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Tim Kaine

Governor of the state of Virginia and, as of 1/4/09, Barack Obama's choice to be Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Not only does Kaine fully support illegal immigration (also here) and giving college discounts to illegal aliens, but he's not very bright; consider this 2006 quote:

"I don't believe immigration is one of the top issues in Virginia if you ask Virginians... It does matter to a number of people, but compared to jobs, education, health care, transportation, it's pretty far down."

Needless to say, illegal and massive immigration touch on all those issues, even if Kaine was unable to figure that out.

In September 2007, he selected an person allegedly linked to a Muslim group to a state immigration panel; the selection later resigned. In the same year, he came out against state troopers enforcing immigration laws via 287g. In 2005, his campaign was sanctioned for sending out a misleading flyer.

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Democratic Convention speakers list and immigration - 09/03/12


This post has a list of the speakers at the Democratic National Convention and links to more information on their immigration positions when known. There are also a preview of how the immigration issue will be presented at the convention, and some things you can do if you oppose illegal immigration.


Tim Kaine: new chairman of the Democratic National Committee - 01/04/09

Per this, Barack Obama has selected Virginia governor Tim Kaine to be the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, replacing Howard Dean. Since Kaine is still in office, he'll be working part-time until January 2010. In early November, when the possibility of him being named was raised by Obama, Kaine said this:

"That's not something I'm going to do... I don't view that, frankly, as consistent with being governor, so I'm going to be governor... I would view it as taking my eye too much off the ball about things that need to happen here."

Not only will Kaine's opponents in Virginia use that and related issues against him, but he should also serve to be useful to the Republican Party on the national level due to the fact that he isn't too very bright; see his name's link above.

Barack Obama: please choose Tim Kaine as your vice presidential candidate - 07/28/08

If I have any pull with the Barack Obama campaign - and I know I do - I urge them to select Virginia governor Tim Kaine as their vice presidential candidate. And, I do so because Kaine is a veritable genius. But, it's not just that.

Governor Tim Kaine appoints extremist to Virginia Commission on Immigration? - 09/26/07

I haven't researched this, but from this:
A local delegate has asked Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to re-think his appointment of the head of the Virginia-based Muslim American Society to the Virginia Commission on Immigration.

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, wrote to Kaine earlier today, saying he was concerned about the appointment of Dr. Esam S. Omeish, a Northern Virginia physician and the group's president, to the panel. The commission was created earlier this year to study the impact of illegal immigration on the commonwealth.

The Muslim American Society has significant ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in Egypt, Gilbert said.
Video of an Omeish speech at the link or here.

UPDATE: Whether he jumped or was pushed, Omeish is now off the Commission. Tim Kaine has released the following statement:
"I have accepted Dr. Esam Omeish's resignation as one of the 10 gubernatorial appointees to the 20-member Virginia Commission on Immigration. Dr. Omeish is a respected physician and community leader, yet I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me...

Virginia: Gov. Tim Kaine opposes state troopers enforcing immigration laws (287g) - 08/28/07

From this:
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine does not want to create a statewide partnership with federal immigration officials that would allow state agencies to identify illegal aliens and begin deportation procedures, despite calls from the state's attorney general [Republican Robert F. McDonnell] and anti-illegal-immigration groups [such as Help Save Virginia].

"The governor does not object to localities choosing to enter into localized agreements with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]," said Kevin Hall, Mr. Kaine's spokesman. "He has concerns, however, about asking state troopers to assume primary enforcement of federal immigration responsibilities."
Some state agencies already do some degree of reporting. Recall that two 9/11 hijackers got Virginia driver's licenses, there was at least one case of fraud at the Virginia DMV.

And, recall this absolutely idiotic Tim Kaine quote:
"I don't believe immigration is one of the top issues in Virginia if you ask Virginians... It does matter to a number of people, but compared to jobs, education, health care, transportation, it's pretty far down."

Virginia's Tim Kaine fully supports illegal immigration - 02/06/07

The Washington Post's Karin Brulliard joins Tim Kaine in advocating for illegal immigration in "Latino Groups Lobby for More Rights":
As Virginia lawmakers continued to consider a swath of bills aimed at punishing illegal immigrants and their employers, Latino immigrants and advocates took to the state Capitol yesterday to press for laws that expand the rights of people living in the country illegally.

