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NumbersUSA Joins The Fight In Richmond

By Greg L | 22 February 2008 | Illegal Aliens, Virginia Senate | 10 Comments

NumbersUSA, with thousands of members in Virginia has joined in the effort to get HB 623 through the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  On top of the efforts currently underway by Save The Old Dominion, this should help put the pressure on our elected officials to make the sensible choice and support the systematic deportation of criminal illegal aliens rather than allowing too many of them to be released back into our communities.  Because the Section 287(g) Program which would establish this screening and deportation process is not in place, it took special action by Attorney General Bob McDonnell to recently identify and process for deportation 173 criminal alien sex offenders that either had been released and put on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry, or were due to be released.  If this program is adopted in Virginia, that screening and deportation process would be a matter of course, rather than a special, and perhaps one-time effort.

Here is their alert:

Virginia House Bill 623, which would authorize Virginia’s participation in the Section 287(g) Program to allow police to work with the federal government to screen for illegal aliens, passed by a vote of 88-11. It is now on Monday’s docket at the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  Instead of releasing criminal illegal aliens who commit serious felonies back into our communities after they have served their sentences, by participating in the federal Section 287(g) Program, the Commonwealth would instead have a rigorous process in place that would screen for illegal aliens and process for deportation those who are identified.

After passing the House 88-11, we are hopeful that HB 623 can achieve a similar veto-proof majority vote in the Senate. NumbersUSA urges you to support this important legislation by calling all of the following Senators as soon as possible.  You will probably speak with a staffer to whom you should give some reasons for your support of HB 623 and conclude by saying,

“Please ask the Senator to vote YES on HB 623 in support of 287(g).  Tell the Senator that I will be very grateful for a YES vote.”

Senator Henry Marsh – Chairman
Phone: (804) 698-7516

Senator Dick Saslaw
Phone: (804) 698-7535

Senator Ken Stolle
Phone: (804) 698-7508

Senator Fred Quayle
Phone: (804) 698-7513
Senator Tommy Norment
Phone: (804) 698-7503

Senator Janet Howell
Phone: (804) 698-7532
Senator Louise Lucas
Phone: (804) 698-7518

Senator John Edwards
Phone: (804) 698-7521
Senator Roscoe Reynolds
Phone: (804) 698-7520

Senator Linda “Toddy” Puller
Phone: (804) 698-7536

Senator Ken Cuccinelli
Phone: (804) 698-7537

Senator Mark Obenshain
Phone: (804) 698-7526

Senator Ryan McDougle
Phone: 804-698-7504
Senator Robert Hurt
Phone: 804-698-7519

Senator Creigh Deeds
Phone: 804-698-7525

I wonder how many voicemail systems will get overloaded this weekend.  Hopefully, this will melt the Senate switchboard, because that seems to be what it takes to overcome the illegal alien friendly agenda of Dick “Do Nothing” Saslaw.



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  1. Scott said on 22 Feb 2008 at 4:27 pm:
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    Maybe if someone had deported this woman the first time they caught her, these children would still be alive. I know this is a double post, but this bothers me:

    Marshall, MN — Police officers wheeled a woman who calls herself Alianiss Nunez Morales, 23, of Minneota, into court in a wheelchair Friday to face four charges of criminal vehicular homicide.

    The judge set her bail at $200,000.

    She was injured in the crash, but released from the hospital on Thursday.

    She apparently speaks very little, if any, English, and the judge took a break shortly after noon because Morales needed help understanding some of the court proceedings.

    She’s accused of driving the van which crashed into a Cottonwood school bus on Tuesday, killing four children and injuring several others.

    Authorities revealed Friday they do not believe Morales is her real name.

    Immigration officials also say they believe she is in the country illegally, but they did not elaborate.

    All four criminal vehicular homicide charges are felonies and each charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. She was also charged with a stop sign violation, and driving with no driver’s license. Those violations are misdemeanors.

    The criminal charges also shed more on light on what happened.

    Bus driver Dennis Devereaux told investigators he was going roughly 50 miles an hour down Highway 23, and saw the mini-van approaching. He said it was obvious to him the van would not be able to stop at the intersection.

    He said he believed the van “went airborne” over the railroad tracks near the intersection, and slammed into the bus.

    Devereaux told police there was no time for him to react.

    Several other witnesses also told police they saw the van run the stop sign.

    But Morales, through an interpreter, told investigators she stopped at the stop sign, and that the bus hit her when she started into the intersection.

    She claimed she was on her way to work in Cottonwood, that she had only worked there a month, and that she had never been on Highway 24 before.

    She claimed she could not remember her address in Minneota, but said she lived in a trailer with a boyfriend.

    KARE-11 News learned more details Thursday about Morales’ arrest and ticket for driving without a license in 2006.

    That incident happened in Montevideo. The woman who reported her at the time said it did not appear Morales knew how to drive at all.

    Morales’ car had wound up in the woman’s yard, and Morales did not appear to know how to shift the car’s transmission.

    Montevideo police wrote Morales a ticket for driving without a license.

    More than a thousand people gathered in a high school gymnasium Thursday night for a memorial service to remember the four students killed in the crash.

    Mourners who entered Lakeview School, which all four attended, were greeted by photos of the victims and bouquets of flowers.

