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Schultz to Vogel: Return the Money

Sandhya Somashekhar

Jill Holtzman Vogel, the Republican candidate hoping to replace retiring Virginia Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. in the 27th District, is getting heat over her husband's lobbying activity in Washington.

According to the Northern Virginia Daily, Alex Vogel's firm has lobbied on behalf of the American Immigrant Lawyers Association, which last week announced it supports a bill that would allow provide a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants.

Today, her Democratic opponent Karen Schultz called for her husband's firm to return the $63,000 it apparently got from the group to lobby for the bill.

Called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act, the legislation would allow some illegal immigrants who were brought to the country by their parents before they turned 15 to stay and finish college or enlist in the military, and eventually qualify for legal status.

Jill Vogel is a hard-liner on the issue of illegal immigration. According to a recent mailing, she wants state and local authorities to arrest and deport all "criminal illegal aliens" and supports cutting off all state-funded services to them.

Clearly, offering amnesty to illegal immigrants would be no small sin to Vogel. In the same mailing, she quotes Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) who claims that illegal immigrants murder 12 Americans daily and that 13 people are killed each day by illegal immigrants who drive drunk. She also alleges that illegal immigrants are voting and that Al Qaeda is trying to hook up with local gangs -- information she credits to the Washington Times.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 27, 2007; 2:43 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , Loudoun County , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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