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02-14-2011 09:59 PM  6 years agoPost 1
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Taken from the Associated Press:

This comes from my home town.

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former California congressional candidate accused of sending a mailer to Latino voters in 2006 warning that immigrants could not vote was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison for obstruction of justice.

Tan Nguyen, a Republican who was running for Congress in Orange County, will also serve six months in a residential re-entry program and three years of supervised release, federal prosecutor Greg Staples said.

Nguyen declined to comment on the hearing before U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter except to say it didn't go well.

He will start serving his term March 28.

A jury convicted Nguyen in December of one count of obstruction of justice for lying to state investigators about his knowledge of a letter sent to 14,000 registered Democrats with Latino surnames during his bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez in 2006.

The letter, written in Spanish, said: "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."

Immigrants who have become naturalized U.S. citizens are eligible to vote.

During the trial, prosecutors accused Nguyen of being behind the mailer, while his defense attorney argued that Nguyen saw an initial English draft of the text but had nothing more to do with it.

The California attorney general's office, which investigated the letter, did not file criminal charges against Nguyen.

Defense attorney Dean Steward said that should have been the end of the probe. He questioned the federal government's interest in the case.

"Why is the FBI sticking their nose into it?" Steward said after sentencing. He said Nguyen will appeal his conviction.

The controversy about the letter erupted three weeks before the Nov. 2, 2006, election. Sanchez beat Nguyen by nearly 24 percentage points to earn her sixth term representing the central Orange County district, which is home to sizable Latino and Vietnamese-American communities.

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02-14-2011 11:47 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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too bad we don't make the same effort to bust the people that falsely register illegals and the illegals that actually vote as well. But then, how would so many Dems get elected if they follwed the election laws????

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02-14-2011 11:50 PM  6 years agoPost 3
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I grew up in Santa Ana amongst alot of illegals, you would be suprised how many of them are more republican than democrat. Especially after Reagan tried to get them all legal status. When they heard about that they all stood as republican.

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02-15-2011 12:07 AM  6 years agoPost 4
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Oh, I think the "old school" latinos are largely Republican. I know a lot of Cubans are Republican (see our Republican Senator Rubio).
But I think the "new" latino immigrants mostly vote liberal for the obvious reasons. Hey, if I were them, I'd vote Dem too.
I'd really like to see and unvarnished number on what our immigrants cost us as far as the federal and state budgets are concerned.
I don't like what Reagan did, but where I REALLY had a problem with what he did, is that he didn't shut the border down when he granted amnesty. The same exact thing will happen again.
Funny how immigration as a topic has just died on the vine. Of course, we know it will be a major issue for the next election. It would be nice to see it treated as a priority 24/7, 365.

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02-15-2011 04:05 PM  6 years agoPost 5
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Funny how immigration as a topic has just died on the vine. Of course, we know it will be a major issue for the next election. It would be nice to see it treated as a priority 24/7, 365.
Arizona is doing all it can to keep it in the news, but I really doubt anything will ever be done about the illegal immigration problem here in America.

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02-15-2011 06:30 PM  6 years agoPost 6
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Arizona is doing all it can to keep it in the news, but I really doubt anything will ever be done about the illegal immigration problem here in America.
If the supreme court sides with AZ on this one, the states will do it.

The federal government is spending to much time and money not doing the racial profiling they are asking us to do.

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