About 100 people, most of them from Northern Virginia, fanned out to lawmakers' offices, gathered in biting wind for a short rally and attended a lunch visited by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who told them that he is committed to keeping Virginia a "welcoming place" for all.
"All", of course, includes illegal aliens. See the quote at the link for another wonderful example of Kaine's lack of cognitive abilities.

Another attendee supporting illegal immigration was Arlington County Board Vice Chairman Walter Tejada (D), a former LULAC leader. He called recently introduced bills in Virginia "mean-spirited" and "based on myth and hate". He probably had no other argument, and the "reporter" didn't press him on it.

Also present was Carlos Soles, of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia.
In Soles's group was Jose L. Vela, a Bolivian making his first foray into U.S. politics. In an interview, Vela, 45, spoke proudly of the Arlington citizens police academy training he completed and his membership in a neighborhood emergency response team -- efforts he said show his contributions to his community.

Vela, who is an illegal immigrant, said the training erased his fear of police. Some of the laws under consideration could change that, he said.
Needless to say, the WaPo doesn't delve further into what even their "reporter" probably considered a Fahrenheit 451 moment. Someone who's here illegally has no fear of one group of people who are charged with enforcing our laws? And, he's involved in a citizens capacity with them? And, he's involved in politics and lobbying "his" representatives? How exactly could the reporter fail to note the surreality of these statements?

Please contact the WaPo's ombudsman and ask: projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/email/deborah+howell

Is Tim Kaine intelligent enough to run Virginia? - 02/01/06

Virginia's Democratic governor Tim Kaine said the following yesterday:

"I don't believe immigration is one of the top issues in Virginia if you ask Virginians... It does matter to a number of people, but compared to jobs, education, health care, transportation, it's pretty far down."

Does he actually mean this? Because, if he does he's probably not bright enough to run that state.

Massive illegal immigration has an impact on a wide number of other issues, including "jobs, education, health care, transportation," and many others.

The extreme example is that provided by California. One of Tim Kaine's jobs would seem to be making sure that his state doesn't end up in the same sad condition as this state.

If he can't figure out the devastating impact of massive illegal immigration, then perhaps he should be recalled.

Tim Kaine's SOTU response - 01/31/06

Virginia governor Tim Kaine responds to Bush's speech here:

The failure of the federal government to implement and enforce a rational immigration policy has resulted in a confusing patchwork of state and local efforts. We should welcome those who seek to lawfully join and contribute to our American family. At the same time, we must ensure that our homeland defense efforts begin with consistent federal action to protect our borders.

At first glance you might think it sounds more American than Bush's take on immigration. Then, you slap your forehead as you realize that Tim Kaine supports illegal immigration and you realize it's just a different flavor of dreck from that provided by Bush.

How out of touch is Morton Kondracke? - 01/10/06

MorTON! offers "Bush Must Talk Sense To Republicans On Immigration". He starts with a bad title and goes downhill: the ones who need sense are Bush's handlers and the corrupt elites that favor massive illegal immigration.

Believe it or not, Morton wants Bush to co-opt Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt and Laura Ingraham, so that those fine hosts can then turn around and explain the wisdom of Bush's plans to the great unwashed out there beyond the beltway. Unfortunately, Kondracke doesn't discuss what those hosts would do when their ratings started to plummet.

And, he can't even tell his amnesty schemes apart:
...Bush tilted right himself... declaring opposition to "amnesty" for illegals... ...but business and pro-immigrant groups are concerned that the bill will contain a provision sponsored by Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would require workers to return to their home countries after their six-year work visas expire... That would disrupt employment patterns and family life and discourage illegals from reporting for work permits in the first place.
Actually, the Cornyn/Kyl scheme requires the workers to go back to their countries and then register. It's Bush's "temporary" worker scheme that says they have to leave after six years. Therefore, Morton just called into question Bush's scheme.
Immigration restrictionists denounce the McCain-Kennedy provision as "amnesty," but it's really a recognition of reality: There are 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., and it would be far more efficient to concentrate law enforcement resources on finding and expelling criminals among them than trying to corral them all...

