shhheeesh....citizen’s arrest or something. illegal is illegal.
The fact that the media is brazen enough to make this a news story is telling.........
DEPORT HER NOW!
If they're here illegally, they DO NOT have OUR citzen's right to do squat!
Let’s all illegally emigrate to Mexico and start doing the same.
“DEPORT HER NOW! “
No. First take her in. Have the media there. Make a VERY big stink of it with lawsuits and campaign ads.
Then deport her.
I assume these are the same folks that wash my car at the car wash and ride with the landscapers...
when I was working(retired), they hired a cleaning company rather than employ their own cleaners...once again, I assume these are the same illegals....
for the most part?
send them BACK and make them go through the same process my Grandparents had to go through when they came here from Italy around 1900.
not on your life.
Pass. I would however vote to have all our sewer pipes point in that direction.
Then deport her.
“Lets all illegally emigrate to Mexico and start doing the same.”
Are you some kind of masochist? LOL
She is on the right. It's not like she is worried about being deported. She poses for a picture to be put in a voter guide!
In you face, America!
In this photograph taken Sunday, Oct. 16, 2010, Maria Gianni, right, embraces community organizer Elsa Batris-Boni at a phone bank in Seattle being used by One America Votes, an organization that has launched a vote drive to get naturalized citizen voters to vote Democrat. Gianni is one of several illegal immigrants who are volunteering in the vote drive. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
Ok, who if anyone from OUR side is EVER going to stand up to this crap?? We should sending down law enforcement IMMEDIATELY. But we just sort of sit back and ogle at it ..grumble a bit, then go on about our business.
Tomorrow we’re all gonna wake up and our country will be GONE.
The group (One America Votes) has to step carefully, however. Only U.S. citizens can vote, or even register to vote, something not widely understood among immigrants. Some may, for example, think that a green card gives them license to exercise their civic duty—and consequently find themselves in deportation proceedings for committing an illegal act. There have been a number of such cases in New York, according to a Sunday New York Times piece.
They’re hoping they don’t get caught voting! That is what this is about instead of “getting out the vote”.
Prior to joining OneAmerica as the State Policy and Legislative Manager, Toby Guevin was the State Policy Director at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) where he coordinated the organizations state advocacy efforts and provided training and technical assistance on immigrant access to benefits
Pramila Jayapal is founder and Executive Director of One America.
Ms. Jayapal was born in India, and raised in India, Indonesia and Singapore
What other country in the world allows illegal squatters to openly move about like this?
We are so damned weak it makes me sick.
OK. I’ve had enough. Where are all the Washington State FReepers? It is time that we go down to the County Board of Elections and start an audit. This election is already corrupted. WTF ARE WE GOING TO DO? ARE WE GOING TO LET THESE @$$HOLES STEAL THIS FROM DINO LIKE THEY DID LAST TIME?
For Some Immigrants, Voting Is a Criminal Act
“But for those who do register to vote and get caught, the penalties can be severe. Lawyers at the Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit group for low-income New Yorkers, said that they had handled at least eight cases in the past few years involving permanent residents who faced deportation because they had registered to vote. Noncitizens who are convicted in criminal court of having made a false claim of citizenship for the purpose of registering to vote in a federal election can be fined and imprisoned for up to a year, then deported.”
But of course in King county their chances of getting caught are exactly zero.
CAIR and ACORN are the same org and support illegals 100%. Idiot Americans watching TV support the theft of their country by TV which supports this criminality.
I hope one of them comes knocking on my door. I’ll call ICE.
Better be careful. Under the Obama Administration, ICE may arrest you for making that phone call.
BINGO!!! I am about to go Gault...
Oct. 16: Maria Gianni, an illegal immigrant, poses for a portrait at a phone bank in Seattle being used by OneAmerica Votes. We should send this picture to ICE:
“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.
This is the guy pushing for stricter immigration law?...oh boy.
NO. ‘Anyone’ cannot ‘wave signs.’ Illegals are her illegally - they have broken our laws - they need to be deported and apply to come into the country legally like everyone else.
‘”In order for there to be a change to our broken immigration system,” she said, “I believe one has to fight.”’
Oh, we’ll fight alright. For the rule of law.
And people still can't see that it is democrats that are enabling illegals to come to the U.S. and stay here. Many blame the Republicans. These illegals all of them work for and vote for democrats. Why would the Republicans want illegals to stay here and destroy Republicans? That doesn't make sense but it makes sense to anti-Republican “conservatives” ,which are either brain washed puppets of the liberal media or more likely democrats in disguise.
And if you call the police or ICE when they come to your door, will you be the one arrested? I wonder.
‘but it makes sense to anti-Republican conservatives ,which are either brain washed puppets of the liberal media or more likely democrats in disguise.’
Come again? Are you talking about RINOs or RINO conservatives? I’ve never heard of such a thing... :)
BTW, it’s perfectly possible to have compassion for people of the world (say Mexicans and Central Americans) while concurrently understanding that we cannot just let people over run our borders - like many liberals currently seem just fine doing.
Illegal aliens need to return to their country of origin and enter the US legally. If we want to have a guest worker program - people need to be legally involved with such a thing. I’m sure people here have very specific thoughts about a ‘guest worker program’ which I must confess I don’t know enough about...(need to do more research.)
“Illegal aliens need to return to their country of origin and enter the US legally.”
And first we need to truly close the borders. Won’t happen with dual citizen (or whatever the heck he is) obummer usurping.
Another example of poor illegals having to do the dirty jobs that Americans will not do.
No, I’m not saying that.
I’m saying illegals vote for democrats and work to elect democrats as this article shows.
I’m saying many blame Republicans for the illegal alien problem .I’m talking about the many here and elsewhere who constantly bash Republicans but ignore what democrats are doing. But they are wrong .It is democrats who are enabling illegal immigration and want Amnesty.
To think most Republican politicians want illegals to destroy Republican party is absurd.
How bad has it got to be if an Hispanic reporter for AP notices!
Head em up, roll em in, ride em out...mex hide..
“CAIR and ACORN are the same org and support illegals 100%. Idiot Americans watching TV support the theft of their country by TV which supports this criminality. “
” I dont understand why Americans cant just turn these people in. shhheeesh....citizens arrest or something. illegal is illegal. “
The last time I turned someone in, I caught hell for it.
Welcome to Obamaland: where illegal aliens vote and soldiers serving in combat don’t. :)
In a saner world, ICE would be canvassing for illegals.
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.
I would bet $5K that this illegal woman will be among the many, many fraudulent votes that Murray gets.
“Are you some kind of masochist? LOL”
I must be. I keep paying taxes to support the illegals in the USA.
The media is stunningly ignorant of the language. There is no such thing as an illegal immigrant. Immigration is a legal process. These people are illegal aliens. Or illegal invaders, if you prefer that term.
But, but, we always told they’re ‘hiding in the shadows’!!!!
“I hope one of them comes knocking on my door. Ill call ICE.”
Won’t matter. The Obama Homeland Surrender policy is to not deport anyone until they’ve been convicted of a felony. Sadly, many repubs go along with it.
Ms. Jayapal was born in India, and raised in India, Indonesia and Singapore’
A “sister’ of NObama from Indonesia!!!