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Ed Gillespie’s Opening Salvo For Open Borders

By Greg L | 4 April 2014 | RPV, Virginia Politics | 10 Comments

The newly-minted Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia sure didn’t waste any time looking for a conservative pulpit to talk about Republican values.

“This is not an issue of right or left, this is an issue of right and wrong. And that’s what we need to hear… If we are going to have any sort of solution on immigration policy that is moral, that is just, that honors the sacrifices not just of our families and friends and our forefathers but of what America ought to be — you’ve done a small part here today. I can’t thank you enough for coming here today,” stated Shaun Kenney, Executive Director, Virginia Republican Party. “From our perspective, if we only do this [immigration reform] because we are gathering votes – wrong motive. Let’s do it because it’s the right thing to do. Let’s do it because it is moral and just and because it builds a better America.”

Welcome to the new Republican party.  I for one welcome our new SEIU and open borders lobbyist overlords.

I was quite uncomfortable with Shaun being appointed as Executive Director of the RPV, but figured the right thing to do is give him a chance to surprise me in a positive way.  I just wish it would have taken more than two days for him to prove one way or the other what kind of decision Ed Gillespie managed to ram through the place.


(Content originally appeared at Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship.)

Make no mistake here, folks.  This was not some sort of last-minute, unannounced visit by the hyper-leftists who showed up and filmed with a covert camera.  This was a scheduled meeting, blessed by Ed Gillespie and the other establishment types pulling the strings at RPV in hopes they could convert the Republican Party of Virginia into a mindless let’s-destroy-America open-borders advocacy group.

My question is whether Virginians who are Republicans will let them.

Here’s the press release from this event:

RICHMOND, VA– As the “Fast for Families Across America” national bus tour enters its sixth week, faith, labor and immigrant rights advocates joined Virginia clergy and fasters in Richmond’s Monroe Park today to launch a four day water-only fast and urge Rep. Eric Cantor to use his leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives to bring commonsense immigration reform to a vote in 2014.

“What some thought would end with a few days of fasting last year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has become a full-fledged national movement to highlight the sacrifices aspiring Americans make everyday in service to this country,” said Virginia’s own Rev. Tony Suarez of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “They set out on a pilgrimage. And today, they have reached the promise land of dreams. Our community joins them in calling on Congressman Cantor and the Virginia congressional delegation to make the dreams of our immigrant brethren a reality.”

“We have travelled more than 14,000 miles, to over 60 Congressional Districts in more than 30 states, and at every stop, we hear the stories of families who are torn apart, about children left behind when their parents are sent back to their country of origin, about sons and daughters whose parents passed away without being able to say goodbye,” said SEIU’s former Secretary-Treasurer and “Fast for Families” leader Eliseo Medina. “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has the power to change the lives of our community and the history of our country; it’s time he leads his colleagues in the House to move immigration reform to a vote.”

In addition to SEIU’s Medina and NHCLC Suarez, fasters were joined by Virginia Organizing’s Ray Scher; Virginia State Delegate Delores McQuinn; Sojourners’ President Jim Wallis and Senior Director of Mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper; the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Michel Sajur; RVA Dreamer Yanet Limon; and Virginia constituents and families who’ve been impacted by the country’s broken immigration system.

Similar to the “Fast for Families” tent at the National Mall last November, the group has resurrected the tent on Monroe Park in Richmond as the fasters make stops across congressional districts, including U.S. Representatives Randy Forbes and Bob Goodlatte. “Fast for Families” leaders and constituents will also be visiting the offices of key donors who have made contributions to Congressman Cantor’s political campaigns.

Today, Virginia constituents and the fasters made a visit to the Republican Party of Virginia headquarters in Richmond. Initially to drop off a letter, the Chairman of the party welcomed “Fast for Families” and others to discuss the prospects of immigration reform.

“This is not an issue of right or left, this is an issue of right and wrong. And that’s what we need to hear… If we are going to have any sort of solution on immigration policy that is moral, that is just, that honors the sacrifices not just of our families and friends and our forefathers but of what America ought to be — you’ve done a small part here today. I can’t thank you enough for coming here today,” stated Shaun Kenney, Executive Director, Virginia Republican Party. “From our perspective, if we only do this [immigration reform] because we are gathering votes – wrong motive. Let’s do it because it’s the right thing to do. Let’s do it because it is moral and just and because it builds a better America.”

UPDATE: Additional coverage as it comes in:

Sara For America: Shaun Kenney’s first act as Executive Director of the Republican Party of VA is to praise illegal immigrants
The Bull Elephant Where does RPV Stand on Illegal Immigration?
Blue Ridge Forum: Immigration Folly: VA GOP Leadership Simply Leaves Reality!
Daily Caller: GOP official says his party’s full of bigots!
Sara For America: Republican Party of VA Executive Director Hits Hard at ‘Nativists’, Then Hides Out
Firewall NOVA: After Bristly First Week At RPV Helm, Kenney Must Shear Wooly Vestiges
Sara For America: There’s a Poisonous Plant in the RPV Garden
Communities Digital News: The Virginia State GOP in self destruct mode

UPDATE 2: I got a call from the RPV Communications Director who vehemently denied this was a planned meeting, alleging that these folks just showed up and Kenny decided to let them in instead of making fundraising calls.  If that’s the new standard about for getting a meeting with RPV’s Executive Director about a policy issue, I’d love to see how anyone who might argue for the rule of law is treated if he or she shows up unannounced and wants to film an unscheduled meeting with RPV’s leadership.  Somehow I doubt they’d get the red carpet treatment.

