Proving how out of touch she is with Americans, most of whom want the illegals sent home, Murray's campaign actually puts them to work on her re-election effort, trying to convince other minorities--those who are lawfully here and actually entitled to vote--to vote for her.
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."
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."
Sorry, but I have a real problem with people who aren't even supposed to be here now trying to directly steer our country's political system by working for politicians who are perceived to be ready and willing to offer Amnesty bills in return. That to me is the ultimate "foreign interest" seeking to influence a legislator.
So where are all of the pundits and shills who screamed for a week over California Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's having once employed a maid who later turned out to be illegal despite having offered fraudulent documents and swearing that she was, in fact, legally here?
Again, since this time it's a Democrat doing the wrong thing, I doubt that we'll be hearing very much about it at all. The media has their own agenda--protecting the Democrat majority--and reporting news like this doesn't advance that so they'll self-censor and work to deny America the facts.
Note to you media hacks...we're seeing this and we're not going to forget. Your credibility doesn't automatically come back post-election.
Oh, and someone please tell the illegal not to refer to the American political system as "ours". That's like a catching a burglar in your house and having him say that he's just taking "our" flat-screen TV out to be cleaned.
Time for ICE to raid Patty Murray's office.