Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tan Nguyen: Campana de Hipocresia

Most people haven't heard of Tan Nguyen, not even the people who reside in Orange County, California, where Nguyen (R) is running for Congress. But those of us heavily involved in the immigration movement do, especially now.
I first learned of Nguyen from the anti-Mexican organization Save Our State (S.O.S.). Not only did he post on the S.O.S. website forum, showing great interest in S.O.S.'s anti-Mexican rhetoric, but back in July Nguyen's campaign manager, Ryan S. Flynn sent S.O.S. a letter introducing his candidate & asked S.O.S. for help relating to Nguyen's campaign. An S.O.S. member that goes by the name "minuteman111" posted on the site's forum that they were "helping out Tan Nguyen in Orange County's run for Congress in the 47th district", & also inquired about an up-coming anti-immigration rally held by S.O.S.
Nguyen, a raging hypocrite, seems to favor racist, anti-Mexican organizations to help his campaign because he also has been snuggling up to the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR). Yeah, the same one who's founder, Barbara Coe, has referred to immigrants from Mexico as "illegal barbarians who are cutting off heads and appendages of blind, white, disabled gringos", & that said Mexican immigrants are "savages".
In fact, the recent letter sent out on CCIR letterhead to 14,000 Hispanic Orange County residents warning them that going to the polls in November could result in their deportation, actually traces back to Nguyen & his campaign, not CCIR.
After an investigation that had State officials searching & seizing property from Nguyen's campaign offices, the letter led them to believe it was not written by a Spanish speaker due to it's grammatical errors.
It read, translated in English, " You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time, and you will be deported for voting without a right to do so. At the same time, you are advised that the goverment of the United States is installing a new computer system to verify the names of all new registered voters that vote in the October and November elections. Anti-immigration organizations can ask for information from this new computer system."
According to the Orange County Register, "The bulk mail permit used to send out the letter was sent by a Huntington Beach-based company named Mailing Pros. Nguyen's campaign used the company for five different mailers this year, with several highlighting immigration issues, according to campaign finance disclosures. Christopher West, who owns the company, said he was interviewed for 2 hours by investigators from the State Attorney General's office. He would not publicly disclose who hired him, although he gave the information to investigators. West said he had no idea any laws were being broken when the mailer was sent."
Also, it reported, " According to campaign finance disclosures, Nguyen's campaign also has contracted with the Burbank-based Political Data Inc. for data sorts from the Registrar of Voters database. Records show the company purchased an Orange County voter database in September, which could show address of every foreign-born voter in the county, the target group of the mailer."
Nguyen has, of course, denied any responsibility for the letter, stating that an employee of his did it without his knowledge.
Even his own Republican party members call foul. O.C. GOP Chairman Scott Baugh says, " I've learned that Mr. Nguyen was involved in expediting that mailer. I've had conversations with the Attorney General and folks involved with the mail house. He called the mail house himself and told them to expedite the mailing."
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called the letter racist & urged the Calif. Attorney General to prosecute anyone responsible.
The letter was an obvious attempt by Tan Nguyen & his supporters to intimidate & scare Hispanic voters from going to the polls. The letter had this distinct sentence, " You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal OR YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time, and you will be deported for voting without having a right to do so."
If you are a legal immigrant, it is NOT a crime to vote! This statement in the letter is a false, racist intimidation tactic, used when one is in fact a racist against a particular race (in this case,Mexican), &/or is struggling in a campaign, &/or relies on dirty tricks to keep certain people from voting. In this particular political race, Nguyen is up against Loretta Sanchez (D), an experienced politician who is for Amnesty. Things are starting to click, huh?!
Recipiants of the letter that happen to be legal & longtime registered California voters are pissed, & rightfully so. The letter violated 2 California laws. One bans the use or tactic of coercion/intimidation in an effort to prevent a person from voting; & the other makes it illegal to challenge a person's right to vote on fraudulent &/or spurious grounds, knowingly.
Nguyen & his supporters claim that anti-Mexican racism is not their thing. Really? Could have fooled me.
Not only has Nguyen's Senior Advisor, former O.C. Republican Party Chair, Tom Fuentes, battled for the failed Prop.187, but he has a history of trying to supress Latino votes. In 1988, Fuentes ordered uniformed security guards to be posted at polling locations in heavily Latino-populated neighborhoods! The guards displayed bilingual signs that warned non-citizens not to vote. The Chief Deputy Secretary of State said their presence was "unlawful intimidation of voters" & had them removed.
Nguyen also, as I stated earlier, has ties to an organization called a "Trojan Horse" for white supremacists & Neo-Nazis by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Save Our State (S.O.S.), in which members post things such as, " It is our Border Patrol's duty to start shooting (Mexicans crossing the border illegally), call up the troops from Huachuca & Marine fighters from Yuma. Human wave attack!!! Everyone with guts in Az. should lock & load, even civilians get to shoot in all all out attack in their territory." And, " I say Nuke Mexico and be done with it. AFTER the wall is built, of course." And in the spirit of Halloween, " We might not be able to check the legal status of illegal aliens at the polls, but we sure can ask for proof of citizenship of all Trick or Treaters before we give them any candy."
And although CCIR denies knowledge of the Nguyen letter, they had him speak to their group a year ago, proud that Nguyen supported the Minutemen.

Yet again, another "Border Security" politician drives a wedge between races, dividing this country. Nguyen has chosen to use illegal scare tactics to intimidate Latino voters from going to the polls, where no doubt they would vote for Loretta Sanchez(D) instead of his hateful ass!
Hopefully Tan Nguyen will get the message November 7th!