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Pravda On The Potomac Strikes Again

By Greg L | 18 September 2010 | Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics | 24 Comments

I’ve grown quite accustomed to the Washington Post blatantly shilling for the far left. What I’ve rarely seen so far is a clearly intentional effort on their parts to misrepresent the facts when doing so. In an editorial published this week, they set a new standard in journalistic malfeasance, accelerating the impending total collapse of the mainstream media which we can only pray happens as soon as possible. Journalism, at least insofar as the profession is represented by the Washington Post, is dead and rotting.

Va Code 46.2-328.1, enacted in 2003, prohibits Virginia from providing drivers licenses or other identification documents to illegal aliens.  Previous administrations however mistakenly allowed illegal aliens to obtain drivers licenses if they were in possession of a federal Employment Authorization Card, which allows a person to obtain employment but does not establish legal residency.  Not until the recent incident of an illegal alien killing a nun who had been issued one of these cards by DHS while he was awaiting a deportation hearing was the McDonnell administration made aware of this issue.  After learning of this Governor McDonnell rightly directed state authorities not to issue drivers licenses to persons trying to use these cards to prove legal status, which they don’t do.

So here’s the Post’s take on this:

WITH THE STROKE of a pen, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has thrown up a roadblock in the path of thousands of law-abiding foreign nationals who seek to obtain a driver’s license in the state. He did so despite the fact that they are legally authorized to live and work in Virginia, and in many cases have been for years.

With the first sentence the Post launches into a distortion of the truth that is breathtaking.  The Post wrongly characterizes illegal aliens who have broken our laws as “law abiding”, and it wrongly characterizes these Employment Authorization Cards as documenting legal status, which they do not.  Based on these deliberate misrepresentations (unless you ascribe to the notion that the Post editorial board is so incompetent that can’t even bother to establish the facts) it launches into a tirade about how unfair it is for Virginia to enforce current law.

Mr. McDonnell’s order disallows federal work permit cards as a basis for securing driver’s licenses or ID cards in Virginia, even though they are accepted for that purpose in a majority of states. One group likely to be particularly hurt are the many thousands of Salvadorans in Virginia who have been authorized to work here since the federal government granted them legal status in 2001, following two devastating earthquakes in their native country. The Salvadorans frequently rely on the federal work permits to get driver’s licenses; in many cases, they have no other proof of legal presence.

The Post, which seems to have such a close relationship with Salvadorans, should be aware that those here legally under Temporary Protected Status (since 2001, no less, when a hurricane struck El Salvador) should be in possession at all times of documentation proving their status from USCIS under federal law.  Employment Authorization Cards are something TPS awardees can file for separately.  The only persons who might have an Employment Authorization Card and nothing else are illegal aliens who for some insane reason were given these while awaiting deportation, or who otherwise came in contact with the federal government.  The Obama Administration has been handing these out like candy bars to illegals found during workplace enforcement raids, at least when the administration was still bothering to conduct them.

The reason the people in question “have no other proof of legal presence” is because they are illegal aliens, and the Employment Authorization Card they might have is not proof of legal presence.  It’s like saying that not accepting an honorary degree as proof of a college education is wrong, because a high school dropout might not have any other proof of having obtained a Master’s degree.

The governor’s decision was impelled by the tragic death last month of Sister Denise Mosier, 66, a nun who was killed in an accident involving an illegal immigrant, Carlos A. Martinelly-Montano. Mr. Martinelly-Montano, who had two previous drunk driving convictions, is accused of swerving into the path of a vehicle carrying Sister Denise in Prince William County. Although he was facing deportation proceedings, Mr. Martinelly-Montano was able to obtain a federal work permit card to establish legal residence and apply for a Virginia ID card. He did not have a valid Virginia driver’s license at the time of the accident.

You’d think that even the Post could connect the dots between the individual being an illegal alien awaiting a deportation hearing and the Employment Authorization Card (he clearly shouldn’t have qualified for) not being proof in the eyes of the federal government of legal presence, yet they still persist with this fallacy that Martinelly-Montano ever established legal presence with documents that don’t grant it.  Blinded by whatever liberal agenda they’re trying to peddle, such obvious bread crumbs that might otherwise lead to the truth end up wasted.  Still, the Post actually manages to stumble upon some factual content by the third paragraph.  They get the names right.