...It's up to Bush to avoid stalemate - and there are lots of good arguments he can use to pull his party together. On the merits, he can show that enforcement-only immigration policy simply doesn't work. According to the Migration Policy Institute, overall spending on immigration enforcement increased from $1 billion in 1985 to $4.9 billion in 2002. Appropriations for the border patrol went up tenfold, and the number of agents rose eightfold. Yet, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, the number of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. has averaged from 480,000 to 660,000 and a total of 9 million have entered since 1990.
Now, for the truth, see "GAO: ICE all but ignores workplace enforcement".

Kondracke goes on to quote the National Immigration Forum and suggest that Bush should work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And, he plays the "Hispanic Vote" card.

But, wait, there's more work for me to do:
...Anti-immigrant campaigns don't win. In Southern California, Jim Gilchrist, co-founder of the much-publicized Minutemen Project, a civilian border-control group, got only 25 percent of the vote and finished third...

And former Virginia Attorney Gen. Jerry Kilgore (R) lost to Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine (D) despite ads that attacked Kaine's support for a day-labor site in suburban Herndon and education for immigrant children. The ad concluded, "What part of illegal doesn't Kaine understand?"
The Kilgore race appears to have hinged on something else. As for Gilchrist, Mort completely distorts the significance of that 25%. For instance, on election day, Gilchrist seems to have gotten more votes than Campbell.

Then, he says:
Currently, the 2006 favorite [for prez of Mexico] is former Mexico City Mayor Andres Lopez Obrador of the left-wing PRD party - someone who's likely to get financial assistance from Venezuela's radical President Hugo Chavez and, if elected, could pursue economic policies that cause a surge in illegal immigration.
Even more than Bush and Fox have managed to do? While I'm sure he would drive MX even further down, he might also shake things up a bit. And, he certainly wouldn't be as chummy with our "American" president as Fox has been. Plus, we'd probably see Mexico's plans a bit more clearly with someone else at the helm. I'm not in favor of Obrador, but if he won it would have some advantages that another Pepsi executive type would not have.

Then, Mort trots out the poll discussed in "FAIR Responds to Sham Immigration Poll" and Immigration "news" from the Wall Street Journal. And, he ends with this:
Doing the right thing is win-win for Republicans, if only Bush can convince Sean Hannity.
Hannity might be an idiot, but I'm sure he isn't stupid. I'm sure he doesn't want to be reduced to being the night jock on a Fargo Oldies station. Perhaps Bush should learn from him, instead of the other way around? After all, Hannity actually knows what most of the public wants, unlike the Bush administration and Beltway hacks.

Does Howard Dean support U.S. Citizen Students of Color? - 11/13/05

Howard Dean appeared on Meet the Press earlier today, and explained that the Democratic Party has no plan, as this highly redacted yet accurate snippet shows:

...We have plenty of time to show Americans what our agenda is and we will long before the '06 elections... Right now it's not our job to give out specifics... When the time comes, we will [tell the Dem position on Iraq]... The time [to tell what their plan is] is fast-approaching. And I outlined the broad outlines of our agenda. We're going to have specific plans in all of these areas...

And, he said:

we played a big role in Tim Kaine's campaign

But, since Tim Kaine wants to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens, I'm having trouble reconciling this with something else the good Doctor said:

I saw a show last night which showed a young African-American man in California at the UC of Davis who hoped to go to law school. The Republicans want to cut $14 billion out of higher education so this kid can't go to law school. We're going to do better than that, and together, America can do better than that.

Let's call him "Mike", as in my fictional story about "Mike Jackson". Why does Howard Dean want to hurt all the Mike Jacksons in the U.S.? Why do Howard Dean and countless other Democrats want to take discounted college educations away from U.S. citizens - many of them Of Color - and give them to illegal aliens?

Virginia: you can't trust Tim Kaine - 11/04/05

If you want a clear example, take a close look at this small PDF file. It looks like a GOP mailing, no? It's got the GOP elephant, it says it's "An important message for Virginia Republicans", and down there at the end it's got this:

For more information on the Virginia Club for Growth and the Virginia Club for Growth PAC, you can check out the website at www.virginiaclubforgrowth.org. Written requests for information may be mailed to Virginia Club for Growth, Inc., 12350 Jefferson Ave., #130, Newport News, VA 23602. To join the Virginia Club for Growth, you may log on the Internet at www.virginiaclubforgrowth.org/join_vcg_form.htm.The text on this page of this mailing was originally approved and distributed as a press relaease by the Virginia Club for Growth on October 10, 2005.

