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Immigrants urged to back Deeds

Anita Kumar

Immigrants, who traditionally are not well represented at the polls, are being encouraged to get out and vote Tuesday for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.

Organizers of the effort say they want to get the same immigrants who turned out in record numbers for Barack Obama to turn out for Deeds because of his stances on the economy, education, healthcare and, yes, illegal immigration. Deeds and McDonnell have not spoken much about illegal immigration on the stump, but organizers say that Deeds would treat immigration as a federal issue, while McDonnell would not. (Read more about McDonnell's record on immigration and other issues as attorney general here.)

The Virginia New Majority and Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign are working to get the targeted immigrants to the polls through canvassing, phone calls, mailers and commercials.

The effort kicked off Sept. 15. The goal is to reach 60,000 potential voters in nearly 40,000 households in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach.

The groups are spending money on radio and TV spots, full-page ads in ethnic newspapers and mailers. Click here to see one of their mailers (.pdf).

By Anita Kumar  |  October 29, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
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Good luck. Immigrant and Latino voters played a pivitol role in getting Sen. Allen out and Sen. Webb in and were THE difference for Obama. Webb has failed to do anything remotely pro-Latino or pro-immigrant or pro-worker while in office and Obama has said mostly good things but hasn't delivered.

Deeds has niether said nor done anything helpful for Virginia's Latinos, for low-wage workers, for labor, for Ag. or for the immigrant-heavy high tech and entrepreneur class -- all of which are the engines of Virginia's economy.

The GOP has done everything imaginable to oppose immigration (in every form) and immigrants, but that may not be enough for Deeds, Obama, and the Dems to get the type of intensity of support that got Webb and Obama (and Kaine and Warner and...) into office. The Dems better act!

Posted by: AndiMedi | October 29, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

You have to give it to these radical illegal immigrants rights groups. They have savy propoganda - getting a media outlet like the WPO to write article after article. They say its a federal issue not a state one. Well when I stop paying State taxes they can say that. I dont need to fund illegals health care and local community outreach centers, ESOL programs, and the local Homedepot tent city. Any illegal arrested for ANY crime in VA needs to be deported. Kaine didnt allow the state police to check immigration status McDonnell will.

Posted by: espnfan | October 30, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Our Government, past & present, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 20 to 30 million criminals and uneducated peons which is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, by any means & in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution.

This refusal to abide by our Constitution or enforce our Immigration Laws should be classified as Treason of the most foul kind, & as grounds for impeachment & trials for Treason!

Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions on Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders numerous children, and free medical care, at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws and massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!


Posted by: pyrostevo | October 30, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

As I see it our politicians have sold out this country to the invading hoards of foreign nationals for votes. This point is made clear in this article and many others on this issue wherein politicians have to pander to special interest groups to be elected even when they know it is wrong and illegal. This criminal invasion by South Americans is not helping this country but destroying it at all levels and that is a fact. These invaders are lawless people that come from lawless countries and amnesty will reinforce their criminality. They don’t understand why we have laws because breaking the law is their country is the norm and not the exception. These people will break any law that stands in their way and call it a right and encouraged to do so by these groups because for them it is all about race. These Hispanic groups could care less about what is good for this country if it serves their racist views and goals. They invaded this country and then cry racism when they are caught. The fact is this nation is great because of our laws and that the majority of our people are willing to follow them. Hispanics think and tout that they are such hard workers (while their countries remain in shambles) and that this country could not survive without them. The fact is this country was built without them and it would be a far better place without them now. Immigration is a wonderful thing when it is controlled. Rethink why we have laws and what they mean. Illegal immigration is wrong and bad for everyone. Deport every man woman and child that is here illegally and restore the rule of law.

Posted by: AmericaPieHole | October 30, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"20 to 30 million criminals and uneducated peons"

"The fact is this country was built without them and it would be a far better place without them now."

OMG. The ignorance is just....just...absolutely stunning.

Forgive them Lord, for they know NOT what they are saying.

First, this article is OBVIOUSLY referring to LEGAL immigrants who have become American citizens, otherwise they would not be voting.

Second, you tea-baggers and people who espouse these lies, you cry foul whenever someone tags you with the labels of bigotry, racism, or xenophobia. But listen to yourselves. A spade is a spade.

