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Bob McDonnell on Gangs and Immigration

Virginia Attorney General and 2009 gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell released a video today highlighting the gang problem in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia:

During the premier of the graphic video, there were times you almost wanted to look away. But that is exactly what McDonnell says too many people have been doing all along. He wants adults to take some responsibility for today’s gang problems. “It’s tough, it’s straight talk, it’s hard hitting,” stated McDonnell.


In the 25 minute video, “The Wrong Family”, real life gang members talk about recruiting young kids to their crew. Doctors talk about seeing the same gang members time and again with gunshot or machete wounds and law enforcement officials talk about the how the problem is growing.

While the video doesn’t pull any punches, anti-gang advocates say it is necessary.

Unchecked illegal immigration has helped with this increase, as Northern Virginia increasingly becomes a haven for members of the violent MS-13 gang.  But Attorney General McConnell has also started programs to prosecute illigal immigrants on a different front, as well:

Violent sex offenders who are also illegal aliens in Virginia were identified, located, and deported thanks to a well-coordinated joint operation earlier this year involving both state and federal officials.


“Operation Cold Play” made it possible for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to place 171 convicted criminal alien sex offenders into deportation proceedings thanks in large part to local and state involvement in the investigation, McDonnell explained in an email.

Make sure to read up on both articles.  Along with the transportation, illegal immigration and related gang activity will be big issues for Virginians in the upcoming year.  This is our chance to start turning Virginia red again.  Let’s hope that Virginians elect a Republican next year, rather than a Democrat just pretending to be a Republican on the campaign trail.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.


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Video: Chaffetz on Economy, Immigration

There doesn’t seem to be an embed code there, so you’ll have to watch it on My Fox Utah’s site.

You can donate to Jason Chaffetz here.

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Pete Olson picks up more business cred

Pete Olson received a major endorsement yesterday from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees with Rep. Nick Lampson on energy policy and gave the Democratic congressman an award in April for being “an effective ally to the business community.”

Republican challenger Pete Olson is diametrically opposed to the business federation on what to do about the 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

But today the Washington-based coalition of millions of businesses will endorse Olson for election on Nov. 4 to the 22nd District U.S. House seat.

This endorsement should carry a lot of weight with businesses in the metro Houston district who may have been more inclined to support an incumbent in this election cycle.  It will also reassure all conservatives who are pro-immigration enforcement that Pete Olson is getting this endorsement in spite of his hard-line stance on immigration, not because of it.  (The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pro-business, but also pro-amnesty.)

So congratulations to Pete Olson and his campaign for securing this major endorsement while staying true to a conservative position on immigration.

You can donate to Pete Olson’s campaign here.

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Did Carl Mumpower facilitate an immigration raid?

Federal authorities raided a manufacturing plant in Woodfin, NC on Tuesday, leading to the arrests of 57 people on immigration violation charges.  But who set off this raid, which is said to be the largest ever in Western North Carolina?

In a press release Tuesday morning, Asheville City Councilman and congressional candidate Carl Mumpower took some credit for the action at Mills, saying an employee there contacted him several weeks ago and “we developed a connection with ICE in Charlotte on Mills Manufacturing. I am grateful for their follow-through and will continue to press this issue.”

“It is wrong that this company has so flagrantly ignored immigration law and the importance of employing American workers,” he said.

This leads me to wonder why it was left up to Carl Mumpower to take action.  Did the whistleblower not trust Rep. Heath Shuler to do the right thing, or did he or she just know that Shuler wouldn’t do anything to help enforce the rule of law in his district.  If Carl Mumpower is elected in November, residents of North Carolina’s 11th District can rest assured that he will be representing them, not Nancy Pelosi.

You can donate to Carl Mumpower’s campaign here.

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The Salt Lake Tribune misses the point

The Salt Lake City Tribune can’t seem to understand why a Congressman like Chris Cannon got ousted by Jason Chaffetz in the GOP primary (emphasis mine):

A Congressional Quarterly study of partisan votes during the Bush years shows that Rep. Chris Cannon has voted with Republicans 97 percent of the time and supported the president 89 percent of the time, making him the most conservative member of Utah’s delegation.

But maybe not conservative enough. Cannon recently lost the GOP primary in the 3rd District to Jason Chaffetz, who ran as a conservative alternative.

“For some reason his constituents could never focus on how loyal to the party he was, and it created this strange phenomenon with him always having to struggle,” said Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. “Really because of one issue – immigration – people were able to define him as not being as conservative as the overall data would suggest.”

The problem wasn’t that constituents didn’t know how loyal he was to the Republican Party, it’s that they did know.

The newspaper is equating agreement with President Bush and the Republican Party with conservatism, which any conservative could tell you is not accurate.  Voting for No Child Left Behind meant agreeing with the GOP and President Bush, but this legislation was far from conservative.  The same could be said of Medicare Part D, last summer’s amnesty legislation, and the recent housing bailout.

You can donate to Jason Chaffetz’ campaign here.

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Dr. Bob Onder stands firm against illegal immigration

Dr. Bob Onder is a new addition here at Down the Ticket.  The state representative is one of the many Republicans seeking to replace Rep. Kenny Hulshof as the U.S. Representative from Missouri’s 9th District.  One of the things that drew me to his campaign was his strong stance against amnesty for illegal aliens (video at the link):

[Dr. Bob] Onder said on Monday that he defined amnesty as “allowing illegal aliens to participate in federal guest worker programs without first returning their native country.”

“Starting from his own premise that we need illegal immigrants for our workforce, Blaine has proposed a program allowing illegal aliens to obtain work visas with the hopes of eventually joining a guest worker program or becoming U.S. citizens,” said Onder spokesman Jay Barnes. “Turning a blind eye toward lawbreakers and inviting illegal immigrants to take jobs when our economy is struggling is not consistent with the values of the people of the Ninth District.”

Make sure you head to the link to see a very, shall we say, nuanced position on amnesty from one of Dr. Onder’s opponents.  It is important that we have Congressman like Dr. Bob Onder in Congress over the next four years to protect us from more presidential plans (by a President Obama or a President McCain) to grant amnesty.

If you are in Missouri’s 9th District, make sure you vote for Dr. Bob Onder in today’s GOP primary!!

You can also donate to Dr. Bob Onder’s campaign here.

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