The last time I tried this, with Kenny himself when he was acting as Communications Director under Gillespie, it took two weeks to get a meeting scheduled, the Executive Director didn’t bother to show up for it, and no recording was allowed.  If Republican activists who work hard for the party can’t get unscheduled meetings at RPV (or even scheduled ones for that matter), but illegal aliens espousing radical leftist policies can, the new RPV really has become quite a hollow shell of what it once was.



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10 Comments

  1. Dana said on 4 Apr 2014 at 8:46 pm:
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    Next week’s visit will be by fast food workers united. . .a conversation about a living wage. Welcome to the new RPV.

  2. Sara said on 4 Apr 2014 at 9:12 pm:
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    Thanks for posting the video. Very helpful to have it in addition to the quote.

    I was surprised to learn (from Shaun) that the reason I have a problem with illegal immigrants demanding citizenship is because I have a problem with “the other”. Wow.

    Froma Harrop, who writes for The Progressive Populist, is at least willing to say that there is no “automatic right to live and work in the US, however good one’s character and intentions.” That doesn’t mean she’s afraid of “The Other” it just means she understands the Constitution.

  3. Bob said on 4 Apr 2014 at 10:56 pm:
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    Kenney was a consistent tax raiser on the Board in Fluvanna. He didn’t run again because he wouldn’t get re-elected.
    Why on his 2nd day on the job is he holding court with a group that is nothing more than a political gimmick of the SEIU?
    Pat Mullins is a buffoon who needs to resign. What successful state wide campaign has Shaun Kenney had any role in?
    It’s going to be a long time before we even have a sniff of a statewide office if those two are running things.

  4. Jeanine Martin said on 4 Apr 2014 at 11:33 pm:
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    Shaun’s beard has got to go. It looks terrible.

    Our party is sunk, dead, stick-a-fork-in-it done.

  5. Michael Giere said on 5 Apr 2014 at 9:45 am:
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    You simply can’t make this up. If ever there was a clear dividing line between the country class and the ruling class, this is THE issue. My guess is that the 15% of Americans sitting on the sidelines without a job, or working part time to get food on the table understand the code here; “our high “moral” ground trumps your citizenship - get use to it. Now shut up while we do good things.”

  6. Jack Slimp said on 5 Apr 2014 at 11:54 am:
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    “This was a scheduled meeting, blessed by Ed Gillespie and the other establishment types pulling the strings at RPV in hopes they could convert the Republican Party of Virginia into a mindless let’s-destroy-America open-borders advocacy group.”

    Seriously, if you really believe that, you should arrange a Tea Party meeting with RPV on the issue.
    Then, you can fairly analyze to what extent is the balance between diplomacy (which can be overdone) and position.

    Note: A major reason Romney lost the election was because some of the conservative & GOP base didn’t turn out because he just wasn’t perfect enough for them. So now we’re better off, right? NOT!

    Gillespie has endorsements from many well known conservatives. As the old saying goes, don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

  7. Jeanine Martin said on 5 Apr 2014 at 1:25 pm:
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    Michael, you are spot on.

  8. Cynic said on 6 Apr 2014 at 11:26 am:
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    It appears that Virginia’s political leanings have become an extension of Maryland’s - left wing political leanings.

  9. Anonymous said on 6 Apr 2014 at 3:23 pm:
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    Many illegals either head to California or Northern Virginia to work in the building trades. Many go onto become entrepreneurs and open restaurants and maid services. However, they do many cash deals and hire illegal workers. Displaced American workers go on long term unemployment.

    These immigrants barely read, or speak english and certainly don’t vote to uphold the constitution. What is this American Constitution they speak of.

    It is sad that so many Prince William county voters can’t speak english and can’t read the ballot. Yet they are so well versed on important issues and candidates.

  10. Scott said on 8 Apr 2014 at 8:08 pm:
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    This is called “genocide.” It meets the definition:

    “Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group;

    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    Article III: The following acts shall be punishable:

    (a) Genocide;

    (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;

    (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;

    (d) Attempt to commit genocide;

    (e) Complicity in genocide. ”

    It is a crime to plan or incite genocide, even before killing starts, and to aid or abet genocide: Criminal acts include conspiracy, direct and public incitement, attempts to commit genocide, and complicity in genocide.

    Punishable Acts The following are genocidal acts when committed as part of a policy to destroy a group’s existence:

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    Deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to destroy a group includes the deliberate deprivation of resources needed for the group’s physical survival, such as clean water, food, clothing, shelter or medical services. Deprivation of the means to sustain life can be imposed through confiscation of harvests, blockade of foodstuffs, detention in camps, forcible relocation or expulsion into deserts.

    Prevention of births includes involuntary sterilization, forced abortion, prohibition of marriage, and long-term separation of men and women intended to prevent procreation.

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    Genocidal acts need not kill or cause the death of members of a group. Causing serious bodily or mental harm, prevention of births and transfer of children are acts of genocide when committed as part of a policy to destroy a group’s existence.

    The law protects four groups - national, ethnical, racial or religious groups.

    A national group means a set of individuals whose identity is defined by a common country of nationality or national origin.

    An ethnical group is a set of individuals whose identity is defined by common cultural traditions, language or heritage.

    A racial group means a set of individuals whose identity is defined by physical characteristics.

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