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PostSubject: Illegals canvas for votes in washington state   Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:16 pm

Illegal Aliens Canvass for Votes in Wash. State
Published October 22, 2010
| Associated Press
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.

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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PostSubject: Re: Illegals canvas for votes in washington state   Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:20 am

"In order for there to be a change to our broken immigration system," she said, "I believe one has to fight."

That's exactly what we are gettign ready to do with this election!! It's going to start changing so your sorry arses can go back where they came from and quit tearing our country to shreds like you have been doing for so long!!! It will change this time! Yoou need to get your bus ticket quick!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Illegals canvas for votes in washington state   Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:49 pm

Aint this some hog wash or what? You are so right, get your bus ticket quick.
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PostSubject: Re: Illegals canvas for votes in washington state   Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:17 pm

I tink I would even donate a couple of bus tickets to get some of them on the way home!!! Not for a temporary visit but a permanent trip back form where they came from!

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PostSubject: Re: Illegals canvas for votes in washington state   Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:58 pm

I think many people would donate to that. LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Illegals canvas for votes in washington state   Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:26 pm

May start a charity that gives them a prepaid one way ticket to Mexico!! that sounds like a good idea. Don't know if it would help get rid of any of them but it sure could not hurt!! TX may now get the border secure within a few months. I bet Nobambastic even listend to Perry when he comes back to TX if ever!!! LMAO!! Chatter going around has Perry looking into a national run in two years!!! he is one heck of a man!! might be just what we are looking for after Nobamabastic!!!

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