Citing that terrible incident, the governor has demonized anyone who relies on the work permit card, which is issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, even though few of the card-holders face deportation proceedings. State officials say that foreign residents of Virginia will still be able to use other documents — passports, visas, resident alien cards — to establish their legal presence. And it’s true that in most cases a foreigner must first have one of those documents before he can obtain a work permit.

Bob McDonnell somehow “demonized” people by requiring that Virginia law be applied by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  That’s the left for you.  When the facts don’t fit, resort to over-the-top rhetoric that characterizes your political adversaries as monsters with no reason.  That’s “journalism,” right?

But large numbers of foreigners rely on the work permit card as proof of legal residence, particularly those with limited education or English-language skills. In many cases, immigrants lose or discard secondary documents, thinking that the coveted work card — complete with infrared ink, microscopic printing, embedded codes, holoscopic overlays and laser markings that make it almost counterfeit-proof — will suffice. In other cases, those secondary documents may be taken and never returned by immigration attorneys or bogus “lawyers” known as notarios, who prey on unsophisticated foreign residents by arranging credentials for them.

So here’s an opportunity for the Post to actually focus on a real problem — those predators that prey upon illegal aliens and the criminal enterprises that feed on this national problem.  In this case it’s a swing and a miss, with a passing reference to this huge problem that destroys lives and perpetuates criminal activity, but there’s no apparent interest in actually addressing that issue.  How about instead of bashing the Governor for doing what the law plainly requires, the Post actually expose the illegal horrendous practices and behaviors of those who try to profit from illegal immigration?

Virginia officials say some 19,000 driver’s licenses have been issued in the state on the basis of the federal work permits — a tiny percentage of the total but hardly a trivial number. Many of the license-holders are Salvadoran nationals in Northern Virginia who are legally authorized to be here. For those license-holders and others like them, Mr. McDonnell’s order will have a dramatic and harmful impact on their ability to live, work and drive in the state.

So finally we get to something of actual interest here.  There are 19,000 illegal aliens that have their unlawful presence in Virginia facilitated to some degree by the federal government through their practice of handing out Employment Authorization Cards to illegal aliens instead of having them deported.  Although I suspect some few of these cards were issued to people who should be permitted to remain in the country for some reason, no one should have only that card as their sole proof of legal presence.  There are dozens of visas and other documents that refugees, temporary workers, missionaries, and other special-case individuals can rightly qualify for instead of having them try to rely on a work permit to try to somehow establish legal residency.

Bob McDonnell’s actions should have a dramatic impact on the ability of illegal aliens to remain in Virginia in defiance of federal immigration laws.  Not from the standpoint this is going to make some measurable difference in the problem, but at least we’re not allowing illegal aliens to avail themselves of this gaping loophole through which nearly twenty thousand illegal aliens managed to get Virginia drivers licenses.  The more we hang out the sign that Virginia is serious about dealing with this issue, perhaps fewer illegal aliens will decide to unlawfully reside here.  Actions like these deter illegal aliens, and given the behavior of the Obama administration, unfortunately that’s about the best we can do for a while.



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24 Comments

  1. Patty said on 18 Sep 2010 at 6:26 pm:
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    Truth is not in the Post’s vocabulary.

  2. Charles said on 18 Sep 2010 at 6:44 pm:
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    Greg, I think you leap to a conclusion near the end:

    “So finally we get to something of actual interest here. There are 19,000 illegal aliens that have their unlawful presence in Virginia facilitated to some degree by the federal government through their practice of handing out Employment Authorization Cards to illegal aliens instead of having them deported.”

    THe Post said that 19,000 people used the cards to get their driver’s license. That does NOT mean that all 19,000 were illegal immigrants. It could be that some or many of them also had a valid resident alien card, but didn’t use it because they could use their work permits.

    Until we ask those 19,000 to bring correct documentation in (and I think McDonnell is NOT revoking licenses here, so that would be the next time they need to renew), we won’t know how many of them were illegal, and how many simply used the most convenient acceptable document they had.

    Other than that, good work.

  3. USA said on 18 Sep 2010 at 8:18 pm:
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    Remember - it is the HOD which allows illegals to retain Va dls as long as they don’t let them expire.

    Nice work, boys.

    We appreciate the fact that you COULD have made it impossible for them, but I suppose that would be mean.