    “The first thing you noticed when you walked into the gym was there were kids hugging each other, just holding each other in lengthy embraces,” said Rae Kruger, a reporter from the Marshall Independent who attended.

    Kruger said there were stacks of Kleenex boxes at the end of every row of seats in the gymnasium.

    Members of the Javens and Olson families were at the service, she said. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the state’s two U.S. senators attended, and Pawlenty offered condolences to the families on behalf of the entire state.

    “The arms of Minnesota embrace you tonight,” Pawlenty said.

    The crash killed brothers Jesse Javens, 13, and Hunter Javens, 9, both of Cottonwood; Reed Stevens, 12, of Marshall; and Emilee Olson, 9, of Cottonwood. They were among the 28 students on the Lakeview School bus. At least 14 other people were hurt.

    Classes had resumed Thursday with plenty of grief counselors on hand, Lakeview superintendent Sheldon Johnson said. Attendance numbers were at normal levels, and students seemed to be coping, he said.

    “It’s difficult, but they’re probably handling it better than anyone would have thought,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to keep things as normal as possible and still be sensitive to the needs of the children.”

    But KARE-11 News learned Thursday that Devereaux, the bus driver, rode the bus Thursday to be with the kids on his route. Many students rode the bus to school but some had parents drive them or accompany them on the bus.

    Terry Lange, the ex-brother-in-law of the Javens brothers’ father, Marty, said Morales’ arrest helps answer some of the questions that have lingered after the crash.

    “It really doesn’t change anything, but it makes a little more sense with everything going on here,” Lange said. “I feel bad for the van driver too. It’s just a terrible situation all the way around.”

    Hancock and five of the injured children remained at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. One child was in serious condition, Gleason said. Mary Maertens, CEO of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, said the child and adult who had been there were discharged Thursday. One student remained at Mayo Clinic in fair condition, she said.

    Lakeview has about 585 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, serving Cottonwood and the nearby town of Wood Lake. The area is about 140 miles west of Minneapolis.

  2. Ron said on 22 Feb 2008 at 5:14 pm:
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    You can see more commentary on the Minensota situation at Powerline:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/02/019854.php

    Note that it is not 100% sure that Morales was the same woman involved in a crash a couple of years ago. Powerline notes dryly that the MN identification card entitles her to vote there.

  3. Bridget said on 22 Feb 2008 at 5:44 pm:
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    Bothers me too, Scott, so I’ll follow your double post with my own:

    http://origin.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=499284

    http://michellemalkin.com/2008/02/21/illegal-alien-bus-driver-arrested-in-minnesota-school-tragedy/

    http://www.wwmt.com/news/condition_1347049___article_pluck.html/critical_hit.html

    4 children in Minnesota, along with multiple injuries.

    1 child in Michigan.

    And Ted Kennedy is belting out a Spanish tune on the radio …

  4. Bridget said on 22 Feb 2008 at 6:19 pm:
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    Wondering about those “State” identification cards.

    I’ve seen advertisements for these non-government ID cards posted in local check-cash stores.

    They look like DMV cards, very much like these:

    http://www.newidcards.com/VA.html

    What is the story on these things? Are they legal? Does anyone know?

  5. Arlington Minority said on 22 Feb 2008 at 6:21 pm:
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    I would encourage all who read the Blog to send support to NumbersUSA, which has done all of us a tremendous service, including those who would needlessly meet future tragedy at the hands of illegals, in keeping the pressure on the political class to protect our loved ones. It is the most immediate way our communities can be aided in controlling their own destinies.

  6. Bridget said on 22 Feb 2008 at 6:44 pm:
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    Undocumented Dentistry in Fairfax:

    http://www.wusa9.com/news/regional/story.aspx?storyid=68864

  7. Scott said on 23 Feb 2008 at 3:34 am:
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    I know where that Michigan incident took place, I lived in Kalamazoo for four years. The illegal problem up there has abated somewhat due to the horrible economy. When Whirlpool went to Mexico with their Greenville Michigan plant, they offered many of the local illegals jobs to head back there to the new plant, so they left.

  8. PWConservative said on 23 Feb 2008 at 3:42 pm:
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    Numbers USA rated Mike Huckabee Excellent on illegal immigration, Thought you people would hate to work with an organization that supports a candidate who Advocator so eloquently described as “an ignorant Jenny Craig commercial”

  9. Bridget said on 23 Feb 2008 at 6:21 pm:
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    I was working with Numbers USA long before Huckabee came up on the national radar - remember him surfacing for his hispandering as governor:

    http://www.firesociety.com/forum/thread/20577/Huckabee-adopts-new-tone-on-immigration/

    And will continue to work with and support Numbers long after Huck fades from view.

    I stand with Arlington Minority on this one. Numbers provides a great service overall.

  10. NLH said on 27 Feb 2008 at 1:06 pm:
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    Numbers USA is doing a great job for we the US Citizen. I have supported them for a very long time and commend them for finally trying to give support to the Republicans in Richmond. Before you start slamming Numbers at least do your homework and check out their web site and really read what Beck is talking about. I truly hope that HB 623 is passed. The 287(g) program in Herndon has really worked. Numbers USA does provide a great service and you should support them financially so they may continue to do good work.

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