Just one problem: scroll up to the picture of Jerry Kilgore and to its right you'll see this:

This mailing was authorized and paid for by Kaine for Governor.

From this:

"This sleazy and misleading mailing is a prime example of what we can expect under a Kaine administration." [Phil Rodokanakis, the President of the VA Club for Growth] said. "It goes to show that Tim Kaine cannot be trusted to run an honest campaign and he certainly cannot be trusted on the issue of taxes."

Now, the Kaine campaign has been sanctioned by the VA State Board of Elections over this deceptive flyer. They've only been fined the maximum allowed, just $100. But, the matter has been referred for possible prosecution as a crime.

Virginia governor candidate Tim Kaine spins, misses on pro-illegal immigration stance - 10/29/05

The WaPo reports on a new ad from Republican Virginia gubanatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore in "Ad Attacks Kaine on Immigrant Issues". Obviously, it should be "illegal immigration issues", but, well, that's just how the WaPo sees things.

"Illegal immigration: a growing crisis," the ad's narrator says. "Kaine favors taxpayer-funded job centers and supports in-state tuition discounts for illegals. Taxpayer benefits for illegal immigrants? What part of 'illegal' does Tim Kaine not understand?"

They object to that ad:

But Kaine's campaign aides said the ad distorts the facts. The Democrat has said local governments -- not the state -- should decide whether to use public funding for day-laborer sites, such as the one that was approved in Herndon in August, the aides said.

That's just a dodge. Kaine could blame local Herndon officials, as well officials in any other town that decided to spend public money helping illegal immigration gain a foothold in their communities. Someone needs to take a stand, and Kaine isn't up to the task.

And they said that Kaine opposes in-state tuition for immigrants in the country illegally. He would make an exception for tax-paying immigrants brought to the country by their parents and educated in the state's public schools, provided they were seeking to legalize their status. Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) vetoed a bill that would have barred illegal immigrants from the tuition benefits in 2003 because it did not grant this exception.

So, under the Kaine plan, millions of illegal aliens could bring their teenage children here, stay a while, and then as long as they made an amorphous pledge get discounted college educations?

And, since there are only a finite number of such discounts available, what would Timothy Kaine say to those American citizens who had their discount taken away by a citizen of some other country?

Previously: "VA: Kilgore, Kaine pledge to crack down on illegal alien employers" and "WaPo Virginia poll: only 8% support illegal alien hiring halls".

Jerry Kilgore for Virginia governor - 10/27/05


Eleven days from now, Virginia voters will choose between two starkly different candidates for governor: The Republican nominee, former state attorney general and state secretary for public safety, Jerry Kilgore, is an energetic conservative and a proven leader who has worked tirelessly to make Virginia a safer place by bringing lawbreakers to justice. He has also proven his willingness to challenge those in his own party (particularly the Republicans-in-name-only who dominate the state Senate) who seem obsessed with the idea that Virginians need tax increases.
The Democrat, Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, isn't steadfast. Listening to him, as he attempts to reconcile and explain the various positions he has taken on issues such as abortion, taxes, illegal aliens, capital punishment and homosexual "marriage," can be something of an ordeal. At times the former Richmond mayor sounds like he would be more comfortable running for statewide office in Massachusetts or New York.
For his part, Mr. Kilgore would bring a solid record of accomplishment to the governorship...

VA: Kilgore, Kaine pledge to crack down on illegal alien employers - 09/15/05

On Tuesday, Virginia gubanatorial candidates Jerry W. Kilgore and Timothy M. Kaine debated with Tim Russert as moderator. One of the main topics was illegal immigration.

They both pledged to crack down on businesses that knowingly hired illegal aliens, but somehow I trust Kilgore's pledge quite a bit more.

Kaine wants localities to determine what's best for their communities. That would allow, for instance, Herndon to establish a day laborer hiring hall knowing full well that most of those using it were here illegally.

Kilgore doesn't think that's right.