  4. Disgusted said on 19 Sep 2010 at 7:32 am:
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    Sooooo…it is the fault of the federal government that Virginia issued driver’s licenses to illegals? Did DMV get absorbed into the federal government? I’m glad the governor took the action he did, but I gotta go along with USA on this one and demand accountability from the Virginia legislators as well.

    As for the Post, the piece was an op-ed, an opinion. Your zeal to slander and defame the Post for simply offering an opinion that differs from yours degrades the good points you make in your post.

  5. BattleCat said on 19 Sep 2010 at 7:49 am:
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    Perhaps if the Post would endorse Deeds one more time, we’ll all get the message!

  6. Greg L said on 19 Sep 2010 at 11:52 am:
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    Editorials based on information that is negligently sloppy at best, and more likely fancifully imaginative is beneath the profession. If the Post wants to be taken seriously, they need to base opinion pieces on factual information rather than outright lies.

  7. USA said on 19 Sep 2010 at 1:04 pm:
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    f the Post wants to be taken seriously, they need to base opinion pieces on factual information rather than outright lies.

    Correct, and they should have included the little gift the HOD gave the illegals. Somehow the delegates have amnesia about this when they run for office.

  8. Disgusted said on 19 Sep 2010 at 7:38 pm:
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    I challenge you, Greg L, to pose the question to your buddies Jackson Miller, Bob Marshall, and Scott Lingamfelter and ask why they haven’t passed legislation to solve this loophole and have them answer here on your blog. You want to blame the Post and Obama, but you’ll NEVER admit your cronies share responsibility, will you? And don’t start whining about Kane and Warner. The Republicans have held the HOD for quite a while. They could have done something. But they didn’t.

  9. Greg L said on 19 Sep 2010 at 7:42 pm:
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    “Disgusted,” I challenge you to make an observation that makes a whit of sense. The issue of which you are so deeply concerned of late was solved years ago.

  10. Anonymous said on 19 Sep 2010 at 10:10 pm:
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    This is so Disgusting:

    Veteran Anchor Doug McKelway Fired for Reporting Honestly
    ——————————————————————

    When reporters for mainstream news outlets step out of line, they need to be dealt with strictly; otherwise, the public might get the idea that America under Obama isn’t the best of all possible worlds. That’s why Doug McKelway of WJLA-TV is out of a job:

    McKelway was placed on indefinite suspension in late July after his run-in with ABC7’s news director and general manager, Bill Lord. In a letter to McKelway this week, the station said it was terminating his contract immediately, citing insubordination and misconduct.
    Amid the ongoing BP oil spill in July, McKelway covered a Capitol Hill demonstration by environmental groups protesting the influence of oil-industry contributions to members of Congress.
    In his piece, McKelway said the sparsely attended event attracted protesters “largely representing far-left environmental groups.” He went on to say the protest “may be a risky strategy because the one man who has more campaign contributions from BP than anybody else in history is now sitting in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama, who accepted $77,051 in campaign contributions from BP.”
    After a brief taped segment updating efforts to cap the BP well, McKelway added that the Senate was unlikely to pass “cap-and-trade” legislation this year, because “the Democrats are looking at the potential for huge losses in Congress come the midterm elections. And the last thing they want to do is propose a huge escalation in your electric bill, your utility bill, before then.”
    Evidently outraged to see honest reporting where pro-Democrat spin is expected, Lord called McKelway out to the woodshed. Rather than allow the GM to lord it over him, McKelway showed enough integrity to argue back, for which he was punished severely.

    With elections coming up, let this be a lesson to any journalists who might take their profession seriously enough to wander off the Democrat reservation.

    Here’s the report that got McKelway in hot water: (Video at link)

    http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2010/09/veteran-anchor.html

  11. Good call, Guv! said on 20 Sep 2010 at 8:00 am:
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    Apparently, the Federal government has issued work papers to at least one person whom they should not, even while that person was being queued for deportation and had a criminal history (in addition to his first crime of being here illegally). This person has killed one innocent victim and left two others seriously injured. For Virginia to decide that Federal government papers aren’t worth the ink they are printed seems logical, given this blatant disregard. Despite all the money spent on alleged homeland security, this criminal was able to get his papers from the Federal government. I am not anti-immigrant, and I understand why people might flee here from south of the border seeking a job and a better life. But we have laws. The second you cross the border without the right authorization, you become a criminal. To add a string of DUIs and other offenses, while still continuing to live in Virginia, and in the USA, is piling crime upon crime. The Feds aren’t going to solve Virginia’s problem, because clearly they cannot be trusted to withhold papers from those they themselves intend to deport, so Virginia has to make sure it protects its citizens. If you want to emigrate to the USA, do it legally, wait your turn, pay your taxes, don’t break any laws, and behave. That’s not asking much. That’s what the rest of us have to do.

