Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Virginia General Election: More reasons to vote AGAINST Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General

The Iglesia Descalza blog is encouraging our readers in Virginia to go to the polls on November 3rd and if you care at all about our immigrant brothers and sisters, please vote for Steve Shannon (against Ken Cuccinelli) for Attorney General.

We said that Cuccinelli is extremely anti-immigrant and here are three more reasons -- bills which Cuccinelli introduced when he was in the Virginia Senate that, fortunately, did not pass:

1. Petitioning the U.S. Congress to convene a constitutional convention to amend the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to state that in order to qualify for U.S. citizenship, a child born in the United States must have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen. Such a provision would not only deprive children of undocumented immigrants of their citizenship rights but would also affect children of legal permanent residents who, for whatever reason, have not applied for citizenship. (2008)

2. Allowing businesses to sue any other competing business that hires an undocumented worker. In addition to economic damages, a successful plaintiff would also be allowed to recover $500 per undocumented worker employed by the defendant. We're not thrilled with businesses that illegally hire undocumented workers either but, as far as we can see, the business community had nothing to gain from this bill that would have allowed private enterprise and trial lawyers to do the job of the Department of Labor of enforcing our nation's hiring laws. (2006)

3. Establishing the inability or unwillingness to speak English in an "English only" workplace as "misconduct" for which an employee can be fired with cause, thereby disqualifying that person from receiving unemployment benefits. Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw called the bill "the most mean-spirited piece of legislation I have seen in my 30 years" in Richmond. Cuccinelli defended his bill by saying "the point is to allow circumstances to give employers their own ability to hire and fire people who may not speak English." State and national immigrant rights activists said the bill, as written, could result in some people being fired for speaking to a colleague during a break or over the phone to relatives in a language other than English, causing some critics to wonder whether the measure violates federal law prohibiting discrimination based on national origin. (2008)

Again, NONE of these bills passed, but they do give us an insight into Ken Cuccinelli's thinking about immigrants, our cultures and languages. Not to mention his command of the law. This man does not belong in the Attorney General's office.

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