Face it, you ant-immigrant junta members are a crazed, irrational, reality-challenged but vocal minority, and you are going to lose this conversation just like you lost the national conversations about family planning and gay & lesbian people--because you resort to non-factual rhetorical divisive statements that ignore what immigration has really done for this country--strengthen it.

YOU AND YOUR ANCESTORS (unless of course you are a Native American) ARE IMMIGRANTS.

You cannot change truth, no matter how hard you try.

But you could try going to school and learning that Jesus frowned upon your kind.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 30, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Also, to pyrostevo, the largest estimated number of undocumented immigrants that were ever in this country was 11-12 million people, about 3-4 years ago. Reports lately indicate as many as 25% of those people may have returned to their home countries because the economy has not been supporting their continued presence here. So, at the moment, is only likely that there are about 8-9 million undocumented immigrants in this nation.

Unless of course, your 30 million figure DID intend to raise ire in regard to the tens of millions of legal recent Latin American immigrants....and I suspect that is the case.

Furthermore, perhaps you should ask yourself a VERY important question---WHY is it, really, that these people are in this country? WHO is it in this country that stands to benefit by the presence of undocumented workers?

You really ought to use your noggin before you spout that kind of nonsense, it just hurts your cause....oh wait, keep on goin' please!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey illegal muchachos - beware.

IDs will be double checked at voting booths on Tuesday and suspcious ID's will be scanned, reported to local and Federal authorities and confiscated.

If you are an illegal alien and try to subvert our sovereign law by illegally voting, you will be apprehended by citizens and law enfrocement officers then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. ACORN is out of business in Virginia.

Posted by: Patriot12 | November 2, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DouginMountVernon

First, this article is OBVIOUSLY referring to LEGAL immigrants who have become American citizens, otherwise they would not be voting.

Second, you tea-baggers and people who espouse these lies, you cry foul whenever someone tags you with the labels of bigotry, racism, or xenophobia. But listen to yourselves. A spade is a spade.

Face it, you ant-immigrant junta members are a crazed, irrational, reality-challenged but vocal minority, and you are going to lose this conversation just like you lost the national conversations about family planning and gay & lesbian people--because you resort to non-factual rhetorical divisive statements that ignore what immigration has really done for this country--strengthen it.

YOU AND YOUR ANCESTORS (unless of course you are a Native American) ARE IMMIGRANTS.

You cannot change truth, no matter how hard you try.

But you could try going to school and learning that Jesus frowned upon your kind.

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I can't help but laugh at the morons like DouginMountVernon, same sophomoric rebuttals which basically amount to name calling. Thankfully, the idiots like him have used the racism card into extinction. Let's tear his argument apart piece by piece, shouldn't be too hard.

First of all, the writer interjects the subject of illegal immigration IN THE SECOND SENTENCE OF THE PIECE, HELLO?? DID YOU HAPPEN TO MISS THAT???

Second, studies show that illegal immigration adversely impacts blacks and recent LEGAL immigants much more than whites. So I guess groups like People for Change, a prodominately black organization in PG County opposed to illegal immigration, are also racist? So if that's the case then, using your logic, anyone who disagrees with an open-borders agenda is racist? Keep playing that tired ol'race card, thanks to people like you, no one really cares anymore.

Third, unfettered illegal immigration has strengthened this country? I don't know if you've been to LA recently, but the illegal immigrant communities are a powder keg waiting to explode, racial tensions are high, unemployment is sky-high and the strain on social programs is at the breaking point. Pheonix is now the kidnapping capital of the country, again thanks to unfettered illegal immigration. These are the facts that you choose to ignore.

I find your forth point particularly amusing and tired. "YOU AND YOUR ANCESTORS (unless of course you are a Native American) ARE IMMIGRANTS." Maybe you should try going to school. Like the white settlers, the first Indians were immigrants. Anthropologists say they came from northeastern Asia. Notice I didn't say illegal immigrants because there were no immigration laws back then, just like when the European settlers arrived. So you can play the "they were here first" game all the way back to Moses if you want but it's a useless exercise that has no bearing on the current state of affairs.

Posted by: islandhopper24 | November 2, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article. Is there any kind of filter to prevent trolls from posting cut-and-paste, quasi-racist spam in the comments section? Surely there is a filter to keep the 15-year old kids from getting uppity, but how about things of the "Our government past and present.." sort, which IS cut-and-paste spam? (good job all of you 'really smart guys' who responded to this trolling)

Posted by: dbafff | November 3, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

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