  12. USA said on 20 Sep 2010 at 5:30 pm:
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    Greg, are you saying that illegals can no longer renew their licenses as long as they don’t let them expire? That EVERYONE has to provide proof positive that they are in Virginia legally to obtain, renew, keep a VADL?

    What is the name and number of the legislation which changed this?

    [Ed note: you are looking for HB 1954 (2003) and SB 1058 (2003). The language does specifically addresses the renewal issue, and makes it a crime for illegal aliens to possess identification documents they are not entitled to have, or to use fraud to obtain documents.]

  13. Disgusted said on 20 Sep 2010 at 6:10 pm:
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    Q.E.D. (That means end of proof for you non-geeks) That was what I expected as an answer from you, Greg L. Dodge the challenge and attack the one asking the questions.

  14. USA said on 21 Sep 2010 at 6:14 am:
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    [Ed note: you are looking for HB 1954 (2003) and SB 1058 (2003). The language does specifically addresses the renewal issue, and makes it a crime for illegal aliens to possess identification documents they are not entitled to have, or to use fraud to obtain documents.]

    So, if I understand this correctly, if the HOD did not change the legislation which allowed illegals to have driver’s licenses, then they are not actually possessing identification documents illegally, are they?

    If I misunderstand this, then how many have been prosecuted by Va for having Va dls?

    Do these bill address fraud from the time of the bill on - or do they act retroactively?

    If we have a republican majority again, will they repeal the motor voter fraud enabler and go back to the good ol days where one had to prove residency to obtain a voter card?

    My guess is no, because that would be mean - and no republican is going to bite the hand which feeds them. Too much cold cash flowing in from the criminals who employ illegal labor.

    But thats just me, the republicans could prove me wrong. We will see.

  15. USA said on 21 Sep 2010 at 6:22 am:
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    In fact here are the weasel words so carefully crafted by our august delegates:

    From SB 1058
    The bill also provides that DMV will not issue an original license, permit, or special identification card to any applicant who has not presented with his application documentary evidence that he is either (i) a citizen of the United States, (ii) a legal permanent resident of the United States, or (iii) a conditional resident alien of the United States. An applicant who presents in person valid documentary evidence of (a) a valid, unexpired nonimmigrant visa or nonimmigrant visa status for entry into the United States, (b) a pending or approved application for asylum in the United States, (c) entry into the United States in refugee status, (d) a pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States, (e) approved deferred action status, or (f) a pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent residence status or conditional resident status, may be issued a temporary license, permit, or special identification card.

    Note that in the very first sentence, the intentional protection of illegals who do not let their licenses lapse.

    Here are those who voted for this:
    YEAS–Abbitt, Albo, Alexander, Armstrong, Barlow, Bell, Black, Bland, Bloxom, Bolvin, Broman, Byron, Callahan, Carrico, Christian, Cline, Cole, Cosgrove, Cox, Crittenden, Devolites, Dillard, Drake, Dudley, Gear, Griffith, Hall, Hamilton, Hargrove, Hogan, Hugo, Hurt, Ingram, Janis, Joannou, Johnson, Jones, D.C., Jones, S.C., Keister, Kilgore, Landes, Lingamfelter, Louderback, Marrs, Marshall, D.W., May, McDonnell, McDougle, McQuigg, Melvin, Miles, Morgan, Nixon, Nutter, O’Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Parrish, Petersen, Phillips, Plum, Pollard, Purkey, Putney, Rapp, Reese, Reid, Rollison, Rust, Saxman, Sears, Sherwood, Shuler, Stump, Suit, Tata, Thomas, Van Yahres, Wardrup, Ware, Weatherholtz, Welch, Wright, Mr. Speaker–84

    If your stooge is on this list, call them and ask them why they allowed this glaring loophole for illegals.

