Monday, September 18, 2006

Pombo Lies About McNerney's Immigration Policy

I’ve been hearing stories over the last week about a Pombo flier that attacks Jerry McNerney’s immigration policy. Let me start by saying this: if you have a copy of this campaign literature, please send it to Matt, and we’ll get a copy of it up on this post ASAP. I have to admit that I’m at somewhat of a loss to comment on this mailer, not having seen it, but here’s what I’ve gleaned from the sidelines: The piece attacks McNerney’s immigration policy, and, from the many troll comments that I’ve seen in the last few days, it alleges that he supports illegal immigration, supports medical and Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants, and supports allowing illegal immigrants to vote.

Lies. All lies.

First and foremost, if you go to Jerry McNerney’s website, you’ll see this immigration policy, which has been posted unchanged for several months:
The problem with our immigration policy is that the Federal government doesn't have one. For too long our government has failed to secure our borders, allowing easy access for illegal immigration, and having little to no enforcement at the workplace. No wonder people are frustrated and demanding action.

I support a comprehensive solution to our immigration policy that fixes our country's broken immigration system. That means securing our borders and making America safer while at the same time promoting an earned path to citizenship for hard working immigrants.

We must not create a fugitive class of people in this country, but citizenship isn't something to be doled out easily. That is why I support the bipartisan McCain/Kennedy immigration reform plan, the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act, which:

  • Establishes an earned path to citizenship. It allows incentives for undocumented immigrants already here, working, and contributing to our nation. It allows those who live in the shadows to register, pay a fine, learn English, resolve back taxes, and continue to work hard as a means of eventually earning permanent residency.


  • Creates smart and secure borders (a homeland security necessity).


  • Toughens penalties for employers who illegally employ undocumented workers and enhances worker protections.


  • Helps and invests in local communities that bear the burden of illegal immigration.


  • To truly stem the flow of people, we need to pursue policies that help alleviate poverty south of the border so people have less incentive to cross our borders. One such policy to pursue is to renegotiate trade agreements to include fair trade provisions that protect workers on both sides of the border equally and raise living standards.
    So here’s the deal. Pombo has no immigration policy. If you look at his website and then study his positions, you’ll see that his response is to offer trite axioms and then tell various groups what he thinks they want to hear at any given moment. That’s it.

    The real truth is that in America today, we do not have an illegal immigrant problem; we have an illegal employment problem. If there were no employers eager to exploit undocumented workers — big surprise, the workers wouldn’t be here! It’s just that simple. No jobs, no undocumented workers. Instead of punishing those unfortunates who seek to better their lots in life, why not punish those who seek to exploit them? You know, like the members of the Farm Bureau, those ardent Pombo supporters.

    You see, they want to have it both ways. If immigrants were allowed to enter this country easily and legally, they would join with their American compatriots and demand decent wages and working conditions. But by subjugating their workers to the threat of deportation or, under H.R. 4437 which Pombo supported, the threat of felony charges, illegal employers silence the voices of migrant workers. It’s the 21st century version of involuntary servitude.

    And it’s brought to you by Congressman Richard Pombo.

    Jerry McNerney seeks to end this cycle by securing our borders and offering a straightforward path to those who seek to immigrate legally. And for that, he’s attacked by Richard Pombo.

    This is a classic Karl Rove tactic: Attack your opponent on the very issue on which you are weakest. Pombo is supported by those illegal employers who have the most to gain by supporting the status quo on immigration; Pombo has no serious immigration policy that goes beyond mouthing tired platitudes; Pombo has flip-flopped like a dead fish on immigration issues. So, using Rovian logic, what could be more natural than to attack Jerry McNerney on immigration?

    [UPDATE:] Hat tip to Progressive 11th blog for providing images of the brochure:

    8 Comments:

    Anonymous SmeltaDelta said...

    There's also a new flyer out there attacking Jerry's position on Indian casinos. I haven't seen it, but I've heard about it. It's full of lies, too.

    4:52 AM, September 18, 2006  
    Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

    The hit piece that Pombo's camp put out clearly indicates,that they are on damage control. They have nothing to go after so thay make up lies. They are notorious for building that form, of mass hysteria and propaganda weapons of mass distruction ect. Don't believe everything you read or hear. Immigration policy what does that mean, it's simple no papers you don't enter the country. There are too many exceptions to the rules.

    Vote Mc Nerney.

    Tommy Bananas

    10:23 AM, September 18, 2006  
    Anonymous JohnMac said...

    Well, I don't know if DCCC's acknowledgement of Jerry's "emerging race" has anything to do with anything, but that hit piece was put out not by Pombo, but by the RNCC who has already spent around $100k on Pombo's behalf. They must be worried. They must have some internal polling.

    A little national exposure, with GWB stumping for his rubber stamp, perhaps a little talk about being 'one of the 13 worst' etc might be a good thing.

    5:24 PM, September 18, 2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Pombo's rancher relatives have hired plenty of illegal immigrants. I am not sure if illegal immigrants have worked on his ranch but somebody should look into this.

    7:29 PM, September 18, 2006  
    Blogger Delta said...

    Somebody has looked in to this and nobody is talking yet. If anyone can find a way to document such use, then I know a investigative journalist, book author who is very interested in this question. I would even like to know what labor contractors might have supplied people to work for the Pombo holdings.

    If anyone has real information, you can contact me at deltasmelt@hotmail.com

    8:16 AM, September 19, 2006  
    Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

    Anonymous:
    I have farmed next to the Pombo Family for 47 years. I tell the story that yes he has and yes they still do. No one seems to care, It's the Lisa V's with the CC Times and the other papers like the Record and the Tracy Press Hank Shaw and the Matthews who think having more money in campaigns is more important. The moral compass means nothing.

    Vote Mc Nerney


    Tom Benigno

    10:52 AM, September 19, 2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Delta:

    I do not know any labor contractor. Many of the ranch activities I know of have to do with alfalfa irrigation and/or dairy work. Many of my relatives worked on a dairy which has been closed for a while. Typically, undocumented workers show up at these sites looking for work. Alternatively, relatives bring in friends and/or relatives when a space opens up. I am sure if your contact simply shows up at the ranch he/ she will find workers willing to talk. He or she should bring along a translator.

    I now appreciate how power corrupts people. That is, many of the elder Pombo farmers supplied letters of reference to undocumented workers to become naturalized as a result of the 1986 immigration act. What has changed since then? Why does Pombo currently think that it is not OK for illegal immigrants to be hired but it is OK for him and his relatives to hire them? Is it because this a wedge issue which gets the people amped up? Desparate and perhaps a careless move.

    2:20 AM, September 20, 2006  
    Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

    HELLO: I TOLD YOU POMBO DID AND POMBO DOES. TO THIS DAY THE LABOR CONTRACTORS ARE BRINGING IN ILLEGALS. THERE IS ONE LABOR CONTRACTOR IN TRACY WHO HAS OVER 1000 PEOPLE UNDER HIS THUMB. HE EVEN SENDS PEOPLE OVER TO LIVERMORE TO WORK IN GRAPES, AND THE WIFES AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, WORK AT THE FAIRS AND HOTELS. THAT IS ONE OF POMBOS LARGEST NON CO-OPERATE CONTRIBUTERS. THE HOTEL AND RESTURANT UNIONS, $3.500 THREE CONTRIBUTIONS THIS YEAR FOR OVER $10.000. LOOK TO POMBO'S HEELS AND YOU WILL FIND MUCH?

    VOTE MC NERNEY


    TOMMY BANANAS

    7:48 AM, September 20, 2006  

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