  16. cyrus said on 21 Sep 2010 at 1:28 pm:
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    I think you are racist. Period.

    An Iranian-American

  17. Fed Up said on 21 Sep 2010 at 2:29 pm:
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    Speaking of news bias, a man was photographing businesses at the shopping center across from Prince William hospital and was approached by two Hispanic teens who demanded his camera. When he refused, they stabbed him multiple times and took his camera. The one that was caught was 15 and the second one is still on the loose.
    After earlier identifying them as Hispanic males, all mention of race has been removed from every article I looked up about it. Knowing that Brentwood apartments behind there is a hotbed for illegal aliens, their children and MS13, I have to wonder if they are legal or not and if we will ever find out from the media. My bet is if they are, it will be swept under the rug like so many other illegal immigrant crimes are.

  18. USA said on 21 Sep 2010 at 6:14 pm:
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    Greg? Comment?

  19. Fed Up said on 21 Sep 2010 at 9:36 pm:
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    The fact that they were Hispanic has been added back.

  20. Doug Brown said on 22 Sep 2010 at 3:27 pm:
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    Just a minor point but just because someone presents a USCIS issued work card does NOT mean that card was legally issued. (Also relevant to the integrity of E-Verify)

  21. Anonymous said on 23 Sep 2010 at 9:41 pm:
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    Declaration of Independence quote:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    Obama revised version:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are crated equal. [Long Pause] Endowed with certain inalienable [sic] rights: life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    Just who does this pompous ass think he is? What the hell games get played in his head?

    http://creatingorwellianworld-view-alaphiah.blogspot.com/2010/09/obama-purposely-misquotes-declaration.html

  22. Anonymous said on 24 Sep 2010 at 12:26 am:
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    From: Malik Bawwab
    Date: Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 2:44 PM
    Subject: Coalition to Honor Ground Zero Contact: We Own You!!!
    To: Webmaster

    From:
    Malik Bawwab
    malik_bawwab@hotmail.com

    Message:
    My name is Malik Bawwab and I am an Arab Muslim! And we will build our Victory Mosque wherever we want to build it! And there is nothing any of you damn infidels can do about it! We will even build it on top of your grave! You can cry all you want and complain like little babies, but WE OWN YOU!!! And all my Arab brothers and sisters spit on your grave!!!

    Sent from (ip address): 128.208.125.114
    (D-128-208-125-114.dhcp4.washington.edu)

    http://weaselzippers.us/2010/09/23/american-islamist-we-will-build-our-victory-mosque-on-top-of-your-graves-theres-nothing-you-infidels-can-do-about-it/

    Good question from Weasel poster Iron Maiden:

    How come Malik is so clear on what this mosque is all about and the Liberals here have no idea?

  23. Anonymous said on 25 Sep 2010 at 8:06 pm:
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    A spokesman for the White House has denied rumors that the Malik Zulu Shabazz, who signed the White House registry log when he visited on July 25, 2009 (coincidentally, just as the investigation into his activities was commencing), was the same Malik Zulu Shabazz - leader of the New Black Panther Party.

    The White House spokesman went on to say that there are lots of Malik Zulu Shabazzes in this country and around the world, and that he knew for a fact that the President didn’t have any involvement whatsoever in the dismissal of those charges against Shabazz and other Black Panthers, and the DOJ and the American Civil Rights Commission agrees with him. LOL.

    AG Holder can’t breath without Obama’s approval. Holder IS Obama.

    Inconclusive, albeit fun:

    “There are 1 or fewer people in the U.S. named Malik Shabazz”

    http://howmanyofme.com/search/

    Malik Zulu Shabazz: “Bush had us, so the Justice Dept. leadership changed hands into the Obama Adm. and the Justice Dept. leadership changed into the hands of black man by the name Eric Holder and they took a look at it and they threw most of everything out”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2010/09/25/new-black-panther-malik-shabazz-fesses-up-and-tells-all/

  24. Anonymous said on 26 Sep 2010 at 12:27 am:
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    PJTV has posted the link to the testimony by Attorney Christpher Coats about the racially discriminatory policies in the DOJ Voting Rights Division. The video is over 3 hours long, but Coats’ testimony via an opening statement is only the first 55 minutes. It is an eye opener.

    http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=